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Goldie fish
6th June 2003, 05:20
Having noticed the relative inactivity of this section of the Board for some time,with a few notable exceptions,I am wondering How many users have actual Knowledge of Nautical and Naval Matters,and How can we encourage more "Real Navy" people to use the board?
I Appreciate the posts so far in the Naval section,some have been very interesting and well informed,but looking at the other sections,I believe the quality and quantity could only improve.
Any Ideas?

hptmurphy
6th June 2003, 13:32
Try some incentives..... most of the contributers seem to be reservists ..we seem to have very few proffessional types on the board also bear in mind that many potential naval contributers are at sea for most of the time....

Come-quickly
6th June 2003, 13:44
Fee laptops

Gunner Al
6th June 2003, 16:04
Actually, this is my first ever time to even come into the Navy board here! Not bad, I'll be back more often :)

old rec
6th June 2003, 22:13
Does Merchant Naval experiance count? Not wavy navy but know the feeling and been through a few "crossing the line" parties.

Goldie fish
7th June 2003, 01:09
Merchant is fine with me..if you have felt the decks move beneath you(or above you,if you are a greaser...) :)

sarsteve
10th June 2003, 18:02
I used to be a TACCO on Canuck Sea Kings flying off of DDHs. Does that count?:cool:

Goldie fish
10th June 2003, 18:13
well steve it beats the ferry..tic the third box

sarsteve
10th June 2003, 18:20
Done.:) Then again, you've obviously never seen the shape our Navy is in...or our Sea Slugs, for that matter.

Goldie fish
10th June 2003, 18:52
Well we heard the seaking song,and I saw that they discovered you cannot land a seaking on its side either.Lucky escape that. Any updates?

sarsteve
10th June 2003, 19:10
Ah yes, the song. A classic!:D Having survived a crash back in '91, I can personally attest that Slugs can land quite well on their sides...you're just not going anywhere afterwards.

The latest which you allude to was on HMCS Iroquois. So far it looks like an engine failure, and the crew were quite lucky to end up on the deck. Normally the Slug crews fly off only one type of ship, either frigate or destroyer, as your reference points and wind around the funnels is significantly different. That particular crew had just been attached to Iroquois(a destroyer) from a frigate, which may have contributed. As a result, Iroquois came back into Halifax, got patched up, then headed for the Persian Gulf sans helos!

With all the government interference with the replacement helo contract, it could still be years before a replacement comes on board. I'm just glad I'm not flying 'em anymore.

hptmurphy
10th June 2003, 21:33
Sounds like an educated man ..promote this guy and milk him for all he is worth...welcome Cannuck...

sarsteve
10th June 2003, 21:54
:D Educated enough, I guess, to get the heck out before I was killed due to government mis-management.:D

My old man's family are Murphys, by the way. Left Eire back around 1780.:flagwave: Slainte (and thus runs my knowledge of Gaelic)

Goldie fish
11th June 2003, 09:55
Hmm..a murphy..not sure if we have room for another...Well,as long as you are not from Waterford or Tipperary you should be ok...;)

Welcome! Ironically,HPT's job in the Navy was to catch our "naval" helicopters before they fell into the drink..

sarsteve
11th June 2003, 14:59
Ah well, the Murphy side was from Wexford and another great-Granny was from Legaginny, County Cavan. My first ancestor to hitch a ride across the pond was Nicholas Murphy, whose brother was the Rev. Michael Murphy killed in the 1798 Rising. Guess Nicholas wasn't interested in the same fate.:mad:

Checked out HPTs site, some nice pics. I'll have you know though, that I've not needed help from falling in my drink for years. What? Whats that? Oh, from falling in THE drink. My mistake, never mind.;)

NB. Edited for stupidity.:D

Rooster
12th July 2003, 20:43
Does Royal Navy count?, am currently on standing naval force atlantic, am in Gibraltar for the weekend enjoying the San Miguel!

sarsteve
13th July 2003, 01:52
Ahhhh...San Miguel, nectar of the Gods!! Right up there with Murphy's.

Goldfinger
26th July 2003, 23:04
Hi, Yes - ex NS (9 Years, mostly @ sea!) tried to transfer to AC but no joy as sea-going material, anyway made a respectable life for myself,
now in IT, so if you need any help - drop me a line - check out note on my services..

Many Thanks & all the best

Goldie fish
24th May 2005, 03:32
Back to the top for this one.(given the recent influx of newbies)

sba
25th May 2005, 14:33
Hi...Spent some time in the NS...then the outside world made me an offer (financially) I couldnt turn down!

Rooster
25th May 2005, 21:45
Have'nt really been that active on the naval service board, I guess there have'nt been any interesting topics to comment on, tempts me to go and dig something up.............

rod and serpent
26th May 2005, 00:26
My cousin was in the Royal Navy, does that count.

Turkey
26th May 2005, 00:37
My Uncle was an MTB/MGB crewman for the entire second world temper tantrum, does that count??

ex pat 007
26th May 2005, 03:34
I was known to swan around Norfolk Naval station in the early 90s - and my Auntie is a Commander US Navy (medical Corps) , does that count ?

combatlogo
26th May 2005, 14:29
I was known to swan around Norfolk Naval station in the early 90s - and my Auntie is a Commander US Navy (medical Corps) , does that count ?

What a terrible duty station!!! You should have volunteered for Camp Swampy or 29 Stumps!!!

I was chauffeured all over the Med, Adriatic & Black Seas in various LPD's & LHD's for over a year, does that count???

kayleighanne03
26th May 2005, 14:40
Hey Guys, just a reply to the question posted above. It is true that there are no internet connections on board a ship when we are 200 miles off the coast!! And it is very rare we get access unless out in the new college in Ringaskiddy.Although i have to admit there are some great people on this site with a great knowledge of the ins and outs of the service but it is also a lot of pressure on them to keep this side of the site running!So lets all join in and try our best...

Lordinajamjar
27th May 2005, 10:43
I once owned three 90 foot steel shrimp trawlers which operated in Mexico and roamed the Sea of Cortez. Never went to sea myself due to Mexican fishery protectionist policies governing presence of non-Mexican nationals onboard fishing vessels. Only had one short trip across the harbor in the port of Guaymas in the early hours upon meeting one of the vessels, Huerfano translates to Orphan, to ensure that the shrimp were unloaded in a secure dock protected by armed guards.

Shrimp was just like cash. Pink Gold we called it. The catch was a mixture of Blue Shrimp (8-10 inches usually without the head) which sold for around $20,000 dollars a ton and Brown shrimp which sold for half that. Each boat had refrigerated holds and could handle about 30 tons per trip, A typical catch in the peak season, 20 tons, usually fetched an average of around $100,000. My partner was a paraplegic who was a commercial airline pilot before a car crash ended his professional flying career. My other partner, who is still an an active commercial airline pilot, and I referred to him as Captain Dan aka Forrest Gump.

We operated out of Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) less than 4 hours drive from Phoenix. Quite a story behind it. The day we closed the deal on the trawlers there was a huge bonfire overseen in the desert on the outskirts of town by Mexican Navy personnel consisting of 2 tons of cannabis. Turned out later the brothers we bought the boats from were funded by one of the major drug cartels out of the state of Sinaloa. Apparently the cannabis belonged to them but had been intercepted by the Mexican Navy when some of the "brothers" pangas were heading into shore at great speed with the stuff. When we said they were lucky not to have been caught they laughed and told us if the Navy had known it was them they would never have confiscated the stuff in the first place. Rocky Point is a tiny fishing village they all know each other. The brothers claimed to have armed their pangas with grenade launchers for all future business transactions and we had no reason to doubt them. We had to fire all three crews after the first two months of the first season due to major theft problems, unloading and selling some of the the catch at sea and falsifying accounts with suppliers. We had one captain put in jail for six months of course we had to bribe the judge. Half the supplies we bought for each trip usually made their way home to to the families. Electronic gear would go missing nets would be mysteriously "lost" overboard. We had some help from the Mexican army. They loaned us a few soldiers to meet the boats and guard them overnight them until we could get new captains and crews aboard and out to sea. Firing whole crews unfortunately became the norm. We always let them keep all the fish they caught and any small or broken shrimp which is know as "charro" and kept it separated from the main catch in burlap sacks which they used to sew shut. We always made sure they got paid on time but they still couldn't stop themselve from screwing up. It might sound strange but basically the Mexicans are great people but they have been screwed by their goverment and officals and their employers for so long thye just take what they can when they can. Corruption at every level made it impossible to continue after 3 years. Lost an arm and a leg but it was a hell of an experience. Death threats, murder, corruption I was exposed to it all. I haven't visited Mexico in four years.

I did pull one over the Mexican border guards. One time I was smuggling $30,000 of Caterpiller diesel engine replacement parts in large bags wrapped in towels. Got caught and one of the Mexican border guards offered me a deal as he nervously played with the trigger on his handgun. I thought he was going to shoot his own leg off he was so damned nervous. He wanted to deal with me without letting his buddies know. He demanded $100 I agreed so he passed me his cap to place the money inside it. While he was looking away I slipped him four ones wrapped in a twenty dollar bill and drove the hell out of there laughing my head off. You meet all kinds of stuff on the road though. During several of my many trips across the border I was stopped by different groups of armed personnel on a few occasions I met the regular army checkpoints and a couple of times I was stopped once by the feared Federal highway police (Federalis) and just once by plain clothed secret police (they made me nervous). The Federalis were OK I gave them some cans of sprite and some local sweet bread I picked up before leaving Rocky Point. I was driving a Ford F150 XLT with a six foot model trawler tied up in the back which I had earlier commissioned a local boat builder to build for me and had him name it San Patricio. The Fedaralis only pulled me over because it was covered up in tarp and they just had to know what it was. They were just hoping for an excuse to extort a bribe. Alone in the middle of the desert they know they are not going to get refused too often. They always wore mirrored sunglasses and so did the army officers. I made it a habit to never drive alone at night. The mexican army guys always were an assorted looking motley crew, young kids mainly, mismatched uniforms and an assortment of vintage weapons except the officers who always seemed well turned out. They had a very tiny naval base. One frigate, I never did get the name of it, reminded me a lot of the Eithne though it always operated a helicoptor. It couldn't dock in the harbour as that was way too small so it always anchored at sea. There was one small fast patrol boat similar in size to a "P" boat I never once saw it actually leave the harbour. The port of Guaymas a few hundred miles down the coast operated 2 or 3 frigates and several "p" boat types.

The Sea of Cortes is probably still one of the most fertile fishing grounds in the world.

Goldie fish
27th May 2005, 11:40
Do you know Forrest Gump? He has a Shrimp boat too...called "Jenny".

Less of the shite talk please folks.
If you are naval I want to know. If not,or you are not sure what you are,click the fourth option.

macca
27th May 2005, 12:36
There's nothing wrong with shitetalk, that's by far the most entertaining post I've read on these pages in some time, well done lordinajamjar! It's far better than reading some vitriolic bile about the charms of our capital city from PROC fiens with an inferiority complex...

Goldie fish
27th May 2005, 13:26
I must point out that my "shite talk" comment was not directed at the Shrimp Boat operator.

armedboarder
2nd January 2008, 14:46
Contributions arent great in the Naval Section Goldie, and there are a few NS members.

Goldie fish
2nd January 2008, 20:49
I'll have to get that rectified...

golden rivet
2nd January 2008, 21:38
Ex navy here as well. 21 years of it.


There are satellite broadband connections now on all the ships. That's what the extra sat domes are for. You get a certain amount of time online during the day but I doubt a message board would be on the "approved list", although I am not certain.

:biggrin: first video was on grainne 1979.. hired from maddens,, we thought we were the bees knees then ( showing my age again) a top loader an a nco in charge of it (now in pss).. what was the first film.. The life of brian,, banned at the time in holy ireland ,, as for television .. the qm on deck was instructed to twist the aerial hopefully to get rte 1.. happy days.. then a large pot of tea was made....

Goldie fish
2nd January 2008, 21:46
Toploader in 79?

That would be the same as a Blue Ray today... I wonder was it Betamax?

golden rivet
2nd January 2008, 21:50
Toploader in 79?

That would be the same as a Blue Ray today... I wonder was it Betamax?:wink: thats the one ..as for a blue ray give us info

Goldie fish
2nd January 2008, 21:53
Blue ray, fancy new dvd replacement, apparently....

Laners
2nd January 2008, 22:32
:biggrin: first video was on grainne 1979.. hired from maddens,, we thought we were the bees knees then ( showing my age again) a top loader an a nco in charge of it (now in pss).. what was the first film.. The life of brian,, banned at the time in holy ireland ,, as for television .. the qm on deck was instructed to twist the aerial hopefully to get rte 1.. happy days.. then a large pot of tea was made....

I remember it well , and a certain L/Sea who was responsible for getting it , and the first night it was used . the V C R was located in the radio cabin and he was running back and forth from the rec space to the radio cabin getting the picture right and howls of slagging from all assembled waiting for the film to start . My bunk was located in the rec space so after cleaning the galley and maybe getting a shower I would have to tip toe trough a crowd watching a movie with a towl around my waist whilst being subject to various cat calls and whistles , even the Skipper would bring his own chair to watch a film . Looking back it seems like a scene from an episode of M.A.S.H.

moggy
5th January 2008, 17:55
Jaysus, the old videos in the messes. Now everyone has portable dvd players, playstations, xboxes and what not in their cabins. You never see anyone in the mess these days.


I have fond memories of getting up for 8-12 in the morning and passing thru the mess to get a cuppa while various pornos were on. People watching the goings on while eating their corn flakes. That's hard core!:biggrin:

i remember being in drydock in the base and verome the dockers went crazy for blue movies had to lock them up when in port

hptmurphy
6th January 2008, 00:30
i remember being in drydock in the base and verome the dockers went crazy for blue movies had to lock them up when in port

just struck me..the video was in the com cen and ultimate control rested with Comms branch...

care to expalin how we ended up watching the 'Green Dildo 'for 6 weeks soilid while in the Alexander Basin... but then again you weren't there..or were you? Nah it was Wardy....

A/TEL
6th January 2008, 03:08
just struck me..the video was in the com cen and ultimate control rested with Comms branch...

care to expalin how we ended up watching the 'Green Dildo 'for 6 weeks soilid while in the Alexander Basin... but then again you weren't there..or were you? Nah it was Wardy....


Ah thats d Giraffes, all very ..............................

moggy
6th January 2008, 20:05
just struck me..the video was in the com cen and ultimate control rested with Comms branch...

care to expalin how we ended up watching the 'Green Dildo 'for 6 weeks soilid while in the Alexander Basin... but then again you weren't there..or were you? Nah it was Wardy....

no not i - i shall inquire from warde what the delay was was it a good video

Laners
6th January 2008, 20:12
That Green Dildo had some mileage on it , it was on the first States trip. An intresting thing I noticed concerning the porn videos was that when we started a patrol it was always the C R A men who where always clamering into the rec room and calling for them to be shown whilst the single fellas could not care less .

cha the tel
6th January 2008, 21:36
Hi all first entry on the site but those movies kept the crew happy for a few hours and many a competion was had afterwards ,especially on EMER to see who could fill the egg cup

cha the tel
6th January 2008, 21:48
Hi all,watching those movies was one sure way of keeping the crew quite and happy.Even if some people had to bend over going to the heads.

Nav Trooper
5th February 2008, 22:55
Eithne had a huge vid collection during early 90s due to the existence of multiple vcrs but then they were taken on loan and never seen again.

Like ye said its all portable dvd players and laptops now and the only time the mess is full is to watch the soccer matches or coronation street etc.

moggy
6th February 2008, 10:42
Eithne had a huge vid collection during early 90s due to the existence of multiple vcrs but then they were taken on loan and never seen again.

Like ye said its all portable dvd players and laptops now and the only time the mess is full is to watch the soccer matches or coronation street etc.

CORONATION STREET - JESUS TIMES HAVE CHANGED???

Test Pilot
6th February 2008, 12:19
CORONATION STREET - JESUS TIMES HAVE CHANGED???

Same in my time - everything stopped for Coronation St. and ships were known to make it a point to be inshore for events like the world cup, where they could get good tv reception.:biggrin: Different now I expect as they have SAT TV now,

golden rivet
6th February 2008, 19:21
Same in my time - everything stopped for Coronation St. and ships were known to make it a point to be inshore for events like the world cup, where they could get good tv reception.:biggrin: Different now I expect as they have SAT TV now, they do not know each other now like we used to so as they seem to stick to their cabins which must be a sad way to spend a patrol this only happened before when our trained alcohol noses sniffed out a private party and we popped a few tins on the sly,, any serving member on imo care to comment on how they pass the time now

armedboarder
1st March 2008, 21:31
Its not a bad thing to have entertainment other than the messes. Living in the age modern tech advantages, we had up to 5 xboxes networked on the Róisín for the gamers on the trollop deck, thats ten players in teams of two split screen. Also for the laptops a three way hub for the coxns, engineers and dustys office. Very easy to run cables through the deckheads. Twas like our own netgames café never a dull moment and plenty of square eyes.
Coming soon will be an age of nightclasses for the likes of MIF PMS CAPS ECDL and so on. Instructers in these fields are in seagoing appointments so what better way to pass the time on a Loooooooong rotation ........

Nav Trooper
2nd March 2008, 10:30
For Those in the Know

HO! HOOOOOOOOOOH!!!

Test Pilot
2nd March 2008, 12:39
Would you find that some people would take the time at sea to do various courses such as Open University or spelling lessons?

hedgehog
2nd March 2008, 12:44
The Navy has changed quiet a bit in that regards Lads. Most people do stick to their cabins more so on the Roisin and Niamh. Its got more to do wiht the younger crews that we have now, the whole social aspect has changed. No more cornflakes and blues. DVDs are the order of the day and no Video rentals from "topa the hill" the week before a patrol anymore.

The days alongside side spent in banter and craic in the pub are almost dead and gone with the type crew we have today.

we find that as well in the Army- especially overseas, I remember my first 3 trips to the Leb

and we lived 10 of us in a billet- now a lot of places are 2 man rooms

great for self abuse but brutal for building up esrit de corps

You never see the young lads playing monopoly , scrabble or the likes of risk

nowadays

hurumph hurumph

hptmurphy
2nd March 2008, 21:04
So the days of drinking competitions, bag of shite competions and farting competitions. darts matches and dragging people out through the vents in cabin doors have passed.

Political correctness has got in the way of good old fashioned debauchery.

Goldie fish
2nd March 2008, 22:08
No harm.

Test Pilot
6th March 2008, 19:01
So the days of drinking competitions, bag of shite competions and farting competitions. darts matches and dragging people out through the vents in cabin doors have passed.

Political correctness has got in the way of good old fashioned debauchery.

Just to clarify one point above. The 'bag of shite competition' has nothing to do with crap! It refers to the worst looking 'trollop' one might bring back from the pub.:biggrin:

hptmurphy
6th March 2008, 22:55
My self and Gonzo cahill were the front runners at one point in Galway but a certain cheif mech and Po ERA paddles wre the leaders hwen it came to the east coats.....

the good old days.

frozen sausages...ladies bums and porthole s ( I'm slow to use the word 'scuttle') come to mind..compliments of a high tide on a PV in Dunlaoighre.. ther pervs amongst us won't have to think too much about the sequence of events.

moggy
9th March 2008, 17:46
My self and Gonzo cahill were the front runners at one point in Galway but a certain cheif mech and Po ERA paddles wre the leaders hwen it came to the east coats.....

the good old days.

frozen sausages...ladies bums and porthole s ( I'm slow to use the word 'scuttle') come to mind..compliments of a high tide on a PV in Dunlaoighre.. ther pervs amongst us won't have to think too much about the sequence of events.

if i am not mistaken - the p/v was in Dublin port unless there was another incident above with the same 2

hptmurphy
9th March 2008, 21:24
Could be Dublin port.. wasn't a personal experience of mine.. believe it happen on Deirdre

moggy
9th March 2008, 22:09
Could be Dublin port.. wasn't a personal experience of mine.. believe it happen on Deirdre

Emer big time was on duty that night - i will not go into any more details//

Ta Dawn
13th December 2008, 04:04
couple of years in the reserve and then a couple in the full time NS.

It was fifa compitions on the playstation in my time.

And in regart to the last couple of posts. The certain chief mech told us a few stories during our mechs cource. some things never change!!

Bosco
13th December 2008, 18:26
Just to clarify one point above. The 'bag of shite competition' has nothing to do with crap! It refers to the worst looking 'trollop' one might bring back from the pub.:biggrin:

Is this not now known as dog-fighting?

Test Pilot
13th December 2008, 19:50
Is this not now known as dog-fighting?

Don't know. Never bothered myself getting involved in dog fights!:biggrin:

marloy
13th December 2008, 21:14
Is this not now known as dog-fighting?

na people get bitchy in dog fights. :biggrin: better slaggin with the good old b.o.s. competetions the likes of which is never equalled outside naval circles

Ta Dawn
13th December 2008, 22:44
Don't believe a word out of that creature.

I know he told us the stories and then we got the real version when we went to sea. Dirty ****er, dont know how he got away with some things. After one of his stories one day i asked him "would he appricate someone treat his daughter like that?" The fag fell outa his mouth and didnt know what to say. Neithen say that question wasnt on the test!!

MURPH
15th February 2009, 15:14
The now ex C/Mech is currently working in the dockyard tech stores in Haulbowline.

Nav Trooper
28th May 2010, 20:53
Careful folks.

These boards are trawled by people who may take objection to narrowing the potential culprits down.

Those of us who know the person in question know he probably would revel in the notoriety, but you cant take that chance.

Be adequately vague.

Goldie fish
28th May 2010, 21:43
Trawled???

Pun?

zone 1
29th May 2010, 10:28
Careful folks.

These boards are trawled by people who may take objection to narrowing the potential culprits down.

Those of us who know the person in question know he probably would revel in the notoriety, but you cant take that chance.

Be adequately vague.

very true

Mack
23rd July 2010, 04:35
Back on topic.. Slua 94-97 Naval Service 97-2000 Green uniform 2000-present. I complain when I'm told I'm in the Army I'm in the Defence Forces.. My job supports all four services. Army, Naval, Air Corps, and reserve. (the reserve will never be counted as integrated in my books I have more time for the civil defects). Have also completed five trips on the Asgard II before she sank.
So I would have to tick all four boxes above.

hptmurphy
23rd July 2010, 12:14
I
complain when I'm told I'm in the Army I'm in the Defence Forces..
Given your various visitations to various branches bar the Aer Corps it would in deed be more accurate to describe your self as a member of the DF.

The army won't accept you as a soldier and the navy won't accept you as a sailor..Should you have identity crises later in life you can blame on you migratory work ethic,

welcome aboard.

DeV
23rd July 2010, 12:25
I have more time for the civil defence

Depends on the county, some get to do well that the Army Reserve!

hedgehog
23rd July 2010, 14:37
Back on topic.. Slua 94-97 Naval Service 97-2000 Green uniform 2000-present. I complain when I'm told I'm in the Army I'm in the Defence Forces.. My job supports all four services. Army, Naval, Air Corps, and reserve. (the reserve will never be counted as integrated in my books I have more time for the civil defects). Have also completed five trips on the Asgard II before she sank.
So I would have to tick all four boxes above.

You complain because people say your in the Army

You must be a right barrel of laughs