Air Force communicators prepare for operational role

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
Communications specialists based at Royal Air Force Leeming have spent ten days in the field preparing for their forthcoming role in support of operations in Libya.

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#2
10 days?

They must be due a medal and some PETL.

and some serious therapy.
 
#5
Ten days "in the field" to prep for postings to Italy and Cyprus?

Bless their cotton socks, how do they cope?
 
#9
What was the quote "Training at Driffield, experiencing almost every type of weather"

In July, so that would be rain then, **** me.
 
#10
Being a proud member of the Royal Corps of Signals, I fell ill-at-ease criticising fellow military communicators but, honest-to-Christ, was it slack news day at the MoD? This sort of crap does nothing to enhance the image of the Royal Air Force.
 

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#11
Being a proud member of the Royal Corps of Signals, I fell ill-at-ease criticising fellow military communicators but, honest-to-Christ, was it slack news day at the MoD? This sort of crap does nothing to enhance the image of the Royal Air Force.
After a moment of philisophical reflection, it is hard to think of anything to enhance the image of the Royal Air Force......

The RAF bleeps should be OK down there, the mobile phone providers are pretty good.
 
#12
Could have at least sent them to Catterick for a bit of a challange, I can see it now

"Flt Sgt, we have established comms with moonbase Leeming"
"In this harsh terrain ? My god man the Libyans won't know whats hit them"
"Permission to take the week off and play golf Flight ?"
"Of course laddie, after all you may not get the chance again in Italy"
 
#13
This is obviously the rifle carry relay test:

one rifle, three crabs per team, 100m.....go!

In this photo we see a crab being sent to coventry for knowing what a rifle is! The other two mincing behind him are his 'walk of shame' escort! having been told to 'f**k off and come back when he's forgotten anything remotely military and conforms to Crab standards in crapness!
10 days in the field = only a 3 star hotel.
 
#15
Knowing Driffield training area fairly well I can reveal that this field location is in fact about 20 metres from a main road. What the picture actually portrays is the armed escort for SAC Doris as she makes her way to the portaloos, a buttock clenching 400m from the comms site. Coincidently 400m is the RAF's fitness test so said Doris pulled off two training objectives at once. Nav and fitness.
 
#16
RAF Signallers spend 10 days camping and twiddling their dials.

I'm well impressed.
 
#18
What interests me is that if I'd stayed in the raf I would have had a 30% chance of working on cormorant. The question it does raise though is this, where is Falcon ? Has Cormorant been backloaded to the raf and is that why the TA ptarmigan units received a big F OFF from the mod instead of re-equipping with Cormorant as we expected ?
 
#19
The real story here is that this compulsory training, given to all Crabs going to a place where the Pimm's is not always chilled, is the Regiment's train set. Without this, the last tenuous justification for keeping them would dissolve over night.
 
#20
True, our DS were always the rockapes. How we used to laugh once we realised their repertoire only consisted of "That trench is too close, you'll have to re dig it over there"

Mind you we had it hard then, Otterburn, STANTA and Ripon were our training areas, and now they get Driffield. How sweet.
 

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