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 Post subject: It's the morning after
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:41 pm 
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... Trafalgar Day. So the Royal Navy celebrates by grounding a £3.5 billion submarine. Here's one theory as to why it happened. My theory is that the navigator was distracted by having to change the batteries on her iPoD. It's a little bit worrying, though, that we're going to buy even bigger boats for them. Perhaps it's just as well we're not buying aeroplanes as well and instead donating the money to the jungle bunny carbon fund.

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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:39 pm 
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You see that cloud of smoke hanging around the conning tower? Obviously they were all taking their smoking break at the same time and drifted onto the rocks.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:44 pm 
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How easy is it to do something like that? Were they practising getting close to land for a future mission somewhere else?

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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
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From the article:
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“Astute ran aground by her very stern earlier this morning as she was transferring people ashore,” a Navy spokesman said. “There’s no nuclear issue or no environmental issue that we are aware of and no one has been hurt.”

Some idle speculation : Royal Marines or SBS exercise? They'd disembark regular seamen regularly in a regular fashion and be unafraid to say so if it were otherwise, surely. High tide was around 7am. Grounding at around 8am. Can't perhaps possibly have been confused with BST and GMT.

This being a naval matter I feel obliged to use the word 'poopdeck'.


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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:19 pm 
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gareth wrote:
From the article:
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“Astute ran aground by her very stern earlier this morning as she was transferring people ashore,” a Navy spokesman said. “There’s no nuclear issue or no environmental issue that we are aware of and no one has been hurt.”

Some idle speculation : Royal Marines or SBS exercise? They'd disembark regular seamen regularly in a regular fashion and be unafraid to say so if it were otherwise, surely. High tide was around 7am. Grounding at around 8am. Can't perhaps possibly have been confused with BST and GMT.

This being a naval matter I feel obliged to use the word 'poopdeck'.


Nah ... it was close to the Skye Bridge, so they were dropping some matelots off early so they could thumb lifts home and save on the budget.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:51 pm 
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Perhaps it's just as well we're not buying aeroplanes as well ...
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Future prospects for the F-35 joint strike fighter program got a lot murkier Tuesday after British government officials announced plans to delay and dramatically trim their purchases of the warplane from Lockheed Martin.
The sweeping review of defense programs unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron envisions cutting purchases of F-35s from 138 planes to as few as 40. It would also delay the first orders until later this decade and switch the type of jet the British navy will operate.
The moves by the British, who for 15 years have been the foremost ally of the Pentagon in planning and paying for development of the F-35, figure to drive up the costs of buying aircraft for the U.S. and other governments and lead to further delays by other nations expected to buy the jets.
"This is not good news, bottom line," said Mackenzie Eaglen, defense analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Once there is a significant shift by any international participant, it opens the doors for others to follow."


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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
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Is that a photo of a steam powered nucular sub? toot!


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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
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Robert of Ottawa wrote:
Is that a photo of a steam powered nucular sub? toot!


Yes ... they are driven by steam turbines ... so that when the boat is on the surface, powered up but not actually moving, it has to vent surplus steam!!

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Brews a nice cuppa too whilst waiting for the tide.

Daft buggers, right outside the bouyed lane "Err . . right hand down a bit . . er, no - left hand up a bit (crump) Oh lumeee . . !"
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 Post subject: Re: It's the morning after
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:08 pm 

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I was working at LHR on the first day that immigration policy changed and allowed euros to come through as nationals - rather than as foreigners. An Italian showed me his passport, and I directed him to the alien line, as ever. When he realized, he was furious; I laughed - and avoided that duty thereafter.

So I'll be thrilled if 'les kermit'* doesn't get a working fleet or crew! The traitors who presume to lead our patriots haven't given them, or any of us, even the chance to resist the enemy. PDT_Armataz_01_42 So I count this as one better than scuppering the ships, or even scorching the earth. Mind you, I'd rather see the military take over Westminster.

*I like your term, Dr. N, and hope you continue to use it: I think it a charitable description of whifflers who croak the ugliest mucked up Latin in the universe.


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