Tiny, my understanding is that if you are an RBL member you have access to any of its sites. What restrictions are North Road putting on RBL members?
There is an entry security system which requires a key fob, members of the club have a fob. The Club is now the North Road Social Club. You have to be a member of the RBL to be a club member but my understanding is that the club is not an RBL club as such anymore.Tiny, my understanding is that if you are an RBL member you have access to any of its sites. What restrictions are North Road putting on RBL members?
Nice one @aghart, you got a price for the badges?JUNE 2022
12 members physically present and another 14 linked in via zoom for the June 2022 branch meeting. The physical numbers were a tad disappointing but England were playing Germany at football and we had just come off a 4 day Bank Holiday weekend so not totally unexpected.
A minutes silence was held for Col M Rose & Col J Dickson who both died recently. There was a recap of the branch activity in May and the D -Day commemorations in Poole the previous day. Members were reminded of the planned activity for June currently confirmed. This included 3 branch members attending the Founders Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday 9th June 2022, Falklands 40 service in Falkland Square, Poole, at 10.45hrs Tuesday 14th June 2022, and the Armed Forces Day parade at Weymouth on Sunday 19th June. Members were reminded that this was also Fathers Day. Members were reminded about the return of the Cambrai Lunch at Bovington this year. It is being held on Friday 25th November. It was confirmed that the guest speaker for July will be the Regimental Secretary.
An update on the branch finances was given.
An update on Cambrai 105 was given and it was confirmed that the branch would purchase an additional 3 x wreath's for use in France. Members were reminded that The Bournemouth & Poole Branch will be leaving for Cambrai on Thursday 17th November, returning on Monday 21st November (4 nights ). The Secretary reminded everyone to ensure that their passports were in date. Members were informed about the new stock of Regimental Blazer badges which are available to purchase from the branch. Both the Gold & Silver versions are available, but what is special about these is that you can wear one and be a bit "tribal". The banner below the Tank which displays the "Fear Naught" motto has a coloured background and is available in Red, Yellow/Saffron, Green or Blue. If you are ex 5 RTR you are a bit stuffed, but the rest of us are ok!
The date of the 2023 Ladies Lunch has been confirmed. Saturday 21st January, at the Poole Quay Hotel (formerly the Thistle Hotel), the same location as last year.
The meeting then closed and the guest speaker was introduced. WOII M B is the RTRA link WO, whose job is to be our point of contact with the Regiment. in Tidworth.
M who is shortly to take over as SSM of Ajax, gave us an update on who is who in the Regiment, he showed photo slides of Regimental activity in Estonia & Oman and explained what the troops were up to in Eastern Europe. Apparently they are allowed to use live cam out there, actually chopping down branches and stuff and decorating their vehicles with it! Due to the situation in Ukraine he was limited in what he could tell us, I did ask outright whether war stock service ammunition had deployed to Estonia with the tanks, but didn't expect an answer, and I wasn't disappointed. So what new stuff did we find out? Two things really, they are going back to 3 tanks per troop instead of 4, and Bergen-Hohne ranges are being used by British Forces again. He did tell us something new about CR3 but I'm not sure whether It can repeated here, so I won't. If you had been at the meeting though you would know! Oh and I won a prize on the raffle.
The March meeting was held yesterday and we had around 20 members present. Two new recruits offically joined the branch last night. Nigel Lewis & Jeff Lyman joined the clan "darn sarf". Don't worry Scarboro branch, Jeff is still your President, dual membership is quite common. I'm also in the Scarboro branch so it all evens out.
We held a minute's silence for the Royal Marine killed in action in Afghanistan yesterday which did not go unoticed by our guest speaker.
Our guest speaker was Maj Hermer OC Armoured Support Sqn Royal Marines based at Stanley Barracks in Bovington. For you ex JLR types, they occupy both Mcreery & Lumsden Blocks & have the two vehicle hangers by RHQ. Maj Hermer introduced himself and then gave an outstanding presentation which had everyone glued, questions from every corner and lots of people going up to him at the end and talking to him. that's how good it was.
The subject was "Viking" the all terrain vehicle that has replaced the famous "Sno Cat" of Norway in winter fame. He explained that after the end of the cold war the marines were being left out of conflicts because of their lack of armoured mobility and their dependence on helicopters and "yomping".
The result is Viking which is similar in appearance to Sno cat but that is where it ends. Viking is a true "all terrain" vehicle, equally at home in the snow, desert, jungle, Bovington driver training area, Afghan/Pakistan mountain range, Chelsea High Street or swimming in the sea, in fact later this year it is going to do a Stalwart and swim the English Channel as a publicity stunt. An excellent video showed Viking in all it's glory and what a fantastic bit of kit it is. It has 4 track drive, the towed compartment at the rear is in fact not towed it is powered from the engine and so helps in X country movement. Like a London Bendi bus it bends in the middle and this is how it steers.
It has Stratigic Mobility, it will fit into a standard ISO container that most shipborne freight is carried in. It has Operational mobility in that it is airportable and can be slung under a Chinook.
Tactical mobility is that it is all terrain has lower ground pressure than a man on ski's and only weigh's 11.5 tonne.
D&M. It has a 5.9 Litre Cummings Turbo diesel engine that is Guaranteed for 200,000 kilometers ( they just dont do pack lifts). The rubber tracks last for 6,500 k's and in afghanistan the vehicle has a 96% availability rate.
Protection. It has steel & Composite armour which is proof aginst 7.62mm rounds and 155mm shell fragments. It will withstand a 1/2 kg mine explosion. It has the "metal fence" RPG protection and it is air conditioned. In Afghanistan in only 15 minutes one Viking took 430 hits by small arms and withstood 6 RPG attacks and all inside were unharmed. (how the packs of Herforder stood up to it is not recorded ) The infantry "pod" at the rear is being developed for different situations so that a new pod is attached if required. Just like Thunderbird 2 taking a different pod on each mission. ( come on we ALL used to watch Thunderbirds) It is made by Hegolund of Sweden (Sno cat) who were bought by Alvis of the UK (hurrah) who in turn were swallowed up by BAE systems (still British hurrah)
They are developing a remote .50 browning mount (fully stabilised) which is loaded aimed and fired from inside, it is used in conjunction with all round camera vision which displays on a TV screen inside. when a target is spotted the 50 cal aims, gets the range from a laser range finder and proceeds to ruin the average taliban day. The Army are likely to get it, The Dutch Marines already have it as do the UAE forces and the US Special Forces are interested.
A fabs bit of kit, almost as good as a Ferret Scout Car !!
A deserved round of applause followed the presentation. The night was a great success and I'm feeling good. By the way Kev Coughlin & I were the last last to leave, standards were maintained.
I can only imagine the impact of his condition. But I would very much appreciate it if you could reach out to him for me and ask. We were very good friends back in the day but as you can imagine when army life and life in general gets in the way it’s very easy to loose touch. Due to several phone disintegrations I’ve even lost all contact details for his older brother. If it’s a total no chance I will understand and thank you for your time.He is virtually housebound with severe MS and very reclusive. It is highly unlikely that he would want people from his past to see him in his present condition.