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Nigel Turner – HMS Intrepid

Nigel Turner, HMS Intrepid I joined HMS Intrepid on 7th October 1986 and served on her for a year. On the 26th June 1986 I was awarded my Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and later presented with it whilst…

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Nigel Turner – HMS Invincible

Nigel Turner, HMS Invincible I was on HMS Invincible for 2 years from the 16th of July 1984 and promoted to PO Cook on the 15th of August 1985. I served in the Main Galley but spent over a year…

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Richard Broniman – HMS Devonshire

HMS Devonshire (photo courtesy: NMRN) HMS Devonshire was in Malta in 1979. I went ashore and got talking to a couple of pensioners from the UK. The lady asked if I was off the "lovely ship in the harbour?" I…

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Robert Cross – HMS Devonshire

Robert Cross, HMS DevonshireThe electrical mess deck on HMS Devonshire, when the dockyard paintersrefused to paint over these. This was a fantastic day, at the time in 1971, she was the largest warship toget that far up the Thames to…

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Fran Wright – Fleet Photographic Unit

Fran Wright, Fleet Photographic Unit As duty photographer, I was assigned to cover a VIP visit in 1982 from Countess Mountbatten of Burma to HM Dockyard Portsmouth, accompanied by veterans from the HMS Kelly Old Comrades Association. In time-honoured tradition…

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Philip Bamfield – HMS Repulse

HMS Repulse (Photo Courtesy: NMRN) There were many amusing stories that came out of this of course. One famous story of a foreplanesmen bringing the boat too shallow, when asked by the Captain why he was so much off depth,…

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Nigel Turner – HMS Fife

Nigel Turner, HMS Fife Picture taken onboard HMS Fife, a D20 County Class Destroyer. I joined on the 4th of March 1972 and stayed on her for just over 18 months. This was my first seagoing draft since joining the…

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Nigel Turner – HMS Beagle

Nigel Turner, HMS Beagle I joined HMS Beagle (straight after leaving HMS Fife) joining 15th October 1973 at Chatham and served on her for 14 months. I was one of two chefs on board and soon realised that on a…

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Ian Bourne – HMS Antrim

Ian Bourne, HMS Antrim I joined HMS Antrim in 1976. I remember doing workups, exercises and Seaslug missile firings during the year, with various visits along the way; that year and during the following year I was on board. My…

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Paul Attrell – HMS Arrow

Paul Attrell, HMS Arrow Dec 1989, we were entering Tampa Bay, Florida for Christmas/New Year stand-off in the middle of a six month West Indies Guardship deployment. We were all at Procedure Alpha (lining the guardrails around the upper deck)…

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