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Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown CBE, DSC, AFC Royal Navy
Many of you will have heard of Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, one of Britain’s foremost test pilots who started off flying in wooden, flimsy bi-planes through nearly every model of British military and several foreign military aircraft right up to the jet age. He holds numerous records for the work he has done over the years having flown 487 different types of aircraft from many different countries. His Wikipedia entry is eye opening to say the least (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Brown_(pilot) )
A book has recently been published, “Too...
Following on from the OPV thread, what if anything can the RNR do to alleviate the RN manpower crisis? I am not thinking of constant deployments, or of trying to replicate the RN branch structure, but surely it should be possible to provide a pool of personnel for what might be turned general duties* aboard ships in UK home waters so that people can get harmony time or attend career courses?
I am thinking of things than would probably need totally rethinking the current RNR set up, but with up to a thousand new people being recruited.
* Surely Sea(Res) could do seamanship stuff, ships's...
Was thinking of joining the navy as a tactical warfare specialist on a submarine but wasn't sure how often you get out a submarine?
I also heard something about American subs stopping in the sea to allow everyone to go for a swim but wasn't sure if it was the same for the Royal Navy.