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  1. My Falklands Story: Part 8 Let battle commence.

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    Part Eight: Let Battle Commence
    As mentioned in part 7, we sailed from Ascension on the 30th May, having covered 4,000miles to Ascension, we only had 3,750 to go to reach the islands, at an average speed of 11knots, all ‘down hill’. We travelled in convoy for protection against attack, specifically submarines once we were within range; so we held every other ship up as we were the slowest & oldest.

    Also on this day The Maritime Exclusion Zone was declared TEZ & Ronald
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  2. My Falklands Story: Part 7 Ascension Island

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ID:	16681Part 7 Ascension Island
    26th April we sailed from Freetown & were glad to be gone. The heat was bad but the humidity far worse. Because of the malarial risk we had to take medication for the following month, along with our salt pills. These were left on the table at lunch time so everyone was responsible for their own treatment. I later heard from a friend’s father that he had been stationed in Freetown
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  3. My Falklands Story Part 6: Freetown.

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    Diner was the big social event of the day as it was the only time we all got together, as we had turned the other recreation spaces into bedded wards. There were two sittings, Jrn & Snr ratings, then the Officers. We ate in the first class restaurant & The Indian waiters treated us as first class pax. I hope they were too disappointed the end of the trip when our tips no were doubt less than they were used too. At first we had to consume what was left in the freezers as they
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  4. My Falklands Story Part 5 Swimwear Edition

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    Part 6 First port of call: Freetown.
    On the 20th April, we had our first patient, the P&O Captain of the Uganda. He reported sick & his conditioned worsened of the next few days. It was determined he needed surgery & the question was whether we could get him off in time, for him to be medivac’d to the UK & have his op there or have to operate onboard. We arrived off Dakar, the furthest Western port of Africa & we were told we were going in. We could see the concrete towers
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  5. My Falklands Story Part 4B: We are Sailing...

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    The dozen RM Bandies sorted out the old fashioned military stretchers & practiced running their buddies around the deck in them. The engineers built the ramp that would be used to carry the injured from the Flight deck to the Triage Area.

    On the 17thApril, we were told we would be moving onboard the following day & sailing shortly afterwards. Last chance for that run ashore! Mad dash for town, the older hands how had been there before leading the way. I found my way into the
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