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April 2008

28th April 2008

On Leave

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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.

16th April 2008

HMS Daring Sets Sail

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After 7 months of waiting, HMS Daring sailed down the River Clyde today for the second time in her short career. We are here at sea for the next 35 days or so to conduct trials to see how Daring performs.  There’s a stack of propulsion trials for the first few days, but then the focus switches to testing the combat system which is the T45 name for all things weapon engineering. 

Not all of us will be on board for the entire time; we have to rotate the crew so everyone gets some time at sea. I will be spending 8 hours everyday in the Ships Control Centre, the space where the machinery and ships engines are controlled from. 

10th April 2008

My First Blog for Jack Speak

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The Royal Marines Commando Logistics Regiment (CLR) is just back from Norway where we conducted a variety of training but our main effort was to complete our ‘novices’ course – Arctic Warfare Training for all ranks in the Regiment – it’s one of 3 Commando Brigade’s special commitments and marks part of serving with a commando regiment.

 AndyCheal - Norway

6th April 2008

Images Some Photos Onboard HMS Somerset and Ashore

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Please feel free to have a look at some of my photos posted on Flickr.  You can see everything from physical training on the upperdeck, to some operational pics of our helicopter in the Mediterranean. 

4th April 2008

Selected for Olympics!

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I was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games sailing in the Women’s Singlehanded Class the Laser Radial in Mar 08 following an extensive trials period.  Having worked so hard over the past 18 months I was delighted and relieved at the decision.  The trial process for my class had been extremely close between myself and my 3 rivals and despite all being really good friends, with only one place on offer, the competition has been fierce.  Having been training virtually none stop for 15 months to gain selection I have finally been able to have a short break and am now starting the build up towards the Games. 


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The next few months focuses on training in specific conditions in preparation for what is expected in China and includes some time sailing in the Olympic waters off Qingdao as well as competing at the European Championships in Jul.  The Games start on 8 Aug with racing commencing on 12 Aug and finishing on 19 Aug.

3rd April 2008

Olympic Selection

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At the start of this month I raced and won the final selection trial for the 4th year in a row. It is the last chance for the team to race each other in two man boats called pairs and gives the chief coach, Jürgen Grobler, the final piece of information he needs to select his Olympic crews.

2nd April 2008

Welcome to the New JackSpeak Blog Site

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We are delighted to be the first Service amongst the Armed Forces to have created this blog – extending our ‘without limits’ philosophy to include everyone who’s interested in the work we do and the values we believe in.

This facility offers an unconstrained view of the Royal Navy, because it’s written by the people who truly understand what it means to be a part of this exceptional service – the Royal Navy personnel themselves.