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Re: RCN ships in high sea states
« Reply #50 on: March 16, 2018, 23:19:56 »
So easy to lose one's life at sea.  Sometimes I'm amazed we don't lose a guy or two like the big players do on a sort of regular basis.

Sometimes we even do big seas and other things at the same time, yet we manage through good training to get everybody home. The night PRO was burning we ended up in 3-4m swells drifting with no power. It was the hard work and training of the guys in the attack teams and section bases that got everybody through.

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Re: RCN ships in high sea states
« Reply #51 on: March 17, 2018, 12:22:24 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxMClWhWS2U

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Re: RCN ships in high sea states
« Reply #52 on: March 17, 2018, 12:53:15 »
Beer and smoking in the AMR.  How did we ever survive?

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Re: RCN ships in high sea states
« Reply #53 on: March 17, 2018, 13:06:35 »
Beer and smoking in the AMR.  How did we ever survive?

After AMR parties were always enjoyable.

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Re: RCN ships in high sea states
« Reply #54 on: March 17, 2018, 16:33:46 »
I've never sailed in a high sea state but I've spent some time skipping over them (rolling seas = rough air low level).  I've sat on EO watching Group 3s nose in hard and the screw come visible.  I always feel for the crew onboard, I know I get to climb out of the muck and RTB at some point and they've got to ride it out.

The one that sticks in my mind was a SAR re-tasking we picked up;  a Type 23 had taken a casualty onboard and a SAR helo was inbound from Stornoway.  We were IVO the Faroe gap after just getting a few barriers laid when the retasking came in.  We met up with the helo and flew a moving orbit until we got to the HMS;  it was about sea state 7, as the helo went in to lower the Doc off we did overwatch from an orbit watching everything on IR and it was something else to see hoisting happening as the stern of the frigate was coming out of the water.

I've had a tremendous amount of respect for ship and helo crews since then after watching that op go down.   
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