The Falklands War.

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

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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.
 
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

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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.
 

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