Whether they were of any use ? But the Artic Convoys would have had worse weather than that for days on end.
There were other things that made me wonder ďFit For PurposeĒ
Critical gear going down, there should be complete backup systems in place. You cannot go switching out panels in wartime and that what it was being done there.
The Navy chiefs should watch that programme with a very critical eye. There were a lot of unavoidable errors to me and Iíve only been on a cross channel ferry.
However I have been the Cox of a vessel over 50 times, very small ones but once on a trawler when the skipper was drunk and had to berth it in Tobermory as he was not in a fit state.
Not securing stuff down properly for rough weather even if itís just food.
Is the Navy not fit for purpose. That crew and vessel are getting close. Iím being a bit harsh deliberately.
But lessons. Should be learned from that programme and passed throughout the Navy both at sea and shore.
What do I know. Caught out on the Farnes when a sudden storm blew up and had to get back to Beadnell in heavy seas struggling for sea room in a Humber Alfa RIB. Run along the troughs to dodge the bigger waves then cutting across waves when lower. Last resort would have been to ditch a lot of expensive dive gear.
The weather forecast for the day was perfect but up she blew.
The Farnes is like that due the tidal flow around it. Thatís why there are so many wrecks there.
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