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by dmereifield
18 Jul 2019, 00:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 685
Views: 51106
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Digger22 wrote:So Kent is being prepped to take over from Duncan later this yr, first operational outing for T23 with LMM no doubt, hence her dash Back to Portsmouth.


Really? Would be interesting
by dmereifield
17 Jul 2019, 17:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212999
Location: United Kingdom

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

RichardIC wrote:
dmereifield wrote:So how many is it that we have based in the UK now across the two squadrons?


15

Three still in the States.


Thanks. Are those the three test airframes?
by dmereifield
17 Jul 2019, 15:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212999
Location: United Kingdom

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

SKB wrote:https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1151208198495506433


So how many is it that we have based in the UK now across the two squadrons?
by dmereifield
15 Jul 2019, 18:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Clive F wrote:Yep, agree with Shark Bait.

We need a "cheap" ASW only escort


Does such a thing exist? A cheap, yet effective, ASW esxort?
by dmereifield
13 Jul 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Why does it look like they wont get Phalanx? both A-140 and Leander last offering have been without Phalanx Are they without Phalanx but FTR Phalanx or are they not able to receive Phalanx? I'd have thought (hoped) the former, and that Phalanx isnt being included in the offers becuase the RN will u...
by dmereifield
13 Jul 2019, 13:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

4 x avenger and 12 x T26 ? 4 x avenger and 12 x T26 ? I don't think we will ever see a River B3 that looks like the Avenger concept I think if we see a B3 River it will be a River front end and a Khareef style rear end at bout 105 meters long As said I would like to the T-31s armed with 76mm and 40...
by dmereifield
08 Jul 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

So we now have confirmation of Sweden joining the programme, but do we have any details on what and how they'll contribute? Surely they'd need to chip in a few hundred million £?
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2019, 23:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

serge750 wrote:Perhaps sturgeon ha got her eye on the batch 2 rivers....


HMS Glasgow, surely?
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2019, 19:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Pseudo wrote:The sad thing about Sweden joining is that the project will now never be renamed the Future UK Combat Aircraft and never be referred to by the acronym, FUKCA.


Swedish & UK Combat Aircraft, SUKCA
by dmereifield
05 Jul 2019, 18:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276534
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Latest article from Save The Royal Navy. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/in-focus-the-arrowhead-140-type-31e-frigate-candidate/ Most interesting bit is that all IP has now passed from Denmark to the UK. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Arrowhead-140-Medium-Guns.jpg . For...
by dmereifield
04 Jul 2019, 22:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Don't forget that the RN is the only navy that has fought a full-on campaign with another Navy in the missile age. (the Falkland Islands). Maybe other Navies are happy continuing (in ignorance) of the problems that may occur in a full-on conflict, rather than just in exercises. :arrow: Just to clar...
by dmereifield
04 Jul 2019, 21:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/royal-navy-captain-hms-queen-3052014 "Royal Navy captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth quits after being stripped of command" A shame to lose someone with such experience over such an incident.... Technically he committed fraud and theft. All o...
by dmereifield
04 Jul 2019, 21:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 213330
Location: United Kingdom

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

Blimey, up to 4 x 12 metre boats? What 12 metre boats does the RN have (or likely to get)?
by dmereifield
04 Jul 2019, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/p ... en-3052014

"Royal Navy captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth quits after being stripped of command"

A shame to lose someone with such experience over such an incident....
by dmereifield
24 Jun 2019, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/TomLeachPhoto12/status/1142822759833198592 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9wfFcWXUAI50vk.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9wfH3-XsAAShQ9.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9wfKlTWkAA4ffF.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D9wfNrCWsAECKkC.jpg:large (@TomLeachPhoto&...
by dmereifield
18 Jun 2019, 21:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212999
Location: United Kingdom

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

Are you sure? That's without the engines presumably? Flyaway apparently (engine included)...It looks like the F-35B carries a c$20m premium over the F-35A (at least it has on the recent lots). Lockheed are also saying that they're still aiming for $25,000 per flight hour in 2025 (obviously this wil...
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 17:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2766
Views: 141155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Ah yes, couldn't make it out on the mobile sized screen!
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Rambo wrote:
Lord Jim wrote:Damn she is a good looking ship.

She is.. but i think she'd look far better with a single (longer) island and no ski jump.


Wash your mouth out with soap, disgusting language....
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 15:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4141
Views: 212999
Location: United Kingdom

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

Some good news for F-35 (and the UK). Looks like it will get even cheaper at FRP when the majority of UK orders will go in. Sounds like F-35B is on course to go under $100m, probably closer to $90-95m when we get to FRP. https://twitter.com/TheDEWLine/status/1140516411787350017 Are you sure? That's...
by dmereifield
17 Jun 2019, 15:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2766
Views: 141155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

No 30mm present?
by dmereifield
07 Jun 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Would be great to see a Harrier drop on board from Italy or the USMC. In many ways it would be good. I think the scale of QE with a Harrier on board would be an interesting view. But at the same time it would ignite the entire 'should have retained Harrier' argument and 'we could have had an operat...
by dmereifield
05 Jun 2019, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10021
Views: 668918
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Westlant19 will feature several US port visits, including one to the Washington DC area. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-step-closer-to-operations-with-transatlantic-training Reads like she will have double figure amount of F35 onboard then ? 3 from 17 squadron? seem to remem...
by dmereifield
25 May 2019, 00:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9795
Views: 416424
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T31e Arrowhead 140 video looks interesting, and I can see flexibility in the design... Realistically the A140 is a £350m to £400m Frigate to do it properly. Interesting to see the core crew has now increased to 'around 100'. That means with the aviation and boarding parties included we are look...
by dmereifield
25 May 2019, 00:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1382
Views: 82389
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

There are engine depots in the Netherlands and Norway. The "loss" of the engine depot in Turkey is next to unconsequential to all but perhaps the USAFE. UK has all but promised to send its engines to Norway in exchange for Norway buying into Marham maintenance and training suppport and i'...

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