How much of the world does the average RN sailor see?

Jack Sparrow

Lantern Swinger
Jordan has access to the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aqaba, we tied up in Aqaba (which is directly opposite Eilat in Israel), and our skipper said we would sail immediately if the convicts, who were chained together, and unloading a cargo ship astern of us, weren't unchained toot sweet! They were unchained, and the Jordanian army very kindly took us by lorry to Petra, the city of rock. Great stuff!
 

ElQuesoGrande

Lantern Swinger
Diego Garcia is a British Overseas Territory, administered by a RN Commander and a Naval Party.

Afghanistan had all sorts of matelots from most branches represented at one time or another in various roles, many of which were individual augmentees and nothing to do with the RMs.

I've been to too many places to remember with the RN. Suffice to say, some of my best ever memories are from foreign runs ashore. My crabfat and pongo oppos here in Cyprus (I'm based out here) have mostly only seen Cyprus, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Falklands. (And I've been to all those). The Army won't be going anywhere really for many years as the political will for boots on the ground is not there now.
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Does Diego Garcia have a British presence? Or was this just a visit?

If you don't mind me asking, what branch were you in? I've heard of the RN being in afghan, but mainly aircrew and RM attached personnel.
DG has a garrison of about 40 Brits primarily drawn from the RN and RM.

At any one point up to 50% of UK personnel were drawn from RN and RM in Afghanistan.
 

Jack Sparrow

Lantern Swinger
DG has a garrison of about 40 Brits primarily drawn from the RN and RM.

At any one point up to 50% of UK personnel were drawn from RN and RM in Afghanistan.
Are you really saying that the Singapore dockyard canteen, in the 60's, of a Sunday, had twice as many in it than DG has in total? Well, shiver me timbers.
 

(granny)

RIP
Book Reviewer
Like others I have been lucky in my career in the RN. I joined when there were still 4 separate Fleets spaced around the world. When a commission was generally two and a half years. Lots of bases around the world where, if you were very lucky, one might be drafted to. It would take me a long time to describe all the places I visited so I will just mention that I never made it to Russia, the United States nor Japan. I didn't get a 'Blue Nose' certificate either. As for the rest I can truthfully say that in the main I have found people from all backgrounds around the world to be friendly and very hospitable. 'Jack' has usually been welcome.

Memories! I have a heap of them. Sail past Stromboli on a dark summers night as it erupts,Walk back to the ship along Copocobana beach as the sun is rising. On a flat calm Pacific Ocean lie on your back, on the deck, and look at the stars, seeing the Southern Cross for the first time. Get an H bomb dropped on your head!! Visit a Tropical Island and be entertained by the locals, drinking Cava from half a coconut shell, (didn't realise till later that it's a narcotic as well as alcoholic.).
I wouldn't have change any part of it. Wherever you go, whatever you do, enjoy the experience.
 

tommo

War Hero
I've been lucky visited pretty much most of the world including Baltics, Arctic Circle, Far East (Twice) Gulf (4 times) Med (obviously on the way through) Falklands and a Global which was a 9 month jolly visiting a lot of places.

And no Jordan isn't landlocked I suggest you get your "my first globe" out and have a look


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I've been lucky visited pretty much most of the world including Baltics, Arctic Circle, Far East (Twice) Gulf (4 times) Med (obviously on the way through) Falklands and a Global which was a 9 month jolly visiting a lot of places.

And no Jordan isn't landlocked I suggest you get your "my first globe" out and have a look


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Yes, once again I do apolagise. We didn't really cover much of Jordan when I did geography. Perhaps it is time to go and find my old globe.
 
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Thanks for the replies guys.

How much of the world will a mine warfare specialist see? Just looked into this branch and looks interesting. I'm guessing the basic mine tours, Scotland, Bahrain, etc. Is that it? Would there be opportunities to serve on bigger ships? I know it's unlikely but I thought I'd ask anyway.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Mine Warfare ratings, unless the threat evolves, would presently expect to serve on minehunters. They would normally operate throughout UK, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, occasionally into the Mediterranean or as rotating 'crew' on a minehunter based in the Gulf.

For most other branches it isn't a first sea draft as they prefer experienced personnel. Obviously the smaller the ship, the more they bounce and believe me, they bounce.

If you are thinking they may go to Australasia, West Indies, Antarctic, North or South America, the Pacific rim, etc., then the odds are slim in the extreme. A few minehunters got as far as the Falklands once but it's a bit of a rare one.
 
In five years I managed:
Guernsey, France, Spain, Gib, mainland Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Crete, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Chile, Falklands, British Antarctic Territory - think that's about it...
 
Mine Warfare ratings, unless the threat evolves, would presently expect to serve on minehunters. They would normally operate throughout UK, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, occasionally into the Mediterranean or as rotating 'crew' on a minehunter based in the Gulf.

For most other branches it isn't a first sea draft as they prefer experienced personnel. Obviously the smaller the ship, the more they bounce and believe me, they bounce.

If you are thinking they may go to Australasia, West Indies, Antarctic, North or South America, the Pacific rim, etc., then the odds are slim in the extreme. A few minehunters got as far as the Falklands once but it's a bit of a rare one.
Sorry, by bounce what do you mean? I can only think of the sea conditions in such a small vessel.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Sorry, by bounce what do you mean? I can only think of the sea conditions in such a small vessel.
Precisely that.

I was a Stores POMEM(M) on Hurworth, my opposite number, the Engine Room POMEM(M) used to feel a bit 'icky every time the ship left the harbour. He used to sit on watch with a bucket on a rope round his neck to catch the dockyard pizzas ;)

Obviously not everyone feels it as much as others, but small ships do wobble a bit at times.
 
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