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by dmereifield
23 Mar 2020, 11:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

shark bait wrote:
Dahedd wrote:I think this disaster presents the Govt with a perfect opportunity to get 1 or 2 built

Very wishful thinking. In a years time people still wont case about shipbuilding, let alone a hospital ship.


But the current Government will, and they'll have means and motive to do it
by dmereifield
22 Mar 2020, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

RFA Argus departed Devonport this afternoon...
by dmereifield
19 Mar 2020, 14:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139849
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Doesn't sound that bad. It still sound like a big stores ship, with a couple of fancy features to bolt on other tasks. A big vehicle deck is still able to hold stores for a carrier after all. It sounds possible to build a multi role vessel that doesn't compromise the replenishment capability too mu...
by dmereifield
18 Mar 2020, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

RFA Argus likely to be utilised surely?
by dmereifield
17 Mar 2020, 23:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Won't believe it until we see it being laid down
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 16:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

inch wrote:Wouldn't surprise me After all this coronovirus crisis ends the government might build a hospital ship for spare capacity in emergency


Certainly would have come in handy now
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 06:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Probably, sadly
by dmereifield
12 Mar 2020, 00:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Interesting
by dmereifield
07 Mar 2020, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3142
Views: 330388
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

interested to find out where they will all be based
by dmereifield
07 Mar 2020, 12:37
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

inch wrote:Could it be just 48 in total and sell one carrier ?


How does that work with HMGs global Britain vision? No large visible cuts like that, or anything that would cause such reputational damage with key allies, is forthcoming
by dmereifield
28 Feb 2020, 07:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depressing
by dmereifield
27 Feb 2020, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1254097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Gonna need a large balance, too
by dmereifield
24 Feb 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"Only" 48 SAM?
by dmereifield
23 Feb 2020, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sounds good but how much cheaper would a non ASW optimised T26 be over an ASW optimised T26?
by dmereifield
22 Feb 2020, 08:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A mere 1.5% of the cost of a railway line so you can get to Manchester 15 minutes quicker to satisfy all those tens of people that say they just have to get to Manchester 15 minutes quicker. Or the price of maybe 3 Tempests and their unmanned sidekicks. Or 1 Astute. Or 10% of a Successor. Seems che...
by dmereifield
21 Feb 2020, 14:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are we really saying that the MoD/RN can afford a T26 modified AAW specialist, if it keeps the T26 ASW optimizations (sans tail)? We can barely afford them as is, if you make them larger, add more MK41 and a larger mast and more expensive radar, how much will they cost? £1-1.5bn? How many could we a...
by dmereifield
19 Feb 2020, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964937
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Hmm, do you mean Arrowhead as a "low risk T45 replacement"? I'm pretty skeptical if the Babcock Rosyth site survives as an escort builder till T45 replacement comes. How can they? Also, if it happens, it means BAES Clyde will simply die. If you mean T26 hull as T45-R base hull, then may b...
by dmereifield
18 Feb 2020, 22:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Germany is unlikely to leave at this point. They have openly acknowledged that France gets the lead and the majority workshare/design influence already. It's assured by that Germany gets the lead and the majority workshare on the new MBT in return to make up for it. Until they get into the MBT proj...
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 13:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 151
Views: 37984
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

Really, did I miss that it just forget, have we officially ordered them?
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 13:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Hope you're right, but I'm pessimistic on this one
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 12:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS
Replies: 151
Views: 37984
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus Zephyr - HAPS

UK should be buying some!
by dmereifield
17 Feb 2020, 12:42
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226722
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Short of a total economic collapse in the next few years, I really can't see this project not going forward after 2025, to full production. There is just no way that this country will leave the projected $250-$300bn export market for 6th Gen Fighters, to the French & Germans. That is just not g...
by dmereifield
14 Feb 2020, 22:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3142
Views: 330388
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Who knows, but it mentions rotating crews and compaeisons to the forward deployed T23 and the FI B2, so sounds like it'll be forward based there
by dmereifield
14 Feb 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3142
Views: 330388
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Trent is "gearing up to operate out of Gibraltar this autumn..."

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... e-by-drone
by dmereifield
12 Feb 2020, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1254097
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Like a ring of slightly off balance steel

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