Good ideas reward

#1
I seem to remember that you can submit a "good idea" and potentially be rewarded, as well as benefiting your fellow sericemen!

As it happens, I think I have a good idea. I'm currently based with the crabs and can't find anything online about the process.

What do I have to do?

Many thanks.
 
#3
You could be thinking of the Herbert Lott prize. It's whoever is going to recommend you for it that needs to know how - probably in a DIN or similar.
 
#4
alchef said:
I seem to remember that you can submit a "good idea" and potentially be rewarded, as well as benefiting your fellow sericemen!

As it happens, I think I have a good idea. I'm currently based with the crabs and can't find anything online about the process.

What do I have to do?

Many thanks.
Mega site here on Herbie Lott (He was once almost as well-known as good old Fred Quimby.)

http://www.godfreydykes.info/HERBERT LOTT NAVAL TRUST FUND.htm


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<< ....2007 the Herbert Lott Naval Trust Fund [4008491] was wound up and its property transferred into the
Naval Service Prizes and Awards Fund [NSPAF], an unincorporated charity that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RNRMC [Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity].

A range of prizes [in name only] are awarded annually from the NSPAF, including Herbert Lott Prizes for efficiency.>>Unquote

PS Be wary - 'Twas not unknown for those further up the Food Chain to re-write a 'good idea' and thus become "Joint Claimants". You won't want to be feeding the Crabs, will you?
 
#6
Gen dit.

I knew a Chief Stoker who submitted a 20 page plan including isometric drawings, case studies and photographs, for his invention to GEMS.

What was his invention you ask?

The Cat/Toast Generator:

It worked on the principle that a cat always lands on it's feet and a piece of toast always lands buttered side down. Logic states that if you join both together, neither can fall first, therefore they will just spin in equilibrium for eternity.

If you could harness this power and link it to an electro magnet, in theory it is possible to generate electricity cheaply and effectively.

For some reason they never got back to him.

Edited to add:

What the fcuk am I doing on here? It's Friday afternoon, I should be in the pub.

It appears someone on the internet has already thought of it too:
 
#7
Defo GEMS...First Lieutenant or similar should be able to advise...or there is a webpage on the Intranet defence web thingy...
 
#9
Reputedly, the largest GEMS and/or Herbie Lott award was made to Douglas Taylor, the invenor of the Harrier ski-jump although there are some claims that this concept was developed much earlier.

From Kestrel to Harrier - Harrier development
WingWeb.co.uk said:
Carrier operation of the Sea Harrier was greatly enhanced by an elegantly simple idea, devised by Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Douglas Taylor: the ski-jump takeoff ramp.

Taylor calculated that simply modifying the deck so that it curved up at the end would throw the fighter up into the air, allowing it to carry more warload with a shorter takeoff run, as well as give a Royal Navy pilot more time to eject if it became apparent his aircraft was going to splash. Taylor proposed the idea in early 1970s, but it wasn't until 1976 that Hawker received funding to perform land-based tests of the ski jump takeoff. The tests clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of the concept.

Resistance to the ski jump concept was so stubborn in some quarters that advocates of the idea collectively referred to the critics as the "Flat Deck Preservation Society". The advocates prevailed, and the ski jump was adopted for carrier operations. Ski jump takeoffs are apparently very spectacular to watch, though pilots describe them as "cake".

The HMS INVINCIBLE and ILLUSTRIOUS were both originally fitted with a 7-degree ski jump, while the ARK ROYAL featured a 12-degree ski jump when it was commissioned in 1985. Both the INVINCIBLE and ILLUSTRIOUS were later refitted with a 13-degree ramp. The Spanish light carrier DEDALO was not fitted with a ski jump, but the modern Spanish PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS and Thai CHAKRI NARUEBET both have 12-degree ski jumps.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
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#10
NG: With reference to the ski jump idea, I was led to believe that the wife of a Chief WAFU on board a carrier came up with the idea during a discussion with her husband. He, in turn, told his Boss (the aforementioned) who went on to take the credit for the said innovation... :shock: :salut:
 

pugfrom83

Lantern Swinger
#11
I was lead to believe that during the Falklands war one of the ships actually submitted a 2022 (modification form), to have glass bottoms fitted to the ships. The justification was "To keep an eye on the Argy airforce"
This may of course be an urban myth.
 
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