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    The problem with our GNI is that we appear to be...

    The problem with our GNI is that we appear to be rich whereby our GNI is 70k USD pp, as against 61k USD for Iceland, and 48k USD for the UK. It is obvious we have been used to others doing it for us...
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    We're all out of step except Patrick! War when...

    We're all out of step except Patrick! War when continental is indiscriminate and hits those who need protection most. Look at the upheaval in all of North Africa, on our EU Borders and the Middle...
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    Just as a matter to be explained--The European...

    Just as a matter to be explained--The European defence Fund exists. For instance Research is funded by Euro 500m from 2020 onwards, While Development and Acquisition is also funded by Euro 1 Billion...
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    They have always muddied the defence budget...

    They have always muddied the defence budget accounts by including pension costs within the Departments account. There is an annual sunset on other expenditure with annual amounts returned to Revenue....
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    Sticky: Poll: She also had a blue and yellow quartered pennant...

    She also had a blue and yellow quartered pennant welded on both sides of her funnel and also flew the pennant on her yard arm.
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    We are NOT different to any other country, and...

    We are NOT different to any other country, and all use GDP as baseline. The poor little me syndrome is daft when you think of Apples 13Bn sitting in the Bank. As a last resort we could do like the...
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    Sticky: Poll: It was a running mantra from the CS on the...

    It was a running mantra from the CS on the Defence construction board, obviously they were building a ship for FP only.
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    Restrictive Credit Framework for Defence. As GDP...

    Restrictive Credit Framework for Defence. As GDP rises , maintain same Defence spend, and percentages fall. 1999 spend at .80% of 100Bn. In 2019 spend is at about .25% of 356Bn. This indicates NO...
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    Sticky: Poll: Yes, AFAIK, P60 onwards were ours. I was directly...

    Yes, AFAIK, P60 onwards were ours. I was directly involved in the building of P20's next sister and was constantly reminded by DOD reps that the EU would countenance NO procurement of armaments so we...
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    Most likely and more so on anchored platforms...

    Most likely and more so on anchored platforms with blades on a horizontal axis to reduce windage plus the effects of platform oscillations.
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    Offshore wind turbines are a whole new area of...

    Offshore wind turbines are a whole new area of development. They are fixed in water of less than 60metres depth but require a triple legged foundation instead of a mono pole type. Over 60 metres they...
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    There is an evident weakness in the Surface...

    There is an evident weakness in the Surface picture as it requires the active co-operation of the traffic in your area of observation. The Safhaven Marine video recently of the grounded MV Alta,...
  13. Poll: Well put on all points. The fallout is a...

    Well put on all points. The fallout is a shrinkage of the footprint and overall flexibility of the PDF/RDF and a loss of it's recruitment hinterland. In it's time Munster and particularly Cork have...
  14. Poll: You might be missing the point. When the Brits...

    You might be missing the point. When the Brits left , almost a hundred years ago, they left us a country wide range of Military structures, training grounds and lands. All lands and buildings plus...
  15. Poll: The LDA was founded in 2018 to control the use...

    The LDA was founded in 2018 to control the use and development of State Lands, some for housing. There are always agendas in these matters with unwished for consequences for some. Over the years...
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    Sticky: There is a management Department in Government...

    There is a management Department in Government that churns out hatchet units with Acronyms. I assume that ECF and its big brother FEMPI stops the breathe of life reaching the PDF so that capabilities...
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    Because of command structures, continuity is not...

    Because of command structures, continuity is not in question. Anybody with 20 years service must have gained experience both practical and mentored. Promotion needs a steadier hand, and the first...
  18. Yes Duty and MISSION is paramount.

    Yes Duty and MISSION is paramount.
  19. How do you come to that conclusion. Since when...

    How do you come to that conclusion. Since when has service become a matter of personal choice or "get somebody else to do it " scenario.? The mission is paramount as it was in the Mediterranean when...
  20. There is a protocol involved in ship visits and...

    There is a protocol involved in ship visits and the protocol is traditional. Things must always follow a known system and tend to be done the way it has always worked best. The best people to take...
  21. When a ship is deployed on a mission, all crew...

    When a ship is deployed on a mission, all crew are part of the mission effort. In the case of a show the Flag or National support mission then there are periods whereby invited dignitaries are...
  22. Such a trip to the Far East and her...

    Such a trip to the Far East and her circumnavigation of South America via Cape Horn and home via Panama adds to transclimatic experience. It also hones navigation skills and verifies long range...
  23. It depends on, mostly, external funding which...

    It depends on, mostly, external funding which implies working to an agreed commercial programme suitable to all funders. Our Defence struggle is to be relevant as a Force and be a place that will...
  24. All geared towards leveraging funding from EDIDP...

    All geared towards leveraging funding from EDIDP and EDF to fight wars with gaming shop technology and developing Dual purpose industries. Thank God the premier neutrals are still preparing for real...
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    Yes the world cruise trade is in covid...

    Yes the world cruise trade is in covid hibernation but the point is the development and cost of new Cork Harbour berthage to replace all previously available berthage including visiting Liners and...
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