Army Rumour Service
Never mind SDSR 2015 or #coffeegate, the big military news of today is that Hexamine is being replaced.....
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four year contract to the UK-based survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, for the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel. BCB’s ‘FireDragon’ fuel is an innovative solid biofuel made from ethanol.
The contract marks a move away from hexamine fuel which the MoD supplied to troops for over forty years for cooking in the field. Hexamine was a potentially dangerous and outdated substance which was made outside the UK......
On the 15th of May, 1977, Robert Nairac went to meet a potential informant at a pub, The Three Steps Inn, at a place called Drumimtee. Shortly after midnight he disappeared and no trace of him has ever been found. It is a fact that he was murdered by the Provisional I.R.A, and members of that organisation have been identified and tried for the murder but no body has ever been located.
Nairac was a captain in the Grenadier Guards and at the time of his murder was working - ostensibly - as Military Liaison Officer (MLO) and co-located with, amongst others, the S.A.S. He was not a "badged " member of that organisation although he had received considerable training with them.
However basic and simple you may think making Officers' Coffee is, it is something that needs to be done correctly otherwise you look like idiots. It is something you are failing at, especially when people are away and others are asked/not asked to cover.
The CO had to wait for some coffee this morning as a second jug hadn't been put on - This is completely unacceptable.
Just to clarify a few things so everyone is sure of what is expected:
I have no idea if this the best place to do this but an old acquaintance of mine, Henry Worsley (of Greenjacket and elsewhere infamy) is currently dragging a sledge across Antarctica for the umpteenth time.
On his own.
From coast to shining coast - it's never been done before and its a bloody long way.
He is a relative of the captain of Shackleton's 'Endurance' and is raising money in a good cause - see here for 100 years ago.....