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by clivestonehouse1
27 Mar 2020, 17:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 124
Views: 12153

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

In 1996 a Puma squadron was Boltholed to RAF Honington and two blew over within a week of each other.

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by clivestonehouse1
27 Mar 2020, 16:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 124
Views: 12153

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

They also had a nasty habit of blowing over on runways in high winds.

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by clivestonehouse1
25 Mar 2020, 15:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49634

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Has anyone taken into consideration the number of Military Nurses, Medics & Doctors that work at NHS hospitals on a regular basis?

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by clivestonehouse1
24 Mar 2020, 20:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49634

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

serge750 wrote:Argus inbound to Devonport via save the royal navy twitter page , Got that one WRONG...2 + 2= 3 [emoji38]no:


Ah, I'll be seeing her tomorrow then.

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by clivestonehouse1
17 Mar 2020, 01:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 49
Views: 12638

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

The Jackal has a V hull and sacrificial axles, not totally blast resistant but still a whole lot better than the repainted Snatch coffins that were initially used and cost many squaddies lives & limbs. The Jackal were technically an interim measure until more suitable vehicles were available and...
by clivestonehouse1
12 Mar 2020, 15:35
Forum: British Army
Topic: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)
Replies: 49
Views: 12638

Re: Jackal and Coyote MWMIK (Army)

Watched them being built and tested in Devonport NB, also have ex colleagues who used them on deployments.
They seemed to think they were just fine.

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by clivestonehouse1
12 Feb 2020, 09:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Replies: 1446
Views: 177951

Re: Boxer / Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)

That "Gift", only manifests itself once one reaches the lofty perch of he Senior Civil Service. Below that most Civil Servants are treated like and expected to act like Drones for the aforementioned. Very true. Every Civil Servant above a D band seems to think they are a god. We lowly E g...
by clivestonehouse1
29 Dec 2019, 11:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2759
Views: 286100

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

47 Commando has taken over the boats and the existing raiding squadron as well as the boat / landing craft training squadron and the deployable boat support base package, plus the LCAC hovercraft. This is where reorganisation will be interesting to see. Is "47" a typo? https://en.wikipedi...
by clivestonehouse1
24 Oct 2019, 22:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 44101

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

[/quote]I expect ZA718 would be kept as a museum exhibit given her history.[/quote] Hope so, that particular unit holds much historical value. I myself have flown in and parachuted from 718 many times during my service years. Seem to recall once peeing against her side on a field deployment exercise...
by clivestonehouse1
11 Sep 2019, 08:11
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 117341

Re: Section infantry weapons

jimthelad wrote:Better to go down the Finnish route and rework the GPMG. Don't mess with perfection !
The GPMG has been the workhorse for many years and has always delivered the goods.
If it ain't broke.......

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by clivestonehouse1
02 Sep 2019, 23:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 117341

Re: Section infantry weapons

High readiness units always carried 1 fire unit (NATO) in the armoury. At least they did until 2001 when I left. Deep store for us was Beith, not sure what was carried there but they always came up with the goods when asked. Not sure what goes on now but in the bad old days that was the case. I'll ...
by clivestonehouse1
01 Sep 2019, 23:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 880
Views: 117341

Re: Section infantry weapons

There is absolutely no way in hell that any armoury would hold live ammo or explosives in stock. Having worked in an armoury AND a Defence Munitions facility in past years I know this for a fact. Drill weapons / subcal launchers for sure but certainly not loaded and ready to pop. Handling and storag...
by clivestonehouse1
29 Aug 2019, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1260636

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It is rare, usually it's more to do with the noise than anything else.
Saying that they landed Apache on HMS Ocean while she was alongside in Devonport a couple of times.


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by clivestonehouse1
15 Aug 2019, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3997
Views: 413480

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

You could go on forever with lists of yards that could build ships but it's the skilled workforce that's lacking.
Belfast & Devonport both have docks big enough but without trained bodies to do the work then the idea is moot.

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by clivestonehouse1
02 Aug 2019, 03:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112562

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

RetroSicotte wrote:I always thought ships had gaggles, not crews.

At least thats the word most appropriate when I see them come to dock and go out on the town.
Rabble more like.
Even worse when they come back plastered.

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by clivestonehouse1
30 Jul 2019, 22:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 103
Views: 29423

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

That's them being scrapped next year then [emoji57]

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by clivestonehouse1
28 Jul 2019, 07:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112562

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

In Devonport there's loads of crews milling around.
I've heard a lot of moaning concerning reduced sea drafts as it's hitting them in the pocket.
Less sea time equals less sea pay equals unhappy Jack.

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by clivestonehouse1
28 Jul 2019, 02:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112562

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

With at least 6 of the T23's (either in refit or low readiness in Devonport alone) thats a lot of crews spare.
Add to that one Albion class in low readiness also there has to be some capacity sat somewhere waiting for a sea draft.

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by clivestonehouse1
27 Jul 2019, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112562

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

She'll have to wait quite a while.
There's already 3 in the FSC sheds and 2 in the basin.

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by clivestonehouse1
15 Jul 2019, 00:34
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 279
Views: 64885

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

What about AMOS or Dragon Fire mkII ?

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by clivestonehouse1
10 Jul 2019, 18:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1260636

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:Well we know that he got into Hot Water, but this would really just be rubbing salt into the wound. :mrgreen:
[emoji23]

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by clivestonehouse1
10 Jul 2019, 16:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1260636

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Probably the sacked Captain left his cabin taps running [emoji57]

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by clivestonehouse1
09 Jul 2019, 13:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1260636

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The last time I looked in the CWEW building in Devonport it was full of Phalanx units in various stages of upgrade.

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by clivestonehouse1
08 Jul 2019, 00:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 227994

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

SKB wrote:Other collaboration possibilities: :mrgreen:

West Africa and North Korea
Saint Helena and Italy
Taiwan and Austria
Colombia and Cook Islands
Argentina and Sweden
Phillipines and South Sudan
[emoji23]

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by clivestonehouse1
05 Jul 2019, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 153239

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

The Americans are a bit twitchy about security of their kit for some strange reason.
RM would normally escort SSBN to and from Faslane but obviously not secure enough for USN.

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