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  1. The Y guns are more useful to intimidate when pointing at perps during boarding actions. Perhaps that is why it was kept.

  2. Nope, it is unhelpful in such scenario as it is very inaccurate and therefore could even injure or worse, the sailors conducting the boarding.

  3. ”The Y guns are more useful to intimidate when pointing at perps during boarding actions.”

    No … For boarding operations on a trawler or a boat of refugees neither the A or Y gun is pointed; let alone manned – overkill. What is pointed are pintle mounted MGs and of course the boarding party has their rifles. If indeed there was a serious threat it would be the A or main gun used to ”intimidate” as the bow of the ship would be pointed at the potential target; the Y gun would not have a clear or ideal arc…

  4. “as it is very inaccurate”
    The point is not to shoot anything but to show that they will shoot if needed. A mounted MG would have been effective but its scarier to see a long 40mm aimed back.

  5. They will not be able to depress the gun low enough to be off any use even if just for scaring people. Moreover they need the five people who normally manned the gun to do the boarding or covering the stopped boat.

  6. ‘its scarier to see a long 40mm aimed back.”’

    – As explained; the angle is such that only the main or A gun will be in a position.

    – The pintle mounted GPMGs and rifles carried by the boarding party are more than sufficient to ”scare” crew of trawlers or boatloads of refugees [not freebooters or pirates out looking for trouble]. There is no need no for the A and Y gun to be manned during boarding operations and they aren’t. If the ship intercepted is a foreign military one the SOPs are different but even then the man gun is not pointed in any direction.

    – Manpower is an issue. You do realise that the boarding party’s normally the same chaps [on MCMVs, FACs and PCs who man the guns?

    – A major headache for the CO is if the trawler has to be brought to shore [this means once less ship on patrol] because he would then have to allocate men to the trawler [remmember the incident when a MMA was overpowered and brought back to Vietnam?] .
    Once at shore the CO has to hand over the crew of the trawler [along with evidence; fish, etc] to the police, make a report and file in a tonne of paperwork. Later he also might have to be in court when the crew are charged. I know this from someone who’s been through this and from someone else who was one of 2-3 lawyers in the RMN.

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