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    All well and good to do that, but that does not...

    All well and good to do that, but that does not resolve the current key issue that the government are NOT remunerating DF personnel at a rate commensurate with their skillset and experience and with...
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    You are incorrect with that. If it is remediated...

    You are incorrect with that. If it is remediated into a green field site, Defence will be able to do whatever they wish with the site. Hence the need to remediate fully. Note, I have said Defence...
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    What everyone is missing is the fact that the...

    What everyone is missing is the fact that the govt allocated €60m (if I'm not mistaken) for the slag heap remediation, only spending €13-14m. In other words, the level of remediation required was not...
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    Had photos of the dauphin from the French trials...

    Had photos of the dauphin from the French trials in the old gallery for this website. Anyone know how to access it now?
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    We're you not there?! :n:) Mr. Morrissy (RIP)...

    We're you not there?! :n:)
    Mr. Morrissy (RIP) was the pilot, late of Scott Shipping..... gent of a man.
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    Sticky: Not a cop out, just a statement of facts about...

    Not a cop out, just a statement of facts about how capabilities that were included at the start, were removed by particular depts, to the detriment of op capability.
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    Sticky: It was their bid for the Maltese OPV competition...

    It was their bid for the Maltese OPV competition which an Italian yard won.
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    Sticky: Because there is no room on the p60 class for...

    Because there is no room on the p60 class for such modifications. Although it is excellent to get four new opv hulls, be very clear that they bring very little increase in capability compared to the...
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    Sticky: OTO have been given the task, it's in all...

    OTO have been given the task, it's in all respects a new gun, same as on the other P60s. OTO & the FCS OEM are tasked with supply, fitting and commissioning. The NS have conducted the commissioning...
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    Sticky: Gambo were never fitted on P31, unless it was...

    Gambo were never fitted on P31, unless it was late 80s, Rheinmetall on her since I can remember......
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    Sticky: The launch and recovery of helos from P31 was...

    The launch and recovery of helos from P31 was NEVER inherently unsafe. True, there were limitations on the SHOL, but this is to be expected on what is a relatively small heli platform (85m OPV).
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    Sticky: [QUOTE=ancientmariner;457700] If you...

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    If you co-habitate with commercial interests, then DOD (NS) won't carry the burden of dredging by themselves... port of cork being an example. Yes Galway is a lock a...
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    Sticky: Why try to develop a port that dosen't have any...

    Why try to develop a port that dosen't have any infrastructure and a river that is very prone to silting.... The Hbr Master in Killybegs used to act as pilot before, and he retells stories of running...
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    And it is doubtful that they would be entitled to...

    And it is doubtful that they would be entitled to draw down on his pension until the retirement age of the rank, all NCOs 60, Lt 54, Lt Cdr 56, Cdr 58, so there is a gap where personnel may not have...
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    Its nothing to do with willingness or ability to...

    Its nothing to do with willingness or ability to run accounts and additional taskings. They have all left to earn more money and some were driven out by very poor leadership. They would have all...
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    There is no FF system at the oil wharf.

    There is no FF system at the oil wharf.
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    Sticky: Which is all very good when you have one net that...

    Which is all very good when you have one net that you have to operate on. The NS issue will be when an OPV will be expected to listen in on a number of nets at the same time. We physically will not...
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    Sticky: That's why the OOW & Lookout(s) should be forward...

    That's why the OOW & Lookout(s) should be forward of the console for the majority of their watch. The design also allows easy access to the consoles for maintenance, unlike the bridge designs of P20...
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    Sticky: TDS, Target Designation Sights, they fed into the...

    TDS, Target Designation Sights, they fed into the Signaal (now Thales) LIOD FCS
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    This is a problem solely caused by DOD. Be very...

    This is a problem solely caused by DOD. Be very clear on that.
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    Exactly.... 3 airframes means only one available...

    Exactly.... 3 airframes means only one available most of the time. Such a small number will also limit their ability to deploy overseas at all.
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    Sticky: To have the ability to receive fuel via RAS (or...

    To have the ability to receive fuel via RAS (or UNREP as USN call it), ships require a heavy jackstay rig. The NS does not have any ships capable of receiving fuel via heavy jackstay rig. It has been...
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    Sticky: The size of the basin should not limit the design...

    The size of the basin should not limit the design or size of NS vessels. For info, HPV & OPVs (P20 class) draught is normally 4.8m. Basin was designed and built in the 1800s, we should be considering...
  24. Eithne good for another five years??!!........

    Eithne good for another five years??!!........
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    Sticky: NIAMH brought supplies to eritrea as part of the...

    NIAMH brought supplies to eritrea as part of the Asian Deployment in 2002, she didn't go specifically to Eritrea. In 2003 however, she specifically went to Liberia with the DF Recce Mission,...
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