Not knowing about these things but would the Leading Seaman been in charge of the boarding? In my ignorance I always assumed an officer or Snr Rate at the least or have i missed something with all the focus being on the lady?
There will be an officer in charge, the focus is on Topsy because she is the only female and, I stand to be corrected, the first british female they have captured. Add to that she is a mother, bigger news stories and bigger shock effect.
Things may have changed but the times I've been out there the Boarding Officer was one of the non-bridge watchkeeping junior officers.
A killick spec would be helming the RIB.
It's a good bit of psychological ops exploiting her in the way that they are, it presses lots of buttons with other Muslim states, as I think both Squirrel and Bergen pointed out in another thread, plus it presses different buttons in a western secular society as well. Although playing the 'we might release her, we might not' message is a high risk approach, frankly it sickens me that they're doing that.
The battle right now is over the moral high ground, I don't really know who has it.
As an OOW in Type 22 in the Adriatic in the 90s I was OIC Boarding Party. We "rapid roped" from a Lynx & were recovered by Boat. A Seaman Spec drove the boat & the Boarding party consisted of a small party of RM for protection, an RO and a mixed party of junior ratings as searchers. There were 2 Boarding parties allowing round the clock ops, if necessary.
You have it the correct way mate, and it was the same way when we used to board the Icelandic gunboats way back the end of the 50's and into the 60's. and NO we didn't go across under sails :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: