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    Sticky: Those TDs need to learn their naval ranks: it's...

    Those TDs need to learn their naval ranks: it's Commodore Mellett, not Commander.

    Is that €900,000 the total contribution from the EU towards the new OPVs?
  2. Of course it would be desirable, possibly...

    Of course it would be desirable, possibly essential, to expand the number of maritime patrol aircraft. But it's a chicken-and-egg situation: do you wait for extra aircraft before seeking the...
  3. The plan for the MRA4 was only eight or nine...

    The plan for the MRA4 was only eight or nine airframes, and they would be primarily tasked with ASW. SAR comes lower down their list of priorities.
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    No, EUNAVFOR haven't offered me a job yet, but I...

    No, EUNAVFOR haven't offered me a job yet, but I recall reading an interview with the then commander of the EU force - a Royal Navy Commodore, can't recall his name, it was a year or two back - who...
  5. Clearly the UK is no longer able to fulfil its...

    Clearly the UK is no longer able to fulfil its SAR requirements. Perhaps the national AoRs should be adjusted to take this into account, including substantial extensions of the Irish AoR?
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    The EU wants ships with helicopters - as the...

    The EU wants ships with helicopters - as the above example demonstrates. Alternatively they would like a Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

    We don't have the first, and we can't spare the second.
  7. This is the ship that went down: ...

    This is the ship that went down:

    http://cdn2.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/0/5/4/923450.jpg
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    My advice would be to look to the future, not...

    My advice would be to look to the future, not back at the past. The historical reasons for Ireland's 'neutrality' are no longer relevant.

    As far as Defence is concerned, the most important...
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    I bet there's a lot more to this story than...

    I bet there's a lot more to this story than what's in the Daily Mail.

    Why didn't the Marines use helicopters instead?

    How much of a bribe was offered to that tribal leader?
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    There's a French 120mm rifled mortar.

    There's a French 120mm rifled mortar.
  11. from www.amazon.co.uk ...

    from www.amazon.co.uk

    http://cache1.bookdepository.com/assets/images/book/large/9780/3001/9780300166712.jpg

    Partly on the strength of their apparent success in 'small wars' such as Malaya and...
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    What are the differences between the new Warrior...

    What are the differences between the new Warrior and the new ASCOD (replacing the Scimitar etc.)? Both are tracked IFVs with the same 40mm gun?

    http://defense-update.com/images_large3/ASCOD21.jpg
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    Berthed at Sir John Rogerson's Quay, according to...

    Berthed at Sir John Rogerson's Quay, according to
    http://www.dublinport.ie/information-centre/ships-in-port/

    On their way home from Exercise Joint Warrior?
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    British equivalent of the M4?

    British equivalent of the M4?
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    Sticky: When will the NS be issuing an RFT for the UAVs...

    When will the NS be issuing an RFT for the UAVs to be based on the OPV? (How's that for an alphabet soup!)
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    Sticky: Goldie, I was disagreeing with Seanachie's...

    Goldie,

    I was disagreeing with Seanachie's point that the training required for heli handling on board an OPV is an enormous undertaking, using the comparable NZ OPV as a counter example and...
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    Sticky: Why did Australia and New Zealand buy elderly...

    Why did Australia and New Zealand buy elderly Seasprites? Did the Americans make them an offer they couldn't refuse? The Aussies have had to get rid of theirs, and now the Kiwis seem to be having...
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    Sticky: According to the NZ Navy website, "....The...

    According to the NZ Navy website,

    "....The patrol and response capabilities of the OPVs include:

    a. Maritime counter-terrorism.
    b. Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
    c. Surface contact...
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    Sticky: So what do you do when the OPV is on patrol 200...

    So what do you do when the OPV is on patrol 200 miles off the west coast and there's an emergency call from a sinking vessel 100 miles further out - send the UAV to watch them drown? Or a crew-member...
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    Sticky: The Portuguese NRP Vaina do Castelo is another...

    The Portuguese NRP Vaina do Castelo is another example of an Atlantic OPV fitted with a helicopter deck. It's smaller than our new OPVs. This is the first of a new class of between 6 and 10 ships.
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    Sticky: The first of the Gowind class, L'Adroit, began...

    The first of the Gowind class, L'Adroit, began her sea trials in July.

    http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee106/OPEX-Afghanistan/OPV_GOWIND_HERMES_004.jpg
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    Sticky: Here's one , the Spanish BAM class, ...

    Here's one , the Spanish BAM class,

    http://defesaglobal.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/dsc_8955b.jpg

    and here's another, the French Gowind OPV,

    http://www.meretmarine.com/objets/500/29731.jpg
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    Sticky: According to the article, RHIB operation is...

    According to the article, RHIB operation is limited to Sea State 4. Helicopters would have a similar capability.

    Both common sense and the widespread use of helicopters aboard similar-sized naval...
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    Sticky: A flight deck for UAVs was in the OPV specs. Most...

    A flight deck for UAVs was in the OPV specs. Most of the other significant features of the design get a mention in the article, but not that.

    Just for comparison, the South African Navy are...
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    Cessna Caravan or Pilatus Turbo-Porter is what...

    Cessna Caravan or Pilatus Turbo-Porter is what they want to replace the Cessna 172s?
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