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by benny14
02 Nov 2018, 07:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5513
Views: 117348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

dmereifield wrote:Presumably, that is not the fit out of the £250 million variant that we will be getting

Ron5 wrote:If that is what the T-31e ends up like I will be both converted form a nay sayer and be happy

It is not. As pointed out this is a very old model. They have had it since before April. Its older than Leander.
by benny14
01 Nov 2018, 09:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5513
Views: 117348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Poiuytrewq wrote:Last time was on page 217...

Ah... I missed that. If people would stop spamming this thread with their fantasy fleet posts.
by benny14
01 Nov 2018, 09:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5513
Views: 117348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This is from the same event... Seems this is the BAE stand, the one above is the CL stand.
by benny14
01 Nov 2018, 09:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5513
Views: 117348
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Take a look at this from Euronaval 18. This is very different to the CGI we saw before. Forward, middle and rear cells. Looks like there is still a Harpoon space, although pretty tight. No boat bays?
by benny14
30 Oct 2018, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 682
Views: 34087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

ArmChairCivvy wrote:so that then raises the 'escort question' if the supply train travels separately.

There is no issue keeping up with the carriers with a speed of 26.8kts.
by benny14
28 Oct 2018, 20:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 572
Views: 23963
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

The crew rotation, will it work well or not is the key points. I read that crew rotation will be around 4-6 months. This will be great for personnel retention, rather than 9 months away, they will do four and get to come home to see their families with some certainty. I am interested to know how th...
by benny14
28 Oct 2018, 20:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 682
Views: 34087
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Poiuytrewq wrote:"The Tide class are classed as ‘fast tankers’ with a sustained fully-loaded speed of 15kn in sea state 5, but have achieved over 20 knots on trials."

I have watched RFA Tideforce doing 20.7knots.
by benny14
22 Oct 2018, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

One carrier available 100% of the time, both available 40% of the time.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/imps ... s-hms-que/
by benny14
12 Oct 2018, 23:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jdam wrote:Do we know if they are conducting weapon releases on the QE trials?

Operational trials are next year.
by benny14
12 Oct 2018, 20:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RetroSicotte wrote:I wonder what else QE can "collect" while she has the chance over there!

Seahawk.
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by benny14
02 Oct 2018, 22:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Night operations onboard HMS QE.
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by benny14
30 Sep 2018, 20:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3555
Views: 99986
Location: United Kingdom

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

So if there’s no Sea Wolf why are there ‘mushrooms’? It seems improbable that BAE have fabricated new Sea Wolf VLS silos just to hold the Sea Ceptor silos upright, especially when there are much better ways of exploiting the tight packaging that cold-launch allows. Whatever the CAMM missiles are in...
by benny14
30 Sep 2018, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3555
Views: 99986
Location: United Kingdom

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

jonas wrote:Does anyone know if the T26 will have to suffer those bloody horrible looking 'mushrooms' fitted for sea-ceptor.

The Type 26 has mushrooms.
arfah wrote:Not sure how Birmingham fits?

Edinburgh and London will be the next two. The last two will be English cities.
by benny14
25 Sep 2018, 20:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:Weather related?

Too much Lightning... :lol:
by benny14
23 Sep 2018, 11:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A mere coincidence? Or keeping mushrooms in the dark and (drip)feeding with... :D Our last 48 orders should be delivered by 2023, 2024 at the latest. By that date they will have negotiated the next batch of purchases to follow on. Obviously dependent on what the total planned numbers are by then an...
by benny14
23 Sep 2018, 00:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SW1 wrote:If that’s what your waiting in your in for a long wait, 3 and 4 if they every happen will be way way into the 2030s

All depends on what the buy rate is after the initial 48.
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

2 Sqn moved from Tornado to typhoon in Aug this year and 9 Sqn converts next year. By 2019/2020 there will be 7 Typhoon and 1 F-35 squadrons. When the 3rd and 4th F-35 squadrons are formed, the two T1 Typhoon squadrons will swap over, giving us 5 Typhoon and 4 F-35 squadrons. There is talk of an 8t...
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:What about when the tornadoes go out of service won't that free up personal for more squadrons ?

Of the two Tornado squadrons, one is converting to Typhoon and the other to Protector. The two Typhoon T1 squadrons will transition to F-35 in the late 2020s or 2030s.
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 11:50
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 3837
Views: 101003
Location: United Kingdom

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

ArmChairCivvy wrote:when again was the IOD for Spear3 going to be?

I think its 2025.
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 11:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Speaking as a ex RAF officer I feel the navy should be given 80 F-35 Bs which should be laid out in 6 Squadrons of 10 aircraft with the RAF getting 80 aircraft laid out as they see fit there should be a joint OCU and deep maintenance unit at Marham which each service will fund and operate. For me t...
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 09:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Seems that in littoral manoeuvre the emphasis (when there is more infantry, for more extensive ops) in force protection shifts to CASEVAC, with Chinooks... they can, of course, be used for other things, too The littoral maneuver package I have saw includes... 9 x Merlin ASW (820 NAS), 5 x Merlin AE...
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 08:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I agree this is fantasy as for now, but as a defense collaboration, this will be an interesting idea? AAR capability will dramatically improve the interdiction operation of F35B ? While getting V-22s is important, I don't think we can afford to get rid of Apaches. They have a very important role in...
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 06:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

2: Carrier Strike crew number is similar to ship's company. But, is ship's Coy itself is 680 or 733? It looks as if "ship's Coy" is only ~40% of the total accommodation. If the latter is 1600, ship's Coy will be ~640. I guess the graph is not so "exact" HMS QEs originally stated...
by benny14
22 Sep 2018, 00:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They did say flight trials would be the "third week of September" didn't they? Well, Saturday 22nd September is the final day of that third week. But there was the delay caused by Hurricane Florence, so I would guess next week ? It says he is there for "under" a week. So it woul...
by benny14
21 Sep 2018, 23:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9090
Views: 339437
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The carrier was designed to be capable of an initial 24 hour surge of 108 sorties (36 × 3), with a sustained rate of 72 sorties per day (36 × 2). Everything was designed around these sortie rates and an aircraft load of 36 F35b and 4 Merlin AEW. Was wondering something. This RN graphics seems to su...

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