Offshore Patrol Vessels

#81
The OPVs are three watch manned - there are enough bunks/lockers that you don’t have to take your kit off every time you go on watch leave. Their manning is pretty much the same as the manning the batch 1s had.
 
#82
The OPVs are three watch manned - there are enough bunks/lockers that you don’t have to take your kit off every time you go on watch leave. Their manning is pretty much the same as the manning the batch 1s had.
Honest question:
How do they rotate through the top jobs? Skipper/XO/Navs etc??
 
#83
The OPVs are three watch manned - there are enough bunks/lockers that you don’t have to take your kit off every time you go on watch leave. Their manning is pretty much the same as the manning the batch 1s had.
Honest question:
How do they rotate through the top jobs? Skipper/XO/Navs etc??
CO and XO in one pairing; then CO and 1st Lt (acting up as XO); then XO in temporary Command and 1st Lt (acting up as XO).

Navs has an opposite number (so there are periods they overlap), likewise the Gunnery Officer etc.

That concept also flows down to key senior and junior Rates.


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#85
#86
UK Subs have either a two-crew or an augmented-crew system. The two-crew subs are exactly what the name suggests, the single crew subs have about 150% of the crew they need take to sea, and of the 50ish extra people, some will go to sea as "additionals" to enable them to gain the qualifications and experience they need to fulfill their rôle, and some will be left behind to take leave or attend training courses. The larger part of these extra people are engineering types who tend to be busy carrying out maintenance when the subs are not at sea, and therefore do not have the same opportunity for leave/courses during these periods. For a "shooting war" none of the normal "additionals" are required as a necessity, but others (who may or may not be part of the crew) would be taken to strengthen the resilience of the crew. I would guess that it is this augmented-crew model which is being adopted by these ships.
Is that both the SSNs and SSBNs?
 
#90
...But what about the manpower? Will the personnel numbers be increased by approximately 150? Where will these people come from?...
The standard answer is that you'll have to find the liabilities from within current RN Top Level Budget (TLB) manning; ie, identify redundant or long term gapped posts and transfer those to where you want. Realistically, you're not able to touch those in other TLBs (eg RN Jungly aircrew in JHC which falls under Land).

Of course, getting the liability is the easy part; filling the resulting JPANs with pink bodies of the correct SQEP is entirely different! However, look on the bright side: when they're gapped you can transfer the liability and start the process all over again... :)

Regards,
MM
 

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