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Ricky Fairlamb


My name is Ricky Fairlamb, I am an Aircraft Engineering Technician (AET). I’m 28 years old and have been in the navy for 3 ½ years. I was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the English town who play Scottish football.

I lived there until I was 14 at which point my parents got an opportunity to work in America. We moved to Columbus, Georgia where I went to high school, followed by University at Columbus State. I had a very interesting life in the states sampling everything that American culture had to offer. I was a bit of an adventurous youth, in high school I played many sports, in Uni I joined a Fraternity which is hauntingly similar to many Hollywood movies. I worked in various jobs, from retail to executive sales, and then gave up all the hard work to bartend at an Irish bar, which was the most fun ever. I eventually realised that I needed something stable and challenging. On holiday to the UK one summer, I decided to look into the navy as my brother had left the US and joined the year earlier. I took the entrance tests and just before my 25th birthday I found myself entering HMS Raleigh. Since then I have completed my training at HMS Sultan and am now stationed at RNAS Culdrose at 820 Squadron. I’ve been on the Squadron for 2 years now and have gotten to some interesting places including, Norway, Estonia, Oman and Gibraltar. I have never looked back after joining the Royal Navy, I enjoy my job and the opportunities available to “Be all you can be”.

Posts by Ricky Fairlamb

10th April 2009

Hot!!! This Isnt Hot…well Ok Its a Little Warm

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Welcome to another instalment of my blog. We have been very busy with a joint forces exercise, as well as another stop in Turkey and the ever so tricky transition through the Suez. Its been all go, but we still found time to get out and enjoy the heat we are having with some flight deck sports even though a few (Including me) are paying the price for thinking sun cream isn’t really necessary.

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.

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.

16th February 2009

Adios Land

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Hi and welcome again, so lots have happened in the last 2 weeks. We have had some great progress with the Merlin were rebuilding and I’ve had some good news, I’m now deploying with my Squadron as of tomorrow. I’ll be heading off on the Ocean for Taurus 09, this is one of the largest task groups the navy has operated, with cooperation from the U.S. and French Navy’s this should be one sweet trip.

3rd February 2009

My First Blog by Ricky Fairlamb, Aircraft Engineering Technician, 820 Squadron

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Hello and welcome to my first blog. I’ve got quite a bit to share in this first message, as it’s been a very busy January. After returning to work from Christmas leave I headed straight of to Les Menuires, France for the 2009 Navy Ski Championships. When I finally decided to get back to doing some actual work I was given some bad news. I was told that I would not be deploying with the rest of my squadron on an upcoming embarkation, instead I would be going with a few others to rebuild a Merlin Helicopter that has been dismantled for a very long time.