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  • Observer on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River ClassAnd your 2nd answer is EXACTLY why we're trying to tell you that ships with 25mm are not pieces of junk that you look down upon. And whenever did I ever say I was British? The ships I linked and said that were part of my country's navy should have...
  • Nicky on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River Class@Observer NOT all USCG cutters have the 76. Only those such as the 378 and 270's have the 76mm. The 210's, Island class cutters and the FRC's have the 25mm and they stay mostly in the EEZ zones. The 4 island class cutters that are in the Persian Gulf are...
  • Nicky on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River Class@Observer @Donald_of_Tokyo You both are an idiot. The only reason why the USCG has to have a higher caliber gun is because unlike the UK or Europe. The USCG falls under the US Navy in times of war and when ordered so by the President. That's why the USCG has...
  • Observer on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatJulian, never trust Moody's (or any other rating agency in fact), they are always behind the curve and too swayed by "popular opinion". I'm actually on BUY for the UK, there is nothing structurally wrong with it, the current dip is simply due to market fear that will die off...
  • Observer on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River ClassNicky, Nicky, Nicky, sigh... only one in 10 of your coast guard ships even have a 76mm. Your claims of overpowered USCG ships don't hold water (pun not intended) since *ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE!!* of them out of two hundred don't have anything larger than a 30mm. You can...
  • mr.fred on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatAPATS, In isolation perhaps it is benign, but read with the others? There are a great many pithy quote regarding the foibles of democracy; without repeating them here the best I can do is point out that removing yourself from dissenting opinions does nothing to broaden your horizons and that...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River Class@Nicky Strange you mention Iranian FAC FIAC when the only USCG assets deployed in an operational area are the Island Class in Bahrain. Main armament 25mm chain gun. Also ref stopping a ship. 30MM HE will shred a rudder bridge or engine space quite nicely. Do not confuse sink with...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is Great@Mr Fred I do not see it as threatening in the slightest and it was certainly not intended to be. Was not even warning one stuff. What we have is a huge Democratic deficit best described by Sir Tom Device in a piece in the Herald. We have grown apart...
  • Julian on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is Great@SD, @Observer - If by extra money you mean the saving on the EU contributions, finally pretty much agreed by both sides to be about £8.5 billion net per year after deducting the UK rebate and money that came back to the UK via EU funding of UK projects, I'm...
  • Nicky on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River Class@Observer @Donald_of_Tokyo The problem with Observer, he has NO real world experience. He wouldn't know what a 76mm is good for. The fact is the USCG has a 76mm because it needs that capability to stop a ship as big as a freighter to an oil tanker. Yes, the USCG...
  • mr.fred on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatAPATS, Your post at 15:28 is quite threatening. Was that intended? TD, Enforced change of email. The old one's still active for a week or so if you want to check
  • Observer on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatSD, unless each and every one get a check from the government monthly or annually, I have my doubts that the common man will be seeing much of that money. I don't mind reasons for leaving the EU, but to say that every man will get $X amount from leaving...
  • stephen duckworth on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatPerhaps those north of the border are pissed because of the EU funding they will lose .The 2014-2020 EU allocation was 941m euros. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/support/17404/EuropeanStructuralFunds They have no need to worry as Westminster, on top of the 27% extra each Scottish citizen receives more than an English one from the Barnett...
  • Observer on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatI'm not exactly sure if a pro-independent Scotland vote is going to be better the 2nd time around. IIRC, the EU votes were about a 38/62 percent split? That's about a 12 percent majority, but there is one major caveat, that all the 12 percent is pro-independent Scotland. It's very...
  • Mark on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatA lot has been made in the media of how the Scottish have voted how Londoners voted Northern Irish voted how the young were somehow done over by old people. It's becoming farcical, we're all British citizens no matter were we live our age colour or creed we all had...
  • Peter Elliott on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatAPATS much as I respect your professional views as a Warfare Officer you are now frothing: take a chill pill.
  • mickp on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is Great@Elizzar "Let’s take a big deep breath, be respectful and reasonable to reach other, and not rush anything in the next few weeks." Precisely
  • The Other Chris on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatThe initial demographics are in, and far from being "Made in Chelsea watching Essex boys rioting in Marseille", it's a group of voters that are far, far more surprising. Turns out they voted to Remain as well. (Probably because they like getting pissed in Marseille...). Leavers: It's ex Bristol Siddley...
  • JohnHartley on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatAPATS. Remember the UK vote was 52 to 48%. I think Merkel has already hinted at some sort of associate membership in the EU for the UK. Scotland should keep its powder dry, until it sees what sort of a deal Merkel makes to the whole UK. Then is the...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is Great@BB Wait and watch. You totally fail to grasp what has just happened and what is about to happen. As for support you are so distant it is incredible. If I am going Yes and a lot of my professional colleagues too then it is a stick on.
  • Elizzar on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatBrain Black - I think you are making some excellent points. I am very angry at the posturing of Sturgeon as it is not helping anyone really. I've just read Merkel has come out with some very reasonable statements about not rushing things or being retaliatory. The SNP are out...
  • Observer on Some Thoughts on the Batch 2 River ClassActually Donald, Nicky misrepresented the USCG a fair bit. Only the largest of ships carry anything in the 57-76mm range (where I would class them as high calibre instead of medium, medium would be something along the lines of 20-50mm with low as anything below that but don't mistake calibre...
  • Brian Black on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatAPATS, far from being arrogant and ill informed, I think I've set out an impartial and accurate assessment of the facts. Preferring or wishing that the situation was different does not change the facts of the matter. Looking at what the SNP are doing, they seem to have a well...
  • Brian Black on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is GreatObserver, I voted to remain in the EU, but I won't be sorry to see those that ran such a poor remain campaign step aside. As well as running a poor campaign, Cameron has been happy to bash the EU and its institutions over the years when it has suited...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Vote Leave or Vote Remain but Remember why Great Britain is Great@BB In one post you sum up exactly why Scotland will be leaving the UK. Arrogant and ill informed. You have no idea of the mood up here and it is not good. Are Westminster really going to deny us our Democratic right to choose. No chance, we will have...

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