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    Sticky: Exactly. If we spend E 400m on 6 OPV's and 2...

    Exactly. If we spend E 400m on 6 OPV's and 2 MPA's what will we spend to keep them safe and useful. If fisheries is the only use considered by the mandarins then we must continue to press hard for...
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    Sticky: Take your point , however the White paper is...

    Take your point , however the White paper is prescriptive of intended development and we must keep pushing towards mentioned goals. i'm glad to see the purchase of two Airbus MPA type aircraft, even...
  3. There were a number of Naval ports in use in the...

    There were a number of Naval ports in use in the early 20th century, including Killybegs, Bear island, Dunlaoghaire. We do need another Naval base with alongside berths, shore installations, fuel...
  4. I agree, for all the reasons mentioned, that it...

    I agree, for all the reasons mentioned, that it would be a bad idea from an accountancy and a manning point of view- fire, sanitation, space in dockyard, maintenance and running power, pumps etc. In...
  5. If they are not usable within Defence control,...

    If they are not usable within Defence control, then they should be sanitised of pollutants, such as oils or carcinogens , and used in a sinkex offshore as you suggest.
  6. It was in the news again for contravention of a...

    It was in the news again for contravention of a UN Disarmament protocol. it has been fitted with a 40mm gun + 2x2omm. Selling proven vessels on the open market ,which has ALWAYS been permeated by...
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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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