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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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    Sticky: It can get through the 94 foot opening, in it's...

    It can get through the 94 foot opening, in it's proposed size , and with bow and stern thrusters could dock itself without tugs.
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    Sticky: When HM government developed Haulbowline as a...

    When HM government developed Haulbowline as a Naval Base in 1854 it also included a Dockyard and drydock capable of handling most large naval vessels up to Cruiser size. The Dock dimensions are 600 X...
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    Sticky: Making a key point about selecting a large ship...

    Making a key point about selecting a large ship type for the Irish Naval Service . Wisdom requires that we can HOME port it and maintain it both afloat and in drydock. An EPV/MRV too big for...
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    Sticky: The geographical fact is we are an island that...

    The geographical fact is we are an island that needs to attempt to be self sufficient . Strategically being dependent on elswhere in Europe eliminates certainty of services , as , and when required....
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    Sticky: I would concur with your view, except we would be...

    I would concur with your view, except we would be trying to squeeze our requirements into 125m X 21.3 m at around 10,000 tons DWT. The Cork Dockyard is limited to a width of 21.3 m.
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    Sticky: There is no technical reason why all of our ships...

    There is no technical reason why all of our ships could not be adapted to RAS to a standard that could keep them on scene in a prolonged operation. We need to be able to transfer and receive stores ,...
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    Sticky: It impresses as a vessel with a robust seakeeping...

    It impresses as a vessel with a robust seakeeping configuration but would have to be a more all rounder, with some emphasis on HADR as well as fleet support and logistics, to meet our MRV aspirations.
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    Sticky: Poll: Have a look at U-tube HMS NIMROD crossing Torbay...

    Have a look at U-tube HMS NIMROD crossing Torbay in a breeze. The class was from an offshore design to be launched from large ERRV's
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    However there is always a hole in the bucket as...

    However there is always a hole in the bucket as MASUR activity is pursuant to National Laws and Regulations.
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    Sticky: Poll: Daughter craft are launched from a mother ship...

    Daughter craft are launched from a mother ship and can be sized between 9m and 20m therefore the bigger the DC the bigger the mother ship using the DC. They have been used in rescue in up to 7m...
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    The question is what did the Department do with...

    The question is what did the Department do with the money-certainly not in new military facilities. The consortium of banks were the initial developers and had spent in excess of E200m on the site...
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    I happened to be in Dublin 27th Oct 2019, and due...

    I happened to be in Dublin 27th Oct 2019, and due to track maintenance, the first part of our Rail journey to Cork was by bus which passed the Old CLancy barracks site. It was sold by Defence at a...
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    Because of the party/alliance system voting or...

    Because of the party/alliance system voting or abstaining is always a matter of expediency or " financial constraint " never a matter of conscience. It was Dail decisions that closed ISL, VCD,...
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    In the meantime the stalwart remaining rescue...

    In the meantime the stalwart remaining rescue Organisations are still doing our old job of saving lives and pulling bodies from the sea. The Estimate of " lost at sea " this year 2019 is around...
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    Sticky: I can well understand a bad night with no respite...

    I can well understand a bad night with no respite next day. We have been preoccupied for years to have ships that can function normally for boarding up to force 5/6, and other duties up Force 8/9,...
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    Sticky: These LSL's had quite a reputation for bad...

    These LSL's had quite a reputation for bad seakeeping qualities. They were constructed for beaching and had, a shallow draft of about 3.5 meters, and were flat bottomed to lift their planned...
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    Sticky: Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram, plus three others,...

    Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram, plus three others, were of the Round Table Class and could carry 12 Challenger tanks but as you say were logistics capable and could carry many trucks, recce vehicles,...
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    Sticky: There is also a stern ramp, however this ship...

    There is also a stern ramp, however this ship would need a calm AOP , it has a designed draft of 3.8m, what would it be fully discharged ?
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    In the 1948/1952 period when NATO was at it's...

    In the 1948/1952 period when NATO was at it's productive best groups of about 10 tenants, all with grants approved, had blocks of 10 houses built, at about £1200 each and ground rent of about £10/£12...
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