some relating to being up the ice when the Baldur buggered us,
along with some newspaper cuttings from the time which my mum
(as all mums do) collected and put them in a scrap book.
also a small article about the time we shelled an island of the
northwest coast of Scotland which was part of a RN gunnery
range, the only problem with this situation was the people who
had anchored their yacht just off shore and rowed ashore for a
picnic were not aware of the islands military use!!
couple of snippets relate to the infamous families day on the 26th
August 1976 when the Wasp took off to do the “Highly planned
Yarmouth Display” for the families and ended the display with a
“not so planned” ditch in the sea which kind of brought the
families day to an abrupt end! The air crewman was air lifted
off by sea king and the pilot was back on the bridge 10 minutes
later explaining to the skipper where his chopper was!
shot of new prop shafts being fitted in South Shields, I can’t
exactly remember the date of this but think it was after we got
the new bows fitted in Chatham post cod war. We got back from
the ice March 6th ish and so would have been a few
months after that as we went to Weymouth for work up after bows
other shot is of some of the stokers of 75-77 I have done a
quick guide to the photo as best as I can remember but maybe
someone can fill in a few blanks for me.
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