Whilst I share her outrage at the loss of taxpayers assets I fizzled her attempt to make a party political point absurd. Stuff go nicked under her lot for z13 years and they did the square of fcuk all all about it and what's more the gave the impression that they ares not a damn. At least this lot give the impression that they do actually want to get to grips with.
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Ship's anchors range from Full Admiralty Patten which lots and are a little too big to fit in a bergen to small ones for boats that can.
Suspect in the majority of cases these items have gone missing, lost as one unit transfers to another and it is easier to play the "its was stolen by the Kings Rgt" line than writing it off and the paper involved there.
You always see random engineer brigdes alles uber die platz. I always wonder why they have been ditched on random training areas. The DROPS jobbies as well, what ever those flat things are called they drop. They can not be cheap. I was on training area recently and 5 of them were stacked on top of each other. All over grown with weeds. **** all wrong with them.
On a slightly different note, the British forces are not the only ones to "misplace" equipment. The German armed forces have managed to go diffy on 40,000 small arms since they started in 1955. And that figure is several years old.
I still wonder how the f**k do do lose a bridge? Some thief out there has obviously got big balls if he (and his mates) manage to nick some of those larger items.
I think I know where some of the rat packs went, but the evidence has long since disappeared down the porcelain throne.
A lot of stuff is 'lost' on Ops. When, for example, a large number of PBs and FOBs are handed over to our allies (or just abandoned) a lot of stuff remains. It may be transferred 'properly' but usually it is given to the people (who may be very grateful for, as an example, a little generator) and then written off by us. This occurs because 'Gifting' is a complete no-no under our rules.
We lost a whole Land Rover in Germany a few years back. It was from an very large ammo depot with a perimeter fence 13 miles in length. The CO asked the local AAC flt at Brüggen to do an aerial search in case it had been left in the depot area somewhere.
It hadn't dawned on the hierachy that as we were only a year away from closing, it was possible that some savvy German civvie had just driven it off camp and away . . .
Back in 97 I was with the Tedy Team in Bosnia (cushiest tour I ever did), part of our job was to travel around theatre identifying brit equipment and bar coding it. The amount of stuff we found was unreal. Old Bedford chassis in Eagle Base, random houses made out of corimecs and various vehicles / trailers / etc just dumped at the docks. No wonder the MOD are financially in the shit.