I was replying to PhotEx and his 'buy American - as easy as popping down the car showroom' posts.
We could buy American, but we SHOULD seek a lot of US input into a vessel design we have effectively zero design skills in either specifying, or designing.
See the never ending fuster that is SSS - Hint MoD RN, its not a bloody cruise ship!
It’s not hard, frankly.
park alongside, pass lines, make sure you’ve got enough hands to clear the dump.
Yes - and no. Aside from the parking when it's a bit bouncy or dark, I'd hazard a guess that the composition and number of loads, combined with storing routes is where it gets tricky. Particularly if you're in MHE territory. Clearing the dump with a palletron, breaking down the pallet and then chainganging its content below decks on a T23 is one thing. Doing it with bigger indivisible boxes - or ammo ULS over some hours is probably another that we haven't done often in a while.
Glad to hear it's back on the rise.
T23 4.5 replenishment is long, hard, sweaty work.
Be glad they deleted the proposed VLSW RAS arrangement. Heath and Robinson didn't even come close!
It's all about the volume (of stores) in the end. Can't image how shoving 18 rounds of 4.5 individually down the ammo chute could be any sort of challenge! The gun always jams after 22 rounds anyway - or was that just when VSEL were aboard?.