LIFE IN A BLUE SUIT
There a tradition of military service in my family going back as long as anyone can remember. My Grandfather spent 24 years in the Royal Artillery and his brothers served over 20 years each in the army, one as a Colonel in a Cavalry Regiment and the other as a Captain in the Lancashire Fusilliers. My father served in the RAF and both his brothers served in the Army. I guess I felt it was my duty to follow in the tradition but the army never appealed to me. Because my father was in the RAF, I always felt that I wanted to work with aircraft but I was always drawn to the sea so my best option was the Fleet Air Arm.
I joined the Sea Cadets at the age of 12 and it all started from there. After spending 4 years in the Cadets, I signed the dotted line for a career in the RN. I joined as an Aircraft Electrician and after training I was posted to 829 Squadron (Wasp Helicopters) Small Ships Flight and went for sea training aboard HMS Minerva. After 3 months I was transfered to 846 Commando Squadron (Wessex 5 Helicopters) attached to HMS Hermes on coastal parols off Northern Ireland. After completion of that duty I decided that it was time for a change so I recatagorised as a Naval Airman. The trade cover Crash Rescue Fire Fighting, Marshalling, Directing and Ground Movements of Aircraft and Air Traffic Control. After training I went for sea training and familliarization aboard HMS Fearless, again with helicopters so I asked my Divisional Officer if he could find me a fixed wing squadron which he was able to do within a couple of days. Off I went to RAF Honnington to join 809 Squadron (Buccaneers) and very soon off to sea in HMS Ark Royal. I was able to remain on the squadron and the ship for 3 years until Ark paid off and the squadron was handed over to the RAF.
From their I was sent to various Fire Stations on RN and RAF bases finishing at RNAS Lee on Solent where I saw a job advertised for the FAA Exhibition Team. I quickly volunteered and got the job and what a cushy number it was. Driving to holiday camps, county shows and various events throughout the country, waving the flag for the FAA. From there I went to Culdrose to await my next posting and I was told that I would be going back to sea, however, my former boss on the FAA Exhib team needed a hand urgently and after speaking to someone who could sort it, I was sent back to the team for another year.
During this time, I had met and settled down with a young lady and we were due to marry when I left the team but as that time neared, I learnt that I would be sent back to sea for three years. My girl was having none of that so I decided to leave the navy. Biggest mistake of my life! after leaving we stayed together for about 6 weeks and it all ended. I tried to re-join the Navy but there were no places available so I enrolled in the Reserve for 9 years.
As a civillian, I missed the cammeraderie of the Navy so I joined various Association. I joined the RNA where I ended up as a committee man. The FAA Assoc where I became Standard Bearer, I also helped form a local branch of RBL and became Branch Secretary. I also joined the Aircraft Handlers Association and the FAA Buccaneers Association. All of this became too much so something had to give. I left the RNA and the RBL and by pure chance the FAA Association folded. I have remained a member of the Buccaneers Assoc' but most of my time is taken up with the Aircraft Handlers Assoc'.
So all in all I have spent over 45 years involved with the RN/FAA in one form or another.
That's "Life in a blue suit"..........
And I bet you wouldn't change it for anything.
CRASH ON DECK
A1 BLACKBURN SHARK 821 NAS HMS COURAGEOUS 1937 [ZA].jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Blackburn Shark HMS Courageous 1937
A2 FAIREY FIREFLY _Oops__.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Fairey Firefly HMS Implacable 1945
A3 FAIREY FIREFLY FUNNEL CRASH 2 [THE CRASH].jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Fairey Firefly HMS Indomitable c1944
A4 sf supermarine seafire prang Illustrious6.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Supermarine Seafire HMS Illustrious c1945
A5 SUPERMARINE WALRUS CRASH MALTA.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Supermarine Walrus
There's more if you want to see them?
Crash on Deck 2
A6 blackburn Firebrand crash1 ---HMS Implac 1943.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Blackburn Firebrand HMS Implacable 1943
A9 HAWKER SEA FURY PRANG ILLUSTRIOUS .jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Hawker Sea Fury HMS Illustrious
A6a WESTLAND Wyvern Crash Eagle 1a.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Westland Wyvern HMS Eagle
A7 HAWKER SEA FURY CRASH HMS EAGLE [NNN].jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Hawker Sea Fury HMS Eagle
A8 HAWKER SEA FURY FB11 FIREBALL HMS ILLUSTRIOUS.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Hawker Sea Fury HMS Illustrious
Crash on Deck 3
A10 DH SEA VIXEN FAW1 FIRE HMS VICTORIOUS 1961.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) DH Sea Vixen HMS Victorious 1961
A11 Fairey Gannet LG_XA356a_sized.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Fairey Gannet HMS Eagle
A12 HORN DH SEA HORNET CRASH 801 NAS HMS IMPLACABLE 1948 .jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) DH Sea Hornet HMS Implacable 1948
A13 SCIM SUPERMARINE SCIMITAR CRASH  BROUGHT TO A HALT ARK ROYAL.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Supermarine Scimitar HMS Ark Royal
A14 WESTLAND LYNX Mk8 DAMAGED ABOARD HMS ENGADINE.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Westland Lynx HMS Engadine
A14a WESTLAND WESSEX 1 ...............jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Westland Wessex 1 HMS Ark Royal
A16 grumman martlet 1944_45_martlet_crash_indom.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Grumman Martlet Front Half HMS Indomitable 1944
A15 grumman martlet 1944_45_martlet_crash_b.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte) Grumman Martlet Rear Half HMS Indomitable 1944
Have just showe my brother this post Chocks, he was in the Navy for 18 years, mostly on subs as a Petty Officer, his first ship was Illustrious and he went off around the Med on that, we have Venetian glass and a turkish rug and a Neapolitan cameo set amongst other things fron that tour. he finished when the Navy were cutting the submarine service and moving the base to Faslane fifteen years ago, as his wife didn't want to go to Scotland, but he says the same as you, some of the best times he has had. My first wedding reception was combined with his 21st and attended by a whole crowd of his naval mates in fancy dress, my new husbands family were gobsmacked and silent for the first and last time.
He says thanks for the pics, he loved seeing them.
He's most welcome Sue, even if he was a "Fishead" (He'll know what I mean).
If he has any requests and I can help, I will be only too pleased to do so.
He obviously served after I left because Illustrious had only just been launched as I left the regulars.
Here's a nice pic of the "LUSTY" for him.
illustrious 0000000000000000000000000.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte)