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HMS Gavinton, minesweeper, in the Gulf, 1969
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No: 3621   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 1969   Manufacturer: Thornycroft, United Kingdom   Country: High Seas
HMS Gavinton, minesweeper, in the Gulf, 1969

Photographed during a naval exercise in the Gulf in November 1969.
HMS Gavinton was built by DOIGS and launched on 27 July, 1953. She was broken up in Belgium in 1992.
Picture added on 10 February 2008
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i served on the gavinton from 1968 to 1970.i've been trying to trace former shipmates but so far i have traced only one.could you help?

Added by H.f. Smith on 04 December 2008.
Sorry, this is the closest I ever got to that minesweeper, I was on HMS Nubian as a visitor at the time (being in the RAF, stationed in Bahrain!).

Added by Peter John Langsdale on 04 December 2008.
Nice Picture, I was Radio OP 1972 to 1974 at that time we were MCM1 based in HMS Lochinvar at Port Edgar.

Added by Steve Cox on 14 February 2009.
I was the LREM from 80-83 when in STANAVFORCHAN and Rosyth based, trouble was skipper lived in Portsmouth so where were we....... saw M1140 again in Akrotiri in 85 when she was again tasked to remove live ordnance from Med and Suez. Also have 2 pic of her being broken up, sad sight.

Added by Phil on 26 February 2009.
Hi Phil, Thanks for your comment.I was the EM.Have you thought about joining the Ton Class Association? Also i hope Steve Cox will see this message about the association.There are photo's on the site of the Gavinton being broken up in Belguim.

Added by Harold Smith on 26 February 2009.
hi my dad served on hms gavinton in 1977, we were the lucky souls who inherited junior rabbit grobblington!!!! my dad is lee symms probably known as charlie. the rabbit in fact turned out to be a hare and chewed his way out of everything, including our 6in door in the shed. ate all the neighbours veggie plots, and basically rulled the roost have many fond memories of him xx

Added by D Montague on 08 March 2009.
New one on me.A ships rabbit!On my commision we had a dog named "hasse." (interpret that any way you like)He was half doberman & half greyhound and what a character he was.Every time the divers went over he went too.He had his own bunk & would pull you off, if you were asleep on it.

Added by Harold Smith on 08 March 2009.
Hiya Debs, I remember your Dad Lee and your mother very well. I was the other Radio Op onboard the Gavinton. I had totally forgotten about Grobbington the rabbit . oooh happy memories lol. Please tell me your dad has given up making that lethal home brew of his (tea and elderberry wine). Many's a hangover I've suffered after drinking that stuff.

Added by Alfie (Paddy) Henry on 10 April 2009.
oh .. and just to prove the Grobblington rabbit story, Navy News did a story about it in 1977. See link below

Added by Alfie (Paddy) Henry on 10 April 2009.
i remeber the f.a.r. it was amazing what you could make people believe when we had open ship. I also remember sitting in with your dad and paddy.

Added by Donald Keen [rem1] on 29 September 2009.
Fond memories.
Can't get to my photo archive right now, but have some new additions for the collection.
Able Seaman(M) George(Will)Hewitt.
Gunners Yeo 83-86 ? approx.
Ex CO's of Gav Lt Cdr Paul Skieara
Lt Cdr Bernie Bruin

Added by Will Hewitt on 05 November 2009.
looking forward to seeing them George.I've loads but can't find owt' due to a house move.I'll post some one day.

Added by Harold Smith on 06 November 2009.
Hiya Harold
Always good to hear from an ex Gav.
I'm going up North soon and will be able to get my hands on said archive.
May need some help though putting them on
Gav Sight ? open to suggestions.
Speak soon,
All the best,

Added by Will Hewitt on 06 November 2009.
Heyup Will,
Have you ever thought of joining the Ton Class Association? I've been contacted by old oppo's who are in it.
Harold (smudge)

Added by Harold Smith on 07 November 2009.
My son Kraig (Gavin) was christened on the Gavinton in 1979, Bungy Williams, Andy Viney and Gretchen were godparents. I have bumped into Andy a few times in Newcastle city centre over the years.
I remember the ship put on a great spread for the christening and the day was very much appreciated by my wife Audrey and daughter Cheri. Some faboulous pictures to cherish.
Looking back there are so many wonderful memories of those days and some great friendships - Angus (Gus) Ogilvey and Brian Ash to name but a few. Its hard to believe that it was 30 years ago. !!
Maybe its time for a 'HMS Gavinton' reunion . . lol

Added by Alfie (Paddy) Henry (ex RO) on 08 November 2009.
Hi Paddy,
It's over 41 years since i first joined the Gavinton at Chatham.She was being coverted at the time.I was one of the first crew members to join her.I can still remember it as though it was yesterday.As far as a Gavinton reunion goes why not.I,m going to trawl through the TCA membership list for ex GAV's.
Bye for now,
Harold (smudge) Smith

Added by Harold Smith on 10 November 2009.
paddy you want a reunion set it up and let this site know i'll come be good to see some of the folks off the gav

Added by Donald Keen on 11 November 2009.
well theres a challenge . . .
I'm sure we can sort something out.

Added by Alfie on 23 November 2009.
see you when you sort it out then should be a good do

Added by Donald Keen on 24 November 2009.
Hiya Harold

Ref : last contact 07 Nov 09
Recently got back from "Up North"
Got my Gav archive but going to give it to you a bit at a time, then we can pause to reflect & discuss, and I would love to join the TCA.
It would be a major coup if i could track down ex CO Bernie bruen,
He was an RN man through and through, and somewhat of an eccentric,watch this space.

All the best ship mate, Will Hewitt

Added by Will Hewitt on 01 December 2009.
Hey Up Will, for some reason i've only just received your last e-mail.So i'm sorry for the very late reply to your e-mail.I can't help you regarding Bernie Bruen but i think that at some time we ought to try and have a Gavinton reunion of some kind. If Paddy sees this message, lets all get together and try and organise some form of reunion or get together.It would be great to talk about your own commissions and memories.
Bye for now,

Editor: Hi guys, it is fab you've contacted each other through this site. But as you now have each others email address (just hover over the blue names underneath the comments) can I suggest you contact each other directly?
Marcel Gommers
Editor Ships and Harbours

Added by on 09 January 2010.
Hi Chaps,

My Name is Martin Davies or Biff i was a baby diver on there with BB when we did the boxing championship in Faslane, I was the light heavy weight.
To tell you the truth I cannot remember what year I was one there for but it was a good time that I do remember, would be good to touch base with anyone who remembers me. I am now living in Indonesia so if you are around Singapore drop me a line.

Added by Martin Davies (Biff) on 30 March 2010.
I was the LRO(T) march 1970 to march 1971 based in Bahrain

Added by Frank Cannon on 08 June 2010.
Hi All,
My name is Robert "Florrie" Ford. I was the diving storekeeper on the Gavinton from March 1970 to March 1971. I was also the ships Goalkeeper. We had a terrific football team, rugby team & waterpolo team & beat just about everyone we played. We even beat the "Jufair" team in Bahrein & "Terror" under floodlights in Singapore in 1970. We had some great nights in the 2 x Seas club in Jufair.

Added by Robert Ford on 13 August 2010.
Few names here .. I was cook on the Gavie 77/78 .. still have fond memories ..remember Paddy, Lee Syms , Bernie Bruen, Gene Dennis, Oli Oliver, Sam Cooke, Micky Preece, Gary Abnott .. would love to hesr from any of the guys from my time.

Also remember debs up above .. used to babysit for her and her brother .. paddy you were right her dads tea wine.. was leathal.

Added by Ian Lindsay (Legs) on 17 October 2010.
Hi All,
My name is Russ Briercliffe I was the gunners yeoman on the Gavinton from refit in Gib 1976 till 1978. Have been a Ton Class member for some 13 years. On one of the reunions at Babbacome some years ago I saw Bernie Bruen. Would be great to hold a reunion of our own.

Added by Russell Briercliffe on 12 December 2010.
Some form of a Gav only reunion sounds great Russell. I was on that actual commission and probably somewhere on the upper deck when the posted photo was took.

Added by Harold Smith on 12 December 2010.
I was a stoker on Gav, 70- 71
A reunion sounds a great idea (can we hold it in the Two Seas?)
Lottie Brayshaw

Added by Graham Brayshaw on 13 February 2011.
My Name is John Gunn I was in the Gordon Highlanders in Belfast in 1975 and was part of the crew of HMS Gavington for the patrolling the Irish Sea.

Added by John Gunn on 03 April 2011.
I worked with a Malcolm Murdock who says he served on the Gavinton as a diver (Query) A nice bloke but a bit of a romancer. Did he ever serve on this ship.

Added by Arthur Levick on 20 May 2011.
just got in touch with Alfie "Paddy" Henry on facebook theres a group there for out old ship.

Added by Ian Lindsay on 26 July 2011.
I served on the Gavinton in 1957 as a stoker can't remember many names the skipper was Lt Commander O.K.Watts he was a good skipper and suffered sea sickness, as did most of the crew. The only seamen that were impervious to heavy seas, were the fishermen that joined the ship for about 1 month per year, in lieu of national service.I do remember very heavy weather on occasion, resulting in footprints on the deck heads with the boat rolling a recorded 56 degrees. I was the bubbly bosun and frequently had to put up to 12 or more tots of rum down the heads. Happy days!

Added by David Ancketill on 08 January 2012.
I was the RO1 and LRO(G) on the Gavinton from 1983 - 1984. My LRO(G) was Daisy Adams. I joined it in Cyprus after a long noisy 8 hour flight on a Hercules. I replaced the RO who injured himself falling down the forward hatch whilst posing for a picture. Spent some wonderful months sailing the med before clearing mines in the Gulf of Suez. Bernie Bruin was the skipper, eccentric as hell but a great skipper. Nearly sank round the top of Scotland with water pouring into the MCO - rescued by Leeds Castle.

Added by Neil Grayson on 18 March 2012.
I am Barry Phethean, Chairman of Gavinton Village Hall committee in the Scottish Borders, whom the vessel was named after. We have two plaques and the ships bell in our church porch. We would like to hear from anyone with links to HMS Gavinton and re-establish contact.

Added by Barry Phethean on 26 April 2012.
I was A/B [mw] on the Gavinton between 77-80. I remember most of you and especially Bernie Bruen, can any one remember the skippers name I heard he left the gav, and was doing a R.A.S and was washed overboard and drowned. I think it would be a great idea to have a re-union do keep me informed. I served on her the same time as Gary Abnott, Micky Preece, Oli Oiver, Lee Symms and Ian Lindsay, GREAT DAYS

Added by Kevin Badham on 29 August 2012.
Not sure if this will be allowed .. but have a small group on facebook .. for all that sailed on the Gavie

Added by Ian Lindsay on 29 August 2012.
I served on the Gavinton in 83-84 and can honestly say it was the best time I had in the navy, a great ships company and great if slightly eccentric skipper, remember a couple of names on here ie Larry Grayson and George Hewitt, I left the Navy in 87 as it was never the same after leaving the Gavie.........

Added by Jim Balcombe on 30 August 2012.
@kevin, in my time on the Gavie 80-82, I do t recall ever doing a RAS, we did lose buoys and planking by transiting the Skerries on the way to Granada patrol in Sept 80, during my time on board we had Lt Cdr Edmunds.
We were the 1st ship on and in the Sychrolift in Rosyth in 81

Added by Phil. ex LWEMR on 30 August 2012.
Skipper was Lt Cdr Kerr.

Added by Alfie Henry on 30 August 2012.
Barry Phethean from Gavinton Village Association.
We are now in possession of a photo of the crew of Gavinton which was presented to the village in c.1957. It was misssing for some time and now has been reframed and hung in the village hall along with a plaque, larger than the one in the church, which we think was presented sometime in the 80s.
We have been told the CO was Lt. Comm. O.K. Watts.
Would be grateful if anyone could verify this and identify other crew members. Would welcome comment from any former Gav. crew or info.

Regards Barry

Added by Barry Phethean on 30 August 2012.
@ Phil. EX LWEMR, Sorry Phil I did not explain properly skipper LT CDR Kerr had left Gavie and joined new ship when this accident supposedly happened, I believe it happened in Australia

Added by Kevin Badham on 01 September 2012.
It's great to be a Gavvie! This was the saying in the ship during the last commish and wasn't it just? I was CO for the two and a half years of that last commish and previously was 1st Lt under Robbie Kerr and Bob Pilling. It can be safely said that during those two periods Gavvy topped the heights of all ships in the fleet, set records for minehunting that remain unsurpassed to this day, all but took the Scottish RN boxing champs with a five man team (lost out by one point when Garry Abnett broke his hand), was the first ship ever to find a live unknown enemy mine by high definition sonar - to name but a few successes. As the song said -
"Oh the word is out - and there ain't no doubt - where mines and shortscopes lay - and all the crews will sing the news - that Gavinton rules OK!"
So good to hear news of the Fast Attack Rabbit Grobblington - a gift to the ship on leaving by Midshipman Dorsett USN.
I spent four and a half years in Gav and they were just magic times that sucked the marrow from the bones of life.

Added by Commander N A 'Bernie' Bruen MBE DSC WKhM on 25 September 2012.
Further to my last: it was a general mistake in the rest of the Fleet to address Gavinton as 'Gavington' and consequently we signalled to the world the following:
'Gavinton has one 'g'.
Anything else is OTT.
Very concerned are we
In this matter of policy.
Not to spell it correctly
Gives us feelings of severe frustration.
Two 'g's is quite a riddle, so
One at the start and
None in the middle.'
Unfortunately our plea fell largely on deaf ears and so we decided to 'give' the extra g to whosoever should include it in our name. Consequently signals were addressed to: HMS Brington, HMS Cochrang, HMSM Oding etc but we had to stop when objections were raised to signalling 'C in C Fleget'!
So, even after all this time and despite the hidden miss-lead in the poem, Ganinton is still a 'g' singleton(g).

Added by Bernie UXB on 03 October 2012.
I remember George Hewitt, Gunner's Yeo in '83. We were at sea somewhere and I was scrubbing the bridge wings and a cold bucket of water came up from the foc'sle. I looked down and George had a smug grin on his face. I ran down intent on thumping him and we had a tussle on the foc'sle with the entire bridge crew watching us. Skipper made us apologise to each other and I was promoted to A/LRO(G) the next day!

Also hi Jim Balcome, remember you too.

Added by Neil Grayson on 23 December 2012.
I remember George Hewitt too. Especially one time when we were going to do a shoot with the Bofors and he had made a target to shoot at. The Skipper, Bernie Bruen, asked him if the target would capsize or not and George answered that it would not. When asked if it would float OK, he answered, "Well, no, coz I'm gonna blow it all to shit, like!"
Another time, during one of the Skipper's favourite 'silly things to do in the afternoon' sessions, he was ordered to the bridge '...dressed as the Chief of the Boat.' He duly arrived in steaming-bats, overalls, a Chief's hat, red and white bandanna and a mattress lashed to his back. George, along with that inimitable duo 'Pearson-and-Clarke' and 'Young Arry', was one of the great characters in the Gavvie and helped keep the already high morale right up there.

Added by Tim Trezare on 24 December 2012.
If your on facebook .. check out the Gavie group.. would be good to hear from you.

HMS Gavinton - M1140

Merry Christmas to one and all

Added by Ian Lindsay (Legs) on 24 December 2012.
One of the great things about the Gavvie was the friendship that extended well beyond the ship. It was about 35yrs ago that a group of us travelled down to the Peter Tavy Inn on Dartmoor and spent the New Year camped in the paddock there, playing music in the Pub at lunchtimes and in the evenings, clearing up and tending fires for the landlord and generally drinking much real ale and having a great time of it. We even had New Year breakfast in the snow in the beer garden, (there had been a blizzard during the night, (quote from 'Tiny' Pook, entering with logs and covered in snow, "Boy! it ain't half Festive out there!")) cooked by paramount musician Fiddler Jennings. There were a handful of us from Gav, including the fiddles of Sten Stenhouse, the Ist Lt, and a squeezebox-playing chef called Legiron. I think that a couple of days later we all got on a train for Rosyth to rejoin the ship and head straight out on Patrol. As we left the station, the Fiddler and Geordie Heslop on piano-accordion played the tune 'Portsmouth' which caused some people to ask if they were on the right train! The ship had its own 'band' which used to play on the deck above the winch during sweeping and RAS's and Barry Batten was the Buffer, whose dog, Crapper, used to chase Fast Attack Rabbit Groblington around the sweepdeck. Once he got Grobs cornered in a deflated gemini and received a cracking right hook from the rabbit for his troubles. But, then again, Gavinton was THE boxing ship of the Navy. There is so much more to tell but that will do for now. As a foot note, however, I see that Midshipman Dorset USN, who gave Groblington to the ship, ended up as a Vice Admiral. Just goes to show how the boys from the Gav done good.

Added by Tim Trezare on 03 January 2013.
Hi All,
dont know if anyone remembers me, I was on the Gav in 1976-for 2 and a half years before I left to join Cochrane then eventually left the Mob. My name is Dave Straughan or known as George then I was an ab (mw), before I left the Gavinton I was the ships Tanky hell of job that was, Bill McGovern was the Coxn. Graeme Arnold (arnie) took over the post from me. Bernie Bruen then was the 1st lt I remember when he had his BMW motorbike I thought it was awsome, I also remember the 2 skippers Kerr and Pilling they were good guys too, Slinger Woods was in competition with Bernie I think cos he had a Honda motor bike, The Ships co at that time was Great not a bad guy onboard and boy did we have some good times, does anyone remember the trip to Karlstaad in Sweden going up through all those locks.

Added by Dave Straughan (George) on 10 February 2013.
Hi my name is Dave Mitchel and although my memory isn't that good I was the Radio op on HMS Gavinton. Joining her in Gib whilst she was refitting in 1976. Anybody who remembers me or anything else about that time I would love to hear from you.

Added by David Mitchel on 05 January 2014.
Great Ditts fom the Gav. I served under Bernie 84-85 Will never forget the" Hands to Bathe...Stand fast all appart from Seaman Scott and Harrison." North sea Feb 85. We got a tot of Rum from Bernie after being fished out. Happy Days.

Added by Graeme Scott on 15 February 2014.
Bernie Bruen's time on the Gavinton seems to dominate this page, I knew him later on the Plymouth Clearance Diving Team and disobeyed a direct order of his to pull him out of a vehicle, supposedly to be left by the Cornish Liberation Front, if it blew up on the Tamar Bridge, but our time, Tim Horner, Paddy Campbell, Mitch Mitchell and Spike Hughes! We were the diving A team!

And the captain was a complete and utter nutcase who wanted to sail in a Force 12!

Noone talks about this voyage but it happened!

We were in Hamburg.

The ship's crew were getting changed to 'go ashore' as a force 12 was raging outside the harbour walls when we were shocked to hear over the tannoy system the captain announcing that we were to prepare for setting sail to Rosyth.

A voyage that I will never forget in my life.

A voyage that put the lives of whole crew of HMS Gavington at risk 1982/1983.

A voyage I would like to recall with others who went through it. I would like to understand why the Captain took us to sea that day and what were the thoughts of others, including the officers, about his decision.

The ship itself was completely ripped to shreds, the 'garden wall' literally torn like paper and pieces of equipment, including the two massive cranes aft, lost overboard. I would like to know if he ever had to face Naval justice for his decision to take us to sea that day from Hamburg to Rosyth.

A voyage that took days rather than hours because we had to ride the waves that were mountains. The sea was white and rolling mountains threw us up and down. We surfed the mountains when coming down and climbed them when going up. Sick swilled the lower decks and men fell like children.

The metal walls of the ship were ripped like paper and cranes and davits ripped from the deck. What was the Captain's name? I have a name in my divers log of Lt Commander Edmonds. Can anybody else remember this voyage and help put the story together?

Added by Mark 'Paddy Campbell' on 30 April 2014.
My names bill guy std on board I looked after that stupid rabbit and I know lee syms our radio guy had some great memories as it was my last ship .. Good football team too . Tugg Wilson resident Comedien, bernie bruen .1st lt , our resident yank who went on to be top american admiral anyone remember him

Added by Billy guy on 20 August 2014.
Hi Russ and others. Bill guy here. I remember karlstaad very well tug wilson being imprisoned in the forward heads after a night out on the rfa having had his eyebrows removed

Added by Bill Geordie Guy on 20 August 2014.
hi Bill .. you were the steward when I joined as babay cook (Legs) .. have a facebook group for the gavie and we have just held our second yearly reunion.... get in touch or look for the HMS Gavinton - M1140 Group.

Its open to all who served on her

Added by Ian (Legs) Lindsay on 10 November 2014.
facebook group for the Gavie

Added by Ian (Legs) Lindsay on 10 November 2014.
We have just held our 2nd yearly Gavie reunion in Newcastle this year ..and one interested in joining our group of merrymen can find us on facebook or email me at

Added by Ian (Legs) Lindsay on 10 November 2014.
Something that I can slightly remember is an Irishman I think his name was McNulty and he refused his General service medal when we were patrolling the Irish Coast

Added by Dave Mitchel on 13 November 2014.
I hear that Bernie was going in for a heart opration. Anyone know if he pulled thro?

Added by Tim Trezare on 14 November 2014.
i served on her in 1977 to 1979 we have a gavinton face book page if your interested

Added by Bill Geordie Guy on 16 November 2014.
Bernie had an irregular heart beat and had to have a procedure to correct it. He is now ok.

Added by Charlie Skinner on 06 June 2015.
I was Gunners Yoe 72/73, Steve Cox, you dropped Plank coming down into the forrard messdeck and broke his leg. Dick Barrett, Dusty Miller, were two of the divers, Brian Smith was another crew member. Dick upset the Jimmy when he scratched 'JIMY' on the bonnet of his car, the letters were so big he couldn't fit the second M in.
We refitted in Wallsend dockyard had digs in Whitley Bay a great run ashore.
Met my missus in the Flot Club Xmas '72, got married the following December after PVR
I highly recommend the TCA, and if you're from Yorkshire we have our own branch. We've just had a piss up in a brewery, very well organised by Pancho Brett.

Added by Dave (Guns) Parrish on 25 June 2015.
Just to let you Ex Gavs know (Im ex Bronny) but a member of the Ton Class Geordie Heslop mentioned above CTB April This year 2015 after a brave battle RIP George!

Added by Scrumpy Syder on 15 September 2015.
Yes, Geordie Heslop did pass on. He was an honorary member of HMS Gavinton's ship's company and played much music on his piano accordion onboard, from 1977 right up to 1986. One of his favourite stunts was to play the full ceremonial sunset (with fiddle accompanyment) on the bridge when the ship was in Rosyth. Sadly, people don't seem to do that any more - a quick pipe, down flag, carry on and everyone back down the mess.
Al Halliday (ex Navigator of Gav) and I sent Geordie on his way in style at his funeral and, later, during his wake at his local pub which had been reserved for the occasion, played for seven and a half hours, as a tribute to this fabulous and much to be missed character.
(Sorry to those of you who think there is too much BB on this page but Gav and her people have played a huge part in my life and it's great to be a Gavvie.)

Added by Bernie Bruen on 16 September 2015.
Geordie's funeral was a class affair with six British Legion Standards attending and room in the chapel for only about half of those who attended. The music at the service, provided by Geordie's musician friends, was well done and the crack in the pub afterwards was megga. Gav's old CO, bernie, and the navigator from back in '85 played for the occasion and it was great that Shep Woolley took charge of the whole affair and also sang songs in the pub. What a way to go, Geordie. We'll miss you.

Added by Tim Trezare on 16 September 2015.
Hope to see all you guys at Southport in October. TCA reunion, a good few of the White Rose branch will be there. We've just done the Remembrance Parade at Eden Camp, gets quite emotional. It's always well attended, check out the TCA web sight for a review.

Added by Dave(Guns) Parrish on 16 September 2015.
sailed with bernie on the Russell I was also on Bossington(spin}

Added by Andrew Dwyer on 26 October 2015.
Did the TCA reunion in Southport, turned out the guest speaker was an ex Gavvie, now Vice Admiral Rory McLean. Just a subbie in '73. Good time had by all, met up with a couple more ex Gavvies from my time, sank a few tots, swung a few lamps. Look forward to doing it all again in the future.

Added by Dave (Guns) Parrish on 28 October 2015.
Hello. Trying to contact Bernie Bruin. Does anyone have his current email. Old climbing buddies from way back. Thanks.

Added by Philip Sheldon on 11 January 2016.
Tracked Bernie down. Thanks everyone.

Added by Philip Sheldon on 12 January 2016.
he should see this . .but will drop him a line let him know your looking for him.

Added by on 12 January 2016.
Hi my name is scott ritchie but was called Danny I joined gavinton in gib when it was in refit 1976 I was a CEM my best mate was a stoker Drew Sweeney stayed on gavinton till 1978. I remember some of the guys who have put comments on the forum. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me all the best Scott/Danny.

Added by Scott Ritchie on 07 February 2016.
Was my first sea draft as a cook in 1983, we went to Portugal, France, Belgium and round the UK between Op Pike stints on the West Coast of Scotland...I was a cook at the time.

Added by Tim Jessett on 31 March 2016.
Hi all. I joined Gavinton when it was minehunting in Suez 84ish I think. Was the new ginger stoker once seen never forgotten. On the passage back from hamburg in the storm I think we also lost one of the engines when an oil pump packed up.

Added by John Dootson on 06 August 2017.
My husband was on the Gavinton 1956/57 during his National Service and really enjoyed his time on board. Fortunately it paid a courtesy visit to our home town of Folkestone in 1958 when he was able to board her again and was given the 'royal treatment'. He has very happy memories of his time on this ship. Anyone remember Peter (Billy) Bailey?

Added by Patricia Bailey on 21 March 2018.
Did two commissions with Gavvie, back to back, as the ships Electrician. Joined in Bahrain 1970 and took her back to Lochinvar and remained on board until 1973. Stayed at Lochinvar as a maintainer until 1974 and won the lottery with a trip to the Suez Canal for the clearance operation. I certainly recognise a lot of the names on this page and it is good to know how much her subsequent Ships Company enjoyed being with her. I remember the canine Plank but I'm sure that our dog in the Gulf was called Sippers! Cannot recall what happened to her. Certainly the best draft I ever had in the mob!

Added by Jim Croysdale on 15 July 2018.
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