Call for a regional solution to Mais Habitação confirmed
The Diario reports that an inspection carried out of the ship NRP Mondego, following the case of insubordination by 13 soldiers from the respective garrison (four sergeants and nine enlisted men) of the ship responsible for maritime patrolling in the Madeira archipelago, supports the commander’s decision to commit the naval on a mission to accompany a Russian ship to the north of the island of Porto Santo.
The data was revealed by the Chief of Staff of the Navy and National Maritime Authority, Henrique Gouveia e Melo after the visit carried out yesterday morning to the ship moored in the Port of Funchal.
“I never had any doubts about what my command line decided nor with my line that cares about the state of the material decided. I never had any doubts. However, given the external noise, I made a point of sending an independent inspection of the material area to come here to Madeira and inspect the vessel”, he began by saying. The inspection to ‘clear out’ any doubts, namely whether the commander of the NRP Mondego had made a mistake in the decision, or even the command line or the closest support line to the ship had made a mistake in the assessment made, had, according to Gouveia e Melo, a conclusive answer: “It was a resounding no, they didn’t make a mistake”, he guarantees.
This does not invalidate recognizing that “the ship is not in the best condition, but military ships, given their redundancies and capabilities, also operate in a degraded way and do not prevent them from carrying out missions”, he reaffirmed, also making it clear that “this does not it’s only in the Portuguese navy. It is in all navies in the world”, he concluded.
Call for a regional solution to Mais Habitação confirmed
Following up on yesterday’s post, JM confirms that the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque has already sent letters to the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister informing them that the Autonomous Region of Madeira is rejecting some of the measures of the “Mais Habitação” Programme.
As reported, the Madeiran chief executive defends a regional “specific solution” and rejects the mechanism of forced leasing of vacant houses, the conditioning of the activity of local accommodation services and the end of the ‘gold’ visas program.
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8 thoughts on “Ship was fit to sail”
Firstly stop calling the SAILORS Soldiers!! They are Sailors , secondly it was not insubordination it was mutiny, when lower ranks decide if a warship carries out missions against the precise orders of higher command namely the Captain it is mutiny, in military procedures they can make a complaint but must carry out the order first. A lengthy jail time and court martial awaits the mutineers, if not then any military personnel can and pick and choose if he/she them or us, wants to participate in his her them or us duties, a slippery slope.
Gary, as the Portuguese Navy enlist both male and female individuals, wouldn’t they or their been sufficient.
From the original article. “According to the military, the commander of the patrol boat himself “assumed, before the garrison, that he did not feel comfortable leaving with the technical limitations” of the ship.”
I can’t see the Commander getting any promotion soon.
the last couple of days, a lot more has been written about the condition of military equipment in various Portuguese papers. As an example: out of 28 Leopard tanks, all of 2 are operational. The air force gets no funding for fuel, the navy gets no funding for necessary maintenance. A lot of comments state that the times of blind obedience are long gone. I would like to know who has carried out the inspection. I bet it is the navy. Sounds a lot like the butcher inspecting his own meat.
I have no idea about the rights and wrongs of this association, but find it “interesting” that the commander himself, i.e, the very person who made the order in the first place, personally appointed an “independent” inspector. It could be suggested that of course the “independent” inspector would find in the Commander’s favour!
A case of justice needing to be seen to be done, I think.
“The data was revealed by the Chief of Staff of the Navy and National Maritime Authority, Henrique Gouveia e Melo after the visit carried out yesterday morning.” He said, “I made a point of sending an independent inspection of the material area to come here to Madeira and inspect the vessel”
I ‘ve cut out the waffle in the above quote. But reading all the articles on this, it seems the Commander of the vessel, like the men who refused an order to take the boat to sea, was not happy with the condition of the vessel. It is not made clear whether the “mutineers” were told of his feelings but it seems he was ready to take the boat to sea despite the conditions of which he was unhappy. He made the Authorities aware of the situation and an inspection was ordered by the Chief of Staff of the Navy and National Maritime Authority, Henrique Gouveia e Melo. Not by the commander of the vessel. All in all it seems a case of 13 charges of insubordination at the very least and the Commander sailing a desk for the rest of his career.
Yes these sissy sailors sould have a fun time in prison.
Is this a straw that broke the camel’s back protest? The ship was fit to sail? Yes, was it fit to carry out its full duties? Professional’s I suspect are getting a tad fed up with poorly maintained equipment?…like the UK cuts, cuts & more cuts! Yet they have to perform on the world’s stage…