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You don't engage the ships directly. You engage the LCMM (equipment manager/expert for those who don't know the acronym) and other stakeholders from the coasts, look at the operational records and make a decision using a business case. Money, time, and operational impact are all weighed using data, not someone's personal experiences or "feelings". There is a risk analysis done on losing the capability as well. Are there other ways to do the same thing or some of the same thing?It would appear so.
Forensically (it would seem necessary, now), I’d be interested to see what the engagement with CAL and FRE was.
It is also weighed against "how fast can we re-implement the capability should we need it again".
The real question is, are they still training heavy jackstays/kingposts to the Bos'n. I suspect that they will be because JSS will have that capability and other navies may want to use it. AOPS retains their kingpost (though it's deployed manually, not sure if it can do a heavy jackstay or not). The new drill hall in STADACONA is set up as a RAS trainer and will have a send and receive side to it, so both ends of the skill will be at least retained by the trade.
This means this is an equipment issue on one platform type, not a "lost skill" issue.
For me, given all that, easy decision. Cut the equipment, save money, invest in corrosion protection instead, and if we really need a kingpost again then quickly fix up and reinstall on the next ship during a pre-deployment Short Work Period.