Skip to comments.Royal Navy tries to plug its staff sinkhole with ... retired and ageing sailors
Posted on 02/13/2017 7:10:24 AM PST by pabianice
A new campaign will see former sailors as old as 60 asked to consider rejoining the Senior Service on a bespoke five-year contract.
Retired sailors up to the age of 55 will be allowed to apply to fill a vast array of positions on HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, though the Sunday Express can reveal that a 58-year-old has been asked to extend his service by five years.
It comes just weeks after defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon proclaimed 2017 as the year of the Navy and follows difficulties in recruiting Naval reservists for year-long postings.
(Excerpt) Read more at express.co.uk ...
‘The traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash’?’..........................
I am sure there is a lot of good talent out there.
Would they take an American?
It might be that Pakistanis in the UK did not bring with them a tradition of maritime warfare, even if the Indus River transverses their old homeland.
How about hitting them in the back of the head, dragging them out of the bar and throwing them on the ship? It worked in the old days.
Read the article. It says that they are recruiting US Coast Guardsmen.
Because it takes so many sailors to man
1 amphib. assault ship
3 landing ships
4 patrol ships (rented, not owned)
1 patrol icebreaker
4 “survey vessels”
4 ballistic missile subs
7 fleet subs
I’m in no shape.
If they’d be willing to waiver......
What does a RN E-1 make?
Problem is that they need officers, not hands. Otherwise, that has potential.
I could probably endure the lash, don’t really care much for rum but I could get used to it, but sodomy is a deal breaker.
> How about hitting them in the back of the head, dragging them out of the bar and throwing them on the ship? It worked in the old days. <
You don’t get the best quality that way. Britain would do better if they instead stopped foreign ships, and just took their sailors.
Simple solution, bring back press gangs.
The comments at the end of the Express article were very interesting, IMHO.
Seems that some of our British friends hold a rather low opinion of their immigrant population, suggesting that many would return to their former home countries if faced with conscription. Others offered that foreign aid and welfare spending have cut into military spending.
Interesting to get the British perspective.
They have plenty of ‘Asians’ that need work.
Didn’t they scrap most of their big ships already? How many sailors could they need?
“many would return to their former home countries if faced with conscription”
I’m not seeing a downside here...
Reminds me of the movie Battleship. Starts at 0:42 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7XbH3iz734
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