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Isle of Wight Tanker "Hijacked" 25/10/20

I have not had time to read the whole thread,. but am I the only one to think that this was a rather expensive, if high profile, welcome to the UK party for a small group of would be immigrants?

Deploying the SBS probably cost as much as the amount of money an immigrant needs to get the full VIP treatment afforded to the dodgy rich.
How do you know they were only intending to be gimmegrants? There was a threat to the ship, do you know what it was carrying (hint the navy deployed divers, just in case)? Do you know what the stowaway/hijackers/pirates had smuggled onboard? Would you want to be responsible for a ship blowing up just off of the main shipping lane into one of the UKs largest ports and the home of most of the Navy?
I am very grateful that our government still considers the protection of our country and its citizens a top priority and that robust action should be taken to show that, despite some evidence to the contrary, we're not a soft touch.
 
Switching off a transponder merely disguises the identity, the aircraft is still visible on primary radar.
Not much in the way of primary radar coverage in UK and if civil ANSPs had their way there wouldn't be any, everything would be considered to be a cooperative target.
 

Seadog

ADC
WTF? You cannot be serious?

Actually you might well be serious, but it would just be depressing to ask for a link? Are they really claiming that nothing would be done about white hijackers? What colour are the crew? Are they suggesting a tanker run aground or into another vessel can only hurt white people?

I'm not but many a true word said in jest, and it's early days yet. And you Yokel, are too easy.
 
I saw a report that HMS RICHMOND was deployed to assist. Question for matelot types - assuming the ship was alongside in Plymouth, with sufficient crew, fuel and ammo on board, how long does it take from receiving the signal to actually leaving port? I’m guessing it was 3hrs or so to sail up the Channel to the IoW, so would it be a matter of an hour or so to get your shit together and then cast off, and we’ll figure out the rest during the transit? Or is it pretty much “Signal received, crash deployment, Action stations, spin up engines, cast off lines”.
Caveat: I'm quite out of date.

I'm guessing the Richmond is actually at sea doing exercises etc in the south west approaches. Looking at dockyard movements - it is currently at sea and due in tomorrow for a boat transfer- then back out again. The media types probably looked at their dockyard movements chit and saw Richmond was 'fleet ready escort' or whatever and that it was in the Plymouth area.

I certainly never encountered a situation whilst alongside where the ships company were recalled and sailed at a few hours notice. Only comparable scenario I recall was 9/11 where we went alongside at action stations and remained so until around 23:30 when leave was eventually granted.

I cannot envisage a warship being ready in all respects for sea within just a couple of hours of being told "we are sailing"...on a Sunday whilst alongside.
I dont think the Richmond was alongside.
@alfred_the_great who will know more.
 
Switching off a transponder merely disguises the identity, the aircraft is still visible on primary radar.
someone's funny idea for a disguise here
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AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Deport everyone in the UK then decide who to let back in.
Sticker in the back of a 1 King's car, about 1984:

Shoot them all. Let God decide.
 
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I cannot envisage a warship being ready in all respects for sea within just a couple of hours of being told "we are sailing"...on a Sunday whilst alongside.
I dont think the Richmond was alongside.
@alfred_the_great who will know more.
Time was when the Western Fleet had a duty ‘Emergency Ship’ which had to be ready to sail once steam had been raised.
Even at weekends, duty crew members had to be able to return to the ship within the time it took to raise steam and prepare for departure.
 

RTU'd

Old-Salt
Please tell us more. Please answer the following:

How many waves were involved in the assault?

what was the make up of each wave?

how was the assault conducted?

when did the Police sign over to the Armed Forces and when was control relinquished back to the Police?

Its always nice to have such experts on these threads.
1 Wave, shag it was just 10 stowaways not IS?
Merlin's and fast roping.
At night for more surprise in day time they see you more?.
That is classified but will be in Freddy & the Frogman's book out next April.

It was back to Poole for debrief and social distancing hugs all round with Ms Patel.
No medals this time, but the Argus have an exclusive report tomorrow night.
 
1 Wave, shag it was just 10 stowaways not IS?
Merlin's and fast roping.
At night for more surprise in day time they see you more?.
That is classified but will be in Freddy & the Frogman's book out next April.

It was back to Poole for debrief and social distancing hugs all round with Ms Patel.
No medals this time, but the Argus have an exclusive report tomorrow night.
 

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The Australians had an Operation Morris Dance but not sure if blacking up was required.

And Terry Pratchett invented Dark Morris, when has now become a real thing and you end up with people like this

 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Time was when the Western Fleet had a duty ‘Emergency Ship’ which had to be ready to sail once steam had been raised.
Even at weekends, duty crew members had to be able to return to the ship within the time it took to raise steam and prepare for departure.
In 1976, B Sqn 15/19H in Tidworth paid a courtesy visit to HMS Arrow in Pompey, cos we were twinned. They showed us round. On the bridge, "We can take her from cold to 30 knots in 30 seconds at the turn of this key thanks to the Rolls Royce Olympus engine(s?) like wot Concorde has." Or something. Well it was 44 years ago.
 
Pity you can’t make them walk the plank anymore ...just scummy pirates after all

They be all on Monkey Island now in the Scumm bar arrrrrr
 
Did they have the UORs written out in advance, just waiting for a timely signature?
 
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