I have recently been asked to do a couple of presentations on 'The Coventry Story'. The presentations are about Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Reconiclliation Ministry, and the Cross of Nails. There is reference to D118, but this is in the context of the relationship with Coventry and the Cross of Nails. As one who wasn't with you in May 82 I wouldn't presume to tell the ships story - that is your story to tell not mine. My slight concern, lest there be any misunderstanding, is that the publicity material, in which I had no input, features a picture of the ship, and so may give the impression (wrongly) that the event is all about HMS Coventry. * I remain duty sin bosun and look forward to our next muster. Martin
Shipmates of D118, Rachel Simons has kindly donated her 118th SAM scarf to the Association. Rachel has asked me as Chairman to see that this unique scarf (which is made from Falkland Islands wool) is presented to one of my HMS Coventry D118 shipmates from the crew of 25 May 1982. A big thanks to Rachel for all her efforts and for what she has done to promote this activity, BZ Rachel. So, how do I decide who the fortunate person is? Only fair way is to ask that those who would like to be considered to email or text me your details, you will be placed on a list for a 'draw' at some stage in coming weeks. Alternatively, I would be happy to recieve a recommendation for who 'we' think is a deserving recipient - think about this and let me know off line by email, NOT messenger. I need your help to decide this, cheers everyone, take care. Photo on HMS Coventry FB pages Chris Howe MBE - Chairman D118
Fellow servicemen & women, I have the sad duty to inform you that my father Mike Smith (GMC Smith) passed away after a long battle with Kidney Failure & Heart Disease. The last days of his were spent happily remembering his time in the Navy, especially his time on the Coventry. From her build & launch in June '74 to his final days in the RN in '76. He was a Stoker, through and through and loved his job & mates. If anyone remembers him or (better still) have any photos they would like to send me via email, please just drop me a line. Dave A
Gents, another Hero of May 25th and sadly another obituary. Lt Cdr Philip Dickinson who rescued 14 from HMS Coventry on My 25th. See link below. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lt-cdr-philip-dickinson-obituary-p56vsqwmk Our "Thanks" for your service and our condolences to his family.
With reference to 40th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict in 2022 it is hoped to have reached all Falkland Veterans and invited them to receive a Falkland scarf -hand knitted or crochet by a group called ‘scalves for Falkland Veterans ‘ in the Falkland Medal Ribbon colours - you can apply for one from the facebook page site. Anyone who served in the Falklands during the conflict is eligible -you just need to put your name and the ships name and pay postage of £5 . We are trying to reach as many Falkland Veterans as possible. Thank you Val Pollard
Dear shipmates, families and friends of D118, It was great to see so many join us in the virtual service of remembrance we ran last evening 25th May, we actually had 59 call in to the zoom service, BZ everyone. Also a big thank you to all those that responded back to me personally last night and today, your thanks is much appreciated of course but we all know why we do these events and long may it continue. Just a few questions that came up and answering them here: The polo shirts for 40th anniversary are now available at http://www.forever-jack.com/welcome.html email them or call them and speak to Louise, she will take your order, just need size. Remember dates for next year's 40th reunion, will be Sat 28 May 2022 in Portsmouth and will follow the usual routine, I will get something out later in the year. Don't forget it is also the 5 yearly Gosport parade on the following day, Sunday 29 may 2022, so hopefully Coventry D118 will have a big turnout as we did in 2017. The 2 major events at the NMA for next year are 1-3 April, SAMA82 AGM/Gala Dinner and Remembrance Service on the Sunday at the NMA. 14 June, Liberation Day event at the NMA, this will be a very large event, more info on the SAMA website. If there are any other questions about next years events under the SAMA82 banner then please call me. Take care everyone, stay safe and see some of you in November. Yours aye - Chairman
Will raise a glass tonight and remember those still on patrol
Every 25th, have a quiet moment. With deepest sympathy from the 1981 Propulsion Systems Team in Pompey.
Thinking of all the great guys we left behind today, there families, those who continue to suffer and the great shipmates that I served with in 1982. I will raise a glass in remembrance tonight
Remembering Stephen Dawson and all who were lost with him . No longer by our sides but forever in our hearts.
A toast to all those still serving on the best ship in the fleet never forgotten much love to there families and survivors .
Shipmates, another reminder to make sure you let me know by email if you are intending to join us for the virtual service of remembrance I am holding on 25th May 2021. All details in previous post. The list is growing nicely, join your shipmates and families in remembering our shipmates still on patrol. Stay safe - Yours aye - Chairman
Hi there shipmates, families and friends of D118. I hope you are all managing to survive in this continuing lockdown and COVID pandemic, tough times for all I know but hopefully we can get back to some sort of normality in the coming months. As we will not be able to physically meet up again this May for our service of remembrance I will once again hold a virtual service on zoom. It will follow the same procedure as last year which seemed to work well. To that end then, we will open zoom at 1755 on Tuesday 25 May 2021 with an intention to start the service just after 1800 ish. I really do hope many of you will join us in once again remembering our shipmates left on patrol and of course those we have lost in the 39 years since. If you do wish to take part then please email direct to me using or stating the email address to which I will send your invite for zoom. The service sheet will be attached to the final invites. I will also provide a few updates with next years 40th anniversary activities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you shipmates and stay safe. Yours Aye - Chairman
Shipmates, families et al Very sad news indeed to learn of our dear shipmate Russ Garner passing recently. He was always a regular supporter of our reunion and events, such a big personality, and will be very much missed by us all. My condolences to his family in your time of sorrow. RIP Russ - shipmate and friend.
Sad news one of our shipmates LMEM(M) Russ Garner passed away last week - Russ had been ill for a long while and had a heart attack - sadly missed and a great oppo - Rest in Peace shipmate
Just to let you know the sad news that John Stipetic sadly passed away yesterday after battling cancer. Gone but not forgotten sparks.
Shipmates, families and friends of D118... What an awful year 2020 has been, so much grief for so many families, all very sad indeed. I only hope this coming year will see us move out of the dreadful situation we have been dealing with for far too long now. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my shipmates, families and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, however you get to spend it. Finally, I have tentative plans for our reunion in May 2021, Coventry on Sat 22 May, however, the prevailing uncertainty prevents any firm plans being agreed. So, please watch this space in the coming months and let's hope we can all get together again next May. Meanwhile, please take care and stay safe Yours aye - Chairman
Wishing everyone a thoughful Falkland Islands Liberation Day. Chairman
My thoughts this morning are of my shipmates we left on patrol 38 years ago. Not a single day goes by that I do not think of 25 May 1982. That final valiant action of D118 changed so many lives but we that survived will never forget, must never forget. This evening we will once again come together in Remembrance and honour our shipmates. Thinking also of those families and friends of our shipmates and those that have crossed the bar along the years since. God bless them all. Chairman
Remembering Stephen R. Dawson. You are near,even if I don´t see you. You are with me, even if you are far away. You are in my heart,in my thoughts, in my life always.