News story: HMS Cattistock heads for the Med

Discussion in 'MoD News' started by MoD_RSS, Feb 5, 2013.

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  2. That's nice...

  3. hotel_california

    hotel_california LE Book Reviewer

    RN Ship goes to sea, then?
  4. one thing I dont get with these RSS feeds is the endless need to tell the word where our forces are and what they are doing:
    1. So security is out the window.
    2. Is the PR component that important?
    3. It shows just how small our forces are when the big story is a small minesweeper going on a job, or the setting up of a 12 man RAF thingy in the Middle East or even that soldiers train in snow.
  5. MoD_RSS will be along shortly to give details of the RFA that's supporting her. With a range of just 1500 miles (1350 to Gib, 2350 from Gib to Cyprus) and the ability to empty her tanks in 4 days, they'll be practicing refuelling as much as minesweeping.
  6. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    You miss the point of minehunter deployments. Every 4 days you visit a foreign port, refuel and shag local girlies. It's expensive if you're a junior officer (Cocktail parties aren't cheap), but you end the deployment literally shagged out. Between Guzz and Gib they'll call into somewhere in the Bay of Biscay and somewhere in northern Spain or Portugal. Once they join the joint force they'll be "liaising with foreign navies" in ports all over the Med for 4 months, with some quiet, calm breaks in between minehunting for a bit of a rest.

    Ain't war hell?
  7. hotel_california

    hotel_california LE Book Reviewer

    Are there many mines in the Med that need hunting?
  8. Not forgetting the Libyan conflict of 2011 (despite all the RSS feeds): HMS Brocklesby clears Misrata port

    ...or even last year off Sardinia: HMS Ledbury destroys mine in Mediterranean

    The British laid around 3,500 sea mines in the Med during the Second World War but the Germans and Italians laid many more.
  9. Aha
    Just in time for Las Fallas in Valencia...
  10. And of course this has nothing at all to do with the Spanish Armarda buggering around in Gibraltan territorial waters has it
  11. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    No, this has nothing to do with oddly spoken gentlemen of fading nations claiming terriotries that don't belong to them. I know the RN has a long and distinguished history of capturing major units of johnny foreigner's navies armed with nothing more than a floating bath tub and a sharp fork but even the Spanish Navy are not going to be overly worried by a minehunter. She's off to join a standing NATO force, many of which the RN used to contribute to. Nothing to see here, no point in MOD even announcing it. But they need the publicity...