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by Jensy
20 Mar 2020, 23:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140709
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

You are saying the CV will go back to port every week to re-supply, when used for strike? Never happen. I'm sure you don't meant it. So, I am a bit confused here. Ah. No, not at all Donald-san I was suggesting that use of overseas bases would allow: a) more of the escort force to be forward deploye...
by Jensy
19 Mar 2020, 19:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140709
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Sounds more like a return to the pre-2017 thinking of a combined solution for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) requirement. This was after the Joint sea-based logistics (JSBL) and Fleet Supply Ships (FSS) concepts were merged into one and the Tide class ordered from Daewoo: http:/...
by Jensy
17 Mar 2020, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 153392
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Lord Jim wrote:So what would HMS Duncan have on the bow?


Well there is a rather well known pub in Soho called the 'Admiral Duncan'... Not quite sure what inspiration it might provide but a 'rainbow-bow' would be amusing for Gulf deployments. Especially if confronting Iranian patrol boats...
by Jensy
14 Mar 2020, 00:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3997
Views: 413873
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sea Ceptor. Im looking for the launcher model, not the missile. The entire system, including the vertical launch Sea Wolf variant was called, 'GWS-26'. The conventionally launched system (such as on Greenhalgh and Rademaker) is the 'GWS-25'. Not sure I've ever heard a specific name for just the lau...
by Jensy
11 Mar 2020, 04:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 971603
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

OK, just for fun. I've just been watching the last episode of Warship on Ch5 catch-up. And there's an item of equipment one deck below the 30mm and slightly forward that, on several occasions, is blurred out. WTF? Any guesses? Almost certain (after substantial squinting during the episode) that it'...
by Jensy
08 Mar 2020, 04:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 54
Views: 14116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

do we think a 10 meter unit can conducted a 3000 nautical mile deployment It gets weirder. They've added this to their site in the last couple of days: https://msubs.com/unmanned-submersibles/xluuv/ Named the XLUUV/Manta/201 it measures 8.9m and it claims a top speed of 12kts submerged. In one phot...
by Jensy
04 Mar 2020, 23:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1168
Views: 115886
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

shouldn't be unsurpassable to get a Watchkeeper off a QEC. The army has wasted unimaginable sums on that project ... now :) it's the navy's turn Hey don't blame me, I'd have gone with developing the BAE Mantis concept! :wtf: Still you can't trust these Army types with a sophisticated bit of kit, wh...
by Jensy
04 Mar 2020, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1168
Views: 115886
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

Given the emphasis on ISTAR capabilities the next review seems to want to focus on, adding an additional capability in this area to the Carriers might make them seem even more relevant to certain people in positions of power. Now I wonder if those AEW pods that lost the CROWSNEST contract could be ...
by Jensy
03 Mar 2020, 21:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)
Replies: 1168
Views: 115886
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ocean Class Helicopter Carrier (LPH) (1998-2018) (ex RN)

https://twitter.com/Rotorfocus/status/1234897475917557760?s=19 Well this would certainly be an unexpected development for Brazil. They have a real knack for fixed wing naval aviation on a budget. With Watchkeeper still failing to deliver it's promised capability, I wouldn't put to much hope in the R...
by Jensy
03 Mar 2020, 20:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49689
Location: United Kingdom

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

Do dfid personal crew them or if not who and what would there status be This is something that really does need to be worked out. You can’t have normal civi crews when under MOD use but at the same time it’s not really fair to lump the crew need and cost on the RN or RFA when being used in other ar...
by Jensy
29 Feb 2020, 20:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1262019
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/HMSPWLS/status/1233371163738476549?s=20 Just noticed they've got a Wokka on board. Must be the first time? I presume after her sister did all the qualification trials it's a lot simpler for HMS Prince of Wales to embark new types. Especially with her vastly larger deck and all :?...
by Jensy
15 Feb 2020, 19:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 577672
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I have understood (that does not mean that it is correct :D ) that integrated masts are put together in not quite a 'white room' and the electronics are enclosed and thus protected when the 'thing' is put in place Makes sense. Don't suppose it could come direct from a Thales site? Weren't the Frenc...
by Jensy
15 Feb 2020, 19:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 971603
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given the repeated statements that all departments must find 5% of savings and the news of more B2 Rivers being forward deployed (though now retracted), I think it is inevitable that the RN will loose 3 T23s over the next few years. The driving force behind that policy of widespread cuts was Chance...
by Jensy
14 Feb 2020, 23:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 577672
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Saw these on Twitter. Supposedly available on the Fife Councils website but darned if I could find them: Courtesy of TomUK: Babcock have received planing permission (24th Jan) for the construction of a new build hall at Rosyth Dockyard. https://planning.fife.gov.uk/online/search.do?action=simple[/u...
by Jensy
07 Feb 2020, 00:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 577672
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Another picture new to me. A Type 31 as offered to Ireland to fill their requirement: https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1224419156977770496/photo/ Subtitled: And you thought the British Type 31's were under-armed! 0.57mm's of firepower per 57 tonnes of ship.. To echo other members past thought...
by Jensy
24 Jan 2020, 23:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 103
Views: 16876
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Also surprised at the love for the losing Lockheed Crowsnest entry. Looked crap to me and chances of it being ready by now? And don't forget, Lockheed (albeit a different part) recommended against it! That's the danger of a Chinese wall. You can't make rational, highly biased choices for your own c...
by Jensy
23 Jan 2020, 23:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest- status?
Replies: 103
Views: 16876
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest- status?

Just erase the contract, and go back to the second (and only other bidder) - err, that was done once already, though never explained as to 'why' and, actually, they went back to the winner - and here we are, now, three years behind Good thing we went with the simple OTS solution... Unlike the simpl...
by Jensy
21 Jan 2020, 18:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 142
Views: 36398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Wonder how many Fairey Gannets are still knocking about.... One up the road from me at the Pima Aviation museum. The guides invariably describe it as the ugliest aircraft in the world. Stored outside, not pretty enough to be allowed in. :roll: The guides are clearly not aware of the pre-war French ...
by Jensy
21 Jan 2020, 18:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11359
Views: 1262019
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Good thing they never switched the name to Ark Royal. With the currently royal crisis, I can't imagine anyone in govt. wants to see headlines of: "UK to sell Prince of Wales to India". Then there's the practical element of India firstly being able to build their own carriers and the config...
by Jensy
21 Jan 2020, 17:41
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 142
Views: 36398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

could even replace Crowsnest on the carriers :lol: and Broncos for 'strike'... Looks like a radome, but aren't they actually configured for SIGINT? The SIGINT version was the Defender 4000. I believe this AEW prototype was based on the 4000 but fitted a Westinghouse APG-66 like on the USAF F-16a/b ...
by Jensy
20 Jan 2020, 23:07
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 142
Views: 36398
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

All of course assuming e7 makes it out of sdsr2020 Not to worry, a stylish, all-British 'plan B' is standing by. :shock: With a landing distance that could even replace Crowsnest on the carriers: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Pilatus_Britten-Norman_BN-2T_AEW_Defender_AN0263548...
by Jensy
15 Jan 2020, 21:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140709
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Yep "As for Cummings's carrier-phobia, he seems easily distracted and will hopefully find a new hobby horse." ... they are too low tech for him I think his little gilets are a cry for a more agrarian lifestyle... Probably dreams of a simpler life in the Bavarian hills from his very own mo...
by Jensy
15 Jan 2020, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140709
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

My take on it and I really hope I'm wrong is maybe all the talking of reassessing the top to toe needs of the the UK is that they going to cut a carrier ,then say they don't need to build the 3 fleet support ships saving to fill black hole ,and other things they promised especially with Cummings no...
by Jensy
07 Jan 2020, 17:54
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 228266
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

the latest versions are likely to be significantly longer legged I am led to believe. From value to cost: A study presented to US Congress, The Cost of Replacing Today’s Air Force Fleet , attempted to calculate how much government would have to put aside for the Penetrating Counter Air project. The...
by Jensy
23 Dec 2019, 00:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332731
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

SKB wrote:HMS Clyde was the last ship to be fully built in Portsmouth.


Might be wrong but weren't the Khareef/Al-Shamikh class built after they had finished the River class? Or were they partially constructed up on the Clyde?

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