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  • #31
    Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
    They got one all spruced up in shiny silver. There were three more parked near my daughter's house in Denver Colorado since 2019 and they have been flown in to make a Fleet of 4 Aircraft. They have been busy, including trips to Africa with or recovering personnel. Proper use of an Air Force.
    Imagine what could be achieved if we had just 1 C130J.
    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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    • #32
      Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
      In 1970's the Government were quite happy to allow the Naval Service to be reduced to NO sea going vessels.


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      • #33
        Originally posted by DeV View Post
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        When you are at zero, unless you are accounting, there is only one direction you can go. The Government had 10 years of opportunities to line up suitable replacements for the Corvettes, at a time when large Navies were only happy to divest themselves of comparable cold war warships. When Pushed they got Irish Shipping (who had no experience of Warship design) to design L.E. Deirdre for the Naval Service. 3 Minesweepers were also considered suitable patrol vessels for what was then the 3 mile limit. One wonders what else was available at the time, given the Ton class had been built, and immediately placed in reserve. The RN decided the Leopard class were no longer useful in the anti submarine role around the same time the Flowers started getting troublesome. They ended their days in RN service doing fishery protection, "fought" the cod wars, and were sold to Bangladesh. The last of them was decommissioned in 2013.
        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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        • #34
          Just looking at the current drive by our neighbours to push through the training of 3000 naval recruits over the next few years for all branches of RN. They are now training recruits in three locations Raleigh, Excellent, and for the first time in 75 years Collingwood. The latter is to handle 500 civilian sourced recruits per annum who seem to be earmarked for communications, engineering, and weapons electrical. The big advantage is that all training has an organised hinterland to take recruits out on the ground for two weeks of living in the field. They also have modules where they are shown and trained to look after all issued kit properly. We of course had all our hinterland given away and need to find ways to expand our microscopic training areas. Perhaps modules in Kilworth and Kilcoran plus modern well equipped accommodation with ironing and kit maintenance rooms.

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