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daftandbarmy

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What is the point of this witch hunt, anyway? What can it accomplish that will ultimately benefit the UK?

Most of folks involved on both sides are senior citizens or passed away by now…

Justice is a tricky thing, and a good reason to be careful before you pull a trigger in most COIN type conflicts.

Interesting feature: this is a Diplock court - no jury and the Judge sits alone. This was introduced in the 70s to avoid jury intimidation (as in 'it better go our way or we will kill your whole family')


"The non-jury trial in Belfast will be presided over by Mr Justice O’Hara.

It had originally been scheduled to commence in March 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trial is taking place amid ongoing political controversy over UK Government plans to end any future prosecutions related to the Troubles."

 

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Justice is a tricky thing, and a good reason to be careful before you pull a trigger in most COIN type conflicts.
Or the counter to that is kill everyone - so no one can make claims years later.
*I'm not suggesting genocide is the correct answer - but it certainly does remove any settlement fees etc generations later.
 

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Or the counter to that is kill everyone - so no one can make claims years later.
*I'm not suggesting genocide is the correct answer - but it certainly does remove any settlement fees etc generations later.

Irish history proves otherwise ;)
 

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Nice...

With the recent news that Rosyth will build a warship for Ukraine, the total number of warships being built in Scottish shipyards between 2015 to 2035 now stands at 24.​

In addition to the now built 5 Offshore Patrol Vessels, there are plans for 8 Type 26 Frigates, 5 Type 31 Frigates, 5 Type 32 Frigates and 1 Ukrainian warship to be built in Scotland.


 

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China: 'Go away or I will taunt you a second time'

Royal Navy:


British aircraft carrier ignores Chinese warnings for second time​

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have entered the South China Sea for the second time, despite Chinese warnings.​

This is the second time the British carrier strike group has entered the disputed region.

China previously issued a warning to the UK’s Carrier Strike Group not to carry out any “improper acts” as it entered the South China Sea for the first time earlier this year. The pro-government Global Times, which is seen as a mouthpiece for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, said:

“The People’s Liberation Army Navy is at a high state of combat readiness China has been closely monitoring the progress of the Carrier Strike Group, which is currently sailing through the South China Sea en route to Japan. It has also accused Britain of “still living in its colonial days.”

 

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Nice...

With the recent news that Rosyth will build a warship for Ukraine, the total number of warships being built in Scottish shipyards between 2015 to 2035 now stands at 24.​

In addition to the now built 5 Offshore Patrol Vessels, there are plans for 8 Type 26 Frigates, 5 Type 31 Frigates, 5 Type 32 Frigates and 1 Ukrainian warship to be built in Scotland.



I'm sure all that business will continue when The Sturgeon gets her independent Clydeside.
 

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China: 'Go away or I will taunt you a second time'

Royal Navy:


British aircraft carrier ignores Chinese warnings for second time​

Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have entered the South China Sea for the second time, despite Chinese warnings.​

This is the second time the British carrier strike group has entered the disputed region.

China previously issued a warning to the UK’s Carrier Strike Group not to carry out any “improper acts” as it entered the South China Sea for the first time earlier this year. The pro-government Global Times, which is seen as a mouthpiece for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, said:

“The People’s Liberation Army Navy is at a high state of combat readiness China has been closely monitoring the progress of the Carrier Strike Group, which is currently sailing through the South China Sea en route to Japan. It has also accused Britain of “still living in its colonial days.”

That is funny. I am pretty sure the RN does not exactly take the “living in colonial days” crack as an insult…
 

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Thought about putting this after the latest obituaries post but I think it's better here:

New head of the Armed Forces Admiral Sir Tony Radakin is accused of 'undermining' a Marines general who killed himself after bitter fallout over changes to the Navy Corps​

  • Admiral Sir Tony Radakin accused of undermining Major General Matt Holmes
  • He became the first naval officer to be head of Armed Forces in two decades
  • Messages from Holmes claim he was undermined by Admiral Sir Tony Radakin

A very interesting article. See here:


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Thought about putting this after the latest obituaries post but I think it's better here:



A very interesting article. See here:



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Although it doesn't surface much in public, there has always been considerable tension between the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy. Holmes might be collateral damage...
 

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What a touching, if unwitting, tribute. I'm sure that the regiment will be well pleased :)

Derry ice-cream parlour boss apologises for logo’s ‘striking resemblance’ to Parachute Regiment insignia​

Maiden Heaven ice-cream parlour. Parachute Regiment flag.



The owner of a new ice-cream shop in Londonderry has apologised for its logo design which “bears a striking resemblance” to the Parachute Regiment’s insignia.

The Maiden Heaven shop serves homemade gelato and has proven popular with locals since opening.

On Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972, soldiers in the British Army’s Parachute Regiment were responsible for killing 13 innocent civilians in the city, another man died from his injuries months later.

The flag is considered a contentious symbol in the city. At times it has been displayed on lamp posts in loyalist areas and it is often burned on republican bonfires.

At an Apprentice Boys of Derry parade in 2019, the Clyde Valley Flute Band caused controversy when they marched through the city wearing the insignia with the letter F underneath – in reference to a soldier who was charged with murder and attempted murder on Bloody Sunday.
In a post on Facebook, owner of Maiden Heaven, Mohamed Ali, apologised for the oversight and explained that he’s “working to change it”.

He said: “It has been brought to my attention over the last few days by few good friends that the logo for Maiden Heaven coffee shop and ice cream bears a striking resemblance to the Parachute Regiment insignia.

“Given the history of this city and the fact that the Parachute Regiment shot dead innocent people on the streets of Derry, I would NEVER have knowingly used a logo that would offend or hurt the people of this city that I love and the city that has been my home over the last 15 years.
“I am working now to change this. And sorry if anyone was offended by this logo and color, I would never have used it to promote my business had I realised the similarity.”

In the comment section under his post people were understanding, saying they realise it was an “honest mistake” and that he has “worked hard to make our wee city better”.

While others said “people have too much time on their hands” if they noticed it.

 

daftandbarmy

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Accidentally used Pantone 222C for the background colour for the logo as well…

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Maybe the owner has some history :)

comedy central season 3 episode 17 GIF by Workaholics
 

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Meanwhile, Canada pulls the Royal Navy out of a sticky situation :)



Tea and sympathy: Canadian frigate helps Royal Navy solve a high-seas catering crisis​


Had it gone on any longer, it could have been a calamity.

Sailors in all navies are used to austere conditions, but there are certain things — especially in the Royal Navy — that are simply sacrosanct. Things like tea — that steaming amber liquid that steadies frayed British nerves and takes the chill out of almost any wet, weary bone on watch.

The flag officer's mess aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom's newest aircraft carrier, suffered a shortage of tea while at sea in the Pacific over the past week.

The crisis of morale was averted thanks to the quick-thinking commander of HMCS Winnipeg and with the likely assistance of one of his stewards.

The commander of the British carrier task force paid a 90-minute visit to the Canadian patrol frigate recently — a routine check-in with one of the allied escorts. HMCS Winnipeg and HMS Queen Elizabeth both took part in a massive allied naval exercise off Japan last weekend.

"I went across thinking I would be offered traditional Canadian hospitality, whatever that may be," Commodore Steve Moorhouse told CBC News this week. "And they very, very kindly laid on English tea, afternoon tea."

Whether he was expecting something a little stronger than tea is unclear. The Canadian Navy has banned the consumption of alcohol while warships are at sea.

"So I had a cup of Earl Grey and English scones with cream and jam," said Moorhouse, who seemed genuinely touched by the gesture.

"I said, 'Hey, that's fantastic, we've just run out of Earl Grey tea in the flag area on Queen Elizabeth.' I returned to the ship weighed down with probably a thousand tea bags."

The commander of the Winnipeg said it was the least they could do to help an allied unit suffering through the privation of a long sea voyage.

"We gave him three boxes and he sent me an email afterwards and said I was a hero going back to a British ship with tea from Canada," Canadian Commander Doug Layton said with a chuckle.


 

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Although it doesn't surface much in public, there has always been considerable tension between the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy. Holmes might be collateral damage...
OK so explain the role of the Royal Marines to me. I am not exactly sure what it is. Similar to USMC?
 

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Justice is a tricky thing, and a good reason to be careful before you pull a trigger in most COIN type conflicts.

Interesting feature: this is a Diplock court - no jury and the Judge sits alone. This was introduced in the 70s to avoid jury intimidation (as in 'it better go our way or we will kill your whole family')


"The non-jury trial in Belfast will be presided over by Mr Justice O’Hara.

It had originally been scheduled to commence in March 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trial is taking place amid ongoing political controversy over UK Government plans to end any future prosecutions related to the Troubles."

 
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