Fermanagh similar to Afghanistan

There have been a number of reports of planes flying at night in Fermanagh and there was also a recent report of a possible plane crash though nothing appears to have been found. The Army denied training with unmanned drones but did state that pilots were using Fermanagh for training purposes. An army spokesperson stated:

“As you know, with Northern Ireland being part of the UK, there is low level flying required to be done. A lot of that training, by the RAF and Army Air Corps, is done at night in order to replicate what they’ll be doing overseas.
You’re talking about certain areas of, say, Afghanistan. You have desert and arid areas and, then you have areas which are lush and full of forests and green fields, so by flying around parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone you’re making the exercise as relevant as possible.”

UUP and DUP political representatives have been relatively sanguine about these activities whereas éirígí seem more distressed.

  • Pete Baker

    Turgon

    You think “unmanned drones” are being tested in Fermanagh?!

    I think the US has access to better facilities.

    UK low-level helicopter flying, yes.

    Unmanned drones. Not so much.

  • Turgon

    Pete,
    I agree. I doubt there were any drones but I have heard what sounded like a helicopter a few times recently at night.

  • Pete Baker

    Then why introduce it to the discussion, Turgon?

  • Turgon

    Pete,
    Because the allegations about drones were made in the linked articles.

  • Pete Baker

    *shakes head*

  • aquifer

    Unmanned drones to follow the cars of separatist gun cult members?

    Great idea. Great job for video gamers.

    The PSNI can deal with more important matters such as escaped cows.

    We can intern the mad ones and humanely put down the holy ones. e.g. By calling them lazy in Irish.

  • RepublicanStones

    Is Pete (You’ll never guess what Grizzly had for Breakfast) Baker, seriously questioning the relevance of a thread?

  • USA

    I would be in support of anyone who spoke up against these military operations.

  • Dave

    “You have desert and arid areas and, then you have areas which are lush and full of forests and green fields, so by flying around parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone you’re making the exercise as relevant as possible.”

    I suppose all of that illegal dumping of the by-product from washing the dye out of red diesel could account for the arid areas, but it’s news to me that they have deserts in Fermanagh and Tyrone. Do they not have areas that are “lush and full of forests and green fields” in other parts of the UK where they can keep the natives awake at night instead?

  • Dave

    “I would be in support of anyone who spoke up against these military operations.” – USA

    Well you won’t be supporting the Shinners then since they’re saying nothing lest any criticism of British army activity should upset their handlers.

  • greagoir o frainclin

    “Fermanagh similar to Afghanistan”

    Another grandiose comparison by Turgon….FFS!

    Wakey wakey!….You live in Ireland Turgon, and a parochial, provincial part of the UK.

  • Long John Silver

    who pissed in your cornflakes Pete?

  • Niall

    The drones in Afghanistan routinely patrol the skies of Afghanistan, terrorising the locals every time they come by. The drones in Fermanagh aren’t being “tested”. They’re government terrorism brought into the 21st century.

  • oneill

    Turgon

    Check your emails, there’s an interesting story for you there;)

  • Trev

    You can listen to drones every day there is a debate on the hill.

  • Turgon

    greagoir o frainclin,
    It is from the army spokesperson and also from the Radio Ulster news story. Here is the quote from the army:

    “You’re talking about certain areas of, say, Afghanistan. You have desert and arid areas and, then you have areas which are lush and full of forests and green fields, so by flying around parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone you’re making the exercise as relevant as possible.”

  • Fabianus

    Trev

    “You can listen to drones every day there is a debate on the hill.”

    Chortle!

  • greagoir o frainclin

    “You’re talking about certain areas of, say, Afghanistan. You have desert and arid areas and, then you have areas which are lush and full of forests and green fields, so by flying around parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone you’re making the exercise as relevant as possible.”

    Very good Turgon. So in other words NI serves as a training ground for Britsh troops as was always the case during the Troubles.

  • Turgon

    So greagoir o frainclin my supposed “grandiose comparison” was in actual fact from the army statement which this blog was about. Hence, it was relevant to the blog and not my “grandiose comparison”. Care to apologise for getting it wrong?

  • greagoir o frainclin

    Oh very sorry indeed Turgon for that. That British army!

    But such comparisons are a forté of yours, over-inflating NI, comparing it and it’s parochial politics to Shakespearean and Greek tragedies… (or comedies), historic battles, etc…

    So, I am now wearing my sackcloth and ashes for my sinful misdemeanour.

    Boo Hoo!

  • Turgon

    greagoir o frainclin,
    That’s fine: I enjoy winning; its a character flaw of mine.

    Maybe next time try reading the blog before attacking me.

  • greagoir o frainclin

    Indeed Turgon, it is all about ‘winning’ no matter what!

  • Turgon

    Yes I seem quite good at winning and I do enjoy it.

  • greagoir o frainclin

    ha ha!

  • easycompany

    definitely heard one of these drones in august/september in east tyrone near the lough shore, although it was in the afernoon but there was low and heavy cloud cover. the thing was doing wide circles for about an hour and it certainly wasnt a microlite or helicopter civ/military.