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by ArmChairCivvy
15 Aug 2019, 06:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3899
Views: 236033
Location: United Kingdom

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

Built in 57 modules, the Type 26 is designed to be adaptable all the way up to incorporating the sort of firepower that would make it the blueprint to succeed the Royal Navy Type 45 fleet of destroyers. if for instance all the ships were produced quickly and there was not any follow on orders No wo...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Aug 2019, 10:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10125
Views: 476095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:
ArmChairCivvy wrote:You could paint a hi-grade hospital (on a barge) white, drop it into the advertised location - as required by Treaties - and the grey part could sail on...
And still send DFID the bill?
Pay per (day of) use 8-)
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Aug 2019, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10125
Views: 476095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote: A Flo-Flo vessel loaded with LCU's/LCVP's and mexefloates would be a great addition to the LitM group


You could :) paint a hi-grade hospital (on a barge) white, drop it into the advertised location - as required by Treaties - and the grey part could sail on...
by ArmChairCivvy
14 Aug 2019, 09:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10125
Views: 476095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote: putting 20-30m Fast Patrol Craft into LPD/LSD docks and davits for Littoral Operations

An excellent idea... to dampen down state piracy appetites (and keep some Apaches nearby - in Oman? - with engines churning and ready to go at a moments notice).
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Aug 2019, 18:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10125
Views: 476095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:suggested replacing competition at the ship level to competition at the block level to open up more bidders.


Yup. More pre-fitting out was also called for. So more like duplo ships, rather than lego.
by ArmChairCivvy
11 Aug 2019, 18:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Rover Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 8
Views: 1011
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Rover Class Tanker (RFA)

marktigger wrote: I wonder if in the future there will be an equivilent there is a need for a small tanker


NSS (draft) plan has an aux tanker in it, to supply our (and NATO) bases
- why not lease one, as has been done before?
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

in amphibious ops, takes an LG or half of a RM tracked vehicle (which are in two halves anyway for unsurpassed mobility) and drops them 100km away... while not forgetting one of these (which we have not bought in this configuration -yet! https://defense-update.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/spikeNL...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 260
Views: 21118
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

How about getting Argus to "soldier on" along with Albion & Bulwark and their limited helicopter facilities It's not a bad idea. Of the Forts, only Ft. Vic has had refurb (lately) so she will last to c. 2027 and with the SSSs coming, could do twilight duty in a similar way (and provid...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

One hears v little about the Franco-British JEF, a new and more broadly based one has been dreamt up by Macron, but in the above text the ref is to a different one, by the Northern Group: " the deployment is the biggest test yet of the Joint Expeditionary Force. The force was established seven ...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

26 troops isn’t bad for what essentially is a mid size helo Yes, but add armour (as they do) and mini-/ machine guns and you are soon down to 20. But as said, it was designed as a "Rolls Royce" for reliability and serviceability, has speed and range - and in amphibious ops, takes an LG or...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

has the speed and folds down to the size of a merlin but has a much smaller troop load out, this is why I’d stick with something like the merlin to help bring mass. Merlin has a ridiculously low troop loadout for its weight/ size. - this is not a criticism; it was designed with other primary driver...
by ArmChairCivvy
31 May 2019, 11:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5973
Views: 305953
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

the Danish defence industry and its companies TERMA, OMT , NTD etc are simply too small to properly compete on the international market ....and further handicapped by the lack of our own shipbuilding yard(s).......Hence the tie-up with Babcock Sensible as the other Nordic defence companies are pret...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 22:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

https://www.mauric.ecagroup.com/media-p ... edar-4.jpg I assume by that you mean you’d carry any chinooks on the QEs and lily pad them to the others, if so would carrying a reasonable number of chinooks on the QEs heavily impact on F35 operation and would it force them to sail where they really sho...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The carriers will end up operating more like a uss America than uss enterprise. + That will certainly be true for at least the first decade of service That's what I tried to say on the carriers thread: they will be rattling half empty for a decade to come - folks could try to answer the question, r...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 895
Views: 54405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Around £265m won't build a Karel Doorman but it would build a highly capable Enforcer based multipurpose vessel that could act as an auxiliary SSS vessel within the LiTM group. At 205m LOA with a 32m beam a 6 Merlin hanger should be possible. Which one of your designs/ concepts is the closest match?
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10058
Views: 725122
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

WTF? Why don't you report on DG and get the anger out... unpleasant language, and I deeply disapprove of your sentence construction. - Or go to the local pub and get your lights punched out; that's the real world, meeting with that kind of approach (putting, should I say :thumbdown: , a 'hard stop'...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 18:17
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 74259
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

Let's see if LJ approves: "The system uses a panoramic gunner’s sight with 3rd GEN thermal imager, and an independent commander’s sight, to offer 95% hit probability at a stationary target sized 2.3×2.3 meters (+80% probability against moving target), with a first three rounds burst. TOUTATIS i...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 11:21
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1251
Views: 74259
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

If anyone can find a RWS capable of mounting the CTS40 with modern sights and FCS equal to those fitted to the upgraded Warrior, Challenger2s and Ajax please let us all know. Toutas Challenger 2 Mk2 and Ajax's Orion sights are...pretty dang high end The previous edition adorns thousands of Russian ...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 895
Views: 54405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

in high intensity ops requires the SSS to be designed dedicated yep, add a fraction to the one (could be +1.0) as the SSS will also need topping up - and heavens know from how far would almost be like a merging of a bay with the old rover class + But that would be separate to a solid stores require...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10058
Views: 725122
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

But some further thoughts on how the "loadout" on the two carriers, with a lot! of capacity, could be better: When our carriers were mainly of WW2 design (if not of construction, because so many of them sprung back to life much later)... that led to some ingenious carrier a/c designs that ...
by ArmChairCivvy
30 May 2019, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10058
Views: 725122
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

swoop wrote:It would be interesting to see how well the active stabilisers are performing


We know that from cruise ships (similar size; perhaps? a different hull form):
- at first they work well
- and past a "certain" sea state they stop working... so the change is a memorable experience for the PAX
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

spreading 20 helicopters across 5 platforms? This is the long standing comprise between distributing for additional resilience, or centralising for greater efficiency. Resilience 50-100% of the time (rqr'ed); TLC by support crews in deeper ways than refuelling/ rearming... say 10% of the time Now t...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 16:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 895
Views: 54405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

sustaining the LiTM group over an extended period? A small well dock could be an extremely useful feature and take the pressure off the rest of the Amphibious logistic fleet. Why not a steel beach... a major difference in the structural design (demands)? We must remember that the FSS vessels are th...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 15:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2258
Views: 117632
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ocean worked as part of a group with the Albion’s, the Albion’s came in close ( built to higher standards for this ) Ocean her self sat further back A good doctrine, helping to move to STOMP (straight to objective manoeuvre...?) Canberra class for example they are based on the Spanish JC1 which is ...
by ArmChairCivvy
29 May 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10125
Views: 476095
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Like or not HMG / MOD have put them self in a corner with poor budgets and planning Yes, this is the real problem. More specifically the back-to-back renewal/ rebirth of carrier aviation and then Dreadnoughts - the former is a joint capability - the latter a sovereign capability. Rearranging the bu...

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