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  • Red Trousers on Open Thread – September 2014APATS, Webers are cool, but when you have two girls both turning up with one that packed in cardboard is about the size of a school trunk, and you have a small Audi 80 Estate, and have spent the previous fortnight gently weedlingly your way into their knickers, and each...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – September 2014@RT The morale of the story is be careful around BBQs in the PX. I went to buy a Weber kettle BBQ in the NEX and ended up with this bad boy. http://www.charbroil.com/smokers-fryers/char-broil-offset-smoker-charcoal-1280-14201571.html Fantastic bit of kit and myself and the 2 guys from the apartments next to me who...
  • Red Trousers on Open Thread – September 2014TOC, I am personally convinced of the merits of the late 1980s Cannondale Killer V900 mountain bike, because I happen to own one and it has been extensively road tested by me in real world recce situations, has not broken, is dark non-shiny black, works and now equipped with a...
  • Mark on Open Thread – September 2014This first aircraft will be joined at RAF Brize Norton by three more before the end of 2014. The official in-service date is set for March 2015, with the type to be operated by a reactivated 70 Squadron, and by 30 Squadron when that unit transfers over from its current...
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread – September 2014Should get some for the "light recce" component of FRES. Strap some to the back of ASCOD 2. I'm amused by the choice of a tomahawk. Not a small axe. Not a Francisca. Not a TLAM. Tomahawk.
  • Red Trousers on Open Thread – September 2014Apart from the utter crapness of the stowed on board survival kit (survival kit = a small tin of carefully folded stuff in your combat jacket pocket, not a compound crossbow), this has me slightly excited. Not as a thing in itself, but an adjunct bolted on to the back...
  • The Other Chris on New Navigation Radars for the Royal NavySomeone dropped their unicycle overboard: https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7202/6856424947_187b3daaf0_z.jpg Alternatively: "Land/Sea interface - you're doing it wrong."
  • Red Trousers on New Navigation Radars for the Royal NavyTD, Given that the Andrew still can't make socially acceptable binary choices between polyester and cotton for officers' shirts, nor pass their basic beret shaping test, I'd assume not. It would seem a complex situation involving a boat and the land.
  • WiseApe on New Navigation Radars for the Royal Navy@TD - Titter ye not: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/death-valleys-moving-rocks/ Just leapt out in front of me, your honour.
  • monkey on Another NATO Reaction ForcePoland have asked for 10,000 US troops to be permanently stationed on their soil as a deterrence against aggression on their borders. Poland joined over a 10 years ago (along with Hungary, the Czech Republic followed by Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia a few years later) or...
  • Think Defence on New Navigation Radars for the Royal NavyIs this relevant :) http://www.defence.gov.au/news/raafnews/editions/4413/story01.htm
  • Red Trousers on New Navigation Radars for the Royal NavyWiseApe, Having had the privilege (and it genuinely was, no doubt) of attending the 3 month Andrew Lts' Navigation course in the late 80s****, I can confirm that the Land/Sea interface was not well taught. They persisted in using those stupid lat/longs which only make sense on near oceanic distances...
  • Mike W on Another NATO Reaction ForceApologies if someone has already reported this (I have only checked so far back in the thread). It looks if I was right way back at the beginning of the thread when, in response to TD’s original post, I speculated that there might be two different response forces being proposed....
  • Think Defence on Mixed Gender SubmarinesI can see that Observer has not been on the equality and diversity course!
  • Phil on Mixed Gender SubmarinesI don't recall the morning after pill being in the primary care module in the Army. Lots of vaginal speculums though. Forcing someone to have hormone therapy to serve is a step too far really. Being a bit feminist here but should blokes have their tubes clamped during MCCP?
  • WiseApe on New Navigation Radars for the Royal NavyDoes Google Earth show sand banks? @All - Have your fun quick before APATS turns up and the thread gets all sensible.
  • a on Open Thread – September 2014"Compared to those capability increase what’s the innovative or new vehicles, weapon platforms US Army have?" Over the last decade and the next few: various unmanned systems would be the first thing that comes to mind. Also, various human augmentation systems: exoskeletons for load carrying, and night optics, including thermal...
  • WiseApe on Mixed Gender Submarines@dgos - "...can adversely affect males of some species." - There is - to the best of our knowledge - only one species of human (male and female) currently residing on this earth. What are you on about?
  • WiseApe on 131 Commando Engineers train with United States Marine CorpsThey certainly get about, don't they.
  • El Sid on Six Toe PiratesPeople have to remember that there's different structures in the region with different priorities and RoE - the EU has Atalanta which is pretty much pure anti-piracy off Somalia, along with NATO's Ocean Shield as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Then you've got the CMF taskforces (CTF150/1/2), which have a...
  • DavidNiven on Mixed Gender Submarines@APATS 'you have had women operating in armoured vehicles for decades' Do you know the CO2 levels in a an AFV or the citadels with the CBRN system on? I don't, how do you know they are safe for a developing fetus? do we need to check? 'The Danes have...
  • Phil on Another NATO Reaction ForceThe system is the same as in we still have a world and countries but beyond that so much has changed. I don't disagree. But as you agree the system is the same. Systems influence or even determine behaviour. States will still seek security by either being prepared and able...
  • Engineer Tom on Mixed Gender SubmarinesDon't the Canadians operate a truly equal system in terms or recruitment and roles. As I understand it this has led to a very low number of women serving on the frontline.
  • Engineer Tom on Six Toe PiratesWhy not just give the Shisp crew a box of AK's and RPG's, why do you need trained guards, as soon as they start getting shot at the pirates will runaway surely.
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread – September 2014Not content with synthesising fuel out of seawater, the USN have now built an indoor Ocean! http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/09/the-us-navy-built-its-own-indoor-ocean-to-test-ships/ 216 individual wave boards to control the interference pattern. Remember the recent experiments to create "tractor beams" of surface waves that can move objects on the surface of the water? http://theconversation.com/tractor-beam-generates-waves-that-bring-back-floating-objects-30333

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