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by Jake1992
16 Jun 2019, 13:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

What about something like the barracuda Stealth Boat for this role ?

https://www.safehavenmarine.com/barracuda

They’re a good deal smaller than the Mk6 so more could be transported via a bay class, they also carry more troops but don’t pack as bigger punch.
by Jake1992
16 Jun 2019, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit Yes it would. I do like that type of craft and it is something we lack especially if we looking at focusing on littoral strike/maritime security/choke point protection role. I would wrap it into a more strategic outlook both indus...
by Jake1992
15 Jun 2019, 19:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 36
Views: 1588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Marines boats

Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit for gin and cypress look perfect to me.

Replace all the archers and the scimitars with them for training and the above type of roles.
by Jake1992
05 Jun 2019, 07:28
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59688
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I think personally both track and wheeled have a purpose to serve but it really does need to be reduced in the different families, IMO all medium armour along with SPG RPA starstreak and some of the bridging should be based on Boxer and Ajax. Some roles would over lap and it’d look like we’re doubli...
by Jake1992
04 Jun 2019, 08:27
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59688
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

I think you have identified a number of the issues we face with the Boxer. It is a very capable and flexible platform but at present the British Army doesn't seem to be able to appreciate this, instead seeing it simply as an infantry transport. This maybe down to their limited experience of operati...
by Jake1992
02 Jun 2019, 13:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One benefit of the merlin size is that all hangers in the RN have been designed for that large size giving us a good set of dimensions to work with in. Not if we go for Leander they won't ! I agree with that and to me the Leander is a poor lazy design for the money, it’s just s long legs covert tha...
by Jake1992
01 Jun 2019, 12:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Not that appearance is particularly important or reflective of capability... Although I do recall it had an interesting well deck, which I’m sure would have it’s uses. The Well Deck was only on the concept graphics for the MARS Amphibious Support Ship of which there were to be 2. Not MARS SSS. The ...
by Jake1992
01 Jun 2019, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It will be interesting what comes out for ASW in the years to come but IMO the merlins capabilities here should be the bench mark as it is the current world leader any less would be a step backwards. Are we going to be able to get one platform that can replace all the roles of wildcat puma and jung...
by Jake1992
01 Jun 2019, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo It’s not far of chinook size! In afghan and Iraq it was down to single figures of troops it could lift. Theresa reason why after these experiences CHF wanted to go chinook but finance dictated otherwise. Most of its issues relate to its ge...
by Jake1992
01 Jun 2019, 08:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I agree that the likes of the SB-1 and V-280 have come at the right time for us but why choose one or the other. When Iv looked in to them the SB-1 looks like a nice fit for the puma replacement while the V-280 look ideal for the commando and other RN tasks, any future FFA helo should have to fit in...
by Jake1992
31 May 2019, 22:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo It’s not far of chinook size! In afghan and Iraq it was down to single figures of troops it could lift. Theresa reason why after these experiences CHF wanted to go chinook but finance dictated otherwise. Most of its issues relate to its ge...
by Jake1992
31 May 2019, 17:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

has the speed and folds down to the size of a merlin but has a much smaller troop load out, this is why I’d stick with something like the merlin to help bring mass. Merlin has a ridiculously low troop loadout for its weight/ size. - this is not a criticism; it was designed with other primary driver...
by Jake1992
31 May 2019, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It is also important to remember that the MoD had launched its initial phase of the programme to find its next generation of Rotorcraft, and calling it that is deliberate as according to reports everything is on the table, from conventional to Tilt Rotor to the entries in the US Army's programme to...
by Jake1992
31 May 2019, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Something like the landing craft above absolutely must be part of the renewal project, or even better come sooner. The Marines have to get faster to offset the increased distance they will manoeuvre across. (Does this also apply to the land? Viking is not designed to travel great distances) I agree...
by Jake1992
31 May 2019, 08:15
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1236
Views: 59688
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

IMO for the strike brigades to really work and be anything more than just a fancy name they’ll need all the different variants of the Boxer from APC to command, IFV, Reece, repair and recovery and eventually pack a bigger punch with the likes of a 120mm variant and 155mm SPG. The key is it needs all...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

it’ll need to be maintained at sea or just decked ? If the former then how ? That's what the high area in QEs' hangar design is for. Do you believe LCU fast or otherwise is needed for first wave or just for logistics ? If the former then how ? https://www.mauric.ecagroup.com/media-picture/293-900-6...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

it’ll need to be maintained at sea or just decked ? If the former then how ? That's what the high area in QEs' hangar design is for. Do you believe LCU fast or otherwise is needed for first wave or just for logistics ? If the former then how ? https://www.mauric.ecagroup.com/media-picture/293-900-6...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 18:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I would really like the RN go for a Mistral/bae concept LHD of no more than 20 000t to replace both Albion & bulwark, small enough so the politicians see that she can not operate the F35 or maybe a LPD with smallish hanger eg 1 x extended albion type? 2 x QEC + 1 x LPD ( or smallish LHD ) If we...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 16:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 603938
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is this testament to how good she is or just how calm the weather was lo Opinion was she was too stable for stability when operating aircraft trails to be useful which was seen as a credit to the ships design and a negative as they would have to do the trails on the next trip. Well it maybe a pain ...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ideally three or four Rotterdam, Johan de Witt style platforms, two of the former operated by the RN and two of the latter by the RFA. That gives you enough spots and capacity to transport the entire fleet of Merlin HC4s or a combination of them and other helicopters. So I take it you believe that ...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

We have managed to keep the Royal Marines, just and the two Albions, but the fact that they were both near the Royal Navy's list of things to axe when it was asked to makes savings says a lot about how much attention they will receive moving forward beyond the two possible FLSS. Unless the budget r...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 14:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Here’s a question I’d like see others opinions on, say a third or more flat tops is out of the question the politicians just won’t come round to it, how would you look at satisfying the amphibious need for vertical lift ? Do you believe chinook is needed and is so do you believe it’ll need to be mai...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 13:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 91058
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

With the current budget and political out look on defence I just can’t see another flat top coming with out big risk to PoW. If the Admirals cart articulate the difference between a carrier and an LPH they shouldn't be in the job. It’s not so much about articulating it it’s more about how thick and...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 12:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I see the Karel doorman’s more of a modern fort class, I bring them as Iv seen people on here talk about upgrading the waves to allow them to do more for the fleet while keeping RAS ability Karel doorman fits this nicely. If done right a set up of 1 Albion, 1 LSS and 1 Karel doorman each west and e...
by Jake1992
30 May 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

What happened to the commonalty you were pushing the other day? If there is a requirement similar to the above, surely it would be better served by the Tide Class derivative in service with the Royal Norwegian Navy? I’m all for commonality of platforms where it’s possible, I refer to the Kareldoorm...

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