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Fetch your Sunray...

#1
I seem to remember being told whilst at Bovvy that along with sunray being the designation for an AFV commander during the cold war there was also a codeword for the gunner, operator and driver. Any of the old and bold out there able to tell me what they were? Nice one, fear naught...
 
#2
Gunner - Shelldrake
Driver - Playtime
Can't remember what the Loader was - Starlight?
 

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#5
soprano54 said:
Nosher361 said:
Gunner - Shelldrake
Driver - Playtime
Can't remember what the Loader was - Starlight?
'Pronto'! :D
Brew bitch? :D
 
#6
Sunray was in fact the name for a unit/sub-unit commander and his 2ic was Sunray minor. This was true throughout the army so in the same was an AFV commander was Sunray call sign *** The CO would be Sunray Call sign 0. As a Sgt i/c a battery fitters section I was sunray callsign 18 on the battery net.
This ties in with the old names fro different arms e.g.
Infantry-Indian
Tanks -Ironside
REME -Bluebell
RASC--Rickshaw
and so on.
 
#7
Yep, I had a feeling Starlight was snakey-related, but it was a long time ago.
 
#9
http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Appointment_Titles

http://www.airbornerecce.com/dtroop/RSigs/codename.htm

SUNRAY --------- Commander
MOONBEAM ------- Chief of Staff
SEAGULL -------- Operations / Adjutant
BOXWOOD -------- General Staff (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical)
ACORN ---------- Intelligence
MANHOLE -------- Administrative Staff
MOLAR ---------- Logistics Staff / Quartermaster
NUTSHELL ------- Q Staff / Equipment
CONROD --------- Air Defence
SPYGLASS ------- Air Reconnaissance
BASEBALL ------- Air Traffic Controller
ATOLL ---------- Air Transport Support Operations
HAWKEYE -------- Land Air
IRONSIDE ------- Armour
SHOTGUN -------- Armament Officer
SHELDRAKE ------ Artillery
CRACKER -------- Locating Battery / Arty Intelligence
HOLDFAST ------- Engineer / Airfield Construction
FORTUNE -------- Forward Air Controller
GLOWWORM ------- Ground Liaison Officer
FOXHOUND ------- Infantry
STARLIGHT ------ Medical
CONTRACTOR ----- Movements Staff
RICKSHAW ------- Ordinance
WATCHDOG ------- Provost
BLUEBELL ------- Electrical / Mechanical Engineering
PRONTO --------- Signals
PLAYTIME ------- Supply and Transport
METEOR --------- Meteorological
GOLDFINGER------ Paymaster
SKYPILOT-------- Padre
 
#11
Don't forget:

GREENFINCH - WRAC searcher
FELIX - RAOC EOD
SCUM - RMP (only joking)
 
#16
Jimima_Shark said:
Daft question time: but do we not use these anymore, or has Bowman changed the need for generic codes?

Jimima
Some 'Fortune' c/s still survive!

Rgds

JPW
 
#17
GREENFINCH - might have been generic female searcher, RUC, WRAC, UDR, UVF, TSB etc.
 
#19
Ranger_Danger said:
midnight said:
Flying Felix said:
Don't forget:

GREENFINCH - WRAC searcher
FELIX - RAOC EOD
SCUM - RMP (only joking)
Greenfinch was female RUC IIRC?
GREENFINCH was WUDR.
POINTER was RMP incident team
SHERLOCK was NIFSL rep. (NI Forensic Science Lab)
SCOOBY DOO: was that the huge armored digger thing used to clear barricades?
 
#20
Fortune still used by ground based FAC
Spindle used by Airbourne FAC
Ironside still used by AFV CIS School on Skywave comms exercises
 

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