this day I walked through the gates of HMS Raleigh and started my time in the Andrew. We were the last entry to be issued with the old square rig with bellbottoms. Adding paybook width pleats on the trousers and a separate silk; the first skill to be learned was how not to ruin stuff with a hot iron! Got to see the fleet at Spithead later in the year from HMS Devonshire (sent from HMS Cambridge for a week whilst under training) & joined my first ship in Guzz just as she was coming out of refit in the autumn. HMS Ajax was a lovely shade of red lead from bow to stern. As Bosun's Mate rang 16 bells as 1977 became 1978. Seems like yesterday, not 4 decades ago.