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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The blog author.

A few years ago.

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I’m the one in dark blue. We had just been awarded the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.

In 1995 RFA Sir Galahad shared the award of the Wilkinson Sword of Peace after providing assistance to the UK elements of the UN Stabilisation Force at Lobito, Angola, following years of civil war.  The ship was deployed on Operation Chantress as this deployment became known from the 6 April to the 21 August 1995.

It was a very interesting deployment. I was the liaison between the ship and the Royal Engineer detachment. I believe I’m the only engineer in my outfit to have carried out a controlled explosion of a land mine. (under supervision of course).

I found this pic by pure chance on the internet. Strange.


  1. Bugger me! What an ugly sod you are...

    1. Unduly harsh, Mr D. I would call the gentleman striking and singular. Would I crawl over Katie Perry to get to him- not at all....

  2. What the fuck is that on that female corporals shoulder?

    Sort it out Filthy! that photo has been got at. along with that chap on the right with an oversized uniform and the lance corporal bird uniform don't fit either.

    I bet those medals are fake too.

    Can you remember 7 being in the original photo?


    1. An aiguillette (from French "aiguillette", small needle) is an ornamental braided cord most often worn on uniforms, but may also be observed on other costumes such as academic dress, where it will denote an honour.

      There are about six hundred sharing that honour. We were there to collect it on their behalf.


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