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by Tempest414
31 Mar 2020, 11:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11050
Location: France

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Or actually go with new technology instead of just more of the same decades old designs. If you wanted to wait for newer technology the racer maybe of interest Gents I am all for an eye on the future however at this time money is the big problem that we face. For me something like H-145M would fit ...
by Tempest414
30 Mar 2020, 19:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11050
Location: France

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Maybe the Army should get rid of its Wildcats & Gazelles and replace them with 50 UH-72's would make a nice round number
by Tempest414
30 Mar 2020, 16:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11050
Location: France

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

How tall is that would it in a carriers hangar if not no good I would say this being said I still think when the CHF Merlin HC-4's need replacing we should look at tilt rotors
by Tempest414
30 Mar 2020, 11:21
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11050
Location: France

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

The NH-90 program has the MTT (Maritime Tactical Transport ) on its books from Feb 2019
by Tempest414
30 Mar 2020, 11:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3142
Views: 330402
Location: France

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I think there was a service contract included in the the second order covering all 5 ships
by Tempest414
30 Mar 2020, 10:57
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 64
Views: 11050
Location: France

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

For me due to the need of rapid deployment any new type needs to be able to be airlifted in pairs the same as the Puma's however as I have also said in the past for me any Puma replacement needs to be navalized to allow deployment aboard the Carriers or any future LPH/LHD. For me NH90 would work wel...
by Tempest414
26 Mar 2020, 12:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964968
Location: France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So a busy week last week with 4 type 23's and 2 B1 Rivers escorting Russian ships in the English channel and North sea
by Tempest414
25 Mar 2020, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: France

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

@ RichardIC

And I do respect you and them for that however the NHS is not for everyone and past the here and now a Hospital ship could be a good way of keeping well train staff in the loop for cases as we find our self today
by Tempest414
25 Mar 2020, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: France

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

The fact is that out side the here and now were all medical staff are all but conscripted to the NHS anyone with a few years under there belt dose not want to work for the NHS as it is piss poorly run and staff are treated as a number with little or no care taken for them so to say the NHS is robbed...
by Tempest414
24 Mar 2020, 10:34
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4473
Views: 472628
Location: France

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

This was my understanding that the F-35B units were 16 jets and the F-18 & F-35C units were 10 jets For me this works well as the B's can deploy on the LHD's as normal with 6 or 8 jets or they deploy as a whole sqn of 16 and the LHD/LHA becomes a light carrier. also the USMC F-35C units support ...
by Tempest414
23 Mar 2020, 10:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

So with the talk of a multi role ship now being pushed about maybe a modified Den Helder class could work at a cost of 375 million euros
by Tempest414
22 Mar 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

I thought the fort1 are laid up/scrapped up as well?. Fort Victoria is the only one left I think we are talking at cross purposes here my point is that in 2011 we should let one or both of the Fort 1's go as at that time they were 30+ years old and kept Fort George that in 2011 was only 18 years in...
by Tempest414
22 Mar 2020, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

SW1 wrote:Given the issues with manpower within the RFA no one was calling for it to be increased especially as I believe they fall into the civil servant bracket of mod accounting.


Then getting rid of a fort 1 over a Fort 11 would have made more seance as they need more crew 127 v 95
by Tempest414
22 Mar 2020, 09:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

ArmChairCivvy wrote:There was going to be free beer in 2015/2016 again, so it seemed sensible at the time


The sensible thing to have done would have been to get rid of one or both of the Fort 1's which at that time were already 30+ years old as it is now they are both laid up
by Tempest414
21 Mar 2020, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If only we had had the foresight to keep Fort George A388 and not scrapped her after only 18 years of service maybe we should done the same with the Fort 11's as we have done with the Albion's or got rid of the Fort 1's
by Tempest414
21 Mar 2020, 10:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Tempest414 wrote: the way forward for me is to replace the 2 LPD's with one LHD the 3 Forts with 2 large SSS and Argus plus the 3 Bay's with 4 LSD's capable of operating 3 Merlins off 2 spots giving them the ability to take on the LSS role. I think an LHD might be a stretch in this climate but the ...
by Tempest414
20 Mar 2020, 10:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 139852
Location: France

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

the way forward for me is to replace the 2 LPD's with one LHD the 3 Forts with 2 large SSS and Argus plus the 3 Bay's with 4 LSD's capable of operating 3 Merlins off 2 spots giving them the ability to take on the LSS role. I am all for mutli rolling however fleet tanker's and SSS should solely be ab...
by Tempest414
19 Mar 2020, 12:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: France

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

The important thing for everyone to understand is there is no shortage of hospitals. There is a shortage of trained people, and in some cases (PPE, ventilators) the right equipment. So we won't be having portacabin hospitals. What we may need is extra mortuary capacity, although it looks like the p...
by Tempest414
19 Mar 2020, 10:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49226
Location: France

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

First step is to conscripted all private medical staff and Dr's to to the NHS as for Argus she could come in as a floating med centre for the Scottish Islands taking pressure off main land units and rescue teams
by Tempest414
17 Mar 2020, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112242
Location: France

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

I think this is case of using any asset for a training task on both sides ship and helicopter
by Tempest414
15 Mar 2020, 11:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574969
Location: France

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If HMG wants to have two builders then the clear way forward is to build the 5 batch 1 type 31 and then do a deal with NZ and put a order for 4 or 6 Batch 2 ships and as they come on line and sell what ever batch 1 to keep the type 31 fleet at 5 or 6
by Tempest414
13 Mar 2020, 11:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1254135
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Stop the fantasy ship/fleet rubbish please. Go build models of them, like the Russians do. Oh dear no pic's to post oh well I am sure you will find one soon Plus what fantasy fleet are you talking about Bulwark the Bay and Wave class are already in the fleet as are the MCM's and the 5 type 31's are...
by Tempest414
13 Mar 2020, 08:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11348
Views: 1254135
Location: France

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

We are getting off subject here however I still feel if we build one more type 31 and get Bulwark going we could base 1 x LPD , 4 x Type 31 , 1 Bay , 4 x MCM & 1 x Wave EoS. As far as escorts go that would leave 6 x type 45 , 8 x type 23/26 and 2 type 31 = 16 escorts 8 for the Carriers and 8 for...
by Tempest414
13 Mar 2020, 07:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1841
Views: 210179
Location: France

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

sorry I don't know but this is what he said in the latest AFM however it is odd because 7 sqn's = 84 jets plus the 18 jets on the OCU and the 4 in the Falklands comes to 106 jets then we need to add what ever 41 sqn use dose not leave many from the 140 odd jets left. as for buying more typhoons yes ...
by Tempest414
12 Mar 2020, 18:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1780
Views: 226732
Location: France

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

if the UK is behind the US it dose not matter that much the first task is to try and get on par or in front of Russia and China

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