BIKINI State

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  1. I know this is going to sound utterly ridiculous, but it's driving me nuts.

    T'internet says that "Black Special" had pink writing on the signs... but in all honesty I can't remember. Part of me says it was, but I can't convince myself either way.

    Can anyone remember?


    On a side note, I miss this system. The new threat levels just don't have the same ring to them... and it doesn't confuse the **** out of Joe Public either :frown:
     
  2. White letters I think, same in prisons
     
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  3. I don't remember ever seeing BLACK SPECIAL.

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  4. Can't remember pink...

    Given that these signs were generally made up locally, maybe the pink writing was just sort of 'forgotten' about.
     
  5. I thought it was Black Alpha... or am I too confused in my dotage?
     
  6. BIKINI BLACK was the lowest state 77/86, but usually it was amber or red.
     
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  7. I remember both Black Alpha and Special, not sure which was first though. There was also Keenwind and Tahiti (which was the mortar alert state IIRC)

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  8. Me too, and it was quite a marked step in number of searches on the gate, checking the perimeter and all that malarkey.

    Anyone know where the term BIKINI originates? Probably a bone question but it'll be a fiver to chirridy... promise.
     
  9. was it not an acronym?

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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    [TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 468"]
    BIKINI Alert States (most serious at top):[TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center"][TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #FF0000"]RED[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TH]
    [TD]Information has been received about an attack on a specific target. It can also mean "red alert", meaning the United Kingdom is at war, especially if there's a likelihood of anuclear strike .[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center"][TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #FF7E00"]AMBER[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TH]
    [TD]There has been specific information received and there is a substantial threat to government targets. It can also mean "high alert", which could be a transition to war.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center"][TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: black"]BLACK SPECIAL[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TH]
    [TD]There is an increased likelihood of an attack, but no defined target. It can also mean "potential terrorist threat".[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center"][TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: black"]BLACK[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TH]
    [TD]There has been an assessment made that there is the possibility of an attack, but no defined target. It can also mean "possible civil unrest", meaning safety can't be guaranteed.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center"][TABLE="class: wikitable, width: 100"]
    [TR]
    [TH="bgcolor: white"]WHITE[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [/TH]
    [TD]No information available about a specific threat. It can also mean "situation stable"[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    The BIKINI state was an alert state indicator previously used by the UK Ministry of Defence to warn of non-specific forms of threat, including civil disorder, terrorism or war. Signs giving the current alert state were displayed at the entrance to government buildings and military installations. It was established on 19 May 1970. According to the Ministry of Defence, the word bikini was randomly selected by a computer.[SUP][1][/SUP]
    Whilst similar to the DEFCON alert states used in the United States, the BIKINI levels were defined by the section of the military or organisation rather than UK-wide, and as a result, countermeasures and reactions to differing states may differ as acutely as from building to building. The highest levels of alert, RED and AMBER, were only intended to be maintained for limited times. The WHITE state has never been used in the history of the system.
    It was replaced by a more general and public terrorism alert status, UK Threat Levels, an alert state system in use by the British government since 1 August 2006.
     
  10. ... and Black Alpha + - whatever that was.
     
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  12. It wouldn't have surprised me if it was an acronym but the random selection, as in Operation names, fits. But BIKINI? You can imagine CDS and the boys sitting around the table:
    CDS: we need a name for the alert state system.
    CGS: what it's air focused like the Ptarmigan ****-up?
    CAS: or Naval like Trident?
    FSL: **** it - let's take the first word to come out of the computer.
    CDS: OK.

    Bikini? I'll make it a tenner to an orphanage we're supporting.
     
  13. I've always had the suspicion that whilst developing said system, high ranking bods were out on the razz somewhere tropical... with lots of pretty young ladies walking around and a jukebox full of ghastly music.



    "So Major General, how did you come up with the name for this new system, again?"

    "Well, her name was Florence and... er... I mean... it was randomly generated by a computer, sir..."


    Yeah... "randomly generated by a computer" my hairy balls :roll:
     
  14. Didn't Black Special get brought in after the September 11th attacks so that security could be stepped up without having to go up to Amber? I don't remember seeing it before then.