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    I found the practice demeaning. Defence Budget...

    I found the practice demeaning. Defence Budget should be spent, every year in it's totality, so that in lean manpower years , the Services can update to modern weapon systems, accommodation, and...
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    Hope they don't have to request freebies from all...

    Hope they don't have to request freebies from all the big suppliers of dining comestibles, booze, and gifts for US/UN dignitaries. Some of the EURO 29.4m handed back from Defence Budget 2018 should...
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    I wonder how will Harland and Wolff Belfast fare...

    I wonder how will Harland and Wolff Belfast fare in the distribution of British Government shipbuilding contracts. They could build the N.S., MRV based on an adaption of the Danish design or any...
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    Sticky: The MRV, when it emerges, will be multirole and...

    The MRV, when it emerges, will be multirole and NOT heavy in one direction. The concept is to carry out all support fuctions to cover national requirements and international HADR instances. Insertion...
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    Sticky: I am presuming there is humour intended. You said...

    I am presuming there is humour intended. You said that turning up at a HADR disaster is almost of D-Day proportions. Certainly the Bahamas, that the Brits almost didn't notice because of other...
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    It is my opinion that the development of Cork...

    It is my opinion that the development of Cork Lower Harbour ( Ringaskiddy Bay ) is going to lead to major congestion, especially when all the coastal aspects and container handling facilities are...
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    Sticky: It is based on the FSG 4100 design but with 26m...

    It is based on the FSG 4100 design but with 26m beam might be a bit too beamy unless we obtain new berthing and drydock overseas. The tonnage around 10k is OK. Concept of operations might be narrower...
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    I see the contract issued on 11th August 2019 is...

    I see the contract issued on 11th August 2019 is a joint project at two locations with one builder, one engineer, and one architect, allbeit companies. Will there be a priority in sites completion ?
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    There is a mix of reasons why people stay, the...

    There is a mix of reasons why people stay, the most obvious one is job satisfaction and advancement and an opportunity to opt for a pensionable career. The reasons people leave are also mixed but...
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    There needs to be a service driven policy on...

    There needs to be a service driven policy on recruitment and retention based on a longer term strategy than at present. Micro management of the PDF by the Civil Service must stop and connection...
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    I remember in the Days of the Army Apprentice...

    I remember in the Days of the Army Apprentice school we were alongside with a defective radar at Haulbowline in 1960's. The CRRM wasn't available but sent down a "new " man to try and fix the radar....
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    As an addendum to comments made by me, there is...

    As an addendum to comments made by me, there is an interesting piece by a retired member in the RACO Newsletter which states " Due to reviews, reorganisation and cut-backs the effectiveness of the...
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    Indeed, well achieved. However his crewing level...

    Indeed, well achieved. However his crewing level for a week at sea with continuous running and towing needs scrutiny. The crew needs watchkeepers for bridge and Comms. to allow for 24 hr running....
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    Certainly the Published SAR map shows Ireland 's...

    Certainly the Published SAR map shows Ireland 's SRR as a region within a much larger British Region out to 38W Longitude. Our region is probably predicated on our rescue assets , particularily...
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    [QUOTE=na grohmiti;469872]I got a good look...

    [QUOTE=na grohmiti;469872]I got a good look around one of the Tugs involved some years ago when it was known as Thrax. It normally works in Bantry Bay escorting tankers to the SPM at Whiddy...
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    I presume the Acronym has something to do with...

    I presume the Acronym has something to do with Single Living ? There is a huge retarding ethic permeating our Civil Service IRO of providing for specialist services whether that be Defence....
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    Given decent weather windows most ships,...

    Given decent weather windows most ships, including harbour tugs, can offer a tow. Interesting to find out what was the breakdown and who fixed it. it would also be interesting to dissect the rescue...
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    It probably rotted because it was not issued for...

    It probably rotted because it was not issued for processing soon enough. We had at least one Ghost reported by a Duty Officer in the old HQ building. It was described as a White Lady. Slept there on...
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    There is an article in today's Irish Examiner...

    There is an article in today's Irish Examiner that Block 8 on Haulbowline Island is going out to tender to be refurbished as an accommodation unit for 85 personnel. Work is to commence in 2020. The...
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    To maintain our need for goods and services there...

    To maintain our need for goods and services there were almost 13,000 movements of Marine traffic in Irish Ports in 2017. If we strip out tiddlers there were about 9000 medium to large ship movements...
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    Comical. Many years ago Petty Officers uniforms...

    Comical. Many years ago Petty Officers uniforms were ordered from two different contractors using similar cloth. Th trousers from one and the jackets from another. The tailors in each cut the cloth...
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    Not really. Was being a bit qabalistic but...

    Not really. Was being a bit qabalistic but "mountains out of mole hills" has a similar meaning. The CPO L.O. in Liverpool getting his plaque from OC P64 ,neither impressed me on the quality of...
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    Those that follow a tendency of...

    Those that follow a tendency of Floccinaucinihilipilification towards matters Naval are having a ball.
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    Regretfully I am wrong about Irish Ferries ( rump...

    Regretfully I am wrong about Irish Ferries ( rump of ISL and B&I ) they have flagged out all of their vessels to Cyprus, mainly, and mostly foreign crew their vessels.
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    At least the kids are having a great time. Call...

    At least the kids are having a great time. Call me if it gets serious.
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