Pompey News: "Weapons On Hand At Navy’s New Simulator In Fareham"

Discussion in 'Bases / Shore Est' started by soleil, Oct 25, 2012.

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  1. SAILORS can now fire machine guns, canons and ship-mounted weapons at a new simulator in Fareham?

    This does not give the trainees the feel for the real thing, for most of the youngsters it will just be anther expensive video game.
    No GI screaming at you to hold the rifle in hard to protect your shoulder, or keep out of the way of a 4.5 barrel on re-coil, does this simulate the noise and the smell of cordite?
    All this simulation to save money on the real thing is nuts, IMO.
  2. Given the turret is unmanned, if they're anywhere near a recoiling 4.5" barrel they're probably beyond training....
  3. I have to assume then that all the MK5, MK6 and MK8 4.5's have all gone? now showing my age:cwm10:
  4. Just the Mk 8 now

    Gun captain and controller are in the Ops room - obviously the gun bay is manned, but not the turret.
  5. So the horror of a MK 5 gone, bullet and cordite shell up hoist from mag to mag room, taken of
    hoist and passed through hole in mag room bulkhead, catchers, Me, pinky? Would
    carry bullet or cordite shell to gunners, they would load and fire. Recoil would
    eject cordite casing into catcher net behind gun, then drop to deck, after a
    few shots, I had to dodge shell casings as they rolled around deck when
    carrying to and fro gun, happy days, had to be fit, strong as an ox and agile
    as a cat, I think I was stitched as I had just finished Brickwoods field gun
    heavy end before joining ship
  6. On OEM's course had to play in the gun turrets of the Diamond when she was harbour Training Ship but with dummy ammo obviously. Scared the shit out of me, glad I never had to do it for real. Hats off to those during the Falklands who had to do it for NGS.

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