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Old 15-06-2009, 19:45
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Default What is the Longest Tour of Duty at Sea

I realize that ships can only stay at sea for the time that there provisions/munitions allow, and that this can be extended whilst at sea by resupply ships, but what is the longest time at sea recorded by the Navy ?
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Old 15-06-2009, 20:12
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I very much doubt that I can claim that record. On the Naiad we spent 93 days at sea between Simonstown, South Africa and Singapore. That includes 2 stints of Beira Patrol as Dido broke down at Mombasa which prevented us going there for R & R. We had to do their stint as well.

Mind you she was perfectly fit to leave the area and make for Singapore with us!!!!!!!

Coincidence?????????
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Old 15-06-2009, 20:15
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Thanks for that Dave,

I should have learnt by know to send my threads direct to you.......

ps Sorry you had your trip to auz curtailed
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Thanks for that Dave,

I should have learnt by know to send my threads direct to you.......

ps Sorry you had your trip to auz curtailed
But, but, but, but
Why can't my L/S oppo and me still go in case you decide to put another of God's gifted few in a ball and chain and sent them to Ozz
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i think the bomber crews probably do about 3 month patrols, as they will be restricted by how much food they can carry as they dont need to fuel.
As for myself the longest recently was in 2003 sailing for the gulf war we only went alongside for more than 24 hours once and that was only as we were escort to ocean that had a defect that needed repairs, so we did best part of 3 months at sea RAS ing as required.
In my time on small ships we are restricted in that we have only provisions for 10 days and usually we have to ask permission to let our fuel fall below 50% if it looks like we cant fuel within our tasking.
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Old 15-06-2009, 20:57
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But, but, but, but
Why can't my L/S oppo and me still go incase you decide to put another of God's gifted few in a ball and chain and sent them to Ozz
I should check out Jims painting site before you make offers like that......but now you mention it it would make sense to send both likely lads to the same area ...still thinking about it
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Old 16-06-2009, 19:30
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Hi davep, you're correct the bombers do 3 months at a stint and it is only the fact that they can't do a 'starship enterprise' and 'replicate' their food which stops them staying out longer.

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Old 16-06-2009, 19:36
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davep and Mik ... excuse my confusion are you referring to 'boomers'? also certainly 'A' and 'O' boats did patrols of up to 13 weeks...and I expect 'T's and super T's' would have been equally able so to do. Little h
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Harry

They are talking about the Nuclear Trident Missile Subs

I think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 16-06-2009, 19:51
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Hi little h

The Yanks call their Trident carrying subs 'boomers', the Brits call them 'bombers', but yes they are the same!!

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Old 16-06-2009, 20:06
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Yes ....I must admit this side of the Navy I had inadvertently over looked thank you for reminding me Mik..I was out of order there ......3 Months is a long time out though
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Ivor,

The longest deployment I was on when The USCGC Rush got the call of a merchant vessel in distress half-way between Guam and the Hawaiian Islands. To make a long story short it turned out to be carrying chinese people who were to be smuggled into the US, all 500. It took the Joint Chiefs of Staff to mobilized the other armed forces in setting up camps in Marshall Islands. The deployment lasted 4 mos with air drops of food 2 times a day.

A very Long trip Search and rescue case indeed!

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Post Note: This was the first large case of smuggling chinese into the US.
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At least in the Royal Navy we would have had beer to keep us company......."Navy Motto:- No Beer No Sea"
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I wish we had that option loaded into the soda machine then. But in the end we had to split the crew in half to support the feeding of chinese and accommodate the 2 air drops a day using sonar bouy containers from C-130's. It wasn't until the JCFS cut the orders did we see any relief, i.e., an Army tug arrived to take in tow the ship back to the Marshall islands.

Long day's and night's!

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Thanks Charles , thats some tour !

What happened in the end to the 500 Chinese people ?

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Old 19-06-2009, 17:33
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Do not know about `modern navy', but did not Adm COLLINGWOOD, after the Battle of TRAFALGAR spend the next TWO years at sea ???
As for a long `fighting' voyage ; what about NELSON's voyage / pursuit of the Frog Fleet, with the British Fleet - POMPEY / Malta / Leghorn / Suiz / Leghorn / Gib / West Indies / Pompey !!!

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Old 19-06-2009, 17:55
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Ivor,

Once ashore they were interviewed and a determination was made as to whether or not they could be considered for political refugee's status. The one's that were sent back to China as we were told would be put on public display for disgracing china, moreover some would even be tried for crimes. Sad ending to tragic voyage of hope for some of these people.

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Once ashore they were interviewed and a determination was made as to whether or not they could be considered for political refugee's status. The one's that were sent back to China as we were told would be put on public display for disgracing china, moreover some would even be tried for crimes. Sad ending to tragic voyage of hope for some of these people.

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Yes Charles despite the rights and wrongs of it , you can only feel pity for the family groups and the desperation that drove them to that course of action.
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11 weeks,underwater.
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came in a week and a half early then scratcher!!! where was it Singers? or UK? and what boat? .. we did an occasion where the boat with our team on, came in on the friday (after about the same time away) and after re-installation of the 'fit' on another boat, our team were out for another 8 weeker on the Sunday evening. Little h

PS Oh and of course I forgot to add apart from short transit up/down the straits all underwater also
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Modern tours cannot compare to the voyages of discovery. Years upon years were spent at sea by the likes of Capt. Cook. It would be interesting to know the longest recorded 'tour?'

Modern tours are much different because of the change of expectations by society. Wives will not put up with years at sea, nor will government pay for it. Back in the days of sail, the choices were starker. Life without a ship for an officer was half-pay. For and enlisted man, it might be a choice between serfdom and starvation or ending up at the Old Bailey. The life of a pirate became a more attractive option. With all of that, the bravery, skill and endurance of the English Navy in those days is almost beyond imagination.

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I can't find my old commission book, but during the Falklands campaign. We stopped at Ascension to redistribute stores and then left, heading South. After it was all over we had runs ashore in San Carlos and Stanley. I remember the only place I felt reasonably safe, was stood on the waterfront road at Stanley. It was concrete and therefore I was reasonably sure that no landmines were buried. I would guess at around four months was the total trip length.
I have an abiding memory of the sheep sheds at San Carlos, where the Field hospital was set up. Some bright spark had painted "The Empire Struck Back" on the outside.
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Uncle,
I seam to remember reading somewhere that it was a sub but there the info comes to a grinding halt,sorry
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Attempt at transatlantic snort record was eleven weeks, I think. I was asleep for most of that.
Longest patrol was thirteen weeks dived, but that was not by intent.
Shortest patrol was OSB and back. Sabotage was suspected.
Longest surface patrol was 63 days on Beira, again because of a failed relief. Grenville this time.
And, before the mutiny, in one boat we managed to clock up 321 days at sea, or up around the "Islands", in one year. Lerwick can be such fun on a Sunday afternoon.
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I know it is not an answer to the question, that is the longest time at sea, but in about 1968 I had to go to a MoD naval records establishment in the west country and the civil servant told me a tale about his father.

The civil servant looked to be nearly retirement age so he would have been born about 1910 so his father may have been born in about the 1880s. He said that soon after his father joined the RN he was sent to the far east for seven years. At some stage before he went he was engaged to be married and was married when he returned. His next draft was another foreign trip for seven years after which he returned home and the man to whom I was talking was conceived. You will have guessed that his next draft was another foreign trip which was also to be for a long tour at which point he became fed-up and lodged a complaint. The complaint was turned down.

The civil servant said that he was an only child.

Of course, I have no idea whether any of this is true but he did show me his father's service records to verify what he was saying. He also showed me a few others - but that's another story.
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