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Would those be the same mobiles that none of them would be permitted to have brought into theatre for OPSEC reasons?
We all know BOWMAN has its failings, but like so many things there's a line between shit kit and just doing it wrong, and that's even more true with technical kit. What do some of our in-house scaleys think of this?
We used mobile phones in IRAQ in 2003 and again in 2004 to demand spares as comms were poo.
fcuk me they have even have published the documet
The phones referred to were the Satphones issued to troops. To talk to people on landlines you had to phone MoD MB switchboard and as to be put through to them.
We used to joke on Telic 3 that if we were in contact, you'd phone the nice lady and state calmly 'contact, wait out' then hang up, redial and continue with your message. There was no other way to get comms with Abu Naji if you were outside the 20km radius as we didn't have HF in the rovers.
We were still using clansman at this stage.
As the report says - pathetic.
This story, including the calls on the sat phone, were all covered in Dusty Warriors so it's hardly the exclusive that Gilligan is claiming.
I'll 2nd that, during Telic 2 we were using Satphones beyond Dannyboy, the Stadium at Al Almarah & other locations as we had no other choice in comms
I dont think it does say "exclusive", but should the Sunday Telegraph not have run the story because the same facts are mentioned in a book?
No we had coms but they did not bloody work
That was my take on it
I have no issue with him running the story, it is the sort of thing that the public should be reading so they understand what the problems and issues really are.
My bitch was about the journo trying to big himself up with the untold story bit.
gotta say I did just the same thing
Clansman was Shiite and Harris was no good fo anything other than the FAC... We used the jundie cell phone network more often than not
Someone trying to be controversial could point out the fact that for years soldiers abused their Clansman systems by for example:
Never putting radios through monthly test regimes on the correct equipment (because it was all to difficult)
Never carrying out CFT/MFS on the vehicle installed radio kit (because it was all to difficult), allowing the cables fitted in such vehicles to become split & snapped with ends hanging off.
Never ensuring vehicle radio batteries where routinely maintained
Never properly earthing radios when installed in vehicles
Never routinely splitting antennas and cleaning the copper connections to ensure a good electrical connectivity
Never carrying out any battery maintenance or allowing the battery too completely discharge once in a while before re-charging
Never putting audio and ancils through monthly test regimes on the correct equipment (because it was all to difficult)
Always throwing audio and ancils in the at the bottom of sh*t loads of kit and never inspecting it for loose wires or general wear & tear
Never reporting faults breakageâs, just stuffing kit in the bag at âEndexâ
Always blaming the equipment for their shortfall in their own knowledge
Not understanding the laws of physics and the limitations of the kit they are carrying
Always thinking the above was someone elseâs responsibility
Always blaming Clansman because it is old and sh*t. Next people will be blaming Bowman because itâs new and sh*t
However, I wouldnât be that controversial
Danny Boy had been a PVCP prior to the LI BG handing over to the Tigers, the book does cover the facts in a nutshell. There had been a rocket attack that afternoon, so when the OC's rover group got shot at the Condor platoons crashed out in response. As per SOPs Sat phones & PS were always carried.
The HMG platoon had a landrover fitted with HF, the mast was strapped on to the side.
My as issued nokia 1033 worked fine all the way up route 6.
Maybe we should put the next comms contract out to OrangeÂ®
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