Royal Navy sails into London Boat Show

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Ministry of Defence said:
As an island nation, the UK’s prosperity and security is dependent on its ability to access the sea. That is why the Royal Navy is globally deployed and has a range of versatile ships, submarines and aircraft operated by professional sailors, aviators and Royal Marine Commandos.
The Navy will be at the London Boat Show from 12 to 20 January, where visitors can learn more about naval life and how, every minute of every day, somewhere in the world they are protecting the nation’s interests.

Royal Marines from 45 Commando Royal Marines and marines from HMS Bulwark carry out a beach assault in Plymouth. [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Rob Gillies, Crown Copyright/MOD]As well as celebrating the Navy’s rich heritage, show visitors can learn how they operate across a variety of missions from anti-terrorism, counter-narcotics, disaster relief and peacekeeping operations.
The Navy stand will include an opportunity to get up close to an advanced Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC). Measuring 9 metres long and able to travel in excess of 35 knots, the craft were part of the Navy’s commitment to keeping the public safe during the Olympic Games. The ORC can also be equipped with general purpose machine guns, making them a highly-flexible and potent deterrent.
At the Boat Show, a Navy search and rescue Mark 5 Sea King will take to the skies beside ExCeL at 1400hrs on Saturday, 12 January, to illustrate what a rescue operation entails. The renowned Mark 5 is now the Navy’s workhorse of choice, operating in extreme conditions and ready to respond at a moment’s notice in an emergency.
A four-man crew from 771 Naval Air Squadron in Cornwall will manoeuvre the helicopter with precision to make a simulated rescue from the dock. The helicopter will return on Sunday, 13 January, for a further demonstration at 1130hrs before heading back to its Cornish base.
At the show, the search and rescue crew will be at the C180 stand to meet the public and answer questions about the service, the Fleet Air Arm and the wider Royal Navy. There will also be the opportunity to attend a free daily presentation exploring the role of search and rescue.
The London Boat Show takes place at Excel Arena from 12th to 20th January 2013.



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#2
So the Navy is reduced to a "Boat" show....not a "Ship" show...a "Boat" show...

Jackie Fisher must be rotating at a rate of knots these days.


Rodney2q
 
#3
So the Navy is reduced to a "Boat" show....not a "Ship" show...a "Boat" show...

Jackie Fisher must be rotating at a rate of knots these days.


Rodney2q
Jackie Fisher, wasn't he the Admiral who thought that getting his matelots to dance with each other was an innovation?
 

Bouillabaisse

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#4
So the Navy is reduced to a "Boat" show....not a "Ship" show...a "Boat" show...

Jackie Fisher must be rotating at a rate of knots these days.


Rodney2q
You cynical bugger. I for one shall be at the boat show on sunday and will take them along to see the wokka wokka and meet the Wet And ****ing Useless, glory seeking, overpaid aircrew who'll be the ones to rescue us when it all goes horribly wrong with the new boat in the middle of the Bristol Channel.
 
#9
The RN used to be able to send a frigate there.
What? To Earls Court, where the show used to be? Impressive navigation. Must have been hell doing the collision avoidance on the Cromwell Road
Not quite to Earls Court but near enough: :)


The show was opened on the main stage at ExCel by Kelly Brook and the crew of HMS Westminster.
 

B_AND_T

MIA
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#10
So the RN sailed into the London Boatshow.

Bloody careless of them but at least it wasn't Iranian Territorial waters.
 
#12
That is why the Royal Navy is globally deployed and has a range of versatile ships, submarines and aircraft operated by professional sailors, aviators and Royal Marine Commandos.
I thought they were passengers on them, not that they actually operated them. Maybe they meant US Navy and USMC.
 
#13
Why isn't the boat show in the summer? Longer days, more people around, more totty....
 
#14
I thought they were passengers on them, not that they actually operated them. Maybe they meant US Navy and USMC.
The Royal Navy has now come round the fact that they are merely a taxi service for The Corps.

'eeerr, you won't believe who I had sitting in the back of my HMS Ocean last week......42 cdo, lovely bunch of blokes they were, left a big tip..........they were naked most of the time'
 
#16
That is why the Royal Navy is globally deployed and has a range of versatile ships, submarines and aircraft operated by professional sailors, aviators and Royal Marine Commandos.
I thought they were passengers on them, not that they actually operated them. Maybe they meant US Navy and USMC.
Shhh! Better not tell the Booties in this Naval Air Squadron: Navy helicopter crews prepare for Helmand

Or the Bootie narrator of this:Last trip for one of Britain's iconic aircraft

Historically, where ships are concerned: Marine Gunners Served In Every Major Naval Battle

The Royal Navy has now come round the fact that they are merely a taxi service for The Corps...
And the Army on several significant occasions:


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"Dunkirk to Dover, Sir? No problem. Would you care to pre-book for Crete?"

Never waste an opportunity to be educated. /images/smilies/icon_smile.gif
 
#17
I'll concede the aviation, but operating (some of) the guns isn't quite operating the ships.
 
#19
The RN used to be able to send a frigate there.
...and still fulfil its commitment to provide a destroyer or frigate to each of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1 formerly STANAVFORLANT) and Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2 formerly STANAVFORMED). Can't remember the last time that happened.
Defence ministers have remembered for me:

The Scotsman 30 Jul 2013 said:
DEFENCE ministers have admitted the UK has been forced to pull out of key Nato naval defence groups in a sign of just how stretched the Royal Navy has become. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has acknowledged it has not provided a frigate or destroyer for Nato’s maritime group defending the North and East Atlantic since 2009.

Written answers also reveal the Royal Navy stopped providing either of the ships for Nato’s second standing maritime group in the Mediterranean since 2010. And they show that having previously supported three of four minesweeper groups, it now provides just one minesweeper...
 

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