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Navy Police driving?

adxh

Newbie
Hello.

I've been to the AFCO, but this was the only one of my many long and I'm sure irritating questions that he didn't have answer for. I notice that this role requires you to have a driving licence, which I do have, but I was wondering exactly how much driving was involved? Obviously when you’re at sea there would be none, but is there much driving involved when based on shore? The reason I ask its that I’ve had security type jobs in the past that have required me to have a licence, but they only really needed me to drive between sites as and when. I’m not a massive fan of driving around so If there’s a chance that I’m going to be sat in a car all day, this probably isn’t the job for me.

Thanks in advance.
 
During your shifts in the Provost sections ashore you'll be driving, both on patrol and going to jobs.

As an example, the Provost drive around Plymouth (especially on Fri and Sat nights) providing a response and back up to Devon Police. They also drive around my married quarter estate once or twice a day - more if the local scallywags are getting bored and harassing our kids.
 

mikh

MIA
Probably not relevant anymore, but Battleaxe deployed a landrover, and it was landed a time a two, and the Joss's Dog was the designated driver. There again, the new carriers will be more than big enough to carry a vehicle that can be landed, so you could well be expected to Drive a MoD vehicle whilst deployed, not to mention the possibility of hire vehicles.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
Probably not relevant anymore, but Battleaxe deployed a landrover, and it was landed a time a two, and the Joss's Dog was the designated driver. There again, the new carriers will be more than big enough to carry a vehicle that can be landed, so you could well be expected to Drive a MoD vehicle whilst deployed, not to mention the possibility of hire vehicles.
Thread drift...
Both carriers have been sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, and will have embarked Range Rovers. Crew from QE took part in the Lord Mayors Show driving the latest vehicles.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hello.

I've been to the AFCO, but this was the only one of my many long and I'm sure irritating questions that he didn't have answer for. I notice that this role requires you to have a driving licence, which I do have, but I was wondering exactly how much driving was involved? Obviously when you’re at sea there would be none, but is there much driving involved when based on shore? The reason I ask its that I’ve had security type jobs in the past that have required me to have a licence, but they only really needed me to drive between sites as and when. I’m not a massive fan of driving around so If there’s a chance that I’m going to be sat in a car all day, this probably isn’t the job for me.

Thanks in advance.
Every job has positives & negatives, as I'm sure you'll appreciate. Naval Police, truth be told, can probably expect a single sea draft at each rate (rank). In other words, most of your career will be spent shore-side. There will always be exceptions, but in general terms you'll be predominently shore based. Whilst shore based, you'll need to drive between ships & units but certainly not as a fulltime occupation like a civilian motorway cop, for example.
 
I remember somebody dropping a CBLS (Carrier Bomb Light Stores) on the bonnet of the Ark's Rover whilst it was in the Hangar, now that was a mess. I believe the Chockheads were the ships drivers.

http://www.sphaera.co.uk/cbls.htm

in the new Ark Royal, I watched as a chockhead drove a flight deck tractor straight into the side of a brand new range rover. The car had been onboard for less than 48 hours, and the chockhead didn't have a reversing warden...
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
in the new Ark Royal, I watched as a chockhead drove a flight deck tractor straight into the side of a brand new range rover. The car had been onboard for less than 48 hours, and the chockhead didn't have a reversing warden...
Whilst on Illustrious one of the chockheads managed to tow a sea harrier under a seaking rotor disk, chopping off the top bit of the harrier tail. Easy mistake, mind.

No, hang on. Bonehead.
 
Whilst on Illustrious one of the chockheads managed to tow a sea harrier under a seaking rotor disk, chopping off the top bit of the harrier tail. Easy mistake, mind.

No, hang on. Bonehead.

I was on the Ark (Outback 88) when an 820 Seaking landed on top of an 801 Sea Harrier, that was a mess, got some photos somewhere.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I was duty port crane driver on the old Bulwark in Malta one night and lowered the skippers car on to a Tilly's roof.

If that wasn't bad enough, we were anchored in the middle of Valletta harbour and the vehicles were being lowered on to a mexeflote thingy. In my defence, it moved at the last minute.

The worse bit was it also knocked a Sergeant booty (in his Lovats) into the oggin....he wasn't happy, such language for my young tender ears!!
 

fishhead

War Hero
I was duty port crane driver on the old Bulwark in Malta one night and lowered the skippers car on to a Tilly's roof.

If that wasn't bad enough, we were anchored in the middle of Valletta harbour and the vehicles were being lowered on to a mexeflote thingy. In my defence, it moved at the last minute.

The worse bit was it also knocked a Sergeant booty (in his Lovats) into the oggin....he wasn't happy, such language for my young tender ears!!
I think it was fortunate for the nation as a whole that you got the call to be a submariner. A career in crane driving was definitely not beckoning.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
I remember somebody dropping a CBLS (Carrier Bomb Light Stores) on the bonnet of the Ark's Rover whilst it was in the Hangar, now that was a mess. I believe the Chockheads were the ships drivers.

http://www.sphaera.co.uk/cbls.htm

I was on board for that. Not me as I was on the bags.
I believe the lashings were undone to allow one to be lowered to the deck but the next one along ended up on the roof of the Captain's car.
 
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