Australian Naval Aviation - Page 2




 
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December 29th, 2008  
senojekips
 
 
I think that it would be marvellous to have a big well armed defence force with a carrier for the Navy, but the truth of the matter is that we are a small and not spectacularly rich country that really can't afford more than to just maintain a basic Forces structure in times of peace.

In my day (Vietnam) we were more often than not told that we could not do our Annual Rifle Course because their was not enough small arms ammunition available. When I paid off in '75, there were plenty of personnel who had never had a shot out of an SLR and they had been in service for 10 years at that time. I got sick of waiting and bought my own and probably shot 50 rounds out of it for every one round fired in service.

One thing we did have was Furnace Fuel Oil,.. we were still using fuel from wartime storage tanks all around Sydney and Manus Island well into the late 60s, much of it was like tar and needed a lot of heating to be pumped and to burn. When that ran out, and we ducked out of Vietnam with our tails firmly between our legs, the Navy just stopped going places and spent most of it's time alongside in various Dockyards doing self maintenance refits. thankfully I was about to pay off and could see the the crunch coming.

What a damned farce it was. No wonder some people were disillusioned.

It appears that nothing much has changed.
December 29th, 2008  
Wallabies
 
Now they have the WTSS to save ammunition. Oh and if infantry want to use the range they have to book 2 months in advance because the pogues have it all blanket booked, while rifleman get to fire about 3 times a year.
December 29th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Or you can be like South Korea and have a small aircraft carrier and have no fixed wing aircraft able to operate off it.

3 times a year? How long does rifle training last once you start plinging?
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December 29th, 2008  
Wallabies
 
Plinging?
December 29th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Plinging = firing away. i.e. once shooting practice starts.
December 30th, 2008  
Wallabies
 
2-3 days. Day and night shoots.
December 30th, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Damn... I'd say before wasting money on carriers and such they are better off investing in basic ammunition.
December 30th, 2008  
aprilangel
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Padre
I belong to the "Australia should have aircraft carriers" faction of the RAN but I think I'm in the minority.
I am with you on that. We should have them.
December 30th, 2008  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aprilangel
I am with you on that. We should have them.
Why?

Aircraft Carriers are for the projection of power and Australia simply does not have the logistical capacity to project power outside of the much smaller states in the Pacific region which for the most part can be done with a couple a Destroyers. Australia like New Zealand have to understand that with tiny populations we are not going to be world military powers.
December 30th, 2008  
Wallabies
 
Our jets can reach Jakarta, it's all good.
 


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