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  • RIP to all those of R116

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    • RIP
      "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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      • RIP

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        • RIP.

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          • According to the news a surface search along the NW coastline is ongoing given that a certain timeline has passed.

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            • Originally posted by danno View Post
              According to the news a surface search along the NW coastline is ongoing given that a certain timeline has passed.
              Apparently wreckage has already made it to Donegal

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              • A lot of the airframe is made up of light weight composites/insulation blankets/plastics and so on and that stuff will continue to appear for months. Lighter metal objects will be pushed along by seabed currents or even dragged by fishing nets. magnesium parts will rot away.

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                • Cork Port tug Ocean Challenger formally the Thrax has been tasked to the area to help in the recovery

                  Ocean Challenger tug has left Castletownbere to assist in recovery of #Rescue116 wreckage

                  The 35 metre Ocean Challenger tug, operated by Bere Island based salvage experts Atlantic Towage & Marine, has departed Castletownbere Harbour tonight bound for Blacksod Bay to assist in the operation to recover the main wreckage of Rescue 116 and according to Marine Traffic is expected on scene over the weekend to join the Naval Diving Team currently on site..

                  Search co-ordinators have indicated that they now plan to lift the wreckage to the surface using the Ocean Challenger and other vessels on scene over the weekend when swells ease.

                  Naval Service divers will assist in the effort, which will allow for the inspection of an area below the helicopter that has been inaccessible since the crash over two weeks ago.

                  Plans to move the wreckage of Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 using inflatable lifting bags were abandoned in recent days due to the large swell conditions at sea.

                  The mid sized tug will be positioned directly above the site, so the five-tonne wreckage can be taken from the water from a depth of 40 metres.

                  In 2014 Atlantic Towage & Marine successfully retrieved the 4 tonne keel of the yacht Rambler 100 from a depth of 75 metres off the Fastnet Rock in similar conditions to the Rescue 116 accident site at Blackrock island..
                  Last edited by Brian McGrath; 31 March 2017, 16:42.

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                  • Was on that tug when she first arrived in Cork. Occasionally did relief for Alex. Very impressive (spotlessly clean) machinery space. Twin VSPs. Normally operates the Whiddy terminal.
                    German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
                    German 2: Private? I am a general!
                    German 1: That is the bad news.

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                    • Despite the advent of the P60's the NS have the people but not any actual unit that can undertake the recovery task.

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                      • Originally posted by danno View Post
                        Despite the advent of the P60's the NS have the people but not any actual unit that can undertake the recovery task.
                        they tried hard to get a ship for this type of ops and could be a dive/patrol/heavy lift/... ,, but as usual ,, a fool in an office said no ,,,,,

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                        • Maybe its fear of what would come with the territory of having such a unit, by whom one can only speculate.

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                          • Originally posted by golden rivet View Post
                            they tried hard to get a ship for this type of ops and could be a dive/patrol/heavy lift/... ,, but as usual ,, a fool in an office said no ,,,,,
                            Do you mean the EPV/MPV hull? As far as I know nobody said no to that (outside of hey there's a massive economic crash to deal with) and that it's still going to replace Eithne...

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                            • Wreckage of the aircraft has been raised to the surface, unfortunately there is no sign of the other 2 crew.
                              German 1: Private Schnutz, I have bad news for you.
                              German 2: Private? I am a general!
                              German 1: That is the bad news.

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                              • Prelim AAIU report

                                http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/fil...RELIMINARY.pdf

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