Gary Powell – HMS Arrow

HMS Arrow (photo courtesy NMRN) If I remember correctly, HMS Arrow paid a visit to Tobermory on the Island of Mull in 1977. I think our Navvy came from there. Anyway, he organised a dance for the ships company in…

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Geoff Bruty – HMS Seraph

HMS Seraph (photo courtesy: NMRN) I had a friend, Allen Witt, who was an officer on HMS Seraph and I went on board when she was at HMS Dolphin in Gosport. The thing I remember about her was that there…

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Ian Wragg – HMS Thermopylae

HMS Thermopylae (photo courtesy: NMRN) I had previously been on HMS Devonshire from 1964 to 1966, but after six months on a WWII converted destroyer, I thought I was joining a cruise liner. Later, I was on the Thermopylae after…

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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 – Falklands War

Nigel Turner, Falklands War Much about the Falklands War is already documented. At the end of the hostilities I put an idea to the Captain about making a celebratory cake and presenting it to the Islanders. The cake was made…

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Paul Vassay – HMS Alliance

Paul Vassay, HMS Alliance The first story on Alliance was January 1968, whilst heading back to Gosport from exercises in the channel, we were racing Ambush back to base. We had a racing trim on, stern lower in the water…

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Morgan O’Connell – HMS Walrus

During my time in Blake and Walrus I was a Surgeon Lieutenant RN. I was supposed to have put my pussah’s grip on Artemis - but she went glug glug alongside the wall in HMS Dolphin (1971), hence my first…

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