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29 May2017

And so it begins!

Military & Forgotten Wrecks Liveaboard

by Richard Cullen | 29th May 2017

On 30 June wounded in service ‘troops’ will commence their build up programme for the Truk Lagoon Expedition in August 2018.

The ten day programme will see the troops undertaking their PADI Wreck Speciality but most importantly diving world famous and newly discovered wrecks. In addition to support their PADI Enriched Air Course they will be learning about advanced decompression procedures.

Programme members are all PADI Advanced Open Water and have the Deep Speciality

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The full team will consist of:

  • Dan Phillips - Mercian Regiment
  • Chris Middleton – Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  • Gary Green – The Rifles
  • Andrew Johnston – Royal Marines
  • David 'Aitch' Hubber - Royal Logistic Corps
  • Ben Lee - Royal Engineers
  • Luke Morrison – Parachute Regiment
  • Peter Hayward - Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
  • Ian Potter – RAF Regiment
  • Michael John Clapp
  • Jason Court – Royal Navy
  • Richard Cullen
  • Martin Weddell
  • Andy Alfred
  • Dave Culver
  • Russell Heath
  • Ian Bertram – Royal Artillery/ Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Dickie Henderson – RAF Regiment
  • Jamie Hull – Parachute Regiment
  • Sharon El Shoura
  • Dmitry Kynazev – Programme Photographer

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They will be diving and penetrating numerous wrecks, some of which have, until recently, have laid undiscovered.

In addition programme members will give presentations about the history of one or more wrecks.

  • Dan Phillips - The Thistlegorm
  • Chris Middleton - HMS Nith
  • Gary Green - The wrecks of Abu Nuhas - The Carnatic and The Chrisoula K
  • Andrew Johnston - The wrecks of Abu Nuhas - The Giannas D
  • David 'Aitch' Hubber - The Rosalie Moller
  • Ben Lee - T43 - The Aboudy
  • Luke Morrison - The Ulyssess
  • Peter Hayward - T43 Minesweeper
  • Ian Potter - The Scalaria
  • Michael John Clapp - The Patrol Boat
  • Jason Court – The wrecks of Abu Nuhas - The Kimon K
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We are sailing on a luxury Liveaboard for the ten days which is moored in Hurghada, so a 15 minute bus journey from Hurghada airport.

The first day will be spent diving in the locality of Hurghada and overnight, weather permitting, we will sail north towards the Suez Canal.

The expedition will dive the iconic Red Sea wreck the Thistlegorm which was sunk by German bombers on 6 October 1941 whilst moored in a safe anchorage in the Red Sea. Four members of the crew and five members of the Royal Navy Gun went down with the ship.

If conditions allow us to a Sunset Ceremony, followed by 2 minutes silence will he held to remember those that died. The age old ceremony of Sunset and the Evening Hymn marks the end of the day but most importantly allows for a few moments of quiet reflection as we recall all those of the British Armed Services who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Sovereign and Country.

We return to port on 10 July and fly home on 11th

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