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Old 23-12-2008, 20:31
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Default RN in the Gulf

Thought some of you maybe intersted in a couple of my pictures from the Gulf this year.

HMS Blyth and RFA Dilligence
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Old 26-12-2008, 10:35
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Lovely photos Dave, thanks for taking the time to post them
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Old 26-12-2008, 14:33
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Great Pictures Dave although I think the Diligence looks better without the fog.

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Old 26-12-2008, 20:55
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Concerning the Gulf and the Med., with pirates being what they are around Somalia, why are we not organizing convoys that are protected by warships? There obviously are not enough warships to protect all the ships out there.

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Old 28-12-2008, 12:26
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Great picture of the BLYTH looking as if she had put a lot of sea-time in. Quite a contrast to how our Loch Class used to look in the Gulf, usually absolutely gleaming!!!!

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Old 28-12-2008, 14:12
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Concerning the Gulf and the Med., with pirates being what they are around Somalia, why are we not organizing convoys that are protected by warships? There obviously are not enough warships to protect all the ships out there.

Fred
The problem is that it is a huge area to patrol. The pirate problem just isn't in the sea area between Somalia & Yemen but also along the eastern coast of Somalia and with the pirates now attacking ships 100+ miles from the shore the area just gets bigger. And not forgetting that the warships also have to deal with smugglers running hash from Pakistan along the so called Hash-Highway into the Middle East & Africa. Something like 22 countries provide ships (at one time or another) to patrol these areas but it just isn't enough for such a large area.
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Old 29-12-2008, 15:13
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Gerry

We didnt manage a lot of sea time during my time out there earlier this year as we on Ramsay had numerous defects, Blyth had slightly less defects as she ahd spent a lot of time during the previous 3 months alongside with defects.
Both ships were very tired by the time i went out there in January, having been out there for nearly 2 years with no proper maintenance and having gone through 4 crew changes.

The reason Blyth also looks rather sand covered was that we had been up in Shaat al Arab checking the mine danger areas. So we were working close inshore. We unfortunately had to miss a bit of the tasking as we had a sonar defect. But we were under orders from the squadron commander not to do an upper deck wash down as he wanted the ships to look "Steely" for any phots at the end of the tasking!

Even in the modern RN that rubbed us up the wrong way as ive never seen a manky RN ship alongside.
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Old 29-12-2008, 16:07
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Dave

I am suprised at the Squadron Cdrs attitude as it smacks of contrivance to me. I agree with your feelings entirely as I would hope that anyone would want their ship to look as smart as the conditions allowed. As I remember it ships returning from the Falklands did their best to look the part on return to UK.

I expect some comments on this !!!

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Old 30-12-2008, 17:33
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he was a bit full of his own importance visited the ships in his green lid and carrying his personal M16, being as how we have to make do with SA80's i think he should of been the same.
but to give him his due he did look after the four of us a lot better than our own squadron staff that seemed to think that out there we were some one elses problem.
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Five RN Ships led by Flagship HMS Albion (CO.Capt.James Morley) arrived in Abu Dhabi Tuesday 6/28 part of the Response Task Force Group to counter terroist and piracy actvity in the area and to take part in the joint UK/UAE Naval exercise "Sea Khanjar" (Arabic for "Dagger") lasting one week.Unless there are other requirements the RN group will return home via Suez from July 6th. Area RN Commander Tim Fraser told a Press Conference onboard the Albion yesterday that the exercise was in no way related to Iran's sea exercises taking place at the same time .derek-L (from "Gulf News" & other sources).
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HMS St Albans a Type 23 Frigate on duty in The Arabian Gulf last week (July)
sent it's Merlin helicopter and medical officer to assist three of the 13 man crew of the MV Pavitt.The men were seriously ill with prolonged seasickness and the ship's master had requested emergency assistance after his vesset lost power and was being buffeted by a storm creating huge waves and a heavy swell 122 miles off the coast of Oman. Falmouth Coastguard which monitors distress signals Worldwide,picked up the SOS and relayed it to the UK's Maritime Component Commander in Bahrein who tasked HMS St Albans to respond to the Mayday call..All of the MV Pavitt personnel were transferred by helicopter to it's sister ship the MV Jag Pushpa.

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:43
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Five RN Ships led by Flagship HMS Albion (CO.Capt.James Morley) arrived in Abu Dhabi Tuesday 6/28 part of the Response Task Force Group to counter terroist and piracy actvity in the area and to take part in the joint UK/UAE Naval exercise "Sea Khanjar" (Arabic for "Dagger") lasting one week.Unless there are other requirements the RN group will return home via Suez from July 6th. Area RN Commander Tim Fraser told a Press Conference onboard the Albion yesterday that the exercise was in no way related to Iran's sea exercises taking place at the same time .derek-L (from "Gulf News" & other sources).
Nice photo of HMS Middleton on the Navy News website:
Dagger drawn by task force in Gulf
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:43
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Rob/ thanks for the "Dagger" steer to HMS Middleton on NavyNews will looksee soons able..right now emeshed in caretaking wife and batting off old newsmedia mates in u.s. who only want talk about our phonehacking scandals and murdoch today !!!. bests

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Old 30-09-2011, 06:03
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From MOD Defence News 9/29/2011 (edited-dsl),

The Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll (Commander Paul Stroude CO) left her home port of HM Naval Base Devonport yesterday September 28th for a maritime security patrol in the Gulf and broader Middle East.

At 22 tears old, Argyll is now the oldest frigate in the fleet, but the 11-month,20 million pound refit at Rosyth ensures she is also the most capable.

Some 300,000 man hours were spent overhauling existing systems and machinery and fitting new ones, the latest version of the Sea Wolf air defence system,a new main gun, a new command system,one new main gas turbine,two generators and the MOD's latest e-mail and internet system DH(F).

The refit was followed by an extensive work up incorporating sea acceptance trials,operational sea training and new equipment fits,and so HMS Argyll returns to sea ready in all respects.
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Old 30-09-2011, 07:58
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Again my thanks to you for the interesting update on HMS Argyll and the ship's subsequent move to the Gulf and Middle East.

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Old 30-09-2011, 08:10
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Thanks Derek great update on the argyll hard to imagine she's 22years old
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Going back some now I know butthis photo is of Gurkha passing through the Straits of Hormuz in '67. bert-261
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Going back some now I know butthis photo is of Gurkha passing through the Straits of Hormuz in '67. bert-261
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Certainly was Jack. Gurkha was my first ship, and my favourite.
At the time I was J.M.E.(1) Brian J Living, P098261.

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Hi Brian, take a look at this photo:

http://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...0&d=1264763039

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Old 14-01-2012, 12:35
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This was taken alongside Mina Sulman Jetty, Bahrein, early 1968. I am the bod at the far right of the fifth row up. Happy days.
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Another one taken alongside Mina Sulman, having a smoko on the quarter patch.
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Hi again Brian, I'm on the photo too, aft of mast, group of six, I'm 4th from mast, RO3(U) tying to be a sparker/bunting/golly.
Can't place your face, time has crept on since then!

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Hi Jack, As you say,it was a bit back,but one name that comes to me from your branch was 'Shiner' Wright, who frequently ran ashore with one of ours, namely a Glaswegian, 'Mally' Boyd. Does that stir anything? Brian.
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Indeed the name Shiner Wright (Scotsman) rings a bell, we served together in a sweeper squadron in Port Edgar later.
Shiner is pictured 3 along from me going aft.

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