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And then I come along and sling ammo at sea with a helicopter, where we “firmly” place the load on deck and hustle back for the next load. The disconnect between what are, essentially, the same two acts (ammunitioning ship) are striking.I see that and raise you an ammunitioning ship evolution; the shells come in hardened cases that we lovingly pass along the chain like it's a premie baby. Our ex-arty guy the remustered to NWO just shook his head, as he was used to 105 shells being kicked off the back of a truck. If something gets bumped the whole evolution stops while they do an inspection. It's pretty stupid that we still form a line and manually pass the ammunition along as well, especially as it has to go down multiple vertical ladders to get to the deep magazine.
After seeing how much precaution we take doing it alongside with a jetty crane, kind of chuckle at the concept of doing it from a tanker with the same restrictions in place. Even doing it parked at a jetty would be not fun.
I get that both the Halifax explosion of 1917 and the Bedford Magazine explosion of 1945 are deeply ingrained into the RCN DNA, but seriously, all of the packed ammo is designed, by STANAG, to be safely dropped from 1 m and is HERO safe. I love how one cannot even carry a can of small arms ammo thru dockyard and across the brow of ship, for fear that the whole dockyard will suddenly explode into a firey ball of death. Ammunitioning is another soul sucking evolution that is ripe for a real world review of what actual risks are...