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by S M H
01 Aug 2019, 18:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 121171
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

This could mean something like a converted container vessel, like that used post Falklands War would suffice for this role. As to the platform for conduction offensive amphibious operations, You have little practical knowledge of the problems of the Arapaho container system on Reliant. The conversi...
by S M H
31 Jul 2019, 21:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 58
Views: 8440
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

What we need to do is lease a North Sea Oil support vessel, paint it grey and have the RM on board. Those vessels are as tough as nails and have high pressure fire hoses or whatever they are called. The navy used to anchor rig tenders as interim patrol boats for the South Atlantic. Fitted with two ...
by S M H
21 Jul 2019, 17:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737507
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Old RN wrote:There are 15 F35Bs at Marham, so assuming you could get 12 deployed in emergency that would be a pretty effective force.
With a squadron of U.S. marines f35 would be more prudent.
by S M H
16 Jul 2019, 20:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile
Replies: 52
Views: 4531
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Martlet/Lightweight multirole missile

And perhaps, the B2 Rivers, if they are to have a genuinely world-wide role - it seems like a logical upgrade to all existing 30mm mounts. Now if we can also develop a point-defence variant.... Having looked round the amazon's when stored in Devonshire dock Barrow in Furness, The fitting of two mou...
by S M H
29 Jun 2019, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 162271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Just out of curiosity, how does the 3-watch system work with senior officers (and indeed other key/specialist staff for whom presumably there are only one or two posts per crew for a small lean-manned OPV). The navy used a three watch system on the Bird class patrol boats after comparisons done whe...
by S M H
09 Jun 2019, 18:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 931
Views: 67831
Location: United Kingdom

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

Timmymagic wrote:It looks great...but can't help but think it would look better in hemp...
As long as it doesn't come out brown like a one Nimrod xv 246 . A K A the flying t***.
by S M H
06 Jun 2019, 23:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 9228
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Vessels (RN)

The replacement specification for speed and endurance is not far from the requirement that the Mk 2 Rescue target towing launches operate by 1102 M C U. I wonder if with the recent resurgence of the Russian navy has required the need to go to there western Mediterranean anchorage on the banks. This ...
by S M H
12 May 2019, 10:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10153
Views: 488676
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

[quote="Repulse"]I agree there is little chance, as the UK government has always looked short term - the unit costs of the FSS built in the UK will be higher but you’ve taken a national capability away and the chance to build something that in the longer term could be competitive building ...
by S M H
22 Apr 2019, 03:01
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 95407
Location: United Kingdom

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

whitelancer wrote:I wouldn't count your chickens, or tanks in this case. Reducing to just 2 Regiments just makes it easier to bin them completely. You only have to look at what happened to the Harrier to see the way this is going.
Managed treasury decline at its finest.
by S M H
19 Apr 2019, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3904
Views: 240775
Location: United Kingdom

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

Know one believes that there are a who!e load of ex 42 Booty's ( it was they that got re-rolled not 43) dressed up as Matelot's and retraining at Drake to form the future crew of a Type 26. I beg to differ with your thinking R M personnel who were made surplus to trade transferred to the R A F mari...
by S M H
19 Apr 2019, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10153
Views: 488676
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think T31e having no ASW capability, being small, has little problem. Even cancelling T31e will be better. In future, when "XLUUV-like UUV and ACTUV-like USV" turned out to be key assets, what assets RN can afford to sacrifice? May be mixture of- postponing T31 for 5-6 years, The major ...
by S M H
03 Apr 2019, 00:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737507
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ron5 wrote:Why on earth does it fold that way instead of swinging back like the Sea Kings? Looks daft.
Different centre of balance due to plug and play rather than dedicated airframe as Sea King was.
by S M H
04 Mar 2019, 21:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 191
Views: 20102
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Mr Haynes whom was a retired Major was also on the flight. He was from Crewe. He was at school with my father and always called me by my childhood nickname when I saw him. I hold little hope of disclosure as it will open a nasty can of worms.
by S M H
28 Feb 2019, 18:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 45964
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Ron5 wrote:The Telegraph suggests HMS Corbyn just to piss him off.
I think that H.M.S. Conqueror as would be a better suggestion as it would possibly piss off a south American nation.
by S M H
21 Feb 2019, 22:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737507
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So having underestimated the budget by about 100% to build them, we also underestimated the crew requirements by about 20%, I assume these crew numbers could be subject to revision after we actually test the ship in operationally relevant trials? The underestmate was only 40 % the rest was due to t...
by S M H
11 Feb 2019, 20:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 588
Views: 48315
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I only hope its not smoke and mirrors by using two of our existing four point ships? If its conversion of the S.S.D.R.10 of hires or two new vessels I will be pleasantly surprised. The defence sectary may have honest intention. Beware the managed decline treasury policy turning him inti a snake oil ...
by S M H
19 Jan 2019, 12:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4169
Views: 253707
Location: United Kingdom

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

what missions are we going to be doing in the future that needs a gun that we aren't doing now? I remember conversation about the loss of guns to aircraft on upgrades causing concern. The gun pod on the Lightning once fully operational is option that can procured and integrated without major proble...
by S M H
05 Jan 2019, 17:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 162271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Nope - a force formerly called, HM Coastguard, Border Force, Welsh (and possibly Scottish) Fishery Protection Agencies, HMRC, local council operated Marine Environmental Control, London, Kent, Sussex, Dorset etc. etc. Marine Police Units etc etc etc.All under one organisation, with responsibility f...
by S M H
22 Dec 2018, 15:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737507
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There was a painted white table in Rosyth dockyard it had rounded ends that was of hms Queen Elizabeth along with it chairs. So I don't think is Jacky fishers table from 1918. If it's of the first Queen Elizabeth then the scratches are to be left.. As like the ships silver it belongs on board.
by S M H
22 Dec 2018, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 737507
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

swoop wrote:Someone needs a bollocking over the scratch in that tabletop!
The table has history tha scratches testify to it. it would be nice if the table has been on a ship before.
by S M H
11 Dec 2018, 22:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1396
Views: 95787
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

place the UK was when it was looking at the ACA in the early 1980s the programme that became the Typhoon 25 years later. I see a similar timeframe for our next platform I did the range saftey for the inert drops and some live fire trials for the ACA programme for the typhoon even those with the mod...
by S M H
24 Nov 2018, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 162271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Well, isn't Faslane and Portsmouth/Plymouth for northern and southern part of the UK enough? It was more to do with the retention of the fishery vessels basing locally so having a local R.N. presence as the navy was under pressure politically to G.O.C.O. at the time. Following the fishery protectio...
by S M H
24 Nov 2018, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2846
Views: 162271
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Agreed, I don't see why this forward basing? Just increasing logistical costs. Newcastle isn't Bahrein. It was proposed to disperse the fishery squadrons to the U.R.N. sites at Liverpool Newcastle Milford haven (vessels in reserve storage at time) when they closed the base at Rosyth. The cost was n...
by S M H
28 Oct 2018, 20:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 717
Views: 63373
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

think there was some healthy scepticism about the Wiki entry giving the Tides a speed of 27kts. Well now they only do 15 (even though they’ve been tracked on AIS at over 18). Have a plotted two R.A.D.A.R. contacts on a tide tanker . Transferred the position to a paper chart and worked out just over...
by S M H
21 Oct 2018, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10153
Views: 488676
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:How abut not saving them? If they can't win orders, why should they be kept going? It's not like they have some unique capability.
They wont count as its not politicaly expedent. They dont unlike Rosyth have the S,N.P. screaming to keep it opern.

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