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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    This one had been previously on display at the Paris Air Show , hence the the various logos on the aircraft and the Irish Air Corps where the first customers for the Dauphin .
    The first and only customers of the SA365Fi!

    Test Pilot I presume (hope) they had planned that the Dauphin would actually fit in the hanger, but nothing surprises me anymore!
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    According to some of the more knowledgeable heads here, the drawings had a lynx in there.
    Meh.

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    First real session was on our first full day in Lorient. We had being to the Supermarket, stocked up on plenty of beer and wine, gone to the Pub and awoke with severe hangovers.

    It started in my cabin, can not remember the number was down beside the Tel's cabin back then, then went up one deck to Ray Comefords cabin and ended up in Mick Kelly's. The pictures before are evidence of this.

    I also remember one member of the crew had got themselves a male sex toy (a vibrating vagina) and tried it out without any lubricant as he was not aware that he needed any and the instructions on the toy were in French. Needless to say this person was walking funny for a few days.

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    Moggy the day that we took possesion of the ship we had roast beef for dinner and the Officer of the day was a certain Flight Deck Officer . Who remembers our hasty departure from Verlome before the receiver arrived and and our arrival at the base with tug boats in attendance because the engines kept shutting down , and the reaction from the Flag Officer concerning the mothly looking crew membrs dressed in Donkey jackets and various other non issue clothing on the deck of his new flag ship as it arrived at the base without any ceremony . Even I got mentioned in dispatches as the" COOK ON DECK " .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    Moggy the day that we took possesion of the ship we had roast beef for dinner and the Officer of the day was a certain Flight Deck Officer . Who remembers our hasty departure from Verlome before the receiver arrived and and our arrival at the base with tug boats in attendance because the engines kept shutting down , and the reaction from the Flag Officer concerning the mothly looking crew membrs dressed in Donkey jackets and various other non issue clothing on the deck of his new flag ship as it arrived at the base without any ceremony . Even I got mentioned in dispatches as the" COOK ON DECK " .
    Thats spot on, Laners! Thats what happened. The ship was tied up at the oil warf and when it came to move her to the basin, there were rumblings as to who or how it was to be moved. 'Boxcar Willie', trooped down to the oil warf without any ceremony, and said 'Right lets go' ( in the usual deep and gruff voice) and moved it to the basin, plonked it alongside as if he did it all his life, and without any fuss and off he went without a word.

    Pic shows Eithne under tow on her maiden voyage. The Brandon tug was on the st.bd side.
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    The SA 365Fi was unique to Ireland ..hence the 'i'.

    There were other users of the SA 365F but the aviaocis fit which were the heart of the problem were unique to us.

    Originally it had been planned to use the Lynx but when the AC opted for the dauphin the plans changed somewhat. There were drawings on the tween decks showning drawings of the lynx in situ.. just never happened.
    Time for another break I think......

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    The Saudis also use the 365F. Though they fitted theirs with a different Radar and Anti Ship missiles.

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    laners was always a cut above the rest!
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    Button up...just defied the one of the methods of identifing a Senior rate as oposed to an officer.

    Would laners like to tell how he ended up with the wrong amount of buttons for his rank?
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    Button up...just defied the one of the methods of identifing a Senior rate as oposed to an officer.

    Would laners like to tell how he ended up with the wrong amount of buttons for his rank?
    frankie the pa would not have spotted that .. Martin was officer material

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    Must be something to do with the jacket being one of the rare Louie Copeland made to measure uniforms .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    lol the only PO cook in the NS wit a clothing account at Louis Copeland...
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    lol the only PO cook in the NS wit a clothing account at Louis Copeland...
    I think martin was a good hand at the tailoring as well..

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    Heli lift from Eithne some years ago.
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    A blast from the past! If someone has an email for Ricky, can they PM me?

    The original crew on Eithne are:
    1. Cpo/EA Bish Cronin.
    2. PO/ERA Dermot Woods
    3. PO/ERA Noel Birmingham
    4. CPO/ERA Eddie Hyland.
    5. PO/Shipwright Gerry Cogan.
    6. CPO/RRT Jimmy Casey.
    7. ?
    8. Coxn George Jefferies.
    9. ?
    10. CPO/EA Jimmy Deacon.
    11. PO/Tel Pat Donaghue.
    12. ?
    13. CPO/EA Tom Kelly.
    14. CPO/Mech. George Carr.
    15. PO/Mech Peter Courthey.
    16. PO/ERA Mick Martin.

    Sorry about chippy's overalls - I couldn't clean them up in Photoshop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    A blast from the past! If someone has an email for Ricky, can they PM me?

    The original crew on Eithne are:
    1. Cpo/EA Bish Cronin.
    2. PO/ERA Dermot Woods
    3. PO/ERA Noel Birmingham
    4. CPO/ERA Eddie Hyland.
    5. PO/Shipwright Gerry Cogan.
    6. CPO/RRT Jimmy Casey.
    7. ?
    8. Coxn George Jefferies.
    9. ?
    10. CPO/EA Jimmy Deacon.
    11. PO/Tel Pat Donaghue.
    12. ?
    13. CPO/EA Tom Kelly.
    14. CPO/Mech. George Carr.
    15. PO/Mech Peter Courthey.
    16. PO/ERA Mick Martin.

    Sorry about chippy's overalls - I couldn't clean them up in Photoshop!
    a/tel moggy, bullet head,baa, and minnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    a/tel moggy, bullet head,baa, and minnie
    Now now Moggie, We were the original crew! We were on board as soon as the keel was laid. And I remember Mick Martin writing his name on the bulkhead before the interior walls went up. So, all will be revealed when she goes to the breaker yard. Yes we were there for a year or so before the full compliment came.

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    Well I may not have been there for a year before hand , more like 3 or 4 months before as I was signed on with the shipyard as a member of the shipyard crew as well . There was even a big sign on book with the ships yard number , skippers name and your pay rate etc .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    Well I may not have been there for a year before hand , more like 3 or 4 months before as I was signed on with the shipyard as a member of the shipyard crew as well . There was even a big sign on book with the ships yard number , skippers name and your pay rate etc .
    Wow! were you employed by VCD or were you still in the Navy? Or both!
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    Both , Remember Dave Swords , He was the skipper for the ship yard ?
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    Both , Remember Dave Swords , He was the skipper for the ship yard ?
    You are right, Laners! I had forgotten his name. Do you remember he 'creased' the port side quarter aft, after sea trails? It was cut out and replaced within a day or so. I must look to see if the weld marks are still there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    You are right, Laners! I had forgotten his name. Do you remember he 'creased' the port side quarter aft, after sea trails? It was cut out and replaced within a day or so. I must look to see if the weld marks are still there!
    Stand by one! Pic to follow.

    Look at Mick when he had his hair!
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    It was taken care overnight , I was staying onboard with a few other shipyard catering personell and we took care of dinner for the lads doing the repair .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    It was taken care overnight , I was staying onboard with a few other shipyard catering personell and we took care of dinner for the lads doing the repair .
    Do you remember Frank Mc Cann? A real decent Guy! He told me once he was the last Bosn on the last steel hulled sailing ship? Do you remember that? He is the one in the green overalls(RIP) above. Kept us all in boots and overalls!
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    He was taking the ship out one day for a run down to Kinsale and back and the civvy nav officer said he did not have any charts , Swords told him not to worry about it and off we went , and he laughing his head off at the look on the faces of the various Naval Service officers present . We don't need no stinkin charts .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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