RFA Support Vessels

We had the hardware for RASing VLSW on my first ship. It just gently rusted and won me a weekly bollocking from the XO for making a mess of his upper deck.
 
It’s not hard, frankly.

park alongside, pass lines, make sure you’ve got enough hands to clear the dump.
From personal experience!

Making sure the receiving ship keeps her movable high point high enough long enough so the cage of 4.5 shells don't bash off the side of the dump point really helps as well!
 
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.
When we RAS'd an almost full load of 4.5 to a 23 and 45 (a few years ago) we had to send over several STO(N) lads to the receiving ships as no one was qualified to do such things.
 

Majorpain

War Hero
They did trial a specialist carriage that would be sent across from the MSC ship and traverse the VL farm, but it was just too much and still didn't remove the empty canister issue (nothing does). It'll be in a field in Port Hueneme somewhere.
I guessing them being sent to Davey Jones' locker would upset either the Treasury and/or Eco-Fascists?
 
When we RAS'd an almost full load of 4.5 to a 23 and 45 (a few years ago) we had to send over several STO(N) lads to the receiving ships as no one was qualified to do such things.
If I were being unworthy, that may have more to do with the STO(N) job preservation society...
 
If I were being unworthy, that may have more to do with the STO(N) job preservation society...
I don't think sending the ancient mariners up the pilot ladder underway was something they did by choice, it also didnt really work as STO(N) is no more. The STO(N) is dead long live the RFA Logistics branch........
 
I guessing them being sent to Davey Jones' locker would upset either the Treasury and/or Eco-Fascists?
Twenty foot long by two and a half foot square containers, potentially with propellant residue are not the sort of thing you just hoy overboard. It would be unfortunate if you hit one with the screw or fin stab etc.
 
Talking of "deep experience", didn't several of the RFA and STUFT Merchant Mariners have WW2 medals, come 1982 and Op CORPORATE? I was thinking of Captain Ian North DSC of the Atlantic Conveyor, who you've mentioned before...
I've seen a few over the years, mostly to old RFA hands or MN-can't find any images at the moment, dammit!

. . . still, this one almost fits the bill:

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A group to a Fleet Chief Petty Officer which came up some years ago-at least 32 years service, from Korea to FI.
 
My grandfather was at BRNC* in 1943 (aged 13) and left the RN in 1985.

*Yes, I know, it was actually Eaton Hall etc etc
 

Seadog

ADC
Talking of "deep experience", didn't several of the RFA and STUFT Merchant Mariners have WW2 medals, come 1982 and Op CORPORATE? I was thinking of Captain Ian North DSC of the Atlantic Conveyor, who you've mentioned before...
In 1982, Commodore ‘Black’ Sam Dunlop RFA was Commanding Officer RFA FORT AUSTIN and the RFA’s then seagoing 1* and WW II veteran (medals and all ).
 

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