(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
HMS Dolphin Duty Watch in 1973
Written by John DeasDuring the winter of 1972/73 I was drafted to HMS Dolphin to complete the Polaris Submariners Course. As part of the Ships Company we all had to do Anti Vandal/Security Sentry during our stint on duty watch.
HMS Dolphin......duty watch in 1975
Written by PeteThe night the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands died. I was guarding a fence out by Dolphin Two and expecting hoards of IRA terrorists to come swarming over the top of the barbed wire. I was eighteen years old and veryyyyyyyyy much a sprog but I was going to stop them at any cost with a tin hat, nightstick, whistle, a radio (stornophone?) belt and gaiters. I was determined to stop ANYBODY. I would have as well except nobody did try to invade. All night long I waited, I didn't take my eyes off that fence for a minute! Come 0700 I was out on my feet but was relieved on time and after dumping my duty stuff off at Electric Lemonade it was staight to the galley for scan and back to my mess for domestics. Then it was instruction as usual in the Submarine school and once again I was determined to stay awake throughout the day. Other guys with me the previous night fell asleep in the class room and I thought that faily limp to say the least. I managed it to remain awake and come sixteen hundred....whoohoo...secure. Straight to my mess, Cameron CF6 to shower and don jeans and tee shirt prior to legging to Gopsport for a couple of beers or lots. Back onboard for 2359 (ish), pick up station card, rack out for about five hours then do it all again. You can do anything when you are eighteen......I could anyway!!!!