"REAL" Carriers!!

mechanicnog

Midshipman
I am a "new boy" to this august assembly of knowledgeable - but young? -
"WAFU's" and I wonder how those in current service feel about the prospect of serving in REAL carriers? (If we get them!)

As one of those who served in the the the Ark, Eagle - and even Hermes, Bulwark and Albin before they became taxi platforms for the bootnecks!! - I wonder how much expertise is still available - Will training need to be carried out with the Yanks? Or even - "God forbid" - the frogs?

I await the outcome with trepidation, and at my age that word has ominous overtones!!!

Bring back the tot!!
 

slim

War Hero
mechanicnog said:
I am a "new boy" to this august assembly of knowledgeable - but young? -
"WAFU's" and I wonder how those in current service feel about the prospect of serving in REAL carriers? (If we get them!)

As one of those who served in the the the Ark, Eagle - and even Hermes, Bulwark and Albin before they became taxi platforms for the bootnecks!! - I wonder how much expertise is still available - Will training need to be carried out with the Yanks? Or even - "God forbid" - the frogs?

I await the outcome with trepidation, and at my age that word has ominous overtones!!!

Bring back the tot!!

No problem the Navy will just recall the likes of Fido and the rest of the ex chockhead members of RR. Then all they have do is reinstate the dummy deck at Culdrose.
Think we would learn more from our own as we were always superior to the Yanks :)
 

RoofRat

War Hero
Slim,
No problem the Navy will just recall the likes of Fido and the rest of the ex chockhead members of RR. Then all they have do is reinstate the dummy deck at Culdrose.
Think we would learn more from our own as we were always superior to the Yanks Smile
I'm afraid the die is cast my friends, none of the present members of the Handling branch have the expertise required for a "proper" fixed wing deck.
I am lead to believe that this year sometime, a Chief Aircraft Handler is being sent to San Diego, USA for a three stint, to reaquire those skills.
This is in no way meant as any form of criticism of the men and women of the Aircraft Handling Branch.
The Dummy Deck is still running, and turning out Good Handlers for the present carriers and platforms.
Personally, I don't think we will ever get those fixed wing carriers.
BTW most of us who were SR's on the big ships are now into our sixties!
RoofRat
 

slim

War Hero
RoofRat said:
Slim,
No problem the Navy will just recall the likes of Fido and the rest of the ex chockhead members of RR. Then all they have do is reinstate the dummy deck at Culdrose.
Think we would learn more from our own as we were always superior to the Yanks Smile
I'm afraid the die is cast my friends, none of the present members of the Handling branch have the expertise required for a "proper" fixed wing deck.
I am lead to believe that this year sometime, a Chief Aircraft Handler is being sent to San Diego, USA for a three stint, to reaquire those skills.
This is in no way meant as any form of criticism of the men and women of the Aircraft Handling Branch.
The Dummy Deck is still running, and turning out Good Handlers for the present carriers and platforms.
Personally, I don't think we will ever get those fixed wing carriers.
BTW most of us who were SR's on the big ships are now into our sixties!
RoofRat

Likewise Roofrat, I'm early 60s however even at this age I am sure most of us are fit and active enough to be able to carry out instructional duties ashore, may be a little slow for a real fixed wing deck though :)
 

mechanicnog

Midshipman
slim said:
RoofRat said:
Slim,
No problem the Navy will just recall the likes of Fido and the rest of the ex chockhead members of RR. Then all they have do is reinstate the dummy deck at Culdrose.
Think we would learn more from our own as we were always superior to the Yanks Smile
I'm afraid the die is cast my friends, none of the present members of the Handling branch have the expertise required for a "proper" fixed wing deck.
I am lead to believe that this year sometime, a Chief Aircraft Handler is being sent to San Diego, USA for a three stint, to reaquire those skills.
This is in no way meant as any form of criticism of the men and women of the Aircraft Handling Branch.
The Dummy Deck is still running, and turning out Good Handlers for the present carriers and platforms.
Personally, I don't think we will ever get those fixed wing carriers.
BTW most of us who were SR's on the big ships are now into our sixties!
RoofRat

Likewise Roofrat, I'm early 60s however even at this age I am sure most of us are fit and active enough to be able to carry out instructional duties ashore, may be a little slow for a real fixed wing deck though :)

Reading these comments, God I fel old amongst all you sprogs!!!

I don't think I'd last long on a flight deck these days - I doubt if I'd make it up the gangway!!! But, even though I'm "On the cusp" of 70, I'd still like to "walk the deck" again!

As for the new "Wafu's" well I wish them luck. The Air Arm has always managed to produce the best and I can't see that tradition failing. The new boys might even come up with some new ideas and show us all how it should have been done in the first place!!

Good luck to 'em all!!
 

dunkers

War Hero
In the 80s when the USN reactivated their old WW2 battleships they had to call on retired sailors to show them how to operate the guns...

Wonder if the RN will do a similar thing with ex-wafus to show the ships coy of the (fabled) new carriers how to use them :D
 
Sorry if this is (sort of) hijacking the thread, but this kind of thing has been going on for years, hasn't it?
As a "true" POMEML, I have had the misfortune to come across many a lad both young and not so young that has left one certain "training" establishment without even the most rudimentary knowledge of anything vaguely electrical. Some have now reached the heights of CMEML, even those "MEMOC" MEM's that chose to go "L" have no experience etc. Its almost a lost art, if you like.
Ships are travelling faster and faster towards full electric propulsion at higher and higher generated voltages, with only the old gits having an idea whats going on!!
 

Sniffle-Snaffle

Midshipman
Carnt feckin wait, About time we are getting Supercarriers, They make the feckin navy.

The biggest ever naval mistake was the scrapping of the HMS Ark Royal R09, Would have made great support in the Falklands.

Dont know why they replaced it with these stupid Invincible Class 'Carriers'.

When we get the Supercarriers, The Invincible Class Carriers should be just used as Marine Assault Ships like the USS Iwo Jima and Tarawa class ships, Or better sold off.
 

Bergen

ADC
Ships are travelling faster and faster towards full electric propulsion at higher and higher generated voltages, with only the old gits having an idea whats going on!![/quote]

'Lectric ships; about time too. My mum went all electric years ago and she swears by it. But if one end of the electric string is on the ship where do they plug the other end?? Is there a socket in the dockyard? If they run the ships on an off-peak tariff then they will probably save a bundle but surely the range of the ship will be dictated by the length of the electric string? Saileyors are wonderfully clever so I guess they have it all figured out.

Probly got a gert 'uge extension lead that is kept Toppo Secret.

RM
 
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