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    A budget is for the whole department including , ...

    A budget is for the whole department including , pay and pensions. The notional budget of 890m Euro includes 259m euro for pensions and 106m Capital ceiling. we spend 0.3% of GDP on Defence and for...
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    The perennial Defence Review 2019 has come and...

    The perennial Defence Review 2019 has come and gone and there was an input by a Naval Lieutenant in the SIGINT/Fibre/ Cyber area. In general a watchful Defence Organisation needs to SEE all of it's...
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    It is interesting to examine closely the budget...

    It is interesting to examine closely the budget structure of the neighbouring nation. It runs at about £46b and is about 1.8% of GDP. about 25% goes on personnel and 34% on various equipment and...
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    Sticky: Keep hitting them with the approved White Paper.

    Keep hitting them with the approved White Paper.
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    Sticky: Of course. You need a cohort of officers and...

    Of course. You need a cohort of officers and NCO's with a predictive mindset, researching and identifying outfits to meet requirements both nationally and in the adjacent European theatre. The...
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    Sticky: The overall need for ship defence is an ability...

    The overall need for ship defence is an ability to detect early and deal with it as far from own ship as possible. The more difficult targets are incoming sea skimmers which require more than a...
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    Sticky: If you look at " A Mexeflote from Mounts Bay in...

    If you look at " A Mexeflote from Mounts Bay in the Caribbean " it gives a full impression of its loading ability and the degree of assembly needed, unless it was pre-attached to the after flank of...
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    Sticky: I'm not saying there isn't relevance in your...

    I'm not saying there isn't relevance in your proposal, however it seems to me from Defence sites an assembled unit to take two standard POL trucks, side by side, and two medium tracked units, also...
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    Sticky: The MRV should stay within the proposed outline...

    The MRV should stay within the proposed outline specification and meet the requirements of the concept of operations. carrying mexeflote units for non-invasion scenarios imposes unwanted...
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    Sticky: Overall an interesting untried ship. The...

    Overall an interesting untried ship. The criticals will always be launching and recovery of LCVP's and diminishing SWL of cranes on extension of radius of reach. Recovery of anything weighing 24t is...
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    Sticky: We have not seen your rearrangement of the...

    We have not seen your rearrangement of the equipments on the VARD 7-313 due to attachment problems. In the context of stability if you shift, 2x24tonne lcvp's up a deck by 3m vertical it is likely...
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    In today's Irish examiner there is a piece on the...

    In today's Irish examiner there is a piece on the shock of a group of Dail members visiting recruit and other accommodations in the CTC. it included mould, cold, and the standard blocked toilets....
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    Sticky: While the EOSS version of FCS has use I would...

    While the EOSS version of FCS has use I would agree that the FCEO system with laser range finder would allow control of Naval guns against all targets including shore targets. if we add on 30mm naval...
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    Sticky: Vard must read our threads!! For self defence the...

    Vard must read our threads!! For self defence the minimum is main armament 40/57/76mm with a radar and FCS auto. Two x 30mm bushmaster, and 4x 12.7mm. The 30mm mount should be augmented with the UK...
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    Sticky: A ship designed to tick all the boxes. I would...

    A ship designed to tick all the boxes. I would like to know speed with 2 x 4500kw engines , also armament for insertion support is just token at 25mm plus HMG's. The Schottel 1215 Steerable rudder...
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    Glad to see the matter in hand as outlined in...

    Glad to see the matter in hand as outlined in your reference to basic and conversion courses. military Cooks of decent standard often double job in Hotels and restaurants and are easily weaned away...
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    i have always said our P60's are short on cutting...

    i have always said our P60's are short on cutting edge defence and surveillance systems . They are suitable for upgrade and could be financed in part by PESCO.
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    Rather than recruit trained chefs we should...

    Rather than recruit trained chefs we should canvas candidates about to complete their courses at the IT's or catering schools and enlist them specially as cook recruits. They should then undergo the...
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    seafarers always got tax credits. In the north...

    seafarers always got tax credits. In the north sea environment the Brit revenue are returning all tax less National Insurance to seafaring applicants but with extensive form filling and voyage...
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    Better we keep curtains off the bridge as they...

    Better we keep curtains off the bridge as they can impede in their own way. The Australians have done a study on the use of ECDIS and its general effects on night mode and night vision. Even mariners...
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    you have put your finger on the modern cause of...

    you have put your finger on the modern cause of loss of situational awareness. Too many screens to be tended, on consoles that are too high, and eyes looking inwards and not scanning the sea enough...
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    Overall I would not be too gloomy of a Navy that...

    Overall I would not be too gloomy of a Navy that have honed skills of tracking and acquisition in eyeball Fishery protection. We are heavy into fixing target positions. Young men, when I was there,...
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    The OOW or one of the bridge trainees was a USN...

    The OOW or one of the bridge trainees was a USN exchange officer and the AIS was passive.
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    Sticky: Just one last attempt to explain Haulbowline...

    Just one last attempt to explain Haulbowline basin and drydock. The entrance to the basin is the same width as the entrance to the Drydock at 94ft or 28.48 metres. The drydock is 600 ft long but a...
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    Sticky: Dock is at the southern end of the basin and is...

    Dock is at the southern end of the basin and is usable for a repair berth, afloat, by ships within a range of dock dimensions 181m X 28m. There is a proposal to roof it and fit it out as a covered...
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