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30th March 2009

SHOOTING DOWN AIRCRAFT AND ATTACKING SUBMARINES – THAT’S MORE LIKE IT

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 Daring1

Last time, we were licking our wounds after our formal training period with the Flag Officer Sea Training Staff.  Three weeks further on, we are concentrating on developing our warfare ability in the early stages of the long road to operational service.

9th March 2009

T45 STANDS UP TO SCRUTINY

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We have spent the last 2 weeks being put through our paces by the staff of the Flag Officer Sea Training.  We were alongside for one week and then spent 5 days at sea putting the theory into practice.  Called ‘Preliminary Sea Training’, the period is designed to check out our routines, our ability to deal with peacetime incidents and an opportunity to be exposed to new skills that will stand us in good stead as we start to develop T45 warfighting ability. 

23rd February 2009

T45 Back at Sea and Proving Her Warfighting Credentials

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After a week alongside spent catching up with maintenance as well as some defect rectification we are back at sea.  The week in Portsmouth allowed us to settle into our new base port, to face-to-face with the support agencies that answer our requests for help and, even, for some, some leave. We sailed in good shape with all machinery in proper working order.  We proved it of course, by sprinting across to Portland, testing everything to its full extent …..not quite the gently running in period that we might do with our cars.  We do indeed stop in 5 ship lengths from full ahead to full astern!

19th May 2008

What Are We Up to in May 2008?

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I’m just back from a week’s leave (a well earned break), and wow how things have changed in such a short period!

 

The new Captain has joined so I wonder how things will be now?  More visitors have come to see the ship,  have a look round, and help with training. Its back to office life again for the next 3 months now the ship is alongside.

 

We don’t venture to sea again until mid August, but with summer leave to take beforehand, it’ll be upon us soon before we know it. 

 

FOST (they are the people who test us) are here this week for a good look round.  Their faces are a picture as they try to absorb in 3 days what we’ve been learning about for the last 18 months. Best they crack on!