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The contrast between my first ship and my last. You either loved it or hated it. Here it was the latter. I had lost complete confidence in the Royal Navy after this ship. I won't mention some of the officers by name. Even now I could use a number of expletives on a certain officer who was both arrogant and incompetent. Unlike the Captain, who could handle Fife like a racing car, and was respected by myself and the entire crew. Did I get anything out of those two years on Fife, I passed for Petty Officer, and helped with a plan to use helicopters to decoy sea skimming missiles like the Exocet. Which was classified to quite a high level. Eight years later an officer by the name of Windsor would tell the world how it was done. In the end I was glad to leave that awful ship and few months later I left the Royal Navy, along with thousands more. Do I regret a career thrown away. Yes for the first few months, however with the hindsight of today no. It wasn't for me. With a young wife, my pay had been frozen for three years, and my promotion was at least a year away. Working in Civi street my pay doubled and within six months trebled with half the responsibilities and a considerable reduction in hours and of course I went home every night. I retired from the factory 35 years later. A transport coordinator, I took early retirement at 59 and left with a
The electronics required for
the Sea Slug were the large Type 901 fire-control radar and the Type
965 air-search radar. These required a great deal of weight to be
carried high up on the ship, further defining the design. Sea Slug
could also be used in the surface to surface role. The concept of
building around the weapons system, would eventually reduce the
effectiveness of this class of warship over its operational life.
To the point Seaslug in the Falklandís campaign, would be unable to
take out low flying aircraft, and would be reduce to punching holes
in the runway at Port Stanley. A sad waste of a fine ship. The flawed designed
of building a warship which could be operational for thirty years,
around a weapon system which would be obsolete in ten still
continues today in the Type 45 Destroyer.
final salaried pension, and good memories not
only of the factory but the people. Later I would buy a holiday
home in Exmouth and finally move from Frome after 45 years to live
by the sea.
On the Royal Navy the 400 Captains for 13 warships tells me nothing as changed in the Top heavy Service.