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Each week a different member of the TAURUS 09 Task Group will write a diary, recording details of their week in one of the many units taking part in the deployment. From the most junior sailor or marine, right up to the Task Group Commander, these diaries will give a varied, honest and unique insight into life as part of the complicated jigsaw that makes up a Royal Navy Task Group.

  • LS (AWT) Brown – Operations Room Supervisor – HMS Ocean
     currently live in Gillingham Kent with my parents, two little brothers and my sister who is also in the Navy. I have been in the Navy for 4 and half years.
  • AB Wenham – Bridge team – HMS Ocean
    I come from Brighton and have been in the Navy now for nearly two years. I have been on HMS Ocean for ten months and this is my first deployment.
  • Lt Amie Jackson
    25th Jun 2009
    Lt Amie Jackson
    - OOW1 / MINTO - HMS Somerset. Taurus Diary 20 Jun 09 - 25 Jul 09. Bay of Bengal 
  • Lt Cdr Rich Tacey, HMS Bulwark
    Following some criticism from some friends back home, I have been spurred into action on the Blog front to prove I am actually out here, despite despatching some pretty fantastic photos as evidence.
  • POAET(M) Andy Houghton, 820NAS HMS Ocean & RFA Wave Ruler
    I am currently serving on 820 Naval Air Squadron as a Merlin helicopter mechanical supervisor.
  • Petty Officer Laurence (Lou) Lawson HMS Ocean
    I am Petty Officer Laurence (Lou) Lawson, I have been in the Navy for nearly 13 years, and am a Marine Engineer onboard, specialising in Landing Craft.
  • POPT Lenny Armstrong, HMS Bulwark
    This is the diary of Petty Officer Physical Trainer Lenny Armstrong; I’ve been in the Royal Navy for eighteen years and I am currently serving onboard HMS BULWARK.
  • Midshipman Philip Denny HMS Ocean
    Midshipman Philip Denny is one of 12 Young Officers (YO’s) onboard HMS Ocean.  He joined on January 7th for four months to complete his Common Fleet Time (CFT) in order to prepare himself for the Fleet board.
  • LLogs(Pers) Michelle Burgess, HMS Somerset
    I’m currently serving on board HMS Somerset as the Leading Logistics (Personnel), I’ve been on board for 2 years,
  • LAcmn Alan 'Speedy' Speed
    Alan 'Speedy' Speed joined the Royal Navy in 2001 as an Operator Mechanic, Mine Warfare specialist.  After transferring to Aircrewman,