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Offline Gary

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5th Commission 1965/67
« on: July 07, 2008, 02:25:10 PM »
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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008, 08:56:36 PM »
   It looks like you got some good runs in on this trip Gary, nice one !! Did they produce a commission book I don't think I have ever seen one !
  Good Luck Stan

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2008, 12:39:38 PM »
Hi Stan
They most certainly did and I have one. If you want any info about the commision drop me a line and I can look to see if it's in there
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Gary

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 01:07:15 PM »
i was onboard 65 - 67 gary, i was landrover driver in harbour (when on-watch, legless when off).

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008, 01:22:17 PM »
Welcome aboard Fred.
I was a spark in 11 mess on the Vic and mainly worked with the fan party in and around the boiler /engine rooms. With all  those stokers around it was a case of keeping one eye on the job and the other on my tools as for some strange reason they used to disappear rather quickly. (only joking Stan).
Have you any pics of the tour if so why not upload them to the gallery. I might be able to put a name to a few faces
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Gary

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2008, 03:37:15 PM »
ok ill have a go.

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2008, 03:54:04 PM »
me and my rover, malta.

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2008, 03:57:51 PM »
LOL THIS is me and my rover malta. The other 2 is in the canal, and yours truly at work.

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2008, 04:02:52 PM »
some of the port watch flight deck party. ive got the bucket of beer
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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2008, 04:08:02 PM »
crewroom

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2008, 04:10:39 PM »
PX Club, Subic Bay.
Olongapo City, Phillipeans.

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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2008, 04:19:27 PM »
Aussie. We were in 4 Mess right behind my head on the angle.

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2008, 10:09:46 PM »
 ;)Good to have you onboard Fredtubb, I liked your photos !! I must say the PX club in Olongapo must have done well out of the Vic we were all in there on the previous commission, though the town did draw us out a bit, wild west !! Trust you didn't lose your tools on the Vic ? if you did it wasn't me, I flew home in 64, had a brilliant tool kit, didn't know what to do with it, I only ever used a wheel spanner !! Ironically I lost most of it from my car boot when my car was pinched in Dublin in 73 ! can't trust anyone !
I was interested to see you did the divers course at Drake, I did it in Terror when a Pome on Manxman,I was a touch unfit,over weight,and partial to rum. Put in to do the course to annoy the chief stoker and to try to get some shore time as I was on a married accompanied. It was not the best idea I've ever had, it almost killed me! I lost about three stone, getting down to weights I have not ever got down to since, passed, a lot lighter and a lot more thoughtful.Toughest thing I've ever done,was the only senior rate on the course, and I think my chief had put the word in to destroy me. Keep in touch on here
   Good Luck Stoker Stan ;)

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2008, 09:45:35 AM »
Hiya Stan
Olongapo city, what a fun place that is. You try to discribe a run ashore there and they look at you in disbelief, or say your just "black cating".
Im glad there are still some "Ships Divers" around, not too many of us it seems. My course finnished with only ten of us, out of 20 odds. There was 6 G/S rates, a corperal and 2 booties and this little WAFU (5ft 6ins maybe a tad less). The chief diver used to say not only was i cursed with being a wafu, but i was only 4 foot and a fag paper high, LOL. He got me through though (the B*****d) (Passed 4th July 1964), Ive still got my diver,s badge off my Nos 1,s. Like you it was one or maybe the best course i did. Remember the mudruns, awkward action, and happy times on diving banyans to get minutes in. God you have started me off with memories. So ill not tell you my tale of the badgers (flight deck stokers) nearly firing me and my tractor off the Starboard cat just yet.
hope to speak again soon
fred

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Re: 5th Commission 1965/67
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2008, 10:52:53 AM »
Hi again Fred
Have a look at the section on a run ashore there are a few photo's in there from our commission and also in the gallery. You might recognise someone
Cheers
Gary