The Falklands War.

Taztiff

War Hero
Just seen on faceache. Of interest to @Ninja_Stoker

Last night our father crossed the bar.

Lt CDR Brian Frank Dutton DSO. QGM

He joined the navy as a boy and at 16 was serving on HMS Belfast in A Gun during the Korean War.

He changed Branches to become a Club Swinger, rising to POPTI when he took and passed his maths and English O levels and went SD .

At the time we’d lived at Lossiemouth and Arbroath.

A move to Portsmouth followed. He then served on Bulwark and Albion. The promotion in the PT branch was dead mans shoes so he changed branches and became an MCDO.

He absolutely loved his mine clearance diving work and earned a QGM for a particularly nasty German mine trapped in the jaws of a dredging craft off Felixstowe.

He was twice I/C Portsmouth and Medway MCD UNIT

In 1982 he received his redundancy notice, MCDO’s no longer required. Then the Falklands happened. Redundancy Notice in hand he and his team went to the South Atlantic.

There they disposed of 8+ bombs dropped into our ships which failed to detonate.

The worst was on the Argonaut. It took over 5 days to remove. For this he received the DSO.

He came back and was made redundant.

He once,post Falklands, came down Conqueror and admitted he could not think of being in boats.

He was also wheelman on several occasions for Chatham Field Gun Team in the 50’s

RIP Dad
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Many thanks @Taztiff, understand the funeral is Weds 23rd May at Portsmouth Anglican Catherdral 16:00. I'll be paying my respects, one of many I imagine, thank you. An inspirational gentleman.
 

Taztiff

War Hero
Many thanks @Taztiff, understand the funeral is Weds 23rd May at Portsmouth Anglican Catherdral 16:00. I'll be paying my respects, one of many I imagine, thank you. An inspirational gentleman.
Agree. One of the best that makes us all proud to be part of the same service.
The post came up on a closed Fisgard Facebook page so I could not post the link directly.
I will be on holiday in the West Indies that day - may have to have a small rum in respect even though I never met him.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Agree. One of the best that makes us all proud to be part of the same service.
The post came up on a closed Fisgard Facebook page so I could not post the link directly.
I will be on holiday in the West Indies that day - may have to have a small rum in respect even though I never met him.
Enjoy your hols :)

I'm working in Pompey that week as things stand, so will hopefully be able to get into the cathedral as one of the Argonaut uniformed representatives.

Frankly, if it's pissing down, chocker and I'm stood outside, it matters not, he's earned it.
 
This was our father Brian Dutton.

I have only just joined the NN website. I am now going through his extensive collection of photographs and I will share them on this website and others so folk can use them as they see fit and perhaps add to our understanding of the old man.

I am one of three sons, the middle one, and all three of us at one time were in the Mob. To my great shame the old man was a bubble head and the two brothers skimmers, leaving me to pursue the gentle art of being a submariner.

We also had an uncle who also serve in the RN he too was a skimmer.. ;-)

As a Naval family and all of us three sons joining up at 16 years old we never had much time with Dad, that was the way of Naval life 1950 -1980, long deployments and short leaves. So as I post pics any feedback will be welcome so we can understand what he did.

Dad's funeral was a grand affair and he was sent off with all honours. His ashes will be scattered at sea on Sept 26th. His last wish. Our Family thanks to all who attended his funeral at Portsmouth Cathedral and made it so special.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
This was our father Brian Dutton.

I have only just joined the NN website. I am now going through his extensive collection of photographs and I will share them on this website and others so folk can use them as they see fit and perhaps add to our understanding of the old man.

I am one of three sons, the middle one, and all three of us at one time were in the Mob. To my great shame the old man was a bubble head and the two brothers skimmers, leaving me to pursue the gentle art of being a submariner.

We also had an uncle who also serve in the RN he too was a skimmer.. ;-)

As a Naval family and all of us three sons joining up at 16 years old we never had much time with Dad, that was the way of Naval life 1950 -1980, long deployments and short leaves. So as I post pics any feedback will be welcome so we can understand what he did.

Dad's funeral was a grand affair and he was sent off with all honours. His ashes will be scattered at sea on Sept 26th. His last wish. Our Family thanks to all who attended his funeral at Portsmouth Cathedral and made it so special.
I think we met on the day and what a day of reflection, admiration and respect.

For me, stood with a fellow Argonaut, it was an honour to attend the service and have a brief chat afterwards.

To my surprise, during the service, I found myself stood next to my former shipmate, Barking Bob (MCDO, recently left HMS QE and finally, deservedly, promototed)... And finally meeting @Naval_Gazer. A day to remember .
 

Marcantilan

Midshipman
LAW 14.jpg

Yes, I know. Shameless advertising. But I am happy and I want to share.

"A Carrier At Risk" is about ARG ASW ops and UK SUB ops during the 1982 conflict.

Regards!
 
@Marcantilan

Long time no see but Welcome Back anyway (nine years since your previous posts at RR)

I spotted this Book a few weeks ago when it received pre-publication publicity. Delivery of the Paperback version at AMAZON UK (now at £14.91, RRP: was £16.95) is expected to be available in a month or so and I await my copy with interest.

Given your previous focus on SM/ASW activities 'down south' one could almost be forgiven from assuming you might have had a hand in preparing this new book?

No matter - I think that a few other former Submariners in particular will find this angle on Corporate Operations from the Argentinian viewpoint 'interesting' but perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt or two? :WINK - WINK:

Regards - Bob L
(Serving but Inboard ATT BTW :()
 

pg55555

Lantern Swinger
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I'll be interested in which version of the Argentinian Sub Ops will be used in the book, there were at least three post the "conflict"
 

Marcantilan

Midshipman
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I'll be interested in which version of the Argentinian Sub Ops will be used in the book, there were at least three post the "conflict"
Hello all.

And yes, a lot of time without any post from my side. But you know, “it's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt”

Arg Sub Ops were not relevant for the book.

ARA San Luis was mentioned briefly because the submarine engaged a submerged target on 8 May (with a Mk. 37 torpedo - some details of the attack were in the book) and some post war reports mentioned HMS Onyx was hit that time. The book mentions HMS Onyx was elsewhere, including a nice photo of HMS Onyx in the surface, taken from an AAF Boeing 707 on 21 May (in route to the islands).

ARA Salta was also mentioned in a couple of lines, because the submarine was near a submerged contact, detected from an AAF Fokker F-27.

And that´s it.

UK Sub Ops were analyzed in details.

Best regards!
Mariano
 

Marcantilan

Midshipman
I have started writing about UK ASW in the 1982 South Atlantic War. An honest question, would you like to read a book about that?
 

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