Article about the Det and their beginnings

There is at least one video of selection for what was called special duties.

If you have ever seen it, it’s me getting knocked out in the milling.
 

Euclid

War Hero
Looks more like a REME capbadge to me.
The most disturbing thing are the VRNs daubed on the wall - look like they were done by a 14 year old special needs tagger.

If you can’t even get the attention to detail right on the simple things..........
 
What sort of cars did they use. Anyone know?
Civilian cars purchased on the mainland, processed through an RAOC Vehicle Depot for various reasons, (none of which will be aired on here), allocated NI License Plate numbers and sent to the Province. The same process for ALL civilian cars used for covert purposes in the Province. Although only the Det and other organisations vehicles got the more specialised treatment.

Many twats users thought that having long hair and a beard made them something out of James Bond. It didn't. And I'm not talking about the Det. Let me give you an example. The fecking IO of 40 Cdo RM in BBK circa 1985.

These things I know, because having done a job with long hair, I was then posted to the MoD as the Equipment Manager for these assets.
 
And Military number plates aren't VRN's they are ERM's. Equipment Registration Marks as used by the asset tracking system.
 

homeworker

War Hero
Civilian cars purchased on the mainland, processed through an RAOC Vehicle Depot for various reasons, (none of which will be aired on here), allocated NI License Plate numbers and sent to the Province. The same process for ALL civilian cars used for covert purposes in the Province. Although only the Det and other organisations vehicles got the more specialised treatment.

Many twats users thought that having long hair and a beard made them something out of James Bond. It didn't. And I'm not talking about the Det. Let me give you an example. The fecking IO of 40 Cdo RM in BBK circa 1985.

These things I know, because having done a job with long hair, I was then posted to the MoD as the Equipment Manager for these assets.
I always felt very covert driving around in a blue/cream SWB landrover, totally blended in with all of the other vehicles
 
I always felt very covert driving around in a blue/cream SWB landrover, totally blended in with all of the other vehicles
Which is why we never bought any.

Edited to add. Apart from Det vehicles and a couple of specials, ALL covert vehicles were issued by the Fleet Manager HQNI. But as a policy unless special requested by HQNI no Land Rover variants were purchased.

a. Because of the bleeding obvious.
b. They were more expensive to buy.
c. Maintenance was problematic in that spares had to be locally procured. Also expensive.

As an aside, vehicle types were monitored against the Province vehicle population types and procured accordingly.
 
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homeworker

War Hero
Which is why we never bought any.

Edited to add. Apart from Det vehicles and a couple of specials, ALL covert vehicles were issued by the Fleet Manager HQNI. But as a policy unless special requested by HQNI no Land Rover variants were purchased.

a. Because of the bleeding obvious.
b. They were more expensive to buy.
c. Maintenance was problematic in that spares had to be locally procured. Also expensive.

As an aside, vehicle types were monitored against the Province vehicle population types and procured accordingly.
There were definitely a couple around in the early eighties
 
There were definitely a couple around in the early eighties
There may well have been. A rural unit QM might have asked for one to do his stuff and then eventually it ended up back in the NI pool of vehicles. Not beyond the wit of the NI Fleet Manager and the unit between them to come up with a replacement plan. If however someone couldn't be arrsed………….
 
Civilian cars purchased on the mainland, processed through an RAOC Vehicle Depot for various reasons, (none of which will be aired on here), allocated NI License Plate numbers and sent to the Province. The same process for ALL civilian cars used for covert purposes in the Province. Although only the Det and other organisations vehicles got the more specialised treatment.

Many twats users thought that having long hair and a beard made them something out of James Bond. It didn't. And I'm not talking about the Det. Let me give you an example. The fecking IO of 40 Cdo RM in BBK circa 1985.

These things I know, because having done a job with long hair, I was then posted to the MoD as the Equipment Manager for these assets.
There are RLC getting most and hard at your post
 
The fecking IO of 40 Cdo RM in BBK circa 1985.
He was, as I recall, one of the better unit IOs I had to deal with, although usually, the AIOs were more grounded; Tac Int 40 Cdo were brilliant. What did he do to you?
 
8 Bde in 79-80 ish?

Edit to add. We, the antenna riggers, had one. Stood out like a bulldogs bollocks
That would be the antenna riggers who weren't very good at staying on the Bde HQ roof?

Dad did tell of the cry of "Oh, f***!" (sound effect of scraping down the roof, and fingernail marks down the roof slates), and seeing the rigger go past the window face up... (some artistic license may have been involved)

...fortunately, he turned in mid-air and landed hands-and-feet, and survived IIRC...
 
That would be the antenna riggers who weren't very good at staying on the Bde HQ roof?

Dad did tell of the cry of "Oh, f***!" (sound effect of scraping down the roof, and fingernail marks down the roof slates), and seeing the rigger go past the window face up... (some artistic license may have been involved)

...fortunately, he turned in mid-air and landed hands-and-feet, and survived IIRC...
Not me on that occasion. Did come off the super sangar at Claddy VCP though Engineers cocked up the mast fixings and it went for a nice lie down with me and someone else on it.
 

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