A sad end rfa diligence stealthy put up for sale

WelshJaffaCake

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#2
Don't you know the navy is not important anymore, we need to have a army of armed police in London because a machine gun is going to stop a suicide bomber in a crowd........
 
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Spent four months on her when I was Upholder Spare Crew. Floating around the Indian Ocean and Med with not a lot to do, a cabin to myself with an en-suite, it was a submariners dream :)

Having said that, I helped out the ships electrical officer with his massive list of defects. My team and I fixed most of them but the ship was overdue a full refit (this was 1994) and I don't think much money was invested in her.
 
#4
She had a major refit in 2007 but from what I've heard her workshops where the best in the fleet. With the drop in oil places there are a lot of support ships going cheap and we could get one and outfit it for a budget of 50m
 

janner

MIA
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#5
Don't you know the navy is not important anymore, we need to have a army of armed police in London because a machine gun is going to stop a suicide bomber in a crowd........
I hadn't realised that you were not just a Defence expert but a Security one as well.
 

exJenny

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She had a major refit in 2007 but from what I've heard her workshops where the best in the fleet. With the drop in oil places there are a lot of support ships going cheap and we could get one and outfit it for a budget of 50m
We can't even get the money to refit what we've got.
 

sootblower

Lantern Swinger
#7
I am making a guess here but now Dil is going what will be the floating Forward Support Engineering Unit? She was used as am FSU as part of an exercise in the Gulf about three years ago.
 

exJenny

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I am making a guess here but now Dil is going what will be the floating Forward Support Engineering Unit? She was used as am FSU as part of an exercise in the Gulf about three years ago.
They carry on as they have for the last 3 years? They'll limp into a port when everything goes tits up.
 
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I was at HQ BFFI at much the same time, and visited her from time to time. Wasn't there some rule about not wearing steaming boots in the accommodation? Or are the little grey cells getting confused again?
 

Seadog

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#13
What is 'stealthy' about her sale? Posted on gov.uk, reported in the media, commented on by the knowledgable and clueless.

Advertising something for sale begets publicity, not stealth.

I believe one of the problems with this 'much needed ship' was a lack of a much needed ship's company.
 
#15
I was at HQ BFFI at much the same time, and visited her from time to time. Wasn't there some rule about not wearing steaming boots in the accommodation? Or are the little grey cells getting confused again?
You are correct ... bats not allowed inside the main accommodation areas ... kicked around in trainers most the time! Mind JR's accom was a port-a-cabin bolted on the upper scupper!
 
#16
JR's accommodation was in the Gym. Approximately 90 bunks were fitted. Apart from us Greenies, who had a 10 man portacabin notorious for parties
 

Levers_Aligned

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#17
You and me both ... swopped her over when Stena "re tasked" Seaspread and gave us "Inspector" to play with!
Seaspread came alongside us with Coventry's 965 and other recoverables in her welldeck. And a few SAS, one of which pulled a gun on one of the civvy chefs in the dining hall (admittedly the civvy chef was winding him up and we didn't care much.

No bats allowed as I recall. I had an ace pair of those snug diving overboots/slippers which I wore for years after in the house until they fell to bits.

So many stories of those five months.

levers
 
#18
Seaspread came alongside us with Coventry's 965 and other recoverables in her welldeck. And a few SAS, one of which pulled a gun on one of the civvy chefs in the dining hall (admittedly the civvy chef was winding him up and we didn't care much.

No bats allowed as I recall. I had an ace pair of those snug diving overboots/slippers which I wore for years after in the house until they fell to bits.

So many stories of those five months.

levers
Seem to remember the civvy "Dive Tech" was a guy called Tony Duck! Used to tip up for improptu parties with a full tank of helium ... contest was who sounded most like Mickey Duck!
 
#20
I was on her during the first gulf war. Admittedly, I was a bit of a spare part (again)as the civvie chefs did everything(poorly IMHO) Loved it, although I can't say that spending 6 months alongside in Dubai, only going to sea once a month for lifeboat drills had anything to do with it!
 

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