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

#61
Thank you. Are you in a commando logistics unit? And have you spent the majority of your career on bigger ships, or otherwise?
I have been based at Commando Logistic Regiment twice and 42 commando too (and no I'm not a commando). Ship wise I've served on, as ship's company:
A 42 Destroyer (HMS Southampton)
The PCRS (RFA Argus)
An AOR (RFA Fort George)
A 23 Frigate (HMS Sutherland)
and now on a Q.E. Class Carrier

As embarked forces I've served on:
A Invincible Class Carrier (HMS Illustrious)
A LPD (HMS Bulwark).




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#62
I have been based at Commando Logistic Regiment twice and 42 commando too (and no I'm not a commando). Ship wise I've served on, as ship's company:
A 42 Destroyer (HMS Southampton)
The PCRS (RFA Argus)
An AOR (RFA Fort George)
A 23 Frigate (HMS Sutherland)
and now on a Q.E. Class Carrier

As embarked forces I've served on:
A Invincible Class Carrier (HMS Illustrious)
A LPD (HMS Bulwark).




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Thank you. Are you a supply chain specialist or whatever it's called? What is your day to day job on board and would you recommend it?

Cheers
 
#63
Thank you. Are you a supply chain specialist or whatever it's called? What is your day to day job on board and would you recommend it?

Cheers
Aye I'm Supply Chain. Most days at sea consist or working 8-4 and demanding stores for other departments, making sure the store rooms me and my lads are responsible for are clean and secure. When working alongside I'm responsible for the management of the jetty, receiving stores to the ship, taking off returns and issuing stores to other departments that have demanded stuff. I'm literally waiting for a plane south to go on my forklift course and I've got my B, C and C+e driving licenses out of it along with my civil aviation authority dangerous goods licenses too, so as you can tell we get some pretty good quals to use in civvy street
Would I recommend it? Depends what you want out of the Mob. At sea we're either office workers or glorified cleaners and can be quite boring, but if and when you get a serious operational defect with your ship, you can feel quite proud knowing you managed to get the spare from Britain to where ever you are to meet the ship in time. The downsides? We're busy when we get alongside, when the Warfare guys are going ashore and getting drunk as soon as the gangway is down, we're only just sorting out the stores delivery that's just arrived!
Plus it's rare we get to do the "sexy"'stuff like shooting things that go bang or riding shotgun in a rib.


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#64
Aye I'm Supply Chain. Most days at sea consist or working 8-4 and demanding stores for other departments, making sure the store rooms me and my lads are responsible for are clean and secure. When working alongside I'm responsible for the management of the jetty, receiving stores to the ship, taking off returns and issuing stores to other departments that have demanded stuff. I'm literally waiting for a plane south to go on my forklift course and I've got my B, C and C+e driving licenses out of it along with my civil aviation authority dangerous goods licenses too, so as you can tell we get some pretty good quals to use in civvy street
Would I recommend it? Depends what you want out of the Mob. At sea we're either office workers or glorified cleaners and can be quite boring, but if and when you get a serious operational defect with your ship, you can feel quite proud knowing you managed to get the spare from Britain to where ever you are to meet the ship in time. The downsides? We're busy when we get alongside, when the Warfare guys are going ashore and getting drunk as soon as the gangway is down, we're only just sorting out the stores delivery that's just arrived!
Plus it's rare we get to do the "sexy"'stuff like shooting things that go bang or riding shotgun in a rib.


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Thanks for the reply. The three things I want out of the navy is: Travel/spending long time out of the country, excitement and respect.

I have a very logical mind and am very specific and articulate. I'm sure they would help in logistics but don't know if my three "wants" will achieved in logistics. Though some elements do sound interesting such as working with commandos one tour and being on an aircraft carrier the next.
 
#68
Looks like you had a good time MG Maniac, if nothing else it has given us some fantastic memories hasn't it?
Tell me about it ... but one of the lucky ones I guess.

Thanks for the reply. Were you a medical assistant or an actual doctor because I've heard both being called doc.
Medical Assistant colloquially called "Doc" by the ships company whereas Doctors are normally known as MO (Medical Officer) ... or at least they were ... I left in 93!
 
#69
I gave up on counting the number of countries I've been to. I think it's c35 - 40.

However, I am a Warfare Officer and I have been in for 17 years, so I've been on a few deployments (5 x TELIC/KIPION/Air Ops Iraq; 1 x BALTOPS; 1 x SNMG; 1 x Atlantic crossing; random Europe bits and bobs).
 

Jack Sparrow

Lantern Swinger
#70
The number of countries one has visited is a red herring really, surely more important is the welcome one gets (or not?) when one gets there?
Danes? As mad as a box of frogs, and very friendly with it.
Dutch? Not so mad, but generous, welcoming and speak English better than most of us do!!
Seychelloise? Fantastic (but that was before an airport was built there).
Arabs? Along with the Yanks and black Africans the most generous people I have come across!
Filipinos, and Filipinas? The happiest people in the world (in spite of the fact that the Marcoses were in power then!).
Japanese? The oriental version of us Brits. Proud, island dwelling people who kow-tow to nobody.
Kiwis? The best country I have visited, full of generous welcoming people.
 
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#71
On the subject of welcomes.

No surprise to me the welcome England fans received in Marseille. As with Toulon, you're best off staying onboard.
 
#73
Aye, MLP. Had a great time in Nantes, but Cherbourg, St Malo and Marseilles was hellish but that back in the 60s so perhaps still some smarting left over from Vichyites probably.
Scandinavia, Iceland great
Most of Far Flung okay
Some good some bad in Mediterranean/North Africa
Worst, Gibraltar
Scotland good :cool:
 

Jack Sparrow

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#74
Aye, MLP. Had a great time in Nantes, but Cherbourg, St Malo and Marseilles was hellish but that back in the 60s so perhaps still some smarting left over from Vichyites probably.
Scandinavia, Iceland great
Most of Far Flung okay
Some good some bad in Mediterranean/North Africa
Worst, Gibraltar
Scotland good :cool:
I worked out of Norway and Sweden, the Norwegians are OK, but the Swedes are anally retentive.
 
#75
Iceland, Faeroes, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Irish Republic, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Spain, Gibraltar, The Azores, Bermuda, Grand Bahamas, Nassau, USA, Italy, Greece, Turkey, The Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sharjah, Dubai, Seychelles, Maldives, Antigua, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealander. Most in the Andrew, the rest as an Interior Designer.
But not England? ;)
 
#76
I served on Leanders, a 22 and 23s, along with a STUFT and Diligence.
I've been to these places with the RN:
Romania, Italy, Greece, Malta, Tenerife, Crete, Rhodes, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Singapore, Gibraltar, Denmark, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Brazil, Chilli, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Israel, Syria, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, USA, Norway, Bahamas, Antigua, Guadalupe, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Minorca, Majorca.
Now ask me what any of them were like, and I wouldn't have a clue. :)
Sorry, forgot the Falklands, South Georgia etc!
 

Jack Sparrow

Lantern Swinger
#77
Dear old Blighty? I've been lucky enough to have had my design work (as freelance to others) at the same time as working for a company that owned care homes (around 470!!), for my last 8 years of full time employment, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles in my company car.
I primarily worked from home, and was usually away 4 nights each week, but on a Scottish or Northern Ireland trip would be away about 2 weeks at a time. I travelled to South Wales visiting everywhere from Neath back to the Severn Bridge, several places in Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire, many in London and its environs, the north Kent coast, villages around Norwich, into Lincolnshire, Birmingham, Liverpool and surrounding areas, all over Manchester and its surrounding villages, Grimsby and Hull, Nottingham, Leeds, Durham, many of the villages up towards, and including, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle and up north from there in the old mining villages, Blackpool, Carlisle, the Southern parts of Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Glenrothes, Dundee, Arbroath, Aberdeen, Inverness, Invergordon, The Isles of Harris and Lewis, Skye, Fort William, Cambeltown, Dublin, Belfast and many places in NI, I loved it. People up north would sometimes say 'Folk are more friendly up here' to which I would reply 'I hate to disillusion you, but folk are friendly wherever I go, north, south, and in the middle', which was true as far as I was concerned.
 

Jack Sparrow

Lantern Swinger
#79
It wasn't the Russians they were being battered by for the first two nights.
In today's press (two of the broadsheets) it was explained that the Russians climbed out of their sector of the ground into the British sector, some wearing gumshields and all of them acting like a trained unit. It's worth gathering the facts before trying to crucify somebody.
 
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#80
In today's press (two of the broadsheets) it was explained that the Russians climbed out of their sector of the ground into the British sector, some wearing gumshields and all of them acting like a trained unit. It's worth gathering the facts before trying to crucify somebody.
Ugh.

Read my post again , you even quoted it: 'The first two nights'

I don't know what tangent you're going off now, but the first two nights English fans were in Marseille they were routinely hunted and attacked by locals, which is also fairly common when a ship visits there. Which was my point regarding visiting the shithole.

The Russian attacks were night three and matchday.

As an aside, every time I've visited Russia they've been incredibly welcoming, friendly and superb hosts. Looks like Lokomotiv Moscow fans have watched The Firm and Green Street a few too many times and expected to meet like minded packs of English hooly nutters. Not fat dads with families and 'hard until punched' shouty sunburnt blokes.
 
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