He was the Cadet Officer on the Strathconon when I was on her. We went into drydock in Kobe and he arranged many shore excursions for us cadets, Nara Park and Kyoto for instance.I remember visiting the Strathconon (and also the Ardle and Brora) while they were laid up in Dubai, late '78 or early '79. I was on the Stratheden, a cadet training ship at that time. Our CIO was Robin Leighton, who used to rave about his time on the Conon.
Franger, I think you are right about the first ship syndrome. I always feel a lot more nostalgia for the Stratheden than any of the other trips I did (although there were only 4!!).
I learned a lot in that classroom - I hope!She was refitted to become a cadet training ship while I was on board in Kobe 1975. Really this just meant that a couple of crew cabins were turned into a class room.