Royal Navy Tasked to Spain

#1
The Royal Navy is to be deployed to help rescue Britons stranded abroad by flight restrictions, Gordon Brown says.

With the UK no-fly zone being extended until 1am tomorrow, the Government says three ships could be used to help ferry travellers back home.
HMS Ocean will head to the Channel today and HMS Ark Royal will move "later" with HMS Albion en route to Spain to pick up British soldiers, "and may be able to help" travellers.
Madrid may also be used as a hub for stranded tourists.
Mr Brown unveiled the measures after a meeting of the Government's emergency response Cobra committee.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wo...ifth_Day_As_NATS_Heeds_Advice_From_Met_Office
 
#2
dangerousdave said:
The Royal Navy is to be deployed to help rescue Britons stranded abroad by flight restrictions, Gordon Brown says.

With the UK no-fly zone being extended until 1am tomorrow, the Government says three ships could be used to help ferry travellers back home.
HMS Ocean will head to the Channel today and HMS Ark Royal will move "later" with HMS Albion en route to Spain to pick up British soldiers, "and may be able to help" travellers.
Madrid may also be used as a hub for stranded tourists.
Mr Brown unveiled the measures after a meeting of the Government's emergency response Cobra committee.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wo...ifth_Day_As_NATS_Heeds_Advice_From_Met_Office
Madrid to be used as a hub, that's handy for getting folk onto ships now isn't it.
 
#3
Any truth in this that is being bandied around on several facebook status's

*****NEWSFLASH***** COBRA (Governments Emergency Services Committee) Have announced that HMS Ark Royal & HMS Ocean are being deployed to to pick up 150,000 brits stranded in Spain due to present no fly zone over UK. Any service personell who are stranded are contact with British Consulate or Royal Military Police for information on where they need to get to to be picked up by the RN. *****NEWSFLASH*****
Have yet to see anything about this on something official.
 
#4
More grandstanding by Broon
 
#5
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?
 
#6
dangerousdave said:
The Royal Navy is to be deployed to help rescue Britons stranded abroad by flight restrictions, Gordon Brown says.

With the UK no-fly zone being extended until 1am tomorrow, the Government says three ships could be used to help ferry travellers back home.
HMS Ocean will head to the Channel today and HMS Ark Royal will move "later" with HMS Albion en route to Spain to pick up British soldiers, "and may be able to help" travellers.
Madrid may also be used as a hub for stranded tourists.
Mr Brown unveiled the measures after a meeting of the Government's emergency response Cobra committee.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wo...ifth_Day_As_NATS_Heeds_Advice_From_Met_Office
Well done trigger...
http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=148046/postdays=0/postorder=asc/start=0.html
 
#7
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?

The One Eyed Porridge Wog can't really play the 'Dunkirk' card with P&O's finest now, can he?
 
#8
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?
I suspect it was mainly because flights are still going into Spain, and the reality that the channel ports arte already working at capacity.
 
#10
maxi_77 said:
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?
I suspect it was mainly because flights are still going into Spain, and the reality that the channel ports arte already working at capacity.
Then again, you can always rely on the French to fook your day up :wink:
 
#11
Semper_Flexibilis said:
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?

The One Eyed Porridge Wog can't really play the 'Dunkirk' card with P&O's finest now, can he?
Wouldn't it be cheaper to task a cruise ship than a few RN ships tho? :?
 
#12
Some Spanish airports in the north were closed for a while saturday, haven't seen the sunday results yet.
So that could affect the airport chosen. Would it not be better to organise more trains to Calais et al, and then just shuttle across the Channel?
 
#13
dangerousdave said:
Semper_Flexibilis said:
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?

The One Eyed Porridge Wog can't really play the 'Dunkirk' card with P&O's finest now, can he?
Wouldn't it be cheaper to task a cruise ship than a few RN ships tho? :?
Yes, but not so dramatic…

…think about the election…

And the BBC takes you live to Pompey were Admiral Broon is welcoming back the Task Force he heroically sent to Spain to rescue all the plucky Brits from the clutches of the forrin johhnies…

< Cue camera angle of Broon looking sombre while a White Ensign flaps in the background and Land of Hope and Glory plays >

Cynical?

Moi?
 
#14
Semper_Flexibilis said:
dangerousdave said:
Semper_Flexibilis said:
dangerousdave said:
I take it the French didn't like the idea of a few RN warships in their ports and told GB to fook off, hence using Spanish ports? If that's the case, why don't they just send one of the big P&O cruise ships? :?

The One Eyed Porridge Wog can't really play the 'Dunkirk' card with P&O's finest now, can he?
Wouldn't it be cheaper to task a cruise ship than a few RN ships tho? :?
Yes, but not so dramatic…

…think about the election…

And the BBC takes you live to Pompey were Admiral Broon is welcoming back the Task Force he heroically sent to Spain to rescue all the plucky Brits from the clutches of the forrin johhnies…

< Cue camera angle of Broon looking sombre while a White Ensign flaps in the background and Land of Hope and Glory plays >

Cynical?

Moi?
Wait until the RN put in their claim for the extra fuel oil...
"That'll have to come out of your existing budget!"
Unless they make the refugees row the Ark Royal back to Portsmouth.
 
#16
If the Cyclopean twunt can get a T-boat up the Isar and rescue Cuddles, he can have my vote in perpetuity!
 
#18
Bouillabaisse said:
You still there, Cuddles? I thought that a man of your talents would have been back in Blighty for the weekend
If he can't get himself back from there................................................... it would be kinder to put a round in the base of his skull.
 
#19
The latest from NATS is that UK airspace is likely to be progressivly opened up from 07.00 BST Tuesday,starting with Scottish airspace,so if this happens,Brown`s efforts in this area will be rendered obselete.

A bit like Brown,really.
 
#20
Cuddles said:
If the Cyclopean twunt can get a T-boat up the Isar and rescue Cuddles, he can have my vote in perpetuity!
Oh come now, my 21 year old nephew got himself back to Newcastle from the middle of France (in a shade over 24 hours) yesterday using nothing but public transport
But you would prostitue yourself into voting fro Brown for something as simple as getting home? 8O
 

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