News story: Royal Navy set for Cougar 13

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Ministry of Defence said:
The long-planned Cougar 13 will see elements of the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) hone their world class maritime skills thousands of miles from home through exercises with a number of key allies.
Four Royal Navy warships, the Lead Commando Group from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, and elements from a number of Naval Air Squadrons will be supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

HMS Montrose sails from Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Paul A'barrow, Crown copyright]This is the third year the routine deployment has taken place, with its aim to demonstrate the ability to operate a highly effective maritime force anywhere in the world to protect UK interests.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:
Since its creation under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Response Force Task Group has demonstrated its formidable strength and readiness to respond to emerging threats worldwide through a number of operations and exercises.
This now routine and long-planned deployment will demonstrate once again its ability to operate as a rapid reaction force on behalf of the UK and, importantly, underlines the global reach and flexibility of the modern Royal Navy.

The Royal Marines' Armoured Support Group took their Viking amphibious vehicles to hone their skills on Lulworth Ranges last week ahead of the Cougar 13 deployment [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Caroline Davies, Crown copyright]The RFTG is able to simultaneously conduct a range of operations from deterring adversaries and maritime security to international engagement and supporting regional stability. Its units can operate independently on discrete tasks or as a single entity. Most importantly, it is an adaptable force that is able to work jointly with Army and Royal Air Force assets, other government agencies and partner nations when required.
After a number of planned port visits in the Mediterranean, the first major exercise for the force will be Albanian Lion, in the Adriatic. Personnel will work with Albania’s armed forces, building on a similar exercise last year, with the goal to put the Lead Commando Group ashore within a high tempo scenario and sustain it as it moves inland.
The Task Group will then sail through the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Gulf where the focus will transfer to the series of exercises with UK allies in the Gulf region; alongside Army and RAF units.

Logisticians load HMS Westminster, preparing her to deploy on Cougar 13 [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Paul A'barrow, Crown copyright]Commodore Paddy McAlpine, Commander UK Task Group, said:
Cougar 13 is a bespoke opportunity to enhance the Royal Navy’s enduring core skill – the ability to operate and project power as a task group at range. In so doing, it will also remind interested domestic and international parties of the enduring utility, employability and interoperability of the Royal Navy.
During Cougar 13 we will engage with our partner nations through a series of exercises, reinforcing our commitment and demonstrating our contribution to security in the Mediterranean and Gulf region.

A sailor polishes HMS Westminster's ship's bell ahead of her deployment on Cougar 13 [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Paul A'barrow, Crown copyright]Commodore McAlpine and his staff will command from the nation’s flagship, HMS Bulwark. Joining Bulwark will be helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and frigates HMS Montrose and HMS Westminster to provide escort duties, as well as undertake ongoing counter-piracy operations outside the exercise programme. They will be supported by 6 vessels from the RFA.



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In the 70's and 80's the RN had a policy of lean manning. When did that go out of the window;
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#3
Fair enough, polish the ship's bell, but can't they do something about the rust?
 
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[video=youtube;P8tbeCP3TwA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8tbeCP3TwA[/video]
 
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[video=youtube;5dYsFDMUS0Y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dYsFDMUS0Y[/video]
 
#8
I see the Navy gets the quality brands whilst the Army is stuck with Rola-cola and tatto crisps (not forgetting the still half frozen pasty).
 
#9
Might be quality going in but what comes out after going through the 'blanderizer' is totally different:)

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#10
I see the Navy gets the quality brands whilst the Army is stuck with Rola-cola and tatto crisps (not forgetting the still half frozen pasty).
Ah yes....packed meals......warm ebola cola....soggy broken custard creams...."Crisps GS, pre chewed, namechanged, flavourless, potato alledged"......and the fresh mouseshit under the sweaty clingfilm wrapped lovingly around your sandwiches......marvellous really!
 
#12
Strangely enough there is a video 'Cougar 13' on XHamster. No ships, subs or Matelots involved. I would post a link but the Gestapo would RoP me.
 

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#13
No submarine this time?
Well...do you know...and I wasn't going to breach OPSEC about this, but the information is public domain and I'm not currently officially working nor being paid (Govt Officials note NO breach of OSA!!), but I did note that members of Yankee Squadron 30 Cdo IX Gp along with members of 539 Assault Sqn are somewhat ahead of their RFTG travelling east...so who knows???? Wonder where they are off to?? ;P
 
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Well...do you know...and I wasn't going to breach OPSEC about this, but the information is public domain and I'm not currently officially working nor being paid (Govt Officials note NO breach of OSA!!), but I did note that members of Yankee Squadron 30 Cdo IX Gp along with members of 539 Assault Sqn are somewhat ahead of their RFTG travelling east...so who knows???? Wonder where they are off to?? ;P
they did mention submarines for previous Cougar exercises
 

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#15
The fat bald ****er with the gash beard was an acting killick on the Exeter on our epic Far East adventure.

He's a nice enough bloke but his dits are among the gashest I've ever heard. Pulling a gangway watch with him was like sitting next to that bloke in Airplane.

My personal favourite was how he was at an Iron Maiden gig and he was picked out of the crowd to come on stage and play bass for them. He also once rescued a baby seal from the jaws of a shark and at one point he had a pony tail that he used to tuck under his beret.

One lad even set up a facebook page dedicated to his shit dits.
 

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The fat bald ****er with the gash beard was an acting killick on the Exeter on our epic Far East adventure.

He's a nice enough bloke but his dits are among the gashest I've ever heard. Pulling a gangway watch with him was like sitting next to that bloke in Airplane.

My personal favourite was how he was at an Iron Maiden gig and he was picked out of the crowd to come on stage and play bass for them. He also once rescued a baby seal from the jaws of a shark and at one point he had a pony tail that he used to tuck under his beret.

One lad even set up a facebook page dedicated to his shit dits.
In Nelson's navy, this was called "drawing a long bow". Nice to see the tradition has been continued.

In this vein, I should say that at the time there was a notorious whore at Portmouth called Poll Patterson - giving rise to the phrase "the sea's as smooth as Poll Patterson's tongue..."

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#19
Logisticians, my arse when it came to storing the ship all they did was bimble around with a clipboard.
 

Nehustan

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Well...do you know...and I wasn't going to breach OPSEC about this, but the information is public domain and I'm not currently officially working nor being paid (Govt Officials note NO breach of OSA!!), but I did note that members of Yankee Squadron 30 Cdo IX Gp along with members of 539 Assault Sqn are somewhat ahead of their RFTG travelling east...so who knows???? Wonder where they are off to?? ;P
Seems they're now headed South approaching Suez destination Aqaba...as reported yesterday ironically...

http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2013/09/uk-sends-600-royal-marines-to-jordan-2454196.html


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