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by S M H
09 Jun 2019, 18:45
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 907
Views: 53239
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: 6950
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: 9588
Views: 358298
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: 1427
Views: 74885
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: 3780
Views: 186621
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: 9588
Views: 358298
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: 9936
Views: 599659
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: 187
Views: 15172
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: 647
Views: 36169
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: 9936
Views: 599659
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: 574
Views: 35125
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: 4107
Views: 188585
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: 2713
Views: 122232
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: 9936
Views: 599659
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: 9936
Views: 599659
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: 1340
Views: 70338
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: 2713
Views: 122232
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: 2713
Views: 122232
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: 716
Views: 53016
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: 9588
Views: 358298
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.
by S M H
15 Oct 2018, 21:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599659
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The S.R.V.L. came about because of the amount of ordinance jettisoned by returning Harriers to clear max landing weights. This bedevilled the harriers in warm climates . I watched a Russia carrier recovery on Novorossiyk (137) which the aircraft recovery used a S.R.V.L. profile landing. According to...
by S M H
14 Oct 2018, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599659
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As much as I would love to see a mid life CATABAR conversion, unless we can come up with a compact and cheap Catapult while having no R+D budget or political will, it will never happen other than some portable light weight drone launching thingy. Its not that the ship is not convertible to C.A.T.B....
by S M H
13 Oct 2018, 18:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599659
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

In his well known book 'Sharkey' Ward talks about testing Harrier landings on HMS Invincible in 1981 and the risks involved in landing with the deck moving by 30 feet. It is not clear if that parameter was actually tested. Presumably some of the operations during the Falklands war must have involve...
by S M H
10 Oct 2018, 19:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 43470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If the plus one is more operationally designed towards covering other support tasks while providing part solid support it could be advantage. Leaving two to cover carrier support. This would cover as we are would not have two carrier groups at sea unless it was a max U.K. only effort. The third hull...
by S M H
21 Sep 2018, 19:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9936
Views: 599659
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:I can definitely see them putting an Osprey or two onboard, if only to show the MOD how useful one or two of them might be be
Wont be a problem for the carrier to operate the Osprey's as the hanger centre section is designed to take them. A bit of forward thinking for once.

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