Lebanon Evacuation

WarMonger

War Hero
"I" dont think the powers to be deep down are 100% convinced that we can do the job effectively yet, especially on an RN ship as most of the experience so far with TELIC etc has been on STUFT and RFA...!!..and also the fact that this incident cropped up quite quickly..!!

However if a certain trip goes well later in the year i.e. no feck ups I can see that rapidly changing and I mean very rapidly...!!!

We might find ourselves being rather popular!

My personal opinion bring it on....!!
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
You would have thought though that this would have been the prover rather than throwing us in at the deep end in 'Stan! I for one would have jumped at the chance of a little practice run before the serious stuff starts!!
 

bunnyjumper

Lantern Swinger
noemis said:
You would have thought though that this would have been the prover rather than throwing us in at the deep end in 'Stan! I for one would have jumped at the chance of a little practice run before the serious stuff starts!!

Don't think WM is talking about Afghanistan - I think he's referring to the RNR SPO teams being deployed for 2 weeks somewhere hot and sunny.... :wink:
 

hookyh

Lantern Swinger
I'm 1st reserve at my unit for the upcoming exercise. I'm an old and bold with plenty of experience and i'm gratified to say that the lads from my unit who are at the top of the list are dead keen and although generally inexperienced, are lads i would go to war with any time. They will get serious experience which will stand them in good stead for the coming years and will do a good job when that time comes.

They all, without exception have put their names down for Herrick and whatever else may come their way. Indeed drill night was packed with questions about there being any possibility of being deployed to the Lebanon to help out and experienced or not i would back them to do the job required out there and anywhere else.

I agree that this was the chance to show just how good our fledgling branch is, although i would concede that this was put together a tad too quickly for us to have got involved immediately. That being said, i'm willing to bet that employers would let the majority of guys go with their blessing at the drop of a hat for something like this, protecting stranded people from our own country as opposed to a politically incorrect war.
 

noemis

Lantern Swinger
Just been watching the news and now they are using STUFT for the evacuation, with the time that has now passed surely this would have been an ideal opportunity. Does anyone know if anybody has been called, perhaps one of these SPO teams they tell us about is ready and has gone?

If we are all current and proficient in our role, then it wouldn't take long to deploy a team would it?
 

PartTimer

War Hero
bunnyjumper said:
noemis said:
You would have thought though that this would have been the prover rather than throwing us in at the deep end in 'Stan! I for one would have jumped at the chance of a little practice run before the serious stuff starts!!

Don't think WM is talking about Afghanistan - I think he's referring to the RNR SPO teams being deployed for 2 weeks somewhere hot and sunny.... :wink:

Is it only for 2 weeks? I heard about that the other night - and that there was no shortage of volunteers!

My undertstanding was that the RN like RNR SPO teams as they are generally made up of more mature pedonnel who are generally more level headed.
 

bunnyjumper

Lantern Swinger
PartTimer said:
bunnyjumper said:
noemis said:
You would have thought though that this would have been the prover rather than throwing us in at the deep end in 'Stan! I for one would have jumped at the chance of a little practice run before the serious stuff starts!!

Don't think WM is talking about Afghanistan - I think he's referring to the RNR SPO teams being deployed for 2 weeks somewhere hot and sunny.... :wink:

Is it only for 2 weeks? I heard about that the other night - and that there was no shortage of volunteers!

My undertstanding was that the RN like RNR SPO teams as they are generally made up of more mature pedonnel who are generally more level headed.

Let me clarify - there's a couple of SPO teams going to a HM ship to "show what we can do" :wink:
 

Jim30

Lantern Swinger
There is an email doing the rounds showing the not insignificant RNR contribution to the Op. I'd suggest this is a very good example of the new RNR, where we can make meaningful contributions in hours not weeks. Well done all concerned.
 

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