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A member of B Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, manning an observation post while out on patrol recently in Hemand province, Afghanistan.
Thats how I went to bed after I first saw the film “Alien”.
I wonder whether I will ever see a photo of a properly constructed fighting position in Afghanistan.
Context Sven, it is everything
Thanks John H – you just made me spit coke all over the keyboard….
Try watching Alien at sea, on a creaking old Leander class, all red lighting and hatches ! The in joke was to leap out on an unsuspecting ship mate, stick a hand over their face and shove your thumb down their throat (i.e. the ‘face hugger’ iteration of the Alien) – I don’t know how we did not have any thumbs bitten clean off !!!
TD, where is the shot taken and what is the context ? Just thinking your either out on patrol, or manning an observation post, but not usually both ?
That’s not greedy, that’s being prepared! In fact, is he prepared enough? Where’s the shotgun? Where’s the six-shot grenade launcher? Where’s the sharp pointy stick?
@ Jed – you just made my insomnia affected night; I had to bite my tongue and run down stairs to avoid waking my partner with my laughter! Out of personal curiosity how do you rate the Leanders as a class? I’ve always liked them and my research suggests they were highly regarded but I’ve never talked to someone how served on one.
You’re right, Gareth, my first thought was “Bet he was a Scout . . .”
John Rambo won Afghanistan back in ’88 with about the same amount of weaponry. Come on B company, pull your finger out… you won’t find any Russians sat behind your sandbags.
Gareth – not to go down a completely off topic tangent, but HMS Hermione (F58, “Last one, best one, Hermi-one”) was my first ship. An Exocet / Sea Wolf broad beamed Leander, she could roll a bit due to raised 996/997 mast and type 2016 sonar dome, but for an old steam powered ship, was quite “multi-role”. Did an Armilla patrol escorting tanker convoys and a stint as Fleet Trails ship before moving on. Main problem I think is that modern sailors would not be very impressed with the accommodation. Not being able to convert the mess square seating into your bunk and get your head down, because the more senior people are sat on it drinking……
@ Jed – thanks for the info(and the laugh )
NO POINT TURNING UP AT A GUNFIGHT , WITH A KNIFE !!!!
Ahh the late and great Hermione, I volunteered to go back on her for a 2nd stint after my first draft in 74. She had 4.5″ guns up front then and I remember one of the barrels getting bent when we sailed into the middle of typhoon Norah off Hong Kong while searching for survivors from the sunken Baltic Cliff.. yes the mess square would usually end up as a late night drinking, card playing and ucker den so not recommended to be on the lower bunks but they were great days with great social nights.
@ Dash – Bearing in mind the chaos that has recently afflicted TD, I am impressed by your ability to find this Post, much less add to it…well done that man!
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