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    They where a great bunch altogether , they all had been at sea in the past and the stories out of them where something to remember . Remember all the beer served with lunch on sea trials .
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laners View Post
    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 .
    Ha! Ha! Dead right too! By the way I hope you didn't mind me adding the extra buttons to the earlier pic! Sure you deserved them anyway!
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    TP, your dockyard photos reminded me of these photos of my own, Taken back in the day, luckily with 35mm.

    The one from Monkstown could easily have been taken the same day as you took yours.
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    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    TP, your dockyard photos reminded me of these photos of my own, Taken back in the day, luckily with 35mm.

    The one from Monkstown could easily have been taken the same day as you took yours.
    Nice one! Why has the minister got a paint roller in his hand in pic 2?

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    Haha.. It sure looks like that. Maybe the dockyard missed a spot...


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    Lovely photos......

    The minister for defence I think at the time was ' Cooney ' who launched the ship....but who played her part in the practise run.?

    No longer a serving officer but can regulary be seen on T.V.




    Doggy (RIP) was only a pup in some of those photos.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Cooney was nowhere to be seen at the launch on a wet december day.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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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!
    :confused: so thats where ye were for that year nice pictures,, doggie. rip ricky mick kelly , joe halley,,

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    my father in law was a plater in vcd and he went out on the trials... he told me about the crack and food they had...

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    Cooney was nowhere to be seen at the launch on a wet december day.
    there was a'dry run' of the event a few days before hand and a rather dimunitive Naval officer played the part and was there after know as Mrs Cooney!....and it wasn't the dimunitive one who took command...
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    there was a'dry run' of the event a few days before hand and a rather dimunitive Naval officer played the part and was there after know as Mrs Cooney!....and it wasn't the dimunitive one who took command...
    lift me up i want to see over them guardrails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    Stand by one! Pic to follow.

    Look at Mick when he had his hair!

    Jaysus look at the state of them, Drinking tea as usual RIP Frank and Doggie

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    [QUOTE]/PO/Mech Peter Courthey[QUOTE]

    Peter was here on site about two years ago...
    Time for another break I think......

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    [QUOTE=hptmurphy;196423][QUOTE]/PO/Mech Peter Courthey

    Peter was here on site about two years ago...
    peter from wexford come back all is forgiven and we will start with a song..

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    So this is what a flight deck is for .
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    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    There's a statue sticking out of someones head .
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    Jesus will ya look at the head on 'Chiniry' in the photo!

    'Tarzan' looks more jaundiced than tanned...

    Why do cooks sunbathe with their clothes on?
    Time for another break I think......

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    Lloyd looks like he is eyeing up Starmer's nuts!

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    Is that one of Rickys nuts hanging out...?
    Time for another break I think......

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    I like to see the photos of Eithne 85 any one remember the little french flight deck sargent .Those any one remember the ammo dumping trip?.Or the trip to Loerient trip the friday night drinking session?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupiter View Post
    I like to see the photos of Eithne 85 any one remember the little french flight deck sargent .Those any one remember the ammo dumping trip?.Or the trip to Loerient trip the friday night drinking session?
    go on test pilot you were on the above -show us the pictures - i was in the trip but cant remember the only thing i remember we all ended up in the same bar - lots of bottles on the wall and they all came our way - am i warm???

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    Quote Originally Posted by moggy View Post
    go on test pilot you were on the above -show us the pictures - i was in the trip but cant remember the only thing i remember we all ended up in the same bar - lots of bottles on the wall and they all came our way - am i warm???
    Leave that one with me Moggy! I'll have to see if there is any photos about! I had a negative file with a couple of hundred negs from that period, but stupidly loaned it to a certain officer for him to copy a few photos from. The short of it all was, that the binder went missing. To this day I regret it!

    What I remember most were the submarine pens in Lorient, with railway tracks going into them, and with blast doors about six feet thick.

    One story comes to mind where a certain 'chippy' came back to the naval base in Lorient, after a night out. But as he had a FEW drinks on him, he got lost. So he climbed over the fence and made his way in the direction of what he thought was the ship.
    Now if anyone remembers, there was a base within a base there. The inner one was a base for the equivilent of the SAS or Rangers and was tightly guarded. Anyhow, he fell into the mudflats and was chalanged by the guard. He was heard to shout 'Don't shoot - Don't shoot, I'm Irish!

    Shortly afterwards a jeep arrived up to the gangway and a French soldier came to the flight deck and asked 'would this be one of yours?' pointing in the direction of the jeep. I went down with him, where he lifted the canvas cover and inside was a body, covered from head to toe in black slime. The body look up and said in his best cork accent 'don't shoot, I'm Irish'.
    It was at that point I recognised who it was.

    'Yes that's one of ours alright'.

    Check out this link for some photos; http://www.historyarticles.com/photos.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupiter View Post
    I like to see the photos of Eithne 85 any one remember the little french flight deck sargent .Those any one remember the ammo dumping trip?.Or the trip to Loerient trip the friday night drinking session?
    Just had a story recounted to me today regarding the Lorient trip. After a some what heavy night ashore, the ratings were mustered for 'divisions' on the flight deck the following morning (to make sure everyone was acounted for). The XO, Charlie L. took parade of what was a rather 'shook' and sorry lot, with some 'bods' just about able to stand. Just as he passed 'Iggy', a projectile vomit shot forth from his mouth and across the deck. Iggy still stood to attention as if nothing happened and Charlie, as cool as he was just carried on, as if nothing happened either!

    Some days they were!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    Just had a story recounted to me today regarding the Lorient trip. After a some what heavy night ashore, the ratings were mustered for 'divisions' on the flight deck the following morning (to make sure everyone was acounted for). The XO, Charlie L. took parade of what was a rather 'shook' and sorry lot, with some 'bods' just about able to stand. Just as he passed 'Iggy', a projectile vomit shot forth from his mouth and across the deck. Iggy still stood to attention as if nothing happened and Charlie, as cool as he was just carried on, as if nothing happened either!

    Some days there were!
    some days indeed

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    He just never noticed the vomit most likely
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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