boarding teams

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  1. how many marines are in a boarding team and what is the command structure.
  2. Its a secret, if we told you we would have to shot you 8)
  3. Martinross, why not read the Cornwall thread? Shows you the numbers and even what sort of I Pod to carry. Oh and the ideal weight for a Coxswain.
  4. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    All depends on the size of the target, for a fairly bog standard gronk it would probably be two, if however she was a prize specimen of a gronk the demand to board her would be higher. I have been part of a 12 man boarding team before. We all clambered on, left our muck in various nooks and cranies and disappeared back into the night.
  5. I agree blobs that a twelve man boarding team is about correct for a large vessel as it gives you the chance to maintain a constant assault from both the stern and fwd ends. This also allows 2 men to cover the top side and 8 in reserve ready for any foreseen surprises such as being attacked by the vessels 'mate'.

    It also pays to rotate the teams every few minutes to ensure a total search of some not so easily accessible areas, particularly near the waist of the vessel. Be very careful to ensure no negligent discharge happens and also beware of the vessel dumping sullage overboard as this will contravene current MARPOL legislation.

    iPods and overweight coxswains are optional.
  6. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    The highest priority for any boarding operation is to achieve an "airtight" seal, training and constant practice helps in this endeavour.
  7. Again agree Blobs, but also be aware that in some older vessels it will be very difficult to maintain a constant airtight seal, no matter how good the team's training. Its at this stage that the damage control team, complete with softwood wedges, should be requested.

    If all else fails, a good hosing down or some pre-wetting should be considered.
  8. We didn't always have Booties on board during our deployments I was on. We had a small detachment on the Glasgow but not on the Newcastle. The ships boarding team did the boardings instead. But this was a while ago so don't know if they always have a detachment nowadays.
  9. You do not actually need booties, Jack pops over in the three in one, if its a small vessel. When he gets along side he hands his weapons up to the crew of the vessel to be search as we do not want any accidental discharge of weapons.Then climb aboard, retrieve your Lanchester SMG or Lee Enfield 303" and search said vessel avoiding dark, smelly or dirty places where you may catch something. Have cup of tea or beer with crew and pass out D/F fags to them in exchange. Signal by morse lamp to Ship all OK And return to ship.

    Its not difficult.

  10. Blobs and Brigs why werent you my instructors
  11. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Nutty: Cannot see any emoticons in your last post, so am unable to detect any sarcasm in your recollection. However if your comments were serious, then you really are out of touch with what happens in "today's Navy"... :roll:
  12. Feeling hungry? Locate foreign fishing vessel operating illegally in territorial waters.
    Fire shot across bows in order to get vessel to heave to. Send across boarding party in RHIB dressed in the correct attire of shorts, sandals and SMGs.
    Heard crew to together and proceed to search vessel, helping yourself to any items you fancy, including a nice feed of fresh fish.
    Smack crew around head if they dare to complain. Tow vessel into port and hand to shore authorities, job well done.
    Repeat until one crew complains, then stand by for courts-martial, rings, hooks and badges flying and consider yourself lucky to avoid gaol time.

    All in a days work.
  13. And you love it Mate! :twisted:

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