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Op names are supposed to be randomly chosen so as not to give away the true objectives of an opperation during the planning stage. The americans, having short attention spans and no imagination need to know by the name what it's all about. Just the nature of the beast
SPAM Squaddie: "Hey, I'm off on Op Telic!"
Friend: "Yeah? Where the hell's 'Telic'?"
I believe some brainiac came up with the idea of an alphabetic list of random words for naming ops as P.P. says. working on that basis, any suggestions for what future ops could be called?( Toss, Tedium,Titsed off)
I think our spam cousins come up with sexy names for motivational purposes (both for the troops and public/media support) Operation whupass. OP STOMPBADDYS
I can see the merits of both methods
I'm sure it was in General DLB's first book that there is a computer in Whitehall somewhere that spews these names out. All are taken from military ops down the ages supposedly.
Makes you think, what if the collected readership of these forums were to organise a Mission Impossible type raid, and ensure that the next operation was called....(Suggestions Please - One Word max remember!)
Not desperate NewQ it just passes the odd idle moment,
you can't beat the odd titter now and again.if you don't
exersise your chuckle muscles,they atrophy and you
become a miserable old git like wotsisname!
The Israelis' latest zachistka into Gaza is called Op. Root Canal. They seem to have a yen for this, the invasion of Lebanon was given a crap, yanky PR name (Op. Peace for Galilee) after it began but was called Op. Snowball in planning (because it could start small and get bigger if rolled further!).