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HMS Ocean

7th March 2009

Taurus 09 Here We Go!

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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.