Illustrious, Bulwark and other assets to the Lebanon.

luke

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breaking news on the BBC, more soon

any speculations as to what the operations could be? 8O
 
#4
Evacuation plans are being worked on. However, must admit that I wouldn't fancy being too close to shore at the moment as the Lebanese have already given the Israelis a bloody nose. I hope their ship recognition is good.
 

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Check out the recruiting poster on Rum Ration. Any Jolly Jacks for Drake Bn or Nelson Bn? :p
 
#7
I wonder if they've designed the medal yet????
 
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Auld-Yin said:
Check out the recruiting poster on Rum Ration. Any Jolly Jacks for Drake Bn or Nelson Bn? :p
RumRation is up to it's usual standard - not even a mention of the current potential op, they are more concerned about their time in bloody "Ganges" or outing people that they think are paedos (check out the Nozzer thread - it's surreal!). It's like a warped version of a Royal Naval Assocation but without the bar or music. Just lots of ex-matelots moaning about how life used to be good/bad/harder/easier/ad infinitum....

In about three days they will clutch in, see what is going on, and then all compete to tell a story about how they were involved in an evac in 1915 and how they haven't got their medals yet.....and every story will link back to their time in Ganges!
 
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Pompeysailor,

You haven't mentioned Ganges enough though.
 

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PompeySailor said:
Auld-Yin said:
Check out the recruiting poster on Rum Ration. Any Jolly Jacks for Drake Bn or Nelson Bn? :p
RumRation is up to it's usual standard - not even a mention of the current potential op, they are more concerned about their time in bloody "Ganges" or outing people that they think are paedos (check out the Nozzer thread - it's surreal!). It's like a warped version of a Royal Naval Assocation but without the bar or music. Just lots of ex-matelots moaning about how life used to be good/bad/harder/easier/ad infinitum....

In about three days they will clutch in, see what is going on, and then all compete to tell a story about how they were involved in an evac in 1915 and how they haven't got their medals yet.....and every story will link back to their time in Ganges!
So, Pompey Sailor, as someone who seems to feel that the fleet are not exactly doing what they are being paid for, and I assume (possibly wrongly) that you feel that you, personally, should do the rifgt thing; which Battalion will you volunteer for? thus alleviating (sp I'm pis hed) the overstretch the fighting elements of out armed forces are going through. :cry:
 
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Auld-Yin said:
PompeySailor said:
Auld-Yin said:
Check out the recruiting poster on Rum Ration. Any Jolly Jacks for Drake Bn or Nelson Bn? :p
RumRation is up to it's usual standard - not even a mention of the current potential op, they are more concerned about their time in bloody "Ganges" or outing people that they think are paedos (check out the Nozzer thread - it's surreal!). It's like a warped version of a Royal Naval Assocation but without the bar or music. Just lots of ex-matelots moaning about how life used to be good/bad/harder/easier/ad infinitum....

In about three days they will clutch in, see what is going on, and then all compete to tell a story about how they were involved in an evac in 1915 and how they haven't got their medals yet.....and every story will link back to their time in Ganges!
So, Pompey Sailor, as someone who seems to feel that the fleet are not exactly doing what they are being paid for, and I assume (possibly wrongly) that you feel that you, personally, should do the rifgt thing; which Battalion will you volunteer for? thus alleviating (sp I'm pis hed) the overstretch the fighting elements of out armed forces are going through. :cry:
Overstretch hmmm, I say send in the cadets they can handle the situation in Lebanon!
 

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dan_man said:
Auld-Yin said:
PompeySailor said:
Auld-Yin said:
Check out the recruiting poster on Rum Ration. Any Jolly Jacks for Drake Bn or Nelson Bn? :p
RumRation is up to it's usual standard - not even a mention of the current potential op, they are more concerned about their time in bloody "Ganges" or outing people that they think are paedos (check out the Nozzer thread - it's surreal!). It's like a warped version of a Royal Naval Assocation but without the bar or music. Just lots of ex-matelots moaning about how life used to be good/bad/harder/easier/ad infinitum....

In about three days they will clutch in, see what is going on, and then all compete to tell a story about how they were involved in an evac in 1915 and how they haven't got their medals yet.....and every story will link back to their time in Ganges!
So, Pompey Sailor, as someone who seems to feel that the fleet are not exactly doing what they are being paid for, and I assume (possibly wrongly) that you feel that you, personally, should do the rifgt thing; which Battalion will you volunteer for? thus alleviating (sp I'm pis hed) the overstretch the fighting elements of out armed forces are going through. :cry:
Overstretch hmmm, I say send in the cadets they can handle the situation in Lebanon!
Overstretch, cadets and navy in one post OooooooH. Sailor :!:
 
#14
Wonder if they are going to help the US evacuate their people as well?
 
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dan_man said:
And if the Syrians launch a missile or Hezbloah get a bit cocky then God knows what happens....
Sweet FA. Can you see the govenment telling anyone where to get off? Even if they wanted too, who they going to send? That one R Irish platoon they didn't send wit hteh rest of their company to Helmand?
 
#16
If they managed to hit a poxy little corvette, they should have no problem putting a couple of rounds into the side of HMS Illustrious.
 
#17
Listy said:
Even if they wanted too, who they going to send? That one R Irish platoon they didn't send wit hteh rest of their company to Helmand?
Erm... the clue's in the BBC article...

BBC Defence Correspondant said:
Mr Wood said HMS Bulwark had a contingent of 500 marines, which could be used to make beaches safe in the event of any evacuation.
Mind you, there's also some sparkling wisdom in that article:

Some civvy said:
I don't know how they are going to get here as the port has been bombed... we'll believe it when we see it.
Well, quite.
 
#18
HMS Bulwark is an assault ship, surely they can just land on some nice beach I presume that they will then be flown to Cyprus and sent back home?
 
#19
I was peripherally involved at Aden in 1986 when the Royal Yacht, an RFA and a few frigates bought off about 1000 expats and some Commonwealth citizens. The port was being fought over and we had no amphibious capability, so we literally had to run the ship's boats up onto the beach. Bit like Dunkirk but without the Stukas!

No medal issued (as far as I know) but it was a super fireworks display from offshore.

Seem to remember that similar Ops went on in Cyprus in 1974 (bit before my time), and possibly (and ironically) Lebanon in 1982 during a previous Israeli invasion.
 
#20
Sky is reporting British Helicopters are shortly to arrive in Beirut to evacuate British Nationals et al.

Why are they available now when there is a requirement for such capability in support of Mr Bill Oddie in 'Stan and Iraq? How did we all of a sudden manage to find this many assets? :? :evil:
 

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