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lefty
20th January 2007, 18:02
Are B Coy 3 Inf the only fully mechanised infantry company in the army? or are there others out there

Goldie fish
20th January 2007, 18:14
They are all mechanised. However, everyone else uses 3 Inf Bns Armour.

hedgehog
20th January 2007, 18:16
the vehicles were supposed to

be allotted out amongst all Infantry Units

but those fine lads from 3 Inf Bn

reckoned that they can mind our vehicles better than us

California Tanker
20th January 2007, 19:28
They are all mechanised. However, everyone else uses 3 Inf Bns Armour.

Gotta really piss off the 3rd's maintenance types.

Nothing more demoralising than to spend hours reparing armour only to let someone else have the fun of breaking it.

NTM

Truck Driver
21st January 2007, 04:24
Am presuming this will gradually change as the extra purchased Mowags
come on stream?

California Tanker
21st January 2007, 06:53
Doing the maths, but I'm not convinced that there are going to be enough MOWAGs to mechanise every battalion.

A single company will take about 10-14 vehicles: Three or four per platoon, one or two for the command element. There are, what, nine PDF infantry battalions? Three in each of three brigades? You're talking about 90-125 troop carrier variants right off the bat, before looking at ones at the training school any that the cavalry steal, and any that are deployed abroad.

I think one mechanised company per brigade is about as good as you're going to get in practical terms, unless you go shopping more. Makes no sense to me. Give all the APCs to the same unit. That way you have one proper mechanised battalion, instead of messing around with semi-mobile battalions which have a company in PCs, and the rest in trucks or on foot.

NTM

apod
21st January 2007, 14:50
Am presuming this will gradually change as the extra purchased Mowags
come on stream?
No.There was talk of the various battalions around the country getting two or three mowags each to train with but that is next to useless where company level wheeled mech tactics are concerned.The plan now is for the apcs to remain centralised with bcoy 3 bn,which has become the apc training unit for the whole army.Nearly all apc related courses are ran there.

Goldie fish
21st January 2007, 15:09
I think the real key is that those with the skills and tools required to maintain the mowags are located at workshops in the curragh. Very little apart from the basic vehicle maintenance is being done outside of Base Workshops any more.

No practical purpose in locating them anywhere else in any case, when they spend all their operational time overseas, apart from the odd US presidential visit.