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    There are a significant number of masts visible...

    There are a significant number of masts visible at the south end of the basin and Google Earth shows a line up of 23 yachts alongside. Are these seized vessels, public berths or what ?
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    Dear God - and the Irish people voted to retain...

    Dear God - and the Irish people voted to retain this bunch of muppets ? I have seen better debates in primary schools.
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    Probably closer to the mark. Attempting to curry...

    Probably closer to the mark. Attempting to curry favour with the US prior to trying to negotiate a new trade deal. However if the ProPublica reports are to be believed...
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    RN deployment to the Far East

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/uk-sends-aircraft-carrier-to-pacific-in-show-of-strength-to-china-mr93f5dd9

    ....................Albeit with US aircraft. Gavin Williamson flexing his...
  5. Thread: PDF retention

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    Failed politician too. Takes a particular class...

    Failed politician too. Takes a particular class of stupid to fail at both being a bookie and a politician !
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    RIP

    RIP
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    Slightly off topic but I visited HMS Caroline in...

    Slightly off topic but I visited HMS Caroline in Belfast yesterday. If you haven't seen it it's well worth the trip. I had a great RNR guide who had served on HMS Antelope in the Falklands. Very...
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    Do you know what's disgusting ? Holding the...

    Do you know what's disgusting ? Holding the general public to ransom in pursuit of personal objectives - leaving rats swarming round heaps of rubbish in the centre of Dublin (witnessed personally),...
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    There’s a post on FB from Peter Richardson saying...

    There’s a post on FB from Peter Richardson saying it was a presentation from the Defence Forces Sailing Club to the Minister dating back to last year.
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    I, of course, defer to the wisdom of my former...

    I, of course, defer to the wisdom of my former Air Corps colleagues on the matter but judging from the images it would appear that there are more suitable LZs in the immediate vicinity of Govt...
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    +1 - I have spent hours in their weapons section...

    +1 - I have spent hours in their weapons section just chatting with the guys there, very knowledgeable and very helpful.
  12. While we're throwing shapes - I decided to jump...

    While we're throwing shapes - I decided to jump from the cab of a Man diesel on exercise , kidney pouch on the 58 Pattern CFO catches on the seat handle leaving me suspended 6 feet off the deck. ...
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    No Department/Agency has Parliamentary oversight...

    No Department/Agency has Parliamentary oversight of individual tenders. The Accounting Officer has to report to the PAC, the Dept is "audited" by the C&AG. All spend is monitored in that fashion. ...
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    I'm not convinced that it is either seemly or...

    I'm not convinced that it is either seemly or respectful to the memories of the crew of Rescue 116 that this thread should have degenerated into an AC slagging exercise but the comments here cannot...
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    RIP - a sad, sad day.

    RIP - a sad, sad day.
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    Not so sure - Down Cruising Club are using an old...

    Not so sure - Down Cruising Club are using an old Lightship (the Petrel) as their Clubhouse - great facilities onboard - bar, showers etc. The great thing is that, being enthusiasts, they look after...
  17. But do you not realise that the nice man Mr Putin...

    But do you not realise that the nice man Mr Putin would never invade anybody (sic) ? After all everyone loves the Irish - we're cuddly and loveable and great craic. Islamic terrorists think we're...
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    Not strictly archives but a fascinating glimpse...

    Not strictly archives but a fascinating glimpse back to when we actually had armour !

    http://www.euscreen.eu/play.jsp?id=EUS_9FB12903985B4A9CB70370D99A7D5211
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    Sticky: They can derogate from Open tender under Article...

    They can derogate from Open tender under Article 346 TFEU which refers to measures which a Member State “considers necessary for the protection of the essential interests of its security” or to...
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    Ah but what have the Romans ever done for us ?

    Ah but what have the Romans ever done for us ?
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    I don't know whether to post this under...

    I don't know whether to post this under "Hovertanks" or not but there have been 2 V22 Ospreys and 2 Apaches circling my office in central London on and off all morning at about 2000 - 3000 feet. The...
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    The flak jacket was only for wearing with CEFO. ...

    The flak jacket was only for wearing with CEFO. However, because they only came in one length, it made it impossible to wear the ammo pouches if you were a short arse (like me) as they ended up...
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    The Mount Whitney visited Dublin Port in the mid...

    The Mount Whitney visited Dublin Port in the mid 70's - I have photos somewhere from my trip onboard. I'm amazed she's still in service.
  24. Let me get this straight - in 2007 WO'D had to...

    Let me get this straight - in 2007 WO'D had to bring the MOU for participation in the Swedish Battlegroup to the Dail for a vote. Why did this need a vote in the Oireachtas ? We weren't committing...
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    Excellent analysis Paul. However I would take...

    Excellent analysis Paul. However I would take issue with the assumption of a long history of QRF dating back to the Congo. The history is of QRF NOT being available when needed. Indeed the...
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