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  1. Though western nations aren’t limited to UN...

    Though western nations aren’t limited to UN missions.

    There are EU and AU led missions also.

    https://www.army.mod.uk/deployments/africa/

    France acted unilaterally with Op Serval now Op...
  2. Not wanting to and needing to are unfortunately...

    Not wanting to and needing to are unfortunately two different things.

    The growing concern around the insurgency...coupled with climate change leading to food and water scarcity...which in turn...
  3. Except that the Marxist revolutionary movements...

    Except that the Marxist revolutionary movements were often motivated by popular nationalism.

    The African revolutions were inspired by events elsewhere and against colonialism.

    The current...
  4. Wouldn’t disagree with any of that. I’ll stand...

    Wouldn’t disagree with any of that.

    I’ll stand by my comment that Africa is becoming more dangerous though;

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55147863
  5. Attempted kidnapping apparently. Africa is...

    Attempted kidnapping apparently.

    Africa is becoming more and more dangerous.
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    My eldest is hoping to get on a sharpshooter...

    My eldest is hoping to get on a sharpshooter cadre this year. And a JNCO cadre in the autumn. Going to be a busy year and even busier next year.
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    That's very sad news. Condolences to Tony's...

    That's very sad news.

    Condolences to Tony's family and friends.
  8. I posted this previously in another thread but...

    I posted this previously in another thread but worth a read...

    https://afloat.ie/resources/news-update/item/42931-rockall-legal-experts-says-scotland-right-ireland-wrong
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    And an interesting piece on Mali in there too.

    And an interesting piece on Mali in there too.
  10. Thread: Mali.

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    More French casualties in Mali. BBC News -...

    More French casualties in Mali.

    BBC News - Sahel conflict: Two French soldiers killed in Mali
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-55522236
  11. Thread: CPV Replacement

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    Sticky: Poll: Off topic...but I'm going to say it again...write...

    Off topic...but I'm going to say it again...write a book or do a podcast or something...you're a fascinating source of history about the Irish Naval Service.
  12. Thread: CPV Replacement

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    Sticky: Poll: They were originally designed and built in the...

    They were originally designed and built in the early 90s for use by the Royal Marines on OP LAWFUL, to counter PIRA ambitions to shot down a military helicopter departing RAF Aldergrove, from a boat,...
  13. Another senseless pointless murder. RIP Pte...

    Another senseless pointless murder.

    RIP Pte Kelly.
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    I was in Kenya last year when one went missing in...

    I was in Kenya last year when one went missing in the bush.

    Believed the hyenas got it...big search op put in place but it was never found.

    Fair few people were quite badly cut up about...
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    Theres four US Navy P-8s currently working out of...

    Theres four US Navy P-8s currently working out of Prestwick Airport...must be some submarine activity they're interested in -
    ...
  16. This is a good article from STRN - ...

    This is a good article from STRN -

    https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/real-hope-for-a-bigger-royal-navy-the-type-32-frigate-concept/
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    Here he is... ...

    Here he is...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6o4fIxLeR4
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    One of the best threads on this board.

    One of the best threads on this board.
  19. Thread: CPV Replacement

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    Sticky: Poll: Found this on Twitter; very relevant to the mine...

    Found this on Twitter; very relevant to the mine warfare discussion -

    https://twitter.com/MASTT12
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    Didn't know where else was best for this...OP...

    Didn't know where else was best for this...OP DEADLIGHT commenced 75yrs ago today;

    https://wartimeni.com/video/raf-sink-uboats-off-ireland/
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    Nurse Ratched to IMO at the rush...Nurse...

    Nurse Ratched to IMO at the rush...Nurse Ratched...
  22. I read somewhere that they are going to target...

    I read somewhere that they are going to target large trawler builds for Appledore but I can't remember where...and the Ukrainian Naval order would be a great win for Appledore.

    The Belfast yard...
  23. AFAIK the shipyards on the Clyde have full order...

    AFAIK the shipyards on the Clyde have full order books until around 2035 with the T26 build.

    Barrow shipyard is at capacity with the Astute and Dreadnought Class submarine programmes again until...
  24. There are some interesting insights to HMS...

    There are some interesting insights to HMS Challenger here...

    https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community/threads/hms-challenger.47332/

    I believe at least part of her role is now undertaken by SD...
  25. The issue of protecting undersea cables etc has...

    The issue of protecting undersea cables etc has been discussed on IMO in other threads. This article from Save the Royal Navy suggests that one of the roles to be undertaken by the proposed new...
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