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28th March 2009

Palma Training

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 Training with the RN!Since my last blog it’s been full steam ahead for Team Clark.  We have done some great training on our own and with the squad in Weymouth.  This was rounded off with the first Spring Series event where, after only 3 weeks in the boat, we were extremely please to finish a very close second.  Straight after the event we loaded our boat up and shipped out to Palma for some warmer weather training in preparation for our first international event there in Apr.

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26th March 2009

Bahrain, Cluedo and Mail

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 Again it’s been a while since I updated you on my travels. We made our way through the Gulf of Aden, an area which has had a lot of press coverage recently due to the piracy and drug smuggling activities, and then on through the entrance to the Gulf; the Straits of Hormuz.  This is a narrow channel with Iran on one side and United Arab emirates on the other, and so transit through is a time of heightened security for the ship. Finally after 12 days at sea we reached Bahrain for a well deserved visit along with the chance to embark a significant amount of stores for the ship.

20th March 2009

Taurus 09, Still Working Hard…well Almost

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Hello and welcome to the blog,

Since the last blog there have been quite a few things going on, plenty of flying as well as lots of broken helicopters, which means lots of work for me. We have also managed 4 days along side in Kusadasi, Turkey which was a very good run ashore.

17th March 2009

Video Almost Ready for the Singles!!

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12th March 2009

Buonasera Napoli

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Ciao, pizza, grazie. That is pretty much it for my Italian.  Luckily I am still working in a sickbay for British forces so I am getting by (and not starving).  I am in Naples for the next four weeks, doing locum cover for the Royal Navy GP who works out here.

 

9th March 2009

T45 STANDS UP TO SCRUTINY

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We have spent the last 2 weeks being put through our paces by the staff of the Flag Officer Sea Training.  We were alongside for one week and then spent 5 days at sea putting the theory into practice.  Called ‘Preliminary Sea Training’, the period is designed to check out our routines, our ability to deal with peacetime incidents and an opportunity to be exposed to new skills that will stand us in good stead as we start to develop T45 warfighting ability. 

7th March 2009

Taurus 09 Here We Go!

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So we departed from RNAS Culdrose to land on HMS Ocean to start our deployment for Taurus 09. As our Aircraft landed on the bustling grey deck I found it hard to believe that this would be home for the next 6 months.

 

As I got down below decks I found my messdeck, basically a large room with 27 beds stacked three high with a locker each which was about the size of a hobbit. Nice and cosy.

 

The deployment started with an amphibious exercise called south west sword. This involved putting marines ashore off the coast of Cornwall via both landing craft and helicopter. It was good fun but hard work shifting Bergen’s around in the back of the aircraft all day, I tell you what, the marines sure don’t pack light.

6th March 2009

Ocean Life Taurus 09

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Hello and welcome to the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s been just over 2 weeks since we set sail on a foggy evening in Plymouth but oh has it been eventful.  Working all hours of the day and sleeping hardly any, visits to Italy and getting used to life on a pussers grey, it’s been mostly fun for all.

28th February 2009

Finally on the Water

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 The new boatThis week Saskia finally got the all clear to start sailing again after her injury and our campaign could be launched in earnest.  We had a fantastic week of light wind training in Portland Harbour and were both really pleased with how quickly we settled down as a team.  Saskia’s vast experience and high level of skill was immediately evident and extremely useful in getting me up to speed and helping me out learning in the new boat. 

23rd February 2009

An Update….

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Whats been happening recently?

 

Well folllowing on from Christmas leave the tower has gone through a busy spell!

We’ve had many of our controllers (including myself) attend the RN Ski Championships which were held in Les Menuires. They’re a great chance to socialise and learn to how to ski or snowboard. I feel I was more than a little successful at the socialising (My bank balance tells me so…) and could do with more practice on the slopes……