HMS Albion

#1
Just been down today to see HMS Albion docked at Sunderland with the RM recruitment and shown around by landingcraftsmen.

******* awesome ship isn't it?
 

sgtpepperband

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#2
Was on HMS Bulwark until earlier this year. Loved every bit of it, and proud to have served on her. A great class of ship (the only downfall is that they're Guzz-based!)

:lol:
 
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Geordie88 said:
Just been down today to see HMS Albion docked at Sunderland with the RM recruitment and shown around by landingcraftsmen.

******* awesome ship isn't it?
Erm, actually no its far from ******* awesome mate, but glad you came onboard and had a look around :)
Mechanically its total rubbish to be honest.
Manpower-wise its also total rubbish too. FAR FAR too top heavy and bloody micromanaged at every level.

And yes, I am onboard ;)

As for them being Guzz ships, well, at least that means there aren't any fat pompey chavs on them, eh ;)
 

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Top heavy, yes but for a good reason. They are command ships and so will have far more Chiefs, WOs and senior officers than normal to support the Battlestaff when they embark. But you are right about manpower being tight. They have less Seaman than a T23 and the T23 doesn't need all her seaman to run a two lane dock. Also it is the only ship I have been on were if one AB(SEA) goes u/s the ship needs to consider Defence Watches to achieve her primary role ie throwing bootnecks in their LCUs out the back.

I am biased as I have served in both ALBION and BULWARK but think they are good ships. Have their problems but nothing a few pennies couldn't solve (say the same amount of money the Treasury lost in fraud for one tax criedt last year - £9m. I kind you not the child tax creidt was fleeched for that amount in one year).
 

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#11
Lamri said:
Lean back, hold on and just jump :)
You use hand tightness to regulate speed of descent, but it is very bad for the knees and back!!
Except for those ladder chains on the LPD with a support bar halfway down ready to catch the thumbs of unsuspecting sailors, or the ladder from 01J to 1J where the Chippy recently affected repairs and it is now shinny halfway down and you gather a little speed if not careful - not that I have ever been caught out you understand, nope I know exactly what I am doing.
 
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Guns said:
to achieve her primary role ie throwing bootnecks in their LCUs out the back.
Aye, I had a look round the beast and it's an impressive bit of kit. Unfortunately the other 'potential marines' who came for the tour asked stupid questions, like asking one of the landing craftsmen 'what the range of the goalkeeper is'. A succinct response: 'how the **** should I know?' Personally I was just happy to get some scran down me neck, even if the fish was a bit dodgy.

Anyway, I have some pictures and I might upload them if I can be arsed. The picture of the Naval Ensign abreeze over the river wear didn't come out though, shame.
 
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Guns said:
Top heavy, yes but for a good reason. They are command ships and so will have far more Chiefs, WOs and senior officers than normal to support the Battlestaff when they embark. But you are right about manpower being tight. quote]

Sorry, but bollocks :)
COMATG Staff are just that, staff. They have nothing to do with ships company and actually need nothing from them, apart from telling us where and when and therefore have no effect on the ship's required manpower allocation or the running of the ship, as the ship still "belongs" to the Captain even though COMATG is embarked.

I agree with your ditty about the dabbers (sort of), but, erm, they DON'T run a two lane dock!!
 

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Lamri: Agree entirely. Embarked forces certainly make life difficult from a logistical point of view, but they definitely keep themselves to themselves. Once EMF are landed LPDs are very easy to manage. The crew of a destoyer on a capital ship; far less manpower-intensive as Fearless and Intrepid. And much better designed (apart from the boat cranes and air conditioning... two vital things guarenteed to break down in hot weather, like last year in the Gulf!!)

8O :lol:
 

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#15
Geordie88 said:
One thing I didn't get was how on earth do the matelots do that slidey thing down the ladders?

Anyone care to elaborate?
Like what he said. But never attempt it when EMF (Embarked Military Forces) are on board; they have a habit of covering the handrails in swarfs and grease.... lots of matelots with broken ankles and wrists...

8O
 

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