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  • Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post

    Could be the consequence of International agreements towards reducing emissions, conserving fuel, and reducing carbon footprint. Our ships from over there tend to be quite smoky. Changes could include a variable speed pumping system. The new IMO requirements will effect most shipping and a whole new chapter to Marine repair/upgrade Industry.
    Interestingly the addition of the Newest batch of OPV's to the RN have not been without difficulty. The first ship of the series needed much reconstructive work due to shortcomings at BAE. The latest ship HMS Spey has now joined for Training and has some interesting statistics. 50 man crew with 13 officers ( 3 OUT),One third crew NCO's many techs, another cohort on board are on their first ship. High tech spec in radars and FCS including optical, 16 tonne crane. They have a Three Watch system, two watches on board, one Watch on shore for training, and leave. The plum feature is that for 8 weeks on board, there is 4 weeks ashore also. I'd love to know how that work in Falklands or the Caribbean.

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    • Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post

      Interestingly the addition of the Newest batch of OPV's to the RN have not been without difficulty. The first ship of the series needed much reconstructive work due to shortcomings at BAE. The latest ship HMS Spey has now joined for Training and has some interesting statistics. 50 man crew with 13 officers ( 3 OUT),One third crew NCO's many techs, another cohort on board are on their first ship. High tech spec in radars and FCS including optical, 16 tonne crane. They have a Three Watch system, two watches on board, one Watch on shore for training, and leave. The plum feature is that for 8 weeks on board, there is 4 weeks ashore also. I'd love to know how that work in Falklands or the Caribbean.
      1.5 crews per ship..... like the NS is supposed to have (pre last reorg anyways)

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      • Originally posted by DeV View Post

        1.5 crews per ship..... like the NS is supposed to have (pre last reorg anyways)
        Yes for the Three watch system BUT eight weeks on and 4 weeks off needs a further basket of bodies. When we drew up CS4 submissions for the p20/p23 series , we proposed 3 crews for each ship, which later evolved as two crews per ship. When it was pushed down to 1.5 it laid the foundation for external and internal strife. DFR gurus should study manning systems of other navies. We used to have access to QRAAI's. We had copies in the BNO library.

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