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worst run ashore

I awoke this morning,coughed,scratched,farted, checked my navel for belly button fluff, for my stuff a cushion campaign,and wondered about runs ashore,have you had a bad one?We sailed on HMS Bulwark Britains first commando carrier in 1960 for eighteen months commission in the far east,eighteen months note. In march we arrived in Homs north Africa,so into the boats we piled, what a god forsaken place ,nothing but gravel and sand,a few huts and a few arabs, that was it,we found a hut that sold drink,in no time it was sold out, so back to the boats,onour way back all these arabs arrived from nowhere,and began stoning us, it was anightmare, and scary,we got away from the shore witha coxswain i admire to this day,but the damage done to jack was horrific,bleeding heads and all sorts,tho iwas lucky and avoided getting hit, so not every port is a haven for jolly jack. do you have any memories like that?


absit invida - absum
on the mighty peacock on the way back from darwin we stopped over at some god forsaken place, it was that bad cant remember the name of it.
the organised tours were to charcoal factories and road side markets! it did have one site of note and that was a place bang on the equator, you could stand with a foot in each hemispere.
we went out but were back by 9 oclockers coz there was no beer to be had or women to flirt with, then on the day we left full of cheer as we were getting out of there we ran aground on a sand bank! it got desperate and the lads were on about going in the water to dig/push us out it was the pits!
Stopped in Djibouti for water and a run, got so infested with flies in 2 hours that we ditched the idea and pulled out again, steaming round for a while with all upperdeck hatches open to get rid of them. Filthy stinking hole, was there once before with 50% suicide leave, just enough time for some of the lads to get ashore, have a beer, scrap with the frog legion, get mugged and back onboard. Nice!
Thats the trouble with skimmers. We met up with the Foriegn Legion at St Juan de Lurs just before they went off to Indo China and got wiped out. Great mob - got us out of a lot of trouble with the locals. Had a great affinity with submariners
Forgot to mention Brest, not a good run but managed to get monged anyway, hookers were pig ugly and V expensive. on our way back accross the bridge (very high bridge as anyone who has been there will remember) we saw a frog patrol boat underneath with the QM sat on the bridge fast asleep with his feet up on the console. A good oppo who shall remain nameless (but is a member of this site) bought a can of coke, and in a shot in a million managed to launch it from the bridge straight at the bridge window. Scared the living shite out of pascal, I think he had to change his pantaloons sharpish.
creakin said:
for me it has to be cagliari. blooming place was shut, (or shall i say it seemed to be - no one about anywhere)

Have to agree, and include most places in Italy. They just don't seem to have the bar thing weighed off!
sidon55 said:
Thats the trouble with skimmers. We met up with the Foriegn Legion at St Juan de Lurs just before they went off to Indo China and got wiped out. Great mob - got us out of a lot of trouble with the locals. Had a great affinity with submariners

Fair comment mate, bet you didn't have any flies coming near the stench that came out of your boat eh?
QUEBEC, Canada takes a lot of beating, FROGS with attitude having been under the thumb of Pax Britannica and her off shoots for approaching 300 years. They were unhappy bunnies when three Type 12's from the Dartmouth Training Squadron turned up in their fair city. Wall to wall white caps and bell bottoms 90% of the locals were a tad annoyed and made it very plain to us they wanted us to Foxtrot Oscar ASAP.

Brest, Djibouti, Quebec..... we have a French Connection going on here. I could also throw in Noumea, New Caledonia, more or less a French island, despite the name. Wasn't a bad run once we'd learnt to keep clear of the French colonial influence, but it was sheer hostility in many bars.

I also claim to have been to Australia, but it was shut! I kid you not, 1968, Brisbane - I only got ashore on the middle day of three - a Sunday. Very strict Methodist town at the time, not a drink to be had anywhere.... my oppo and I ended up going to Church, just for something to do. (We pulled at the post-service 'coffee evening' though!)
Geoff_Wessex said:
Brest, Djibouti, Quebec..... we have a French Connection going on here.

Good point, didn't notice that trend, whilst on the subject of cheese eating surrender monkeys, thought these might amuse.....

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me." —General George S. Patton

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." —Norman Schwartzkopf

"We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it." —Marge Simpson

"As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure." —Jacques Chirac, President of France

"As far as France is concerned, you're right." —Rush Limbaugh

"The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee." —Regis Philbin

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know." —P.J O'Rourke (1989)

"You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the face for it." —John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona

"The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq." —Dennis Miller

"I would call the French scumbags, but that, of course, would be a disservice to bags filled with scum. I say we invade Iraq, then invade Chirac." —Dennis Miller

"You know why the French don't want to bomb Saddam Hussein? Because he hates America, he loves mistresses and wears a beret. He IS French, people." —Conan O'Brien

"I don't know why people are surprised that France won't help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn't help us get the Germans out of France!" —Jay Leno

"The last time the French asked for 'more proof,' it came marching into Paris under a German flag." —David Letterman

How many Frenchmen does it take to change a light bulb?
One. He holds the bulb and all of Europe revolves around him.

An old saying: Raise your right hand if you like the French.... Raise both hands if you are French.

Next time there's a war in Europe, the loser has to keep France.

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