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Do paras practice amphibious assaults

#10
actually on that point, we were "due" to take part in some water landings about 18 months ago, the usual happened. has anyone done a damp landing recently?
 
#11
In don't cry for me Sergeant Major there is the amusing story of the RN bringing a LCU full of Paras in to land. The ramp goes down and the Cox'n shouts "Troops Out". nobody moves so he repeats himself and again and again - to no reaction. Still nobody moves. Finally a quicker witted Para SNCO shouted "Go!" at which point they all rushed off into the beachhead...
 
#13
In my time it was an SOP that every platoon had a designated "swamper" who was responsible for all amphibious activities. IIRC they were normally conducted in the small hours with booties doing all the daylight swamping.
 
#14
The only water assault I’ve been involved with was when I was on the floating raft in Hong Kong.
To tell the truth she was a gorgeous blond, daughter of some WO2 RMP.
Didn’t even get a medal for that one either.
 
#15
True2Blue said:
The only water assault I’ve been involved with was when I was on the floating raft in Hong Kong.
To tell the truth she was a gorgeous blond, daughter of some WO2 RMP.
Didn’t even get a medal for that one either.
Yet you have our respect...I hope you told him?
 
#16
Cuddles said:
True2Blue said:
The only water assault I’ve been involved with was when I was on the floating raft in Hong Kong.
To tell the truth she was a gorgeous blond, daughter of some WO2 RMP.
Didn’t even get a medal for that one either.
Yet you have our respect...I hope you told him?
I did sneak into the married pads camp to ensure she got home safe.
But on the way out got captured and was given a grilling by HIM / them.
Including all the threats and the typical general animosity against the para's.
(Could he shout, or could he shout)?
A complaint was sent back to Btn and 2 days later I was in front of the CO.

Asked what happened and told him that I was upholding the Regiments reputation.
His reply was "well done, march him out Sgt/major.

After that I became a beer pimp, and allowed the Yanks coming over from Vietnam on RnR to dance with her..............for beer.
And yet still no medal. :lol:
 
#17
Billboard said:
Do paras practice amphibious assaults much.

Very very rarely!

There have been water jumps in the past, I've been on them off Malta & Portsmouth years ago, but don't know about today.

How do you think 2 & 3 Para arrived in the Falklands. Clue, they didn't jump in! :)
 
#19
johnboyzzz said:
zulu-uhlu said:
How do you think 2 & 3 Para arrived in the Falklands. Clue, they didn't jump in! :)
You mean they paddled in with their trousers rolled up to their knees and knotted hankies on their heads :eek:
He he, very good! :)

They clearly ruined a perfectly good arrsehole, when they put teeth in your mouth pal! :p
 
#20
zulu-uhlu said:
Billboard said:
Do paras practice amphibious assaults much.

Very very rarely!

There have been water jumps in the past, I've been on them off Malta & Portsmouth years ago, but don't know about today.

How do you think 2 & 3 Para arrived in the Falklands. Clue, they didn't jump in! :)
We (10 PARA at the time) did a jump onto the beach at St Aubin's Bay, St Helier, Jersey in 1997. The tide was meant to be out but it wasn't far enough out for those on the starboard side and subsequently we ended up getting very wet on landing in the sea! Mega!

Wringing out the wet parachutes (PX4s) at the local fire station afterwards wasn't much fun either!
 

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