Channel 5 @9 tonight Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol

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Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol | Five

New documentary series following Royal Navy warship HMS Manchester on her final deployment – a seven-month tour of duty hunting drug smugglers in the Caribbean.
 
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watching it now. Did the Cap'n really have an Aston Martin seat or was I seeing things? Nice touch......
 
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Yes he did! Bet he kept that when the destroyer was scrapped!
 
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Who all is on that boat, Navy, Marines, coast Guard, what are the pilots, Navy as well? Are (-were) they always wearing desert camo?
 
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How much does it cost to turn around a 5,000 tonne destroyer to search for a vicious coconut???

STILTS
 
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Who all is on that boat, Navy, Marines, coast Guard, what are the pilots, Navy as well? Are (-were) they always wearing desert camo?
not watched it yet but seen the trailer for it, theres a couple of septics in it whom I suspect are USCG, possibly DEA at a push

I do remember seeing a show about the RN fisheries protection one of the boarding team was wearing a USCG TACLET t-shirt so I'd assume they work along side
 
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just watching it now, USCG aboard couple of questions

why would they need to swap the ensign for a USCG flag before boarding ? having watched the Ross Kemp Pirate program is there a reason that the RM (FPG?) guys couldn't do the boards, I'm sure if need be they could swear them in as specials or something
 
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yeah they did the same with the black guy cleaning the M4 full face piece to camera and name withheld
 
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watching it now. Did the Cap'n really have an Aston Martin seat or was I seeing things? Nice touch......
Nearly all the ships in the fleet (both of them at the last count!!) have got gucci car seats on the bridge!

When i was on Ark Royal in 88, Rover loaned the ship a top of the range Rover 820 with every mod con fitted. Basically every time the ship stopped in foreign ports, the captain used the car and it was good advertising for Rover.

When the captain left the ship he went to return the car and they turned round and said keep it!
 

the_boy_syrup

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Nearly all the ships in the fleet (both of them at the last count!!) have got gucci car seats on the bridge!

When i was on Ark Royal in 88, Rover loaned the ship a top of the range Rover 820 with every mod con fitted. Basically every time the ship stopped in foreign ports, the captain used the car and it was good advertising for Rover.

When the captain left the ship he went to return the car and they turned round and said keep it!

Ark Royal off loading cars
YouTube - HMS Ark Royal at port in Norfolk Naval Base
 
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wereas the dark haired one with the extra teddies is it just me thinks she needs spanking for breaking the rule
 

Goatman

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I hope you were watching carefully because soon it'll all be history.......
Navy forced to drop warship patrols in Caribbean through lack of funds | UK news | The Guardian

Cameron is throwing the baby out with the bath water.
local perspective:

SOURCE

CARIBBEAN countries are concerned about the impact Britain’s decision to pull warships out of the region will have on the fight against drug runners.


As reported in The News, the navy has abandoned warship patrols in the Caribbean for the first time since the Second World War because of defence cuts.

Royal Montserrat Police Force Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris called the decision ‘dreadful’

He said: ‘They generally have success on every six-month tour and on the last tour about three or four boats with drugs were intercepted.

‘Their greatest impact is being a deterrent which prevents more people from using the region as a transshipment point. That is even more significant than the interceptions.’

The Ministry of Defence said the navy will continue to provide a permanent presence in the Caribbean but this will be provided by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship enhanced with a naval party and helicopter during the core hurricane season. Drug patrols will be few and far between.

Barbados’ Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin said the partial withdrawal would be a ‘serious blow’ in the fight against the illegal drug trade.

He said: ‘The region is sandwiched between the drug-producing countries and the drug-consuming countries and it is going to have an impact.

‘We’ve been boosting our capacity over time, acquired significant maritime assets for the Coast Guard, installed coastal radar and we continue to improve our intelligence system. But it means we have to work harder to ensure that all of these elements come together for the protection of Barbados’ security.’

A further concern is that while the ships are usually within two sailing days of the islands, the reduction will mean that small British Overseas Territories could be without cover if an evacuation was necessary
 
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Episode 3 tonight, i hope its starts to get interesting soon! I ask again, why the desert camo on high seas?
 
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Episode 3 tonight, i hope its starts to get interesting soon! I ask again, why the desert camo on high seas?
I have to say I've found botht the previous shows interesting, but I'm watching from a LEO polint of view rather then then military, I can't account for the desert camo, the aussie aboard wears a wierd navy auscam and the USCG DOG wear blue bdus so its not its down to a need for camo
 

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