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by albedo
28 Jun 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2786
Views: 144034
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). Most obviously, are there two captains? But presumably also there are posts like Chief Engine...
by albedo
25 May 2019, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5949
Views: 281077
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Pongoglo wrote:Would the current 9.1 KW ...


:shock: That's a mighty slippery hull!
by albedo
19 May 2019, 17:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

There was some murmuring about Mildenhall getting reprieved, could be best to wait until the Yanks know what they're doing with it. The last I can recall hearing was: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-46237845 which speculates that the move to Fairford will maybe finish by 2024.
by albedo
19 May 2019, 10:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

How about Runway length, its quite a small airfield for handling large jets. I'm sure that's another consideration with Cambridge currently at ~2000m. Remember though that's it's obviously not an operational base so the aircraft are typically lightly loaded/fuelled. And doesn't seem to have been to...
by albedo
19 May 2019, 08:56
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9932
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

I'd have guessed Wyton as the favourite. Is Duxford really a good choice with all the other IWM etc activity there? And Cranfield might be a bit far for all Cambridge employees to transfer. Curious as to why Mildenhall isn't on the list - I thought it was being seriously looked at for the Marshalls ...
by albedo
15 May 2019, 15:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9862
Views: 425487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:A solid start. Time will tell if the funding matches the rhetoric.


That's quite an optimistic way of looking at it. Another is that new acquisitions will in future be limited to whatever can be genuinely afforded within the planned budget envelope and then resourced in service (crewed etc).
by albedo
27 Mar 2019, 10:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Containerised armament
Replies: 8
Views: 1217
Location: United Kingdom

Containerised armament

A question from a curious civilian: ISO shipping containers can obviously be used to store/transport many things such as HADR supplies. But there seems to be an increasing potential for containers to provide additional armament to extend the fighting capability, especially of smaller vessels. What I...
by albedo
16 Feb 2019, 17:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3843
Views: 216541
Location: United Kingdom

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

Poiuytrewq wrote:Latest picture of HMS Glasgow in build at BAES Govan.


Out of curiosity from a landlubber who doesn't know much about these things, how thick is the hull skin? Difficult for me to get much scale from that picture but it looks like it might only be 5-10mm thick. It certainly looks relatively thin.
by albedo
20 Nov 2018, 16:11
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216396
Location: United Kingdom

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

http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/raf-lakenheath-f35-fighter-1-5787069

20 miles or so from Marham of course. (It is just the local rag, so allow some latitude for technical accuracy, headlines etc.)
by albedo
18 Nov 2018, 10:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9862
Views: 425487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree a son of T23 in the £500m range is needed in place of the T31 but I can only see this happening if more funded become available due to politics I'm just an interested but ignorant civilian here, but if more money were to become available wouldn't it be better spent on better terms and condi...
by albedo
25 Oct 2018, 09:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9862
Views: 425487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Again correct Govan and Scotstoun would carry on the drum beat of 1 tier 1 escort every 2 years even after the 30 years. Can you remind me please how an independent Scotland would fit into this picture (as seems increasingly likely to me, especially if a more extreme version of Brexit wins the day)?
by albedo
15 Oct 2018, 10:56
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216396
Location: United Kingdom

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

I doubt that anyone will get to the end of this (due to the dead-pan voice over), but This looks like one of those typical Youtube ripoffs of original footage with a synthesised voice added (presumably because the uploader doesn't have sufficiently fluent English to add their own commentary). I dar...
by albedo
28 Sep 2018, 14:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:Seems like there is a press embargo going on. Jane's link has gone dead and other media reports have mysteriously vanished.... :?


Presumably the Tory conference doesn't start until Sunday?
by albedo
13 Sep 2018, 08:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Latest in-depth video commentary from TT on Florence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vBtniLYSfM Looks like landfall will commence later today (EDT), but interesting just how much uncertainty there as to exact track, wind speeds, rainfall, storm surges etc even just 1-2 days out. High confidence th...
by albedo
10 Sep 2018, 16:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Unless it jogs south (which seems pretty unlikely)... Agreed, with two caveats. First, we're still 3-4 days away from landfall which is plenty of time of the track to deviate from the expected, especially if the ridge to the north strengthens more than predicted though, that said, the various model...
by albedo
08 Sep 2018, 08:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wonder if Hurricane Florence is going to impact the QNLZ tests in the shorter term at all? Don't know whether anyone here is interested in this stuff - if not I won't mention it again - but looking increasingly likely that Florence will be a major hurricane over or just off the Eastern Seaboard by ...
by albedo
06 Sep 2018, 08:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wonder if Hurricane Florence is going to impact the QNLZ tests in the shorter term at all? Forecasts at: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?cone#contents For any weather fans, hit the Discussion link below the title for much more technical commentary. Too far off to be very sure of evolutio...
by albedo
29 Jul 2018, 18:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9862
Views: 425487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the principle is that economic policy is too important to be left just to HMT than why not treat defence policy the same? It's an interesting parallel, but I don't think you mean 'policy'. Economic policy in the sense of strategy is set broadly by the government as a whole (with a starting point...
by albedo
20 Jul 2018, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1126
Views: 77418
Location: United Kingdom

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

RetroSicotte wrote:So yeah, tabloid crap.


Ah OK. Just thought you might expect the local Plymouth/Portsmouth rags to be a bit better informed. I know it's still the print press but with some local knowledge/contacts you might have thought.
by albedo
08 Jul 2018, 18:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

My slight concern is how well will laser weaponry work on a foggy, rainy or snowy day? The efficacy of 20 mm shells from a Phalanx are fairly weather independent I believe. Does it have to be either/or? Isn't it feasible to have both weapons installed, at least for a transition generation until las...
by albedo
10 Jun 2018, 08:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216396
Location: United Kingdom

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

sunstersun wrote:When is it going through the mach loop?


Largely OT, but this is why it's so much easier to call it the mach loop (unless you're a local!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojWz0HnaZ2U
by albedo
07 Jun 2018, 19:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4153
Views: 216396
Location: United Kingdom

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

Anyone know how many F35's left the US. Web rumours are that 5 left and one turned back but I'm guessing this is potentially BS or seriously fake news - call it what you will. BICBW.
by albedo
13 May 2018, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10035
Views: 678177
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For me the biggest thing is that it is pushing the idea the carriers are the cause of the funding woes when in fact it is the 31 billion pound of the CASD program that is killing the MOD That's part of it I'm sure, as is persistent under-estimation of likely programme costs (it's almost like every ...

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