Is there any truth in the rumors about RNR having a role crewing/supporting OPVs in the near future?
I'm sort of torn on this one. Modern reality is that with the training requirements today, I don't see how you could get someone who hadn't qualified in a full-time role into crewing a working OPV unless you mobilised them for the necessary training and then mobilise them again for a decent patrol, and it starts to leave you wondering why you aren't using the regulars if you want an ongoing, enduring manpower liability (rather than a surge stored behind a panel saying "BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY")It was discussed on here previously. The official RNR line is that it'll all work peachy. I'm sure someone will be along to castigate me soon.....
If only. These days the RN can't tie its own shoelaces without needing help from the reserves. You're right about sea time, though; it's been years since the RN had enough ships to do the job. I'm at sea every year but it's been years since the RN could provide the ships; it's foreign navies filling the gap these days. </counterwind>No need for the RNR to worry, they can keep being superfluous and enjoy their little hobby without fear of sea time.