WO's and swords??

#1
Does anyone know the current regulations with regards to the above?

Probably should have paid more attention on my WOSC during sword drill!

I know we have a different sword (black handle etc) but when may one be carried?

Off to a matelot wedding and don't want to be shown up by all the grunters who will be carrying theirs if I can too!

Can just about remember the 'flicky, catchy, swingy when marching off!
 
#2
Why take a sword, thought us damn ratings had cutlasses anyways. In the end something that can go easily missing at wedding or nicked from your car. Dont want to be keeping up with the joneses with the occifers. Anyway when asked why you havent got a sword, just give them the dit about why a grunters have to carry theirs.
 
#5
I will have to consult an up to date 'cement head' back at work then. But yes, WO's are now entitled to carry a sword for certain events. Hence the sword drill at WOSC. Just need to clarify when.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#6
To be honest, it sounds like a bit of a hindrance, especially considering their financial worth. I believe the one impressive thing, if you are taking it, is to slice the top off a bottle of Champers for the bride & groom at the reception. A tricky act- top tip on that one is to practice at someone else's wedding where no-one knows who you are- just appear as an authoritarian on the subject and check your exit routes first. Local Holiday Inn on a Saturday about 4.00pm would be a viable practice venue.
 
#12
Found the BR and it is for ceremonial and other suitable occasions. Same as the 'grown ups'. I wonder is ours are bigger!

No doubt we'll end up comparing 'hilts' after a few to many.

Will the ladies prefer a black one????
 
#13
Ninja_Stoker said:
I believe the one impressive thing, if you are taking it, is to slice the top off a bottle of Champers for the bride & groom at the reception. .
Just don't lend your sword to someone else for a wedding and have it come back WITH A CHIPPED BLADE!!!!! :(
 
#18
Karma said:
Not as a matter of course, they're awkward and of limited use in the modern maritime battlespace.
Ah - yes at sea these days, but much better than a bayonet in the wilds of Helmand I suspect! If you know how to use it. Which I do, having fenced in the World Cup once upon a distant memory....hmmm...maybe I should take a sword with me! :D

Trivia for the day - let's see how long it takes anyone to answer this (I'm guessing well under 5 minutes!), but when did the RN last board a ship using cutlasses? A bonus point for why (2 answers)...
 
#20
RNRAWBOD said:
Karma said:
Not as a matter of course, they're awkward and of limited use in the modern maritime battlespace.
Ah - yes at sea these days, but much better than a bayonet in the wilds of Helmand I suspect! If you know how to use it. Which I do, having fenced in the World Cup once upon a distant memory....hmmm...maybe I should take a sword with me! :D

Trivia for the day - let's see how long it takes anyone to answer this (I'm guessing well under 5 minutes!), but when did the RN last board a ship using cutlasses? A bonus point for why (2 answers)...
The 1940 s, A German vessel, they captured, I think in the Med .
 
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