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ELVIS
30th March 2005, 16:19
I just thought I'd lob these up for anyone interested in naval patrols. there's quite a few so sorry for taking up all the space! compliments to L/S Dore (NS).
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/deltaatspeed.jpg

Double Boarding (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Doubleboarding.jpg)

heavy slamming (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/veryheavyslamming.jpg)


heavy slamming2 (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/slammingtheswell.jpg)

Launching delta (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/LaunchingDelta.jpg)

luxury norweigian trawler (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/norweigianluxurytrawler.jpg)

getting battered (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/gettingbatteredinadelta.jpg)

view from flag deck (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Flagdeckview.jpg)


delta at speed (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/deltaatspeed.jpg)

coming alongside trawler (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/comingalongside.jpg)

boarding trawler (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/boardingtrawler.jpg)

delta getting ready for retrieval (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/niamh025.jpg)

coming alongside irish trawler (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Boardingirishtrawler.jpg)

boarding again (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/boardingagain.jpg)

Rough weather in ballycotton bay.the waves are in the wrong direction. (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Ballycottonroughweather.jpg)

anchoring with rough weather. (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/anchoringwithroughweather.jpg)

after a big wave (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/afterabigwave.jpg)

Goldie fish
30th March 2005, 16:26
Some great photos there elvis..

ELVIS
30th March 2005, 19:06
Cheers.luckily we had rubbish weather for some of the patrol so interesting pictures were available

the babs
30th March 2005, 19:40
here is some of the crew on skellig michael last december..

hptmurphy
30th March 2005, 20:12
there great photos well done...I even recognise some of the people from my days in the NS and that was 17 years ago....I won't name the three I recognise as they might be a bit sensitive to it.

Stoker
31st March 2005, 00:03
Some very good photos there, I almost bent my knees in anticipation of the next wave.

Bosco
31st March 2005, 21:42
some cool photos man
by any chance do you know Galway Hooker he is supposes to be on the board???

ELVIS
31st March 2005, 23:25
sorry, afraid not. He could have been on leave while I was there, although I didn't here any references to him. He may have just joined the ship aswell, those pics are about 2 months old. Soundest bunch of lads ever on that ship though, learned loads from them.

Eddie Dillon
31st March 2005, 23:31
Great photos. Very dodgey looking radio operator ye have there though. Looks a bit like Mike Steele!

ELVIS
31st March 2005, 23:37
This person is doing the job of bowman not radio operator. The bowman in most cases doubles up as radio operator which is a mega pain in the ass as you have the world of crap hanging off you..lifejacket..radio bag..wires for headset..EPIRB. makes hooking up the boat rope that bit more clumsy.

Goldie fish
1st April 2005, 03:28
here is some of the crew on skellig michael last december..

Did you visit the Pub while you were there? The Crew of Aoife were always welcome...few bother with the climb though...
They are delighted with any visitors they get,but these days the NS are one of the few,since the lighthouse became automated...

moggy
1st April 2005, 19:55
Getting lots of flashbacks any more pictures

ELVIS
1st April 2005, 23:14
I have a load of them.a lot are fairly similar to those already taken but I suppose it wouldn't do any harm to throw a few more up. They'll be there monday.anyone else got pics? wouldn't mind getting a "scazz" at some other peoples patrols.

Goldie fish
2nd April 2005, 02:18
One of these days I'm gonna dig up my seafaring photos and show you what real bad weather looks like...

Force 10 in the German Bight in the middle of august....and you only have an 18 in freeboard at main deck level.....Going to anchor was not an option as it would have meant walking the hatch to the bow,as the ship pitches and rolls,and the nearest guardrails are under 3 feet of surf....


ARRRRRRRRRRRRR

yooklid
2nd April 2005, 02:27
One of these days I'm gonna dig up my seafaring photos and show you what real bad weather looks like...

Force 10 in the German Bight in the middle of august....and you only have an 18 in freeboard at main deck level.....Going to anchor was not an option as it would have meant walking the hatch to the bow,as the ship pitches and rolls,and the nearest guardrails are under 3 feet of surf....


ARRRRRRRRRRRRR

There was a galleon of the 'larboard bow and she fired grape shot at us. Our captain had to be amputated and the smell of pitch was in the air. I remember well the cabin boy been torn asunder when the mizen mast came down. We would have been lost had it not been for our young 3rd lieutenant who rallied us all with a hearty cry and led a musket charge against the scurvey sea dogs that attacked us....

ELVIS
2nd April 2005, 16:39
One of these days I'm gonna dig up my seafaring photos and show you what real bad weather looks like..

ARRRRRRRRRRRRR

A force 2 in the basin doesn't count.

To add to the overall saltiness of the last few posts, had a force 11 on Emer going through the English channel on my first patrol, not very confidence inspiring when both engines cut out..

Goldie fish
2nd April 2005, 16:59
Done my RIB course in a force 8 in cork harbour....

the babs
3rd April 2005, 00:12
Getting lots of flashbacks any more pictures

here's a few more pics.... enjoy

Goldie fish
3rd April 2005, 04:13
Shotguns and petrol tanks...does anyone else think thats not a great combination?

Bam Bam
3rd April 2005, 04:47
The shotgun shoot is the AA weapon system on the ship. The small construction with the rope around it is a catapult. They'd hurl a petrol can into the air and shoot it with the shotgun, confusing the enemy pilot and allowing the ship to escape. :biggrin:

Goldie fish
3rd April 2005, 05:01
I see......


Anyhoo....I was wondering, seeing as all you naval reservists are doing your annual camp aboard ship,are the Motor Launches used any more? Is training on water reserved for Sea Rider Cox etc?

Do the BP18s(?) still get a day out or has the NSR ditched its sailing club tag?(Seeing as the Naval service actually has its own sailing club nowdays?)

ELVIS
3rd April 2005, 18:28
I have to say I dont fully understand your question Goldie but to sum up training in an NSR year.. We are allowed 6 weeks training a year redardless of what this consists of i.e.patrols, camp. There is a very wide variety of options and these include: recruit camp on haulbowline if naturally, you're a recruit, Sea rider coxswain courses (usually a couple a year), there is an advanced fire fighting, sea survival and damage control course in the new maritime college open to NSR as well, camps on introduction to all craft used by the NSR for new personnel (SR, Bp-18, gemi etc. etc.) When the appropriate courses are completed, patrols are also an option.

While on patrol, the majority of NSR personnel do get the oppertunity to do sea-rider/delta cox training which is one of a variety of very interesting aspects of carrying out patrols. some Bosuns when satisfied with the competency of the NSR seaman in boat handling will allow him/her to coxswain full boarding operations. Personally I think that this a sign of the full integration of the NSR as a reservist can have the confidence of the ships NCO's/Officers to allow him/her to do the job of the PDF members on board.

The BP18s Goldie are regularly used in my unit anyway and still play an interesting and integral part in personnel training.

Goldie fish
3rd April 2005, 20:25
What about Barbra Heck,Aine Laoi, and the other Motor Launches? Are they still in use?

ELVIS
4th April 2005, 01:33
Oh sorry. Barbara Heck is still used for training purposes. Last year we brought her and two sea-riders up the shannon, through the canal and up to lough Derg as part of an introduction course. Very interesting I must say, just thought I'd mention it.
Dont know about Aine Laoi, I think she's still goin(after the Divers sunk her of course). Very fast boat anyway. Cant really verify whether other companies motor launches are still in use to be honest. I presume so..

Goldie fish
4th April 2005, 01:36
We were hoping to join you on it,but then GWB decided to visit and upset our plans...

ELVIS
4th April 2005, 01:53
There are lough gates at the side of the power station. You enter one at the bottom of the river which then floods bringing you half way up, then you do the same thing again in another lough. Brings you up the whole way. Its interesting enough to be inside when its filling up but it takes about an hour, can lose patients after a while..(start revving the SR's engines continuously)

Goldie fish
4th April 2005, 02:35
Some nice pictures of the Lock in operation. Some say its the closest one can get to being lowered into your own grave...

http://iwn.iwai.ie/v28i2/index_pic_links.html

http://iwn.iwai.ie/v28i2/graphics/ktol12_600.jpg

the piper
4th April 2005, 04:01
hi all if you ask me NSR is about the trainees doing patrols as its worth more money to them than cruising cork harbour in the gp,s and montigue whaler ha ha the youth of today ,,, hey im in navy and have seen weather that was so bad we couldnt take photos ARRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrr

the piper
4th April 2005, 04:05
or is it the changing times

Goldie fish
4th April 2005, 04:10
True,but its typical of the "cut price defence" that suits this government so well. Let them do swabbies work aboard ship,but keep them away from the useful positions such as seaman gunner,watchkeeping officer,mech etc,even when many of the NSR have civilian qualification equivalent,often superior to those they work alongside...

Eddie Dillon
4th April 2005, 11:20
Whats the biggest boat that can fit through the Ardnacrusha lock gates Goldie? How big are these Aine Lai launches also and do the NSR only have 2 of them?

Goldie fish
4th April 2005, 20:45
Native you say eh???? You wish. Whats the biggest boat that can fit through the Ardnacrusha lock gates Goldie? How big are these Aine Lai launches also and do the NSR only have 2 of them?


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/imo/keepmeoutofit_320.jpg

ELVIS
5th April 2005, 11:35
For anybody still interested, which is doubtful, I said I'd throw up a few more photos the other day.

SEAL team 2 (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/SEALteam1.jpg)
Myself and one of the lads getting getting air time (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Myselfandoneofthecrewgettingsomeairtime.jpg)
Heavy slamming (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Heavyslamming.jpg)
Getting battered (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Gettingbattered.jpg)
Delta at speed (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Deltaatspeed.jpg)
Coming alongside, calm weather (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/comingalongsideincalmweather.jpg)
control panel, stabilisers, combinators and helm (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/combinatorsteerageandstabilisercontrolpanel.jpg)
Bridge (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Bridge2.jpg)
Bridge2 (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/Bridge.jpg)
Heavy slamming 2 (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/veryheavyslamming.jpg)
The Crazy bunch (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y72/slugger100/TheLads.jpg)

macca
5th April 2005, 13:59
How big are these Aine Lai launches also and do the NSR only have 2 of them?

Think the MTLs are 26ft or something like that. Each unit has one: Limerick- Barbara Heck (last woman to be hanged in Limerick apparently) Waterford- Freya (Norse god of something) Dublin- Niamh (dunno) Cork- AineLaoi (spirit of river I always presumed..)

Goldie fish
5th April 2005, 18:19
Great photos again Elvis.

Goldie fish
6th April 2005, 06:25
As relative Newbies,some of you may not have seen this thread...

http://www.irishmilitaryonline.com/board/showthread.php?t=254&highlight=niamh

As for the Aine laoi.... Atop the Church Of St anne in cork is a weather vane,in the shape of a fish. This fish is roughly 12 foot long,and is supposed to represent the fish that spoke to St Finbar in Gougane Barra,the source of the Lee.It is painted Gold.
People Born on Corks northside within sight of the Shandon spire are said to be born "under the Goldie fish"

St Ann is supposed to be the patron saint of the Lee,Aine Laoi is the boat,and I was once told her nickname is "the goldie fish"

I have no doubt someone will know more,probably differently....In the meantime,I'm still the Goldie fish.

Vice Admiral
6th April 2005, 10:00
The MTL's vary between 28 and 33 feet, there are four - one in each unit.
Barbara Heck was not the last woman hanged in Limerick, she emigrated to America and started a methodist movement called the pallotines or something like that.

macca
6th April 2005, 11:01
Atop the Church Of St anne in cork is a weather vane,in the shape of a fish. This fish is roughly 12 foot long,and is supposed to represent the fish that spoke to St Finbar in Gougane Barra,the source of the Lee.It is painted Gold.

Maybe this is a stupid question but if so symbolic of the city's founder why is it not on St Finbarrs? And what exactly did the fish say to him?
Another completely irrelevant but no less fascinating urban myth is the one I heard about the statue of the gold angel with the trumpets on the front of St. Finbarrs and the heralding of the end of the world story... Maybe you could clear this up for me too Goldie?

Goldie fish
6th April 2005, 16:42
Never heard of them..sorry..

The fish told him where to build his church....

hptmurphy
6th April 2005, 17:08
But you weren't always goldie fish...more reincarnations than a buddhist ! :biggrin:

Goldie fish
6th April 2005, 17:33
I'm getting too well known in this one too...

Goldie fish
8th April 2005, 07:28
I got "one or two" more NSR photos the other night,some of which I'll post here in the next 24 hours.

Thanks for the response lads,at risk of repeating myself,its not long ago the only NSR photo I had was this one,taken in 1983

http://www.iol.ie/~forsacosanta/creidne.JPG

Goldie fish
13th April 2005, 00:13
The MTL's vary between 28 and 33 feet, there are four - one in each unit.
Barbara Heck was not the last woman hanged in Limerick, she emigrated to America and started a methodist movement called the pallotines or something like that.

Photo of Barbara Hack at speed (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/5bf4eb9f.jpg)

Goldie fish
13th April 2005, 00:26
Photos from Sluggie's patrolling days...

The following sequence give a nice idea of the effect of a wave on Roisin's Bow(in relatively good weather)
1 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/F1000071.jpg)

2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/F1000072.jpg)

3 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/F1000073.jpg)

boarding operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_074.jpg)
boarding operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_096.jpg)
Launching Delta RIB (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_098.jpg)
Boarding Operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_135.jpg)
Boarding Operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_136.jpg)
Boarding operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_140.jpg)
Boarding Operations (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/BOARDING_OPERATIONS_154.jpg)
Flotilla at sea (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/F1000043.jpg)
HMG shoot (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/Hmgshoot.jpg)
Recovering Delta (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/goldiefish/NSR/RecoveringDelta.jpg)

hptmurphy
15th April 2005, 13:47
Nice....everybody looks well wrapped up with their typhoon suits and hard hats....It wasn't always like this.

ELVIS
19th April 2005, 22:46
just so you know, that first pic of launching Delta is actually recovering. :wink: :wink:

moggy
20th April 2005, 21:22
good pictures any more

moggy
20th April 2005, 21:23
good pictures any more


laners dont see any of you and Banba

Laners
20th April 2005, 21:42
we where still trying to figure out how to use a camera back then .

moggy
21st April 2005, 20:45
we where still trying to figure out how to use a camera back then .

fair enough...

Aidan1972
23rd April 2005, 18:42
Why doesn't the Defence Forces' website have photos of the Naval Reserve's MTLs? It lists the 8 OPVs, but not the NSR's MTLs or indeed the Dept. of Defence's harbour auxiliaries. Also, if my memory serves me correctly, the 2004 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships doesn't contain any photos of or information on the MTLs, which is a shame. Other navies than possess craft of a similar size mention them in their national entries.

Goldie fish
23rd April 2005, 18:57
Probably because they are only half deckers,dive boats and cabin cruisers painted grey,with no military purpose?(No offence to NSR People intended)

Laners
23rd April 2005, 21:53
Plus no one bothers looking at the Defence Forces web site anymore , its well laid out etc but there is never anything new and no updating . Who ever was or is responsible for it must have went on leave for a long time . Sad reflection on them that they cannot maintain a web site

the babs
27th April 2005, 02:03
a few more pics......... enjoy

the babs
27th April 2005, 02:09
a few more pics

Eddie Dillon
27th April 2005, 08:52
a few more pics......... enjoy

Quality photos.

moggy
27th April 2005, 19:57
laners he is proberally gone on his ticket
nice photos - brings back memories

Goldie fish
8th July 2005, 23:06
I have uploaded Photos from Kiel week,taken by A/Sea O Brien,NSR. Everyone who has seen them agree they are of excellent quality.
They include excellent Photos of some of the Foreign vessels seen there,Naval exercises while en route,and the Kiel Airshow.

They can be viewed HERE (http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=2124048090)
(to view images you must become a member of imagestation.com,but it costs nothing)

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid176/p0b5b21bac43d311f4d936e6f7c8d491e/f359b1f6.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid176/p1f9ede8e7e02678ad0f6c30b5fa4658f/f359bcd2.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid176/pf15fbf00e4ecd0a5205af5feb8167a4d/f359bfe2.jpg

Eddie Dillon
13th July 2005, 20:13
Some excellent photos there. Well worth a look

ELVIS
14th July 2005, 00:40
I approve also

hptmurphy
15th July 2005, 16:54
Top class.well done to you sir!