Painting and cleaning for Seaman Specialists

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  1. Does anybody know just how much of the above has to be done in the RN after phase 2 training is complete.
  2. Uh, you are aware seaman specs are called "dabbers" aren't you....? Besides playing in the seaboat and hiding from the Buffer what else have you got to be doing.....
  3. homebase do a decent pack of 5 brushes for about a tenner :thumright:
  4. Hmmm must of missed that bit in the job spec! Oh well needs must
  5. I seem to remember that the first Pep talk I received in the G Spot Annexe in '54 went something like this:

    “You are now part of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy and, as such, you are now part of the eliteâ€.
    (long pause and then), “If you wish to progress, there are only two things you have to rememberâ€.
    “One, (long pause), if it moves, you salute and call it sirâ€,
    “And twoâ€, (long pause), “If it doesn’t move, (long pause), you paint it".

    Hope this helps calm your fears,

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  6. lol nice
  7. Took the words right out of my mouth
  8. Erm, look up ships husbandry, everyone does it to some extent or other, mostly a ratings evol of course, but even the piggery needs the pinkers stains painting over once a deployment, so the flt cdr and PWO can get their overalls dirty.

    But as a dabber you are specially trained to go about the place with a pot of phos in one hand and aforementioned homebase brush in t'other..... once you graduate you get the windy hammer and needle scaler.
  9. It's called Ship Husbandry - and the dusties do a stack of it also, or used to in days gone by - is it all done in harbour by civvy contractors now ?

  10. It's not talked about at all in any careers information i have researched, i just saw it in another post on here haha
  11. A lot of course, that is how the ship gets painted and cleaned, everyone as mentioned does a bit, well a lot really probably an awful lot.
    The 'heads' passegways and messes will be cleaned on a daily basis, the part of the ship allocated to you likewise.
    It's not being too harsh to say that you will be spending a considerable amount of your time cleaning and painting.
    I stand to be corrected as my memory goes back a few years but you may well also have to clean up after others doing communal duties ie dish washing and general fetching and carrying; in honesty given the more sparse manning these days I could imagine your turn at this would come around more often - bear in mind that these duties are necessary and give you a break from your normal routine, life at sea can be very monotonous and the navy thrives on routine.
    Don't let the specialist tag attached to your chosen branch give you any kind of idea that you will in fact be 'special'.
    Years later I can clean the house and rattle through the washing up faster than just about anyone I know.
  12. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    You need to research a little deeper & actually read the literature rather than scan the pictures or listen to what is said in the branch DVDs.

    Many people find it a bit of a shock at first that we do not fly-in teams of Mothers (or Fathers) to clean up after you. Everyone has to keep the ship clinically clean to avoid spread of infection & diseases. We have a slightly better track record than some NHS sites on this score.

    Similarly ships costing around £1Million per metre have to be sealed from oxidising elements as the taxpayer gets rather vexed if we let the ship rust away unchecked. The cheapest way to do this is by using paint or oils/greases on exposed moving metal parts. The very nature of the "part of ship" in which the warfare/seaman specialists look after, (ie: the upper deck), happens to be the environment which is most under attack by the elements & therefore needs the most preventative & corrective maintenance.
  13. Guys
    For fecks sake chill out you turn too do the job if your good enough get promoted and supervise others doing the same shit - BUT you enjoy yourself have the best mates in the world and get paid for it for fecks sake isn't that what we all wanted. Stop feckin preaching and let the kids know its the best thing in life that will ever happen to them
  14. wise words
  15. Fine and I agree, but it's not right to not answer the question honestly. If matey had known the correct answer he wouldn't have asked, it'll give him a better picture of what is really required.
  16. It’s a great way to become acquainted with Long Tall Sally (those who know will know)!

    The options for painting must be limited now it’s been largely put to Contractors. The first problem is having the correct NSN paint as they aren’t necessarily compatible these days (eg can’t put Sigma on Hempel). The other problem is that “amateur†application can invalidate the Warranty of an entire UPKEEP period. No wonder we see so many rust stained ships these days.
  17. The Baby and the Battleship

    Captain: “Paint on my hands again number Oneâ€.
    1st Lt: “Where from sir�
    Captain: “Bridge ladder, Number Oneâ€.
    1st Lt: “But the Bridge ladder hasn’t been painted for three months sirâ€.
    Captain: “Why not�
    1st Lt: “Yes sirâ€.


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