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23rd February 2009

Shooting and Shouting

2 people rate this

Looking at the photos of the beautiful, glamorous and perfectly turned out actresses at the Oscars it is a stark contrast to how I have been looking for the last week. I have been in my combats, sweaty, covered in mud, hair everywhere and bruised all over.  I am now trained and ready to go to Afghanistan if they need someone at short notice.  I spent the last two weeks doing the basic training that everyone going to an operational theatre has to do.



15th February 2009

Operational Training and Locums Abroad

5 people rate this

I now have a plan for the next few months, which is great – it is a great plan and it is great to have a plan.  I am doing training for Afghanistan in case I need to go and if I do not go I will be doing some locums abroad.


17th December 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

6 people rate this

Following yet another very busy and challenging year I would like to offer all members of the Naval service every best wish for Christmas and the New Year and to thank you all for the continued outstanding efforts in support of all that the Royal Navy has done this past year. 

3rd October 2008

My First Impressions of Afghanistan

4 people rate this

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­First impressions of Afghanistan: hot…. unsurprising I suppose….

28th September 2008

Deploying to Afghanistan

12 people rate this

I flew to Helmand province, Afghanistan on the 17th of September, so the first few weeks back from leave were really a case of finishing off any essential UK work, ensuring everything was in place for when I arrived in Camp Bastion, but most importantly cutting around the UK in every spare minute to say goodbye to family and close friends that I won’t be seeing until well into 2009.  As everyone is deploying within a couple of weeks of each other, most people were doing the same. 

We had a couple of painfully good nights in the mess to mark the end of such liberties, and then we deployed.

15th September 2008

Having Fun in the USA

7 people rate this

Me & Ed in San Diego with a whopping US LPH in the BackgroundI headed off to California with 2 guys from the Mess at Chivenor.  Landing at San Diego we picked up a soft-top Mustang and head off to the Hard Rock Hotel in the centre of town.   What a place to stay.

Sadly the quality of the accommodation did not remain constant as we headed north, up the Pacific Coast Highway, towards San Francisco.  We managed to stay in an utter dive in Santa Monica…

28th April 2008

On Leave

7 people rate this

All of 3 Commado Bde have the opportunity to take leave for 3 weeks before the busy period of preparing for Afghanistan begins.  I decided to work on the house and relax at home in Exeter.  I’m going away this summer with some friends so wanted some down time at home.