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    . Cork City Council and Cork Port Company are...

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    Cork City Council and Cork Port Company are in the process of changing the Cork Harbour Shipping (all types) facilities forever. The City Quays are to be abandoned, mainly because they will be...
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    UN council on migration, and UNHCR. They want the...

    UN council on migration, and UNHCR. They want the incarcerated 5000+ migrants in Libya, now joined by 400 survivors of the Refuge bombing, processed and dispersed properly to any countries that will...
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    There is a request by the Humanitarian Agency...

    There is a request by the Humanitarian Agency that Naval ships should return to the Mediterranean to assist with returning rescued migrants, as they occur , to North Africa. They have also ask...
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    If you say yes and no, then Defence and Mission...

    If you say yes and no, then Defence and Mission has to be continually re-evaluated and we approach the old scenario that the next CS rank to a General or Admiral is Clerical Officer. The decision...
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    What must STOP is any attempt to continue...

    What must STOP is any attempt to continue micromanaging Military/Naval assets. The decision on deployments, how many and where is a matter for the Commanding Officers . Need, appropriateness,...
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    Indeed not you. Unfortunately it is the...

    Indeed not you. Unfortunately it is the presumptive commanders of the Defence Forces in the CS and the Dail. Command and operational development of the PDF is a task of the uniformed branch. It...
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    There is a lot of unanalysed statements being...

    There is a lot of unanalysed statements being made which lack support for the Naval Service and may be demoralising some, including those that would like to join our Branch of the PDF. In days of...
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    Three ships built in the early 1980's (1982-1983...

    Three ships built in the early 1980's (1982-1983 ) +- so no crib there. The main thrust is to see that the twenty year olds are extended by intensive refit and retrofit , otherwise within 5 years we...
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    The thread includes future and my analysis over...

    The thread includes future and my analysis over the past few days, taken together with manning levels, is an unhappy prediction for the Naval seagoing capacity within the next 2/3 years-or sooner....
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    The ship is undergoing a major refurbishment...

    The ship is undergoing a major refurbishment which includes getting at outer hull . Which may include stripping out paneling and some cabins. Some describe it as a type of retrofit. Cannot believe...
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    It has been a fact of life, in our services, that...

    It has been a fact of life, in our services, that any directed intervention by a spokesperson, based on Civil Service Draft, will always be an attempt to hide an underlying problem, or make it go...
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    As you say it depends!! Ships are put into...

    As you say it depends!! Ships are put into reduced manning, only in our dockyard , and can be said to be in maintenance, as in ticking over, and at a specified Notice-Month-week-72hrs, etc., etc....
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    Certain Overseas Missions are essential . The...

    Certain Overseas Missions are essential . The present humanitarian crises in the Mediterranean / North Africa-principally Libya/Tunisia is an indictment of EU policies towards migration. Paying Libya...
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    Planning is for the future. NOBODY in the Navy...

    Planning is for the future. NOBODY in the Navy saw a Nine ship Fleet with a sustainable world wide element within it. The life cycle of ships is 30/40 years at the very most. Planning includes ...
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    It seems to me that a detailed review of...

    It seems to me that a detailed review of Retention and recruitment in the Defence Forces needs to be undertaken . It should begin by setting overall strength to be achieved and its distribution among...
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    Indeed reservists are a pool from which to select...

    Indeed reservists are a pool from which to select replacements but mainly to build up their abilities and interchangeability with PDF members. It is incumbent therefore to train such personnel when...
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    In general due to the amateur nature of...

    In general due to the amateur nature of Government, and diluted Departmental responsibilities, coupled with lack of planning and funding, plus a laissez faire attitude towards our Island...
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    [QUOTE=na grohmiti;468593]A very nice analysis...

    [QUOTE=na grohmiti;468593]A very nice analysis (with loads of photos) of the newest River Class, HMS Medway.

    Nice outline of the new River Class, somewhat narrower in beam than the p60's. The...
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    If they haven't the skills then it is our fault....

    If they haven't the skills then it is our fault. Given that in times of yore crews were trained to man 100's of corvettes and 151 River Class Frigates during WW11. They mostly came from Banks, shops...
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    In the overall scheme of things, it is NOT...

    In the overall scheme of things, it is NOT looking good for the Navy's future, with a return to the bad old days of loading duties to fewer ships, tying up ships in "moderate maintenance " and...
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    Worthwhile doing. Most deepsea navigators have...

    Worthwhile doing. Most deepsea navigators have their personal Courses and distances note book and sight book. Our SO's tended to give key calling points or weekend and fuelling points for the smaller...
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    Age is a bugger. I should have said in the second...

    Age is a bugger. I should have said in the second last sentence Capt Myles Hook Irish Lights R.I.P.
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    Make sure that at all used ports our ships can go...

    Make sure that at all used ports our ships can go on shore power but in any case all the time at the naval base. It should be the task of the Naval service to construct a comprehensive research based...
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    To be honest it is 27 years since I parted with...

    To be honest it is 27 years since I parted with Naval salt water and sailed with Sailing Orders. The snap shot last week, including P51 in DSG Cork Drydocks was X+Y in base. There is a lot to be done...
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    Sorry for" lift" read "life" in first sentence....

    Sorry for" lift" read "life" in first sentence. The 100 anniversary of the Loss of Empress of Ireland was May 2019.
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