On a DP ship you tend to have an old man on bankers hours moving paper and two dynamic positioning officers with nav quals doing twelve hours on watch back to back with two others. Engineering is normally unmanned these days so watch officers will do days for PM, etc. and the oiler (usually a poorly paid brown person) will be dicked for night watch in the ECR.On regular deep sea merch ships you have the OM in charge and 3 mates doing watches as well as the CE in charge of the pit and 3 engs doing watches although modern ships are usually UMS so the engs do daywork.
They're different to the kind of ships you work on.
That was always the case. However it may have been modified since the Beslam School siege in Russia. Prior to that most terrorist incidents were sieges with the bad guys holding hostages and setting out their demands with the police negiotiating, with the military standing bye. If the baddies offed a hostage, the police handed over to the military and the goodies went in and offed the baddies. The Iranian Embassy siege was the perfect example."Just surprised they initially deployed the Police, then waited so long, before engaging the #SBS & other military assets "
Really? My understanding as a never-served civvy and non-journalist but someone who can actually read is that if it is inside the 12mile limit it is subject to domestic law, is a police matter and remains so until the constabulary Gold commander decides it is beyond the police and formally releases control to the attending military unit (which in English, in this case, means the SBS) - or is ordered to so do by Downing Street.
In other words, the police have operational control and jurisdiction until choosing or ordered to hand control to the military.
"The case provoked widespread political controversy and was questioned by large sections of the media, causing widespread condemnation by many newspapers (most notably The Sun), and the leaders of both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair called the ruling "an abuse of common sense", while the Conservative Party leader David Cameron pledged to reform British human rights legislation to prevent a recurrence of such situations."