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by Aethulwulf
13 Sep 2019, 11:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

https://www.ft.com/content/3d11e7a2-d575-11e9-8367-807ebd53ab77 Doubts over Type 31 frigate work for struggling yards H&W and Ferguson can bid on new contracts but without guarantees, warns Babcock Babcock International has warned there is no guarantee that the two struggling shipyards in North...
by Aethulwulf
12 Sep 2019, 00:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

From the Telegraph.... Boris Johnson: Let's bring shipbuilding home with new Type 31 Royal Navy frigates The fortunes of troubled shipbuilder Harland and Wolff could be revived with the announcement on Thursday of the preferred bidder to design new Type 31 frigates to be built in the UK. Work will c...
by Aethulwulf
11 Sep 2019, 20:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The timing of such announcements are often taken out of the hands of the MOD and are under Cabinet Office control. They will try to find a quiet news day, so to maximize the chance that this good news story will feature on TV news and not hidden away on inner pages of just a few newspapers. They may...
by Aethulwulf
10 Sep 2019, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 62826
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Who knows, maybe Navantia will buy Harland and Wolff and the build a UK design in a UK shipyard (owned by a Spanish company).

;) :?
by Aethulwulf
10 Sep 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 62826
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.navantia.es/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/BMT-Navantia-FSS-Brochure-Non-OS-Version-Digital-210x297mm-1-2.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiQ1YnC-sXkAhXoQkEAHSeIDjYQFjACegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw1VZ-zWVlpD_9OoetNDgFQS Details of the BMT Navant...
by Aethulwulf
10 Sep 2019, 05:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Frankly, I'm not really interested in your opinion of what you think the RN should do (or anybody else's). What I am more interested is working out what is the RN's thinking and what are they actually going to do. Cancelling T31 and using the money to build an extra one or two T26 is fantasy - it is...
by Aethulwulf
10 Sep 2019, 01:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just been watching the latest evidence to the Defence Committee on recent events in the Gulf... https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/dc67d3d2-94a8-47f9-808a-3354e925b58f Admiral West very clear that you can not use River Batch 2 OPVs for escorting shipping in the Gulf. Similar message from Penny Mo...
by Aethulwulf
30 Aug 2019, 08:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"The first operational deployment, in 2021 (CSG21), is anticipated to include the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific. CSG21 will be by far the largest and most powerful task group assembled by the RN for some time. QE will be escorted by 2 Type 45 destroyers, 2 Type 23 friga...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 22:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What this sounds like is an "unofficial" drop of a story, just prior to the final decision, to gauge the public/press reaction. Now just wait to see if the story gets picked up by other papers, bbc, etc and whether any MPs, union representatives or other interested parties kick up a fuss.
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 21:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I can't read beyond the paywall, but the Telegraph is reporting that Babcocks is going to be announced as preferred bidder https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/08/24/babcock-set-build-new-cut-price-frigates-weaken-bae-shipbuilding/ A consortium led by defence supplier Babcock is set to be name...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 17:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maintaining the two carriers in a non-standard readiness cycle will be challenging and will force a fundamental change in the approach to maintenance and training. Switching all the ships in the carrier group to a similar readiness cycle would be too difficult and too high a risk. The training progr...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Read my post above at 15:39, all is explained.
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 16:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As normal, your opinion is wrong. I bow to your knowledge and vastly superior wisdom and intellect. Good. You should. I find you fantasy opinions on how to run a navy very tedious. Have you considered the possibility how a fleet of 5 ASuW missiles might need to be managed and swapped across the 6 A...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 15:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As normal, your opinion is wrong. I bow to your knowledge and vastly superior wisdom and intellect. Good. You should. I find you fantasy opinions on how to run a navy very tedious. Have you considered the possibility how a fleet of 5 ASuW missiles might need to be managed and swapped across the 6 A...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Allocating 2 T45 and 2 T26 for each CVF is good enough, I think. In peace time, the number could be even less (supplemented by NATO frigates), looking at French CVTF. Operated in the same rotation, 4 T45 and 4 T26 is what is needed for 2 CVF. (I think availability of CV will be the same to those of...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 13:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Wrong... - CEPP will require an allocation of 6 T45s & 6 T26s; - CEPP will utilise the CVF & LPD - there is not a separate ARG - TAPS will take up the remaining T26 It’s all down to the rate of CEPP deployments IMO, it’s tight but a 5+5 allocation plus generate a 2+2 CBG, but with a higher ...
by Aethulwulf
24 Aug 2019, 13:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tying together a lot of threads, it is clear that: - CEPP will require an allocation of 5 T45s & 5 T26s; allowing a very short period surge of 7-8 Escorts - CEPP will utilise the CVF & LPD - there will not be a separate ARG - FRE/TAPS & the UK’s contribution to SNGM1/2 will take up the ...
by Aethulwulf
23 Aug 2019, 21:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 217
Views: 20344
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

https://youtu.be/jhGJ53oS1Bo

NSM in action. Although it "only" has a 125kg HE warhead, this video shows that any ship struck by the NSM will be having a bad day.
by Aethulwulf
21 Aug 2019, 08:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 62826
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Having only two FSSS, does impose limits, but as long as they are both synced to the Carriers it shouldn't be an issue. The limitation being that the FSSS are only available for operation with the Carriers. Is one FSSS per CVTF enough? In other words, When one FSSS is in long refit, can RN conduct ...
by Aethulwulf
31 Jul 2019, 11:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10368
Views: 535666
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Here's Why Naval Convoys Are An Ideal Solution Hated By Everyone https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29097/heres-why-naval-convoys-are-an-ideal-solution-hated-by-everyone Interesting article... "In terms of equipment, the U.S. Navy surface combatants that would be used in a convoy system are ...
by Aethulwulf
07 Jul 2019, 11:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

All I was saying was that the "possibility" of Scottish independence will not be a factor in the T31 decision, because if Arrowhead did win and if Scotland became independent, it would be possible to shift both block and assembly work to CL; which they have already undertaken both types of...
by Aethulwulf
06 Jul 2019, 22:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Arrowhead will be built in England just the same way that Leander will. You’ve missed the point I think, Leander will be built by a Cammell Laird in England. Arrowhead construction would be NI and Scotland. Given the independence noise, for me this is a massive plus in Leander’s favour. Not really ...
by Aethulwulf
03 Jul 2019, 20:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 258989
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Given that first T23 ASW is not due to go out of service until 2027, it is not altogether strange that build pace of the T26 is what it is.

Of course the first T23 GP has a OSD of 2023, and hence the hurry up on the T31 programme.
by Aethulwulf
29 Jun 2019, 07:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6081
Views: 339691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Treat that comparison table with caution. Details of the A-200 in this comparison are based on the specification of the six existing ships in service with the South African and Algerian navies, not what has been bid for the T31. Similarly, details for the other 2 ships may not be 100% accurate.
by Aethulwulf
25 Jun 2019, 01:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280551
Location: United Kingdom

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48745027

UK F35s,  based in Cyprus, have carried out more than 14 armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence says.

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