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by dmereifield
25 Oct 2020, 15:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3624
Views: 545079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

New info on French navy new OPV. Very interesting to be compared with River B2. - displacement ~2000t - Length ~90m - speed 22kt - range/endurance 5500nm/40 days - surface-to-air radar - sonar - CMS - a 40 mm RAPIDFIRE gun with EO/IR - a flight deck, but may NOT be with a hangar. - 140 days at sea ...
by dmereifield
22 Oct 2020, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Seems like a shame, but how often are we likely to need to transfer an F35B engine out to one whilst they're at sea? We're never going to have 40+ aircraft onboard so there'll be plenty of space for spare engines, won't there?
by dmereifield
21 Oct 2020, 13:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347038
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote:I do like the idea of the UK "Gifting" a squadron of Tranche 1 Typhoons to the three Baltic States with NATO picking up the tab for training and maintenance.


Why?
by dmereifield
21 Oct 2020, 12:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347038
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Sounds about right. What doesn't quite add up is the current order book keeping the Spanish production line going until 2030. How many have the got on the books? And just how slowly are they building them? So the line closed in January this year with their last delivery but I imagine as many staff ...
by dmereifield
21 Oct 2020, 00:31
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2099
Views: 347038
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Personal opinion - they'll slowly replace their F/A-18 fleet over time with Typhoon, they'll ramp up spending on Typhoon development to be relevant for SCAF workshare talks and AV-8B will leave service without a direct replacement due to lack of funding We all saw how France turned the screws on Ge...
by dmereifield
14 Oct 2020, 16:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 656
Views: 157685
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Interweaving Astute and Dreasnoughts would have been risky, could easily have seen the later Astutes being cut due to cost overruns and delays to Dreadnought
by dmereifield
11 Oct 2020, 07:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just waiting for the 1/350 Airfix, Trumpeter or whatever kit for a QEC Carrier to form the centrepiece of my CSG on the under shelf of a glass topped (and glass sided) coffee table. I already have the 2 x T45 and 2 x T23 and both Trafalgar & Astute classes of SSN. In all probability neither Tid...
by dmereifield
07 Oct 2020, 23:52
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4991
Views: 784368
Location: United Kingdom

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

Qatar makes formal request for F-35 jets They're not building an air force. They're building a flying circus, and buying influence with their defence budget. If (and I sincerely hope not) this goes through, they will add to a fleet of: 24 x Typhoons 24 x Rafales 36 x Strike Eagles 12 x Mirage 2000 ...
by dmereifield
28 Sep 2020, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

"Up to" 24 by 1923, Ron....glimmer of hope for 24 by '24...(the "up to" is doing a lot of heavy lifting)
by dmereifield
27 Sep 2020, 17:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12333
Views: 1611969
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Aspiration, sure, but routinely seems unlikely during peacetime. Perhaps possible occasionally when forward deployed escorts join the group, bringing the escort complement temporarily up to 4 for a period during deployment
by dmereifield
27 Sep 2020, 14:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12333
Views: 1611969
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'd wager that unless more escorts are procured, irrespective of what the RN/MoD/HMG say/plan/hope now, that with the odd exception (I.e. maiden deployment, wartime deployment) the carrier group will not routinely comprise 4 UK escorts. It will typically be three (the fourth or more may come from al...
by dmereifield
26 Sep 2020, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3624
Views: 545079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

So there's a link to an RN or MOD press release on up-gunning B2s? https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1172083406156500992 This is the extent of it as far as I'm aware. Not an official source. We don't know if Rear Admiral Halton was quoted correctly, the wider context, or how far that thinking ...
by dmereifield
25 Sep 2020, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I've listened to part of the podcast mentioned above (thanks to a three hour round trip to take my mother to a hospital appointment) and there was a claim made by Wings on HMS QE that they were better able to generate sorties on a 24 hours-per-day basis than a US Navy CVN. The reasoning was that th...
by dmereifield
24 Sep 2020, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Again: Why not put some Chinhooks and Apaches as well? At least for the photo-op. :think: Because aircraft that aren't involved in the exercise won't get involved as it's a waste of time. The MoD doesn't revolve around spotter circle jerks. POW is due out soon and think it was said that when she wa...
by dmereifield
23 Sep 2020, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wowzer! Still looks sparse though, hoping to see some more photos with the Merlins as well, and accompanied by the carrier group, and if it's not too much to ask...HMS PoW and/or HMS Albion...
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2020, 21:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-finally-accept-navy-supply-22718782.amp?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar&__twitter_impression=true Well, this pretty much confirms what we had already known: FSS to be UK built. FSS to be classified as "war...
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2020, 18:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-finally-accept-navy-supply-22718782.amp?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar&__twitter_impression=true Well, this pretty much confirms what we had already known: FSS to be UK built. FSS to be classified as "wars...
by dmereifield
20 Sep 2020, 10:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3624
Views: 545079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Delay in T26-batch2 order is a nightmare, which MUST NOT HAPPEN. But, the same "must-not-happen" thing took place in 2013. Then, what is the worst-worst is, NOT PREPARING FOR IT, I guess. However we are now in a better place in that BAE have the Leander concept in sizes 99 to 120 meter wh...
by dmereifield
20 Sep 2020, 08:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3624
Views: 545079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

When T26 delayed around 2013, RN was forced to order River B2. If RN had a "plan-B" by then, it could have been 3 or 4 larger OPVs with a helicopter hangar, which shall work "along with" River B1/1.5s. These arguments are all "too late", but, we should learn from the p...
by dmereifield
19 Sep 2020, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12531
Views: 2012864
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes we can wait a little longer, just about! Really looking forward to seeing photos of her and the group(s) in the upcoming exercises. Still hoping that we might see her meet up with HMS PoW and HMS Albion/Bulwark for a phoe opp, too
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2020, 22:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I'm certain Boris will want to announce new ships to be built, so I'm sure at the least we'll have 2 FSS UK built, but I'd think that's the minimum. I wouldn't be surprised to see some other ships announced, too https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/britain-to-build-warships-for-ukraine/ An excerpt: On ...
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2020, 22:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I'm certain Boris will want to announce new ships to be built, so I'm sure at the least we'll have 2 FSS UK built, but I'd think that's the minimum. I wouldn't be surprised to see some other ships announced, too
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2020, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1512
Views: 240939
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

bobp wrote:
The Armchair Soldier wrote:Do we think this is a hint to FSS or is it just his typical over exaggeration of things?

Until we see orders on the table i am afraid over exaggeration of things.


True enough, but could it also relate to LSS or disaster a relief ship/hospital ship (from the aid, I mean, FCO budget?)
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2020, 14:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3624
Views: 545079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Caribbean wrote:
Lord Jim wrote:Why was that? Those you posted were very good.

They were. But some people just don't like using their imagination - and really, really don't like others doing so.

I'll probably be banned now - it was good chatting to you all.


Are you banned yet? I'd be surprised, these guys aren't so bad
by dmereifield
16 Sep 2020, 07:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12333
Views: 1611969
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:So in the next week or so we will see 7 of the 14 or so active escorts out at sea with 4 x T-23 and 3 x T-45 given the times we are in I think we need to tip out hat to the RN


Very much so. And probably helps to explain some of the poor deployment figures over the past year or so?

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