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by Phil Sayers
17 Mar 2020, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49210

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

Sounds like moves are afoot to make this become reality: James Glancy @jaglancy@NavyLookout and I publicly discussed the need for a UK hospital / disaster relief ship funded by @DFID_UK a few years ago. It’s now an essential future purchase. Anne-Marie Trevelyan @annietrev Thank you for sharing your...
by Phil Sayers
10 Feb 2020, 13:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 210126

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Given Egypt's involvement on behalf of Haftar that is a serious point. Italy negotiating the sale while backing the other side is a prime example of money talks....
by Phil Sayers
07 Feb 2020, 13:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1253734

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Could SRVL be conducted sufficiently far down the deck to avoid arrester wires towards the stern of the ship or wires lowered so that they could safely be run over by a landing F-35? If so (and subject to whether a Growler could use our ski jumps as well as India's ski jumps, appropriate landing aid...
by Phil Sayers
31 Dec 2019, 14:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3142
Views: 330264

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I'm not convinced there is any need to up gun the River Class in general but retaining HMS Clyde, modernising her by adding some of the B2 features and increasing her armament would provide a good opportunity to use her as a trials ship for that. Given that Argentina is acquiring 4 x OPVs with 30 mm...
by Phil Sayers
28 Dec 2019, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964559

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

1SL outlines the ambition for 2020 to double crew another T23 or T45. Would have thought a forward based GP T23 in Singapore, would help tick the boxes of increasing ship availability and playing to the Global Britain theme ahead of the SDSR. In the medium term I think that would make sense but wit...
by Phil Sayers
22 Dec 2019, 17:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2756
Views: 284214

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Obviously the priority instruction from Ben Wallace about “get what you have working” was aim towards the T45 and Astute programmes, but could it also be the same the argument to get the 2nd LPD back into active service (before buying any FLSSs)? There was an article in the Sunday Times today sayin...
by Phil Sayers
08 Dec 2019, 12:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2756
Views: 284214

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For example we have Army units in Cyprus, how on earth do they influence quickly events in Syria? In short, they don’t. True but that is just a reflection of geography meaning that although Cyprus is very close to Syria it is close to the part that has never left the Assad regime's hands and latter...
by Phil Sayers
28 Nov 2019, 21:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1253734

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It seems that the Carriers will routinely carry a contingent of Royal Marines as a Special Purpose Task Group (SPTG) of between 50 and 300 troops, together with up to four Merlin HC4s. This will provide a modest response force should operations on shore be required much like in the days of old with...
by Phil Sayers
26 Sep 2019, 19:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1253734

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Do we know anything about squadron sizes yet? Looking at it purely from the perspective of what would be best to get on to the carriers (i.e not considering RAF requirements, administrative efficiency, deep maintenance requirements etc) I tend to think squadrons of 9 would work best. That way a car...
by Phil Sayers
21 Sep 2019, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964559

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is there anything official about T31 increasing from 5 to 8 or 3 more River B2's? Or is this all speculative? Unless I have missed something (which is entirely possible) this seems to come solely from the 11.25 mark of the below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7UB0YuTNQA The important thing...
by Phil Sayers
24 Jul 2019, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3993
Views: 411187

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

Could the radar be placed as high up on a T26 derivative as it is on a T45 without causing stability problems?
by Phil Sayers
21 Jul 2019, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964559

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The main thing at the moment is the safety of the crew and finding a way to resolve the crisis without having the embarrassment of a transparent tanker swap but looking to the future I think this crisis has now made it politically impossible for at least the duration of this Parliament for the gover...
by Phil Sayers
06 Jul 2019, 17:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226637

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

No disrespect to the impressive Swedish Airforce and aerospace industry intended but given that they would essentially be looking for a Gripen replacement and the RAF looking for a long range, stealthy multirole Typhoon replacement capable of penetrating heavily defended airspace I wonder how compat...
by Phil Sayers
08 Apr 2019, 20:01
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4473
Views: 472497

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

Certainly going to learn a lot training there what with an ongoing war nearby, an aggressive Russian airforce presence based scarcely 100 miles away and a couple of very sophisticated SAM systems continually attempting to track them from the moment they take off to the moment they touch down again. ...
by Phil Sayers
03 Mar 2019, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574801

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

And indeed you would be right to wonder. Thinking of the longer term future rather than the near term future I do think that at some stage it is possible the RN will conclude that having land attack missiles on T26s which are either conducting blue water ASW where those missiles have no utility at a...
by Phil Sayers
03 Mar 2019, 16:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574801

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Something I am unclear on with regards the Leander design is the decision to install a Mk41 but with only 8 cells and nearby having space for 8 deck canister launched SSGWs. Getting a Mk41 into the design is a considerable bonus with regards flexibility (ASROC etc) but I would have thought, maybe co...
by Phil Sayers
11 Feb 2019, 14:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 768
Views: 124348

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Why would they? The Americans have something similar in the region without dedicated escorts, and so do RFA. Fair point with regards routine deployment but it does seem to me that in a situation where one of these was sat off a coast and being used to repeatedly conduct special forces raids inland ...
by Phil Sayers
11 Feb 2019, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 768
Views: 124348

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Exciting stuff but it seems to me that the group deployed in the Gulf would likely need a dedicated escort with air defence capability (which would be a large further commitment of limited resources) because these days Hezbollah and the Houthis to take but two examples have their own anti-shipping m...
by Phil Sayers
28 Jan 2019, 20:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964559

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tomahawk - no UK surface ship can currently use it, so why do we need them? The T26 will get them (or a successor system) when they are finished. As for the sub-launched version - probably only useful against an opponent without access to satellite surveillance - rather gives the position of the su...
by Phil Sayers
28 Jan 2019, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3993
Views: 411187

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

My reading of that article is that Mr Campbell said that other designs could enter but the specific mention of T26 was not his own comment and instead speculation (whether informed or otherwise) from the author. Hopefully this is realistic but if so the USN project has moved a very long way from wha...
by Phil Sayers
20 Dec 2018, 20:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 36013

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

be able to mask where the signal comes from That's why 'zapping' it at the receiving end is the easiest solution? I don't know anything about how drones and their signals actually work so could be completely wrong but I would be surprised if the signal controlling a standard toy or commercial drone...
by Phil Sayers
20 Dec 2018, 19:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: U.K. UAV's/Drones
Replies: 182
Views: 36013

Re: U.K. UAV's/Drones

I might need to reach for a tinfoil hat and obviously there are numerous other possibilities (with the most likely simply being someone gets their jollies from ruining other people's Christmas jollies) but I can't help thinking that there is a country which is plenty angry at the UK, views causing d...
by Phil Sayers
07 Dec 2018, 20:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 658
Views: 91032

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Usual process would have been for the French to build and name such an SSBN, and for us to Re-name her after taking her as a "Prize" following misfortune at sea. I can see thee attraction of saving the construction cost of a fourth Dreadnought Class, but I don't think Trident D5 would fit...
by Phil Sayers
12 Nov 2018, 19:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3993
Views: 411187

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

Why aren’t they naming the ships in order? The full stop (to the sorry saga) has to be put somewhere... and leave no doubt ;) Agreed, naming the 8th ship HMS London at this stage makes it a tiny bit harder to subsequently order less then eight ships and given that doing it this way doesn't cost the...
by Phil Sayers
29 Oct 2018, 20:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1007
Views: 142758

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

they already saying that P8 are controlling drones The Russians are saying that but the Russians don't actually believe that. They are just annoyed that they have to keep firing expensive missiles at drones worth a few hundred dollars each without being able to prevent the attacks happening (and qu...

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