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Taurus 09 Here We Go!

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.

After that we steamed down south and through the straits of Gibraltar to make our first stop in Naples home of the Neapolitan pizza.


I thought Naples was certainly a different experience with a very different culture to our own. I went on a day trip to Rome on the Saturday which was pretty amazing. I saw the Coliseum and the Vatican, I would recommend if you ever visit Italy then the city of Rome is a must see.


Its now Tuesday morning and Ocean has just left port. We are preparing for some anti submarine action and I think im never going to eat pizza again….


Speak to you soon.

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  1. taxiguy said:

    Rome is amazing, im so jealous of the Navy lifestyle, hopefully i will be a part of the team soon! I am 24 and driving a Taxi at the moment after finishing Uni. Thanks for the blog, i find it to be inspirational reading. keep up the good work!