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    Sticky: My immediate thought is that a lot of stuff that...

    My immediate thought is that a lot of stuff that normally sits on the deck has been shoved below decks in order to get a very marginal gain - the forward Heli deck.

    Obviously I can imagine...
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    We have the same thing over the water - all the...

    We have the same thing over the water - all the senior bods have twitter accounts, every ship has one, every unit from Regt/Bn level, and some Bty/Coy level, have them.

    Few ever say much that's...
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    Sending your most enthusiastic officers offto be...

    Sending your most enthusiastic officers offto be students for 3 years instead of putting them in the job they've joined and trained for - commanding soldiers - is the dumbest, most self-defeating...
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    From 9 ships to 4 ships in the space of a year is...

    From 9 ships to 4 ships in the space of a year is quite some achievement. I trust the media are being suitably congratulatory...
  5. So is this a non-story? When confronted with...

    So is this a non-story?

    When confronted with the fact that this woman existed, the government asked all the appropriate bodies - DF, Int, DFA, government law officers, AGS - for their views and...
  6. Anyone have any good reasons why the government...

    Anyone have any good reasons why the government rejected J2's plan?

    Operational concept? Not wanting to put people on the ground on the Jordanian/Syrian border? Not wanting to be caught...
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    Speshul. Actually, it doesn't look like anyone...

    Speshul.

    Actually, it doesn't look like anyone else is get an 'operational' boot, everyone else just gets a 'lightweight, multi-role boot' or a safety boot.

    I would put good odds on the...
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    I'm not sure that tendering is quite the obstacle...

    I'm not sure that tendering is quite the obstacle that some suggest - we somehow manage to buy stuff without tendering all the time (RC-135, P-8, E-7 Wedgetail), and the NS bought the fourth P60 with...
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    its Mil-to-Mil at Colonel level. thats my source...

    its Mil-to-Mil at Colonel level. thats my source anyway, theres a MOD-DOD link, and knowing the byzantine nature of DOD-DF relations there's some co-ordination on the UK side
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    from what i can see day-to-day engagement with...

    from what i can see day-to-day engagement with other EU militaries has dropped through the floor. i work (admittedly in a NATO context) with middle/senior ranking officers from the Nordic countries,...
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    Having seen, particularly the Norwegian uniforms...

    Having seen, particularly the Norwegian uniforms and cold/wet weather gear, up close and in operational conditions, I can say they don't stint on cost. The civil equivalent of their wet weather gear...
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    Depends how many pairs the DF wanted over how...

    Depends how many pairs the DF wanted over how many years and how much they were prepared to pair for them.

    There are dozens of manufacturers who will provide 30,000 pairs over 3 years for €30 a...
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    Do you still have an embassy in Damascus? ...

    Do you still have an embassy in Damascus?

    Actually, if the DF units on the Golan had an AD radar, they wouldn't have seen them as well...
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    I doubt it - it was a two or three sentence...

    I doubt it - it was a two or three sentence offer: what we're ordering, timelines and costs, and are you interested?

    There was no response - nothing, not even a 'wait, out' -so it's pretty...
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    I can tell you that the offer of a piggyback buy...

    I can tell you that the offer of a piggyback buy on the various UK contracts has been made in the last few months - there was no response...
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    How is it that everyone else in the world can...

    How is it that everyone else in the world can produce Reservists who can do these jobs?

    We have reservists who work on T45 air warfare destroyersw have reservists who work on, and with the take...
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    Sticky: Comforting perhaps, but actually incorrect. ...

    Comforting perhaps, but actually incorrect.

    Turning up at a destroyed port with HADR aid after the world's biggest hurricane/earthquake actually looks a lot like D-Day.

    If Oxfam designed and...
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    Sticky: Depends. If it's a logs/amphib vessel...

    Depends.

    If it's a logs/amphib vessel operating on purely Irish tasks then it's a capable vessel (but probably shit for chasing fishing boats) but if it's something to be used on a European level,...
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    Sticky: As ever, you've got to decide what you want first...

    As ever, you've got to decide what you want first - is it a 5,000 ton OPV with room for ten TEU and a party pack of Haribo, or a 20,000 ton logistics ship with a GPMG and a loudhailer - or some...
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    Sticky: Cheers for that. Why is this? How has that...

    Cheers for that.



    Why is this? How has that mindset developed within the DOD - is just within the DOD or within the whole civil service, is it political directive that politicians hide behind?
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    Sticky: Can you lot show me how the system works? I...

    Can you lot show me how the system works?

    I see investment in the DF - the four P60's, the RBS70 upgrade, the chat about an air search radar - now we can all debate the wisdom of this or that...
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    Sticky: If the AC/NS and Army accepted the bi-annual...

    If the AC/NS and Army accepted the bi-annual invitations to Joint Warrior you'd see, and look around, and operate with and on, every possible iteration of PV, Logistics ship, and Assault ship going -...
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    Sticky: Is the configuration two seperate hangers -...

    Is the configuration two seperate hangers - possibly for reasons of damage control, or one hanger with two doors?

    Apart from keeping the weather of half the hanger, I'm not sure why you'd want...
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    Sticky: I've been on the HNLMS Karel Doorman 50 miles off...

    I've been on the HNLMS Karel Doorman 50 miles off the Western Isles in winter. She was operating her own embarked helicopters as well as visiting Chinooks and Merlins.

    She did not, I promise you,...
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    Look at who the new SofS Defence is - the MOD...

    Look at who the new SofS Defence is - the MOD isn't going to be losing any of its budget anytime while Maudant is a political threat to either May or any of her potential successors.
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