Whilst he was in the navy he bumped into two Aberystwyth lads, one David Williams, the son of the late Gwilym Williams, a well known local fisherman, who was on the staff at Northwood Control Centre, and Peter Rees, who worked in helicopters based at Portland Naval Station, transporting staff to and from submarines. Peter recalls one surreal experience he had on the nuclear submarine H.M.S. Conqueror. This submarine was the first to go through the Panama Canal, and with other vessels, was to participate in joint exercises off the west coast of the U.S.A. where for a short time their shore billet was the Queen Mary at Long Beach California. Some of the exercises were cancelled so the captain called Peter aside and told him to fix a visit elsewhere, as there was now time for some rest and recuperation. After many communications back and forward, it was arranged that they visit the U. S. Virgin Islands, and they were directed to St Croix in Friedericks Harbour, which had a substantial jetty that was classified as a nuclear berth. Via the British Ambassador, their point of contact in the islands was to be the improbably titled Trade Winds Liquor Store. Peter thought this a bit odd, so he checked to ensure that there was going to be accommodation for four days for 108 men, transport and stores. This was all fine but they were told that the jetty might not be finished as it was in the process of being extended to cater for cruise ships.