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by dmereifield
06 Nov 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 80040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Can't see beyond the paywalls. Can anyone provide a summary? Is this likely to help or hinder a possible UK build? There was a UK consortium in the running wasn't there, so presumably the consortium wasn't competitive?
by dmereifield
02 Nov 2019, 14:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 952
Views: 87825
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

We will be getting a further buy of 8, announced after the election. Would be nice, but sounds either too good to be true (with additional funds made available to acquire them) or a bit crap if it means cuts elsewhere to fund them. Either way, why wait until after the GE to announce it? And, if it'...
by dmereifield
18 Oct 2019, 23:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 80040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Tempest414 wrote:
dmereifield wrote:Poor consolation prize. Probably wouldn't happen even if Navantia won anyway


maybe they have been watching Babcock say you will offer work to other yards then say they didn't meet the standards needed and keep the work


Yup, that was my point
by dmereifield
17 Oct 2019, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1019
Views: 80040
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Poor consolation prize. Probably wouldn't happen even if Navantia won anyway
by dmereifield
14 Oct 2019, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 218852
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The latest rumours I hear is there are hopes that the 3 batch 1 River OPVs will have their funding extended to allow them to continue to operate in UK home waters to around 2027 (at which point they will 25 years old). This will allow the B2 OPVs to be forward deployed, first to the Falklands (Fort...
by dmereifield
10 Oct 2019, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given that there appears to be a debate, I would guess the "top spec" is unaffordable: A. 5" turret A, 57mm turret B & C B. STIR EO Mk2 C 48 CAMM D. UMS 4110 HMS But the low spec is affordable with maybe some budget to spare: A. 57mm turret A, 40mm turret B & C B. Mirador Mk ...
by dmereifield
09 Oct 2019, 11:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So on the basis of nothing more than one fuzzy cgi image, you have decided it would be best to remove the primary defence from 40% of the T31 fleet. This is the point this fuzzy image could be showing 12 EXLS silo's for we know. On Babcock's site it shows A-140 fitted 16 cell vls plus 21 cell RAM u...
by dmereifield
09 Oct 2019, 11:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:Sounds a little like the excitable comments when HMS Westminster went to Libya with “only” 4 missiles.


Is that verifiably true?
by dmereifield
08 Oct 2019, 23:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412370
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Hugely reassuring in my book. I think the sweet spot is probably around 350-375 which seems to be what the Navy are edging towards. 250 would have been the middle of nowhere-land neither fish nor fowl. I see Babcock have bought the Goliath Crane from ACA - things are getting serious If that is the ...
by dmereifield
28 Sep 2019, 07:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

4) Gibraltar squadron replacements? Small, and only 2 of them.... Given the procurement requirement the Gibraltar squadron replacements. The large range increase, speed , armament and operational requirement they could be between 30 - 45+ metre length. Built to patrol craft Lloyds naval standards. ...
by dmereifield
27 Sep 2019, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What are the options? 1) Babcock build some T31 blocks there, maybe? 2) LSS conversions? Probably too small for that, I guess? 3) FSS? Again, too small, but maybe some of the blocks? 4) Gibraltar squadron replacements? Small, and only 2 of them.... 5) River batch 2 improved lethality work? 6) anythi...
by dmereifield
27 Sep 2019, 13:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Can anybody tell me what the minimum number of fixed wing aircraft would be to be able to deploy a meaningful strike capability (in addition to CAP)?

16, 18, 20 F35B? More?
by dmereifield
25 Sep 2019, 07:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

(@NavyLookout) 24 September 2019 "UKCSG in 2021 will include QE with 2 x F35 squadrons, 2 x Destroyers, 2 x frigates and an SSN" Is that official? Presumably there will be a Tide and a stores ship too? Will the UK have 2 front line F35B squadrons by then, or does this refer to 1 UK and 1 ...
by dmereifield
24 Sep 2019, 00:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Just imagine it. Both carriers at sea, both flight decks filled with 940 red double decker buses.... :mrgreen:



And the hangers filled with T23's
by dmereifield
22 Sep 2019, 19:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

https://www.janes.com/article/87175/indonesia-leans-towards-iver-huitfeldt-class-for-frigate-acquisition Of course what this means for Arrowhead 140 is not yet clear... Quite - if the T31(e) was supposed to be, at least partially, about exports, going with the AH140 is surely a mistake. Why would p...
by dmereifield
22 Sep 2019, 00:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

....if we started in 2021 to build 3 more OPV's and added 3 more T-31's to the order then by 2031 we could have a fleet of 6 AAW destroyers 8 ASW Frigates 8 GP Frigates 8 OPV's Agree 100%. This now looks like the best that can be realistically hoped for. The important thing now is for RN to find a ...
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2019, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just watched the interview and it just seems that the reporter made a mistake. Seems everyone here is getting overexcited about extra ships for no good reason
by dmereifield
21 Sep 2019, 12:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10690
Views: 658325
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there anything official about T31 increasing from 5 to 8 or 3 more River B2's? Or is this all speculative?
by dmereifield
19 Sep 2019, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10652
Views: 921529
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:I make that 5 years and 10 days since PoW assembly at Rosyth began on 9th September 2014. (1836 days)
Or 8 years, 3 months, 24 days since first steel was cut on 26th May 2011. (3038 days)


Almost quicker than the time it will take to build HMS Glasgow....
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412370
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Babcock do build a 'Frigate Factory'.... I was under the impression that the extra £250m in the T31 programme was partly to improve the infrastructure of the chosen yards to maximise efficiency of build. If so, where is the other £200m going? That 250 million is for updating MoD facilities for t...
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 19:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412370
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Babcock do build a 'Frigate Factory'.... I was under the impression that the extra £250m in the T31 programme was partly to improve the infrastructure of the chosen yards to maximise efficiency of build. If so, where is the other £200m going? That 250 million is for updating MoD facilities for t...
by dmereifield
18 Sep 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 218852
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure about the ops room. I knew it didn't have a "normal" ops room on a different deck to the bridge. The TS4100 can certainly track targets, but as a 2D radar it can only track bearing and range. These tracks can then be passed to the CMS, where another syst...
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2019, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 218852
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It all depends what we’ll want them to do. At the low end it could be something like an extra 2 30mm with all 3 having LLM At the higher end we could have a 57mm up front, 2 30mm with LLM and 2 permanent ISO’s one either side of the funnel / crane one to house and maintain a UAV the other as it’s c...
by dmereifield
17 Sep 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6183
Views: 412370
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

T-Force wrote:£250 million a hull won't get much for that, the royal navy is paper fleet in practice

can't see more than 3 type 26s being built can see the final construction work of the type 31 being moved to England


Get down to the optometrists
by dmereifield
16 Sep 2019, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 12925
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

On the T31 guns: As addition of two new types of guns (57 mm and 40 mm) looks like a bit in-efficient, I have some proposal. How about carrying two 57 mm, in double end . one at the bow, another on top of the hangar. Arrowhead 140 has an additional "top-space" at the back end of the Merli...

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