do the navy do fieldcraft?

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  1. Was asked last night if the navy ever basher up. As a former pongo i couldnt answear. Just wondering if they do or not.
  2. I think by saying 'bash who up?' your question is answered.
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  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Naval Ratings undergo basic military training including rudimentary fieldcraft during Initial Naval Training. ("Militarisation, then Marinisation").

    The main Naval fieldcraft course for those being employed in that particular warfare specialisation is the Commando Course, which is undertaken at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.
  4. Aircrew escape and evasion, night in a dingy and two weeks living off the land!!!!! In the New Forest ,Still going????
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  5. Guzzler pmsl. Nice one
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    When one thinks about it, the Naval method of warfare involves going into battle in an air conditioned vessel with a sprung mattress bed in which to sleep, together with chef prepared meals, a duty free shop, a well stocked bar and firing over the horizon stand-off weaponry. If it involves anything up close and personal, we send the Royal Marines.

    Then again, using Libya as the template, the RAF send their Officers to fight and reside in five star hotels in neutral countries when operationally deployed.
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  7. redmonkey

    redmonkey Badgeman Book Reviewer

    There is also the joys SMAC 338 to learn how to be a pongo.
    Raleigh used to have the trained soldier course but that didn't involve making bases or other aggressive camping.

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  8. exJenny

    exJenny War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    There's talk of an aggressive badger on Dartmoor that goes in search of baby matelots nutty.
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  9. Done it a few times in my current draft at 42 commando, everything the marines in my company do, I'm expected to do or at least try (whether that be field craft, map reading, phys) note I am not navy commando, I just got a draft to work there as a standard position.
  10. Ok then. Questioned answered. What trade are you?
  11. I'm a blanket stacker. We also have pay clarks, medics, dentists, a padre and chefs come out with us too.
  12. There were occasions out the Far East when we 'camped out' on the upper scupper when the heat became unbearable down below.
  13. With recent operations I don't think there are many branches that haven't been involved in this kind of thing.
  14. Think we practised field craft at Pulau Tioman a couple of times or so.
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  15. Do the navy do field craft? Not if they can help it :)

  16. There was an occasion we did it in Faslavatory. Summer of 76, in AFD 60, aircon shut down for maintenance, temp down the Boat 105 F air out of the punkah louvers was 103, I dont remember what it was back aft but it must have been warm.

    It sticks in my memory as it was one of 4 times in Faslavatory when Arctic survival gear or Foulies were not worn.
  17. Living off the land's being at sea, isn't it?

    OK; hat, coat, I'll see myself out.
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  18. I've had to do it too many times and will have many more occasions to do so in the future.

    Nothing like a bit of aggressive camping to remind you how good we get it.

    It was like that when I found it chief
  19. WHAT? An ex WAFU wearing a black and white surcoat stealing nutty? Never happen!
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  20. Ah memories............sweaty matelots in a smokey hole up forw'd....and me on my flagdeck......the 'penthouse' of a Daring class destroyer with just the balmy breeze of Sembawang for company......bliss ! :relax:

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