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by Repulse
27 Feb 2021, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Agree, the RMs seem to be headed for a role of fleet protection and unconventional operations, but personally I think that is a good thing. In Afghanistan they were seen as just another light infantry brigade to fill a gap in an operation that the UK was not scaled for. Having the RMs (and I’d argue...
by Repulse
14 Feb 2021, 13:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Changing the subject. shark bait , your Twitter post yesterday on an example RN fleet which was smaller but more focused than today, has got me thinking. I cannot help but think that the future structure of the RN is linked to the discussions a week or so ago on larger 30-50m USVs for roles such as ...
by Repulse
14 Feb 2021, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Oh guns have still got their place... just not the particular one currently sitting on the front end of all RN escorts. I share to a degree this view when we are discussing the T45, who will be sailing with a CBG all of their time. My main reservation is that with smart ammunition, the naval gun pr...
by Repulse
09 Feb 2021, 14:32
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ferret Armoured Scout Car
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Ferret Armoured Scout Car

My vote for investment priority is a Ferret sized UGV, with a range of weapon bolt-ons :D
by Repulse
07 Feb 2021, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Nice video of the Sea Class 11m workboat;

by Repulse
07 Feb 2021, 11:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I completely missed this - has anyone else seen it?

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... the-future

Who cares about landing craft if you “shoot” RMs to land via a Rail Gun!
by Repulse
07 Feb 2021, 09:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Apologies if this is old news, but I have been reading up on Project Vahana, which relates to the delivery of 38 Sea Class (<20m) work boats by Atlas Elektronik and includes HMS Magpie. Good overview of the workboats here: https://www.atlas-elektronik.com/solutions/surface-vessel-systems/sea-class-m...
by Repulse
31 Jan 2021, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

10m-12m Ribs/USVs are fine for near/mid shore operations and short transfers / intercepts on the high seas when the weather is calm. I don’t think anyone is suggesting anything different. However for extend operations, operating over large distances, and navigating or operating far from shore then l...
by Repulse
30 Jan 2021, 11:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The core of a Future Littoral Response Group? Boat Transporter for modern USV variants of MGBs and “robot” landing craft. http://theislander.net/wp-content/uploads/Sevnstar-Copy-995x498.png A control mothership with Royal Marines operating OTH. http://www.seaforces.org/marint/Royal-Navy/Amphibious-...
by Repulse
27 Jan 2021, 20:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The 1SL was clear that he was willing to trade warships for unmanned systems. Sounds reasonable when it comes to MCMs and possibly larger amphibious ships, but when it comes to Destroyers, Frigates and OPVs (or Sloops as I call them :angel: ) I’m not convinced. As ArmChairCivvy says ships will get s...
by Repulse
25 Jan 2021, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 11
Views: 750
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

The global role of the two Echos is still there. I hope this is a signal of a small fleet, especially with a degree of strengthen hull for artic operations there is an argument for 1/2 dozen, to complement the other UUV/USV capabilities of the planned T26/T31/T32 platforms.
by Repulse
25 Jan 2021, 19:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

On Littoral Strike there were no specifics about platforms but Burns said there would be a transition away from current amphibious force model, including its structure and force generation to be more “scaleable and agile”. The Future Commando Force will have a sea base, surface and aviation manoeuv...
by Repulse
25 Jan 2021, 19:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4267
Views: 894927
Location: United Kingdom

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

https://www.navylookout.com/royal-navy-innovation-and-transformation/ Speaking about the Type 26 frigate and its large flexible mission bay capable of holding up to 14 shipping containers of equipment, he said that: “we have had the confidence to wait and see how we best use that space”. There are m...
by Repulse
25 Jan 2021, 14:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 , I completely agree with the sentiment hence why I don’t want to call them Frigates otherwise the requirement will get muddled and good plated. Equally, they are more than just an OPV, hence “Sloop”. There are many global examples of what this type of ship could be, each unique to the r...
by Repulse
24 Jan 2021, 22:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

1. Everything will be a mothership for unmanned systems Maybe, like every ship is a patrol ship, doesn’t mean that they all do the job equally well. The RN needs more than just a handful of “motherships”, if done properly and at scale (10+) these ships can transform the navy and release more expens...
by Repulse
24 Jan 2021, 20:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 13057
Views: 2278833
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Whilst we wait for the Integrated Security Review, if the reports are true the Hunt and Sandown MCM platforms are in the firing line for early retirement to be replaced by unmanned systems and also to free up crew for the carriers and other larger assets. If the Type 32 will serve as mothership for ...
by Repulse
06 Jan 2021, 18:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5209
Views: 1078796
Location: United Kingdom

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

With the target tonnage range of the Sea Venom, let’s hope we only fight foes with very small ships...
by Repulse
31 Dec 2020, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3724
Views: 751361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

SKB wrote:HMS Medway
?

I think you meant HMS Mersey?
by Repulse
31 Dec 2020, 10:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3724
Views: 751361
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

OPVs out in force for the New Year?

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by Repulse
28 Dec 2020, 16:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3001
Views: 623134
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

If the Future Commando Concept is based around smaller Multirole ships, the Fassmer MPV70 Mk II (for the Ecuadorean Navy) is an interesting ship. Could operate close to shore with a combination Rhibs / Landing Craft and USVs. Can imagine 2-3 operating with a Bay + T31 Frigate + Support Ship (providi...
by Repulse
23 Dec 2020, 14:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Research Vessel
Replies: 31
Views: 3659
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Multi-Role Research Vessel

If these “UUV motherships” ships are capable of conducting deep sea Survey, Surveillance and ASW duties in the North Atlantic it would in my view be a massive boost the UK’s capabilities. Not only could they map the ocean floor, protect the underwater cables and deliver deep sea recovery, they could...

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