Navys missing rifle sparks probe

#1
An investigation has begun into how an automatic rifle disappeared from a Navy warship's arsenal.
The SA80 rifle disappeared from aboard the destroyer HMS York, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

The Navy's Special Investigation Branch (SIB) is carrying out the inquiry. Hampshire Constabulary has also been informed, a Navy spokesman said.

He added the weapon was found to be missing following a "stock check" but all the ammunition was accounted for.

"Most ships have a small arms store and often they do a check like a stock check," said the Navy spokesman.

"That is how it came to light that there is one rifle, an SA80, unaccounted for.

"They have searched the ship and Navy divers have searched around the area where HMS York is alongside."



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/4620578.stm
 
#4
This along with the document for all the movements of HMS St Albans, for the next 2 years, being found in a pub in Portsmouth.

All in all a very good day security wise for Her Majesty's Aquatic Hussars
 
#6
Barrack Room Lawyer said:
An investigation has begun into how an automatic rifle disappeared from a Navy warship's arsenal.
The SA80 rifle disappeared from aboard the destroyer HMS York, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
I reckon it's that penguin Toga that went diffy! :p

Probably got lashed up with a couple of Royals, swiped the riffle for a laugh on the way back to camp after a night sauced up in a gay bar!

CC_TA
 
#8
The SA80 rifle disappeared from aboard the destroyer HMS York, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire
Not the first SA80 to go missing in Hampshire, One was lost between the guardroom and front gate of Montgomery lines....along with a couple of LWB FFR rovers :oops:. If I remember rightly one of the papers recovered said weapon from a seller and presented it back to the medic that lost it.
 
#9
moving-target-survivor said:
if todays matelots are anything like the ones i exercised with 10 years ago, some tonk dropped it overboard
I'm just imagining a matelot leaning against a rail on the ship and bending over to sort out his laces or something when he hears a sploosh behind him, looks shifty and whistles and sidles away whilst muttering 'bugger'.
 
#10
Probably a Urban Myth, but I heard a certain Irish regiment had a stock take in its armoury and found out one of its lesser drawn SA80's had in fact been replaced with a replica BB gun (it probably worked better than the real one), the source was from a shiney arse who is also ex crab air so probably b0llocks but you never know.
 
#11
Rowums said:
I'm just imagining a matelot leaning against a rail on the ship and bending over to sort out his laces or something
That somthing being a Navy regulation length of meat from a fellow matey boy
when he hears a sploosh behind him, looks shifty and whistles and sidles away whilst muttering 'bugger'.
Realising matey boy has deposited sailors starch "Range and Lateral"
 
#12
From the Grauniad

Less clear, though, is the correct word for a second revelation on what has turned out to be a bad news day for the navy. Crew from another ship, HMS York, have lost a SA80 assault rifle that fires 775 rounds a minute. The paucity of weaponry was discovered when a “stock check” was carried out in port.

I don't know about you, but I would have difficulty firing 775 rounds in one minute.

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/2006/01/17/lost_on_
 
#13
Not sure what all the fuss is about - they only lost one!
I seem to remember not that long ago that a certain Inf Bn in North Yorkshire managed to 'misplace' several LSWs. :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
#15
Barrack Room Lawyer said:
Probably a Urban Myth, but I heard a certain Irish regiment had a stock take in its armoury and found out one of its lesser drawn SA80's had in fact been replaced with a replica BB gun (it probably worked better than the real one), the source was from a shiney arse who is also ex crab air so probably b0llocks but you never know.
Dont know why they bothered with the cover up, I'm sure these guys just used to just sign them out for "personal" use :)
 
#16
Woody several years ago tried to hand an Sa80 bb gun in to a stab armoury after his section had spent several hours putting it together :(
duty officer and armoury staff spent 10 minutes clucking as all the rifles were accounted for :twisted: to be fair it was the camp where we converted.
next stop the bar where a certain jnco ex li if I remember threatened to excute somone only to fire a plastic bb at them :lol:
 
#17
Reminds me of the time one of the officers wasn't paying attention and counted the LSW as a SA-80. Cue hilarity and "I think the sheep took it Sir" :lol:
 
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