Discussion in 'Royal Navy' started by MoD_RSS, Feb 22, 2012.
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Makes perfect sense. Even if one no longer have a significant operational role one must still seek to add value somewhere.
This is the RN bit of ARRSE. Why are you bringing the Army and RAF into it?
Wrong, old boy. This is the forum on the Army Rumour Service where one who serves in the Army can comment (generally adversely) upon the Service that would have difficulty filling a Norther Premier league club's football stadium. I'm very much afraid that the RN's future lies predominately within the fish and weather domain.
I am not keen on fish.
Totally enthralled-now my life has meaning.
Wasn't that how we first broke the German naval enigma codes? They were teutonically efficient in sending regular weather reports in a fixed format. If you knew what the weather was up to, it was rum and medals all round.
There's no need to get jealous just because it takes several squaddies to do the job of one matelot. It's not your fault that the minimum reading age for entry as a soldier has been reduced to six years. Is it true that the instructions printed on thunderflashes have been changed from "Ignite fuse then throw away immediately" to "Light up and chuck like ****"
As well as fish and weather, the RN also does a lot of wildlife research - and not just in Johanas/Diamond Lils. You'll never get closer to a Blue Whale than when it's raping the submarine you're trying to navigate under the ice cap. Remember that next time the bin men go on strike and your country needs your specialist, squaddie skills.
I would imagine that the RN's bathythermograph readings going back years and covering every ocean in the world, if they have been enywhere preserved, would make a treasure trove for oceanographers. I don't think this was recognised in my day and doubt if the readings were kept though.
Oh and for those who don't know the things, a bathythermograph is a thingy you lower into the water and it scribes the temperature on a slide as it goes down, so that you get a graph of temperature against depth.
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I would be surprised if the records haven't been preserved, though I would imagine that they are mixed in with other data which is classified.
Fascinating stuff - every day a new learning experience.
I think they've got them going back well into the 19th century in ships logs in the national archives.
The old ship's logs in TNA all have weather (but not bathythermographic) data going back to the year dot, recorded at the end of each watch together with position. Mining this data would however be an enormous job as each log would have to be got up from store and its data typed in to a laptop, day by day, month by month. However all HM Ships and I would hope others used (emissions policy permitting) to radio a noon met report in a standard format (see [does it still exist?] the Admiralty List of Radio Signals ALRS, volume 5 comes to mind but I may be wrong) and one would hope the Met Office has an archive of those. Used to start la la la lo lo lo and go on to give temperature, pressure, wind, sea state etc etc.
The British Library holds the logs of Indiamen which have similar weather records covering Blackwall to Canton and all points in between.
This was publicised in the media a few months ago:
Ships' log books build picture of climate change
Which is why I went from a believer in global warming to a non believer. I used to write those met signals as an OOW and we I wouldn't put any faith in the results. Sea surface temps taken from the engine room sea water intakes etc.
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