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HMS Duncan on the Telly

artemis

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Are tours actually like this one in the current climate or have they just played up a lot of drama for the cameras?

Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.
 

WreckerL

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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.
That "Union Flag" is the White Ensign, glad to see you were observant enough to get that wrong!
 
Artemis...Mmm?

Welcome to RR - Sadly your choice of username is one which still causes a little shudder to reverberate throughout the Trade.

Re: 'seemed rather shambolic...' - exactly my thoughts on arriving at Dolphin pierhead one morning early in July 1971.
 

janner

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My last Boat Bob, left her the end of '70. Met her Capt. some years later and he bought me a pint, so it wasn't all bad news.
 
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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.

What a twerp. The modern Royal Navy exists on its corporate image. And as pointed out (and the last time I checked my rig) it's a white ensign. We're proud of it.

The rest of your comment - WTF?

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Taztiff

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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.
Did you not read the rest of the thread? What cox'n?
 

Stirlin

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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.
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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.
Norman? Is that you or is it one of the ‘comrades’ from ARRSE? It’s getting hard to tell the difference.
 

Ballistic

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Seemed rather shambolic. Too many dressed in elaborate rigs needing Royal Navy and a Union Flag on their expensive bits of kit in case they couldn't remember just who they were or which country they were fighting for. The Commodore with the assistance of the Cox'n with a grand name might have been able to explain had they been able to fight their way through the 270 plus aboard. to find them.

 

artemis

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Well, someone needs to bring the real world to the Grey Funnel Line! :D

Perhaps a further look at Duncan might get their Hackles up.
It's now accepted that the Coxn/Buffer was in fact the Executive Warrant Officer with a shoulder bag who appeared not to know where he was going or why he was not going there. It was suggested he came as part of the Commodore's entourage --so that explains it.
The Captain Ma'am congratulated her ace marksman for firing the ship's GPMG so accurately it frightened off the Russian reconnaissance aircraft ---keeping them at a safe distance.
 

Ageing_Gracefully

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Perhaps a further look at Duncan might get their Hackles up.
It's now accepted that the Coxn/Buffer was in fact the Executive Warrant Officer with a shoulder bag who appeared not to know where he was going or why he was not going there. It was suggested he came as part of the Commodore's entourage --so that explains it.
The Captain Ma'am congratulated her ace marksman for firing the ship's GPMG so accurately it frightened off the Russian reconnaissance aircraft ---keeping them at a safe distance.
I appreciate that a ship is not as stable a firing platform as Good old Terror Firma but the shooting we saw by the GPMG gunner would be enough to give any competent weapons training instructor apoplexy. A BFO orange balloon floating just a couple of hundred meters off the ship and his rounds were going nowhere near! The PO was telling him to follow the splash, FFS with a gimpy the rounds should be shredding the balloon.

The Russians were probably scared because he was not aiming at them! :rolleyes:
 

WreckerL

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Perhaps a further look at Duncan might get their Hackles up.
It's now accepted that the Coxn/Buffer was in fact the Executive Warrant Officer with a shoulder bag who appeared not to know where he was going or why he was not going there. It was suggested he came as part of the Commodore's entourage --so that explains it.
The Captain Ma'am congratulated her ace marksman for firing the ship's GPMG so accurately it frightened off the Russian reconnaissance aircraft ---keeping them at a safe distance.
EWO is ships company.
 

SONAR-BENDER

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Nope - I don't think it is the loveable rogue known as 'Norman'. He capitalised 'Hackles' which is the kind of thing a Pongo would do. He also doesn't know the difference between the White Ensign and the Union Flag, which he carefully didn't call the Union Jack. And he witters on.

So he's just another knob.
 

Ageing_Gracefully

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EWO is ships company.
Must admit that was what I thought. A way of getting WO1s in post?

I thought that this one is a bit of a character and saying he looks like he does not know his ship is a bit unfair. The TV crew follow him to incidents where he has a coordinating role, putting a bit of order into confusing situations. His role would be, as I see it, casevac coordination, clearing out unessential people, getting clued up so he can brief the Captain when needed. Bit of a Jack-of-all-trades rather than particular specialist.
 

WreckerL

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Must admit that was what I thought. A way of getting WO1s in post?

I thought that this one is a bit of a character and saying he looks like he does not know his ship is a bit unfair. The TV crew follow him to incidents where he has a coordinating role, putting a bit of order into confusing situations. His role would be, as I see it, casevac coordination, clearing out unessential people, getting clued up so he can brief the Captain when needed. Bit of a Jack-of-all-trades rather than particular specialist.
Spot on on both accounts.

Some WO1 submariner cox'ns have ended up as EWO's on surface ships. A couple I know personally had the job and it was their first time on a surface ship after about 30 years on boats. If that was the case on the Duncan it's no wonder he would look a bit lost.

Them there surface dwellers do things quite differently to the submarine world.
 
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