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Cpl. Simon Goldby joined the Army in 1990 as a boy soldier, joining the Junior Leader Regt in Colerne. In 1991, following his initial training, he joined 17 Port & Maritime RCT (now RLC) as an Army Landing Craft Seaman/Navigator & he is now based at there unit in Southampton. He has been deployed on various exercises and operations including a posting to the Falkland Islands as a landing craft Coxn. Whilst on this deployment he was often required to carry out beaching/landing site surveys and was at times deployed at sea with his crew and vessel.
In November 2000, Simon was deployed on OP SILKMAN to Sierra Leone with 3 Cdo Bde and the amphibious task group. There he was the Coxn in charge of a 125 ft landing craft (Mexeflote) which was used to put the light guns and vehicles of the task group ashore & sometimes into unsecured areas. More recently Simon was deployed to the Balkans as the Operations Cpl for 51 Sq. where he was part of the port task group. This involved co-coordinating the vessel, rail and road operations from the port of Ploce in Croatia for the incoming & outgoing Balkans Battle Group.
Simon has had a love for the sea from an early age, he grew up in Torbay by the sea. He learned to sail in Dartmouth at the age of nine, and was allowed to go on his first offshore race at the age of eleven but only after he had mastered the art of tying a bowline behind his back. Simon sails regularly when his work and his wife Joanne permits! This involves sailing on both civilian, Army and Corps yachts, as skipper and as crew. In 1997 he was awarded his Army colours for offshore sailing, and in 1998 gained his RYA Coastal Skipper ticket. In 1999 he raced on the yacht Broadsword, a Nicholson 55, as the mate from Honolulu to Hong Kong across the Pacific Ocean achieving a first-place while doing so. Simon has also taken part in the Fastnet Race as well as many other offshore events. He is heavily involved in taking novice sailors from his Unit and Corps on adventurous sail training exercises around the UK coastline.
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