British cadet served with Royal Naval College in GB, 1943-1946; seaman served with HMS Frobisher and HMS Devonshire in West Indies and GB, 1946-1947; midshipman and officer served aboard various ships in Mediterranean and GB, 1947-1950; officer served aboard HMS Burghead Bay in GB, 1950-1951; served with Coastal Forces in GB coastal waters, 1951-1953; served with Royal Navy aboard various ships in Mediterranean and GB, 1953-1956; served with 809 Naval Air Squadron in GB and various places, 1956-1957; served aboard HMS Chichester in GB and Mediterranean, 1957-1959; served with Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment in GB, 1959-1963; served with HMS Eagle in GB and Far East, 1963-1966; served with Commission Defence in GB, 1966-1968; served aboard HMS Minerva in GB, West Indies including during Anguilla intervention and Gibraltar from 1968; served with NATO Division Defence Policy Staff in GB to 1972; served with First Sea Lord's Office in GB and various places, 1972-1974; served with International Military Staff in Belgium, 1974-1975; served with HMS Scylla in North Atlantic during Cod Wars and Baltic, 1976; served with HMS Jupiter in Gibraltar, GB, West Indies and South America, 1976-1977; served with Ministry of Defence in GB, 1977-1979; served with NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic aboard HMS Juno in various places, 1980-1981
REEL 1 Background in various places, GB, 1929-1943: moves made by family including memories of periods in Plympton and Woolwich; education; father's service in Royal Navy; outbreak of war; shelter taken from air raids; issue of gas mask; education during war; story of presence in Bath during air raids including shelter taken in woods and loss of house; return journey to school in pyjamas; attack from Messerschmitt in Devon; process of joining Royal Navy including description of interview; wait for results; posting to Eaton Hall near Chester; train journey to Eaton Hall; buying of uniform. Aspects of period as cadet with Royal Naval College in GB, 5/1943-1/1946: accommodation including storage of kit; details of Eaton Hall; dancing classes; sports; education; learning to fly; details of earlier education; seamanship training; discipline; coal carrying parties; organisation in houses; Sikh students at college; background of recruits; engineering; accommodation in huts; laundry strike. REEL 2 Continues: organisation of cadet voyage to Dartmouth; story of attempted Cross-Channel race and subsequent journey home; story of cannon made by cadet; leisure activities; breakfast; routine including memories of science teacher and sports; sailing; learning of naval history; details of college at Dartmouth; hospitalisation with rugby injury; passing out parade. Aspects of period as seaman aboard HMS Frobisher and HMS Devonshire in West Indies and GB, 1/1946-9/1947: joining of ship; father's service on HMS Frobisher; details of ship and accommodation; painting of mast tops and guard rail stanchions; morning procedures; visit to Annapolis; father's service with Naval Ordnance; story of accident in Bermuda; later accidents during service; story of ghost aboard HMS Burghead Bay; leave on return; joining and details of HMS Devonshire. REEL 3 Continues: story of voyage aboard HMCS Haida during Second World War; further details of HMS Devonshire; activities during voyage; promotion to midshipman; posting to HMS Ajax. Aspects of period as midshipman and officer aboard various ships in Mediterranean and GB, 1947-1950: details of HMS Ajax; activities of ship; duties as midshipman including boat routine; course undertaken with Royal Marines; turning back ships populated by Jewish immigrants; activities of ship; sentry duties and theft of trophies from other ships; story of attempted theft of flag pole in Piraeus and subsequent events; details of shared car; return to GB and joining of HMS Liverpool; damage to ship during arrival at Alexandria; role as midshipman; transport of Lord Mountbatten's ponies; impressions of Lord Mountbatten; return to GB; promotion to sub-lieutenant; posting with HMS Barrosa; details of squadron; problems during voyage to Scapa Flow and posting to Greenwich; details of course taken including writing of naval papers and later job with NATO in Belgium; leisure activities; passing of port. REEL 4 Continues: leisure activities; details of courses undertaken in Portsmouth including flying a Gloster Meteor; posting to HMS Burghead Bay. Aspects of period as officer aboard HMS Burghead Bay in GB, 1950-1951: officers onboard; duties onboard including as wine caterer, in ship's office, in signal's office; voyage to Channel Islands; relationship with seamen; details of engine; memories of captain; leisure activities; opinion of service; trials of proximity fuses. Aspects of period as officer with Coastal Forces in GB coastal waters, 1951-1953: opinion of posting; details of motor torpedo boat course undertaken including later use of tactics learned during Cod War; earlier posting on HMS Triumph including landing of aircraft on deck; posting to Motor Torpedo Boat 1030; story of extinguishing fire during night exercise; duties; details of second Motor Torpedo Boat posted aboard; navigation including visits to Europe; posting to Motor Torpedo Boat 5003 as commander; memories of First Lieutenant David Joel; details of posting at Harwich. REEL 5 Continues: story of radar problems during a night exercise; duties during state visit from General Tito; posting to Motor Torpedo Boat 5020 at HMS Hornet; story of return from an exercise; details of exercises; posting to and details of German E-boat including involvement in trials; story of press demonstration; story of voyage to Liverpool; visit to Anglesey; involvement in Coronation Review. Aspects of period as officer with Royal Navy aboard various ships in Mediterranean and GB, 1953-1956: posting and role as direction officer; training courses including method of learning to intercept aircraft with ice cream trolleys; aircraft onboard HMS Glory; story of accident; duties. REEL 6 Continues: outbreak of war, 3/9/1939; awareness of approaching war; issue of Benzedrine while with Coastal Forces; story of timed Motor Torpedo Boat race; marriage and honeymoon, 4/1954; details of posting with HMS Boxer including story of anchoring during a storm and training given to students; details of long direction officers' course attended; posting to HMS Centaur; voyage to Far East; story of landing aircraft in fog off Hong Kong; decision to leave Royal Navy and return during Suez Crisis; details of golden bowler; activities during Suez Crisis; teaching of direction officers' course at HMS Harrier including accommodation and climate. REEL 7 Continues: Aspects of period as officer with 809 Naval Air Squadron in GB and various places, 1956-1957: details of posting with 809 Naval Air Squadron; accommodation; family; routine and duties including relationship with pilots; joining of HMS Elgin with 809 Squadron; preparations for voyage; spreading of grandmother's ashes; voyage to Singapore; self-maintenance period at Singapore; story of trip into jungle with Gurkha troops and subsequent leisure activities; details of voyage through South East Asia and Oceania including make-up of goodwill visits; activities and duties during visit to Melbourne including reasons for fatal accidents during tour; visit to Fremantle and Perth. REEL 8 Continues: visit to and impressions of French Foreign Legion on Madagascar; visit to games reserve during period in Durban; grounding in River Plate; sighting of Admiral Graf Spee; visit to Rio de Janeiro; return to GB. Aspects of period as officer aboard HMS Chichester in GB and Mediterranean, 1957-1959: details of ship; accommodation of family; work with US Air Force; air exercise; visit to Jerusalem; plotting of radar sites on Gaza Strip; intelligence gathered; collection of Hugh Foot and family from Cyprus; voyage along North African coast including bomb attack in Bone; background to next posting. Aspects of period as officer with Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment in GB, 1959-1963: accommodation; details of unit; involvement in work on 3D radar automation system for use on HMS Eagle including introduction and description of transistor computers. REEL 9 Continues: details of datalinks between computers; visits to London Heathrow Airport; liaison with scientists and own role; accommodation; further details of datalinks between computers including plans for future; posting to Devonport. Aspects of period as officer with HMS Eagle in GB and Far East, 1963-1966: training of HMS Eagle's crew on 3D radar automation system and involvement in formation of trials programme; description and use of 3D radar automation system including problems encountered with system; knowledge of HMS Eagle; visit from de Havilland Tiger Moths; period at Gibraltar; refitting of HMS Eagle; details of trial programme; maintenance of 3D radar automation system; aircraft onboard; voyage to Far East; getting used to new systems including visit to navigation and direction officers' conference; problems encountered with system. REEL 10 Continues: period working with successor; involvement in incident during the Indonesian Confrontation; wet and dry lists of officers. Aspects of period as officer with Commission Defence in GB, 1966-1968: details of role including process of working within Ministry of Defence; story of writing a staff requirement using a Dictaphone including development of idea; story of farewell party for John Bush; selection of computer for use in automation systems; concerns over use of computer automation system with Sea Slug missile including cancellation of demonstration in US; installation of computer automated systems on HMS Bristol; opinion of posting. Aspects of period as officer aboard HMS Minerva in GB, West Indies including during Anguilla intervention and Gibraltar from 1968: reaction to posting as captain; role as captain; details of ship; story of sailor returning late to ship and reason for it; discipline and punishment. REEL 11 Continues: decision to leave Marine in sea during voyage to Anguilla; events during period anchored off Anguilla; joining with HMS Rhyl at Antigua; plans and preparations for landing on Anguilla; dispatch of Royal Marines and story of press photographer on beach; broadcast of Radio Anguilla from ship; medical aid given to civilians; problems with Financial Times reporter; period on Anguilla including fuel supply; parson duties undertaken including funeral services; daily routine; pulling alongside other ships; handling of ships; work-up at Portland and embarkation for West Indies; details of voyage across Atlantic including own awareness. REEL 12 Continues: story of fire received from US forces en route to Puerto Rico; story of shark caught off Anguilla; visit from Hugh Foot, Lord Caradon, including details of hotel he stayed at; self-maintenance period in Trinidad and Tobago including leisure activities; posting to Montserrat for police strike; involvement in Grenada Expo including story of helicopter display; showing the flag activities in Puerto Rico and St Lucia including lectures given at museum and relationship with civilians; voyage to and arrival in Belize; leisure activities; liaison with army; posting to Honduras; dinner with British Ambassador and attempt to gain talking parrot for wife. REEL 13 Continues: voyage to Mobile, Alabama; story of fire onboard ship during a reception; visit to Key West Naval Base including meeting with US Coastguard in Miami; relationship with civilians in Bahamas; details of patrols; story of journey to remove Jacques Cousteau from a shipwreck including assistance given to civilians en route; story of weekend visit to Anguilla Cays including discovery of skeletons and weapons cache; further details of patrols; voyage to Chatham; visits home; description of sea trials for ship built for Iranian Navy including various problems faced. REEL 14 Continues: story of tracking Russian helicopter cruiser Moskva including handover to US Navy and salute made to Moskva and accompanying ships; visit to Toulon; gaining of new post; handover of post and return home by helicopter. Aspects of period as officer with NATO Division Defence Policy Staff in GB to 1972: details of unit; details of air plotting method devised and other duties; comments made on defence papers including war computer organisation set-up in Byfleet; involvement with sub-committee of the nuclear planning group including presenting of paper on nuclear weapons in the Baltic; comment made on defence papers; memories of colleagues; promotion to captain; posting with the First Sea Lord. Aspects of period as officer with First Sea Lord's Office in GB and various places, 1972-1974: duties; visit from Prince Charles; visit to South America including impressions of General Pinochet. REEL 15 Continues: further details of visit to South America including role; journey back from South America including stay in Gibraltar; arguments over aircraft carriers and Hawker Siddeley Harriers; details of visit to Iran; earlier posting as contract captain to the Iranian frigate, Saam; details of visit to India including relationship with First Sea Lord, Michael Pollock; story of shoot during stay in India and shot birds presented to First Sea Lord; relationship with First Sea Lords, Michael Pollock and Edward Ashmore; details of trip to Oceania; gaining required information during trips; activities during wait for appointment. REEL 16 Continues: activities during wait for appointment to HMS Birmingham including period in Brussels writing paper on standardisation of arms in NATO. Aspects of operations as officer with HMS Scylla in North Atlantic during Cod Wars, 1976: make-up of 7th Frigate Squadron; briefing on rules of engagement; situation in North Atlantic; problems from ice; talk with Captain Anson about situation; organisation of trawlers; contact with and description of an Icelandic gunboat; plans for keeping gunboats from trawlers; description of sortie with a gunboat; effects of ramming a gunboat; fishing off North West Iceland; story of tip for the Grand National; communication with trawlers; story of chasing gunboat away; relief of duties; return voyage to GB; special kit taken to Arctic. Aspects of period as officer with HMS Scylla in GB and Baltic, 1976: leave and news of next posting. REEL 17 Continues: escort of HMY Britannia to Helsinki including contact with Soviet gunboats and restrictions on ship's activities; leisure activities in Helsinki; return voyage to GB including along Kiel Canal; dinner aboard HMY Britannia including conversation with Queen Elizabeth II; change of ship. Aspects of period as officer with HMS Jupiter in Gibraltar and GB, 1976-1977: period in Toulon; details of HMS Jupiter; details of sea trials; relationship with British Army and Women's Royal Naval Service including sailing in and out of Gibraltar harbour; work-up period at Portland including description of riot and intrusion exercises. REEL 18 Aspects of period as officer with HMS Jupiter in West Indies and South America, 1977: make-up of vessels sailed with; story of football found in sea and subsequent competitions; approach to warfare; refit in Puerto Rico including landing exercise; details of exercise in Grenadines; story of meeting with Grenada's Prime Minister; Eric Gairy; exercises with Brazilian Navy; story of contact between sailors and Ronnie Biggs in Rio de Janeiro including concern among officers; details of return voyage including story of sailor with meningitis. REEL 19 Continues: involvement in Silver Jubilee Fleet Review. Aspects of period as officer with International Military Staff in Belgium, 1974-1975: background to posting; briefing on arrival in Brussels; writing of paper on standardisation of arms in NATO; effects of paper including attempt to gain French cooperation; offer of posting in NATO. Aspects of period as officer with Ministry of Defence in GB, 1977-1979: details of unit and role; duties as liaison with oil industry; involvement in purchasing Westland Sea King helicopters for Royal Marines; relationship with civil servants; reflections on posting; story of wine made for 1978 Christmas party. REEL 20 Continues: details of next posting; preparations for departure; Aspects of period as officer with NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic aboard HMS Juno in various places, 1980-1981: visit to Norfolk, Virginia, including details and role of unit; journey to Charleston; change of command ceremony on HMS Juno; crew members; command of ship; plan for tour; events during visit to Aarhus; story of reconnaissance patrol tracking Soviet ships; earlier Soviet shadowing of HMS Eagle and gifts given to Soviets; command of aircraft carriers; visit to Hammerfest and return top Bergen; sports; visit from NATO commander; cooperation among nations. REEL 21 Continues: voyage to Mediterranean; running aground and rescue of USS Sellers; leave in Italy including audience with Pope John Paul II; visit to friend in Gibraltar; visits in France and Netherlands; posting to Baltic following Solidarity actions in Poland; Christmas 1980; work-up in Portland; story of visit to German ship including lift in burning helicopter; period on Madeira; earlier visit to Scapa Flow; handover of command at Chatham; background to gaining civilian work with British Diabetic Association including interview.