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31st July 2008


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THE time. About 11am. The place. A shed on Salisbury Plain. The occasion. A chance for the media to meet the Royal Marines before they head out to Helmand.

I good 30 or 40 hacks and snappers turned up to watch Kilo Company, 42 Commando, secure a ‘village’, meet the locals, grapple with some insurgents, then have some tea - pretty much the last act of the marines’ Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX).

22nd July 2008

The Heat is On

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“So where’s the tan then?”

If I had a dollar for every time a colleague had asked me that, I’d have about five dollars by now.

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2nd July 2008

Talk Torque

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001_NN_JulyREGULAR Navy News readers will be aware that our tone is at times rather irrelevant, flippant almost.

We don’t like pomposity. We don’t like the bombastic. And we certainly don’t like the verbose.

We like the quirky touches. The sailors of HMS Albion teaching Africans the Hokey Cokey (!), the crew of HMS Somerset bemoaning the lack of English butter, the wardroom of HMS Argyll pining for proper digestives and hobnobs rather than a disappointing hybrid.

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1st June 2008

Another Blog from Dickie - Navy News

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All work and no play makes Jack (and Jenny) a dull boy (or, er, girl). Fun is an integral part of naval life. Let’s face it, you’re going to need a sense of humour to get along with 180 people in a tin can for seven months.



15th May 2008

Dickie’s 1st Blog - Journalists Easy Life!!

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Journalists? Easy life. Swanning off around the world, luxing it up on expenses, topping up on your tan.

Yes, as one of Navy News’ reporting team, I do get around a bit. The Gulf. The Gulf. The Gulf. Faslane. Plymouth. The Gulf again.  A chance not to ‘do the Gulf’ was, unsurprisingly, seized with both hands, not least because I’ve never done a Med deployment. So thank you to the good ship Somerset for the invite.In five days aboard the frigate I learned more about NATO deployments than I had in a decade of writing about them from behind a desk in Portsmouth.


We could, of course, produce a newspaper based entirely on submissions from our ships and units scattered across the globe. But it wouldn’t be as good.

1st January 2008

Images Richard Hargreaves - Some Photos

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Please see some of my gallery photos.