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- 28-04-11, 16:50 #41
Has the Government finally seen the light or is it just another false dawn?Originally Posted by Portsmouth News 28 Apr 2011
30-04-11, 09:35 #42Originally Posted by Daily Telegraph 29 Apr 2011
Gaddafi has form for the illegal use of sea mines. During July and August 1984, 19 merchant ships were shaken by mysterious underwater explosions in the Gulf of Suez at the southern end of the Red Sea although none was sunk. It was subsequently discovered that the Libyan RO-RO ferry Ghat (or Ghada) had transited the Red Sea from north to south before reversing its course near Djibouti and returning to the north only a few days before the first explosion occurred on 9 July (link) (link).
A US, UK and NL MCM force was tasked to investigate. During the clearance operation code-named HARLING, the RN minehunter HMS Gavinton detected, rendered safe and recovered a Soviet export version of a sophisticated influence ground mine. For their actions during Operation HARLING, Lt Cdr Nigel 'Bernie' Bruen DSC RN (the CO of HMS Gavinton) was appointed an MBE and WO(Diver) Terry Settle MBE BEM (Fleet Clearance Diving Team) was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM).
04-05-11, 08:13 #43
04-05-11, 08:13 #44Originally Posted by Portsmouth News 4 May 2011
04-05-11, 08:54 #45
I am desperately trying to find out more via RN channels right now - I believe, inter alia, there are some images (how good there'll be I'm not sure as there is no phot embarked with any of the RN forces off Libya). In the meantime, yesterday's Nato briefing provides some good details:
NATO - Opinion: Transcript of the press briefing on Libya by Oana Lungescu, the NATO Spokesperson and Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri, Commander Maritime Forces for Operation Unified Protector, 03-May.-2011No-one who speaks German could be an evil man
04-05-11, 12:45 #46
Asst_Ed - Many thanks and good luck. Perhaps the RN could borrow one of the RAF photographers loitering in Gioia del Colle? The internet is swamped with their images.
When will the 'Silent Service' follow the RAF's example in realising that glossy external PR is at least as important as operational capability and achievement in order to win the political battle for survival as an effective fighting force? Even the disposal of mines off Misurata, which could easily have sunk or severely damaged ships carrying refugees or humanitarian aid, seems to have passed relatively unremarked in the media.
04-05-11, 13:22 #47
Oh the stories I could tell about Ellamy. But won't... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose...
Anyway. a partial success:
Brocklesby weighs in after 'very despicable act' by Gaddafi's forces
I'm still seeking clearance for more details and pix from the op...
There are, at present, no naval phots in the Ellamy operational area AFAIK, although there were phots aboard Westminster and Cumberland.
On the plus side, there's more exciting minehunting news on tomorrow's NN websiteNo-one who speaks German could be an evil man
04-05-11, 14:29 #48
04-05-11, 14:43 #49
- Join Date
- Jan 2007
- Near Pompey
I have a feeling that a ship only gets a phot when she carries a helicopter. But pity some enterprising soul on board Brock hasn't taken some pics worth publishing by MoD.Edmund Burke: 'Wars may be deferred .. but they cannot be wholly avoided .. to purchase present quiet, at the price of future security, is .. a cowardice of the most base and degrading nature."
Nelson: "You should hate a Frenchman as you do the devil".
04-05-11, 15:05 #50
Ish... although these days it's principally driven by IA than PR. Most ships east of Suez gets a permanent phot attached (the only exception currently is Richmond, I think). In the past they fly the phots on for two-four week stints, then bring them back, but they're now embedding them in the ship's companies much more.No-one who speaks German could be an evil man