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by Repulse
19 Jan 2020, 16:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3959
Views: 353676
Location: United Kingdom

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

There was interest in the CEAFAR radar from the UK, but seems to have gone quiet.

https://www.naval-technology.com/news/u ... avy-ships/
by Repulse
19 Jan 2020, 10:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I’m hoping that with HMS Medway now seemingly forward based in the Caribbean, coupled with an opportunity in the SDSR / talk of a civilian HADR solution, the Bays will be able to focus more time on the mothership role being discussed.
by Repulse
19 Jan 2020, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

agree, as you guys are crayoning what B2s will look like - our friend here did a good job - with much better tools - on the evolution path that the Bays might take Not sure I fully understand the point you are making. Are you suggesting that the three points I highlighted from Nick Child’s article ...
by Repulse
18 Jan 2020, 11:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Tell me the year when there will be enough of (available) T26s and T45s for all of them not to be ties to the carrier task force(s) Unless someone gets their chequebook out and buy more, that will be the year after never. ...fully agree, about the much ridiculed (on these pages) T31 The T31 has bee...
by Repulse
18 Jan 2020, 09:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Apologies if this has been posted before, but below is a short but good summary of the questions posed as part of the future UK/US strategy by Nick Childs. https://www.iiss.org/blogs/military-balance/2019/11/amphibious-shipping-changing-uk-us A few key points for me: - “General Berger [USMC] also ta...
by Repulse
14 Jan 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 106712
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Given the impact of recent statements on planning assumptions (I.e. not relying on the US) and the hype around the SDSR20, cannot see any decisions happening till Q4 this year.
by Repulse
04 Jan 2020, 12:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 , to be honest the only criteria I have is to be able to provide suitable protection for the role and environment the ship is operating in. A 57mm gives greater range against surface and air targets, but if it’s operating in confined / crowded sea spaces then you could argue the advantag...
by Repulse
04 Jan 2020, 12:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC , yes but it’s a modest investment when compared to building new classes of ship. We can revisit the history behind the B2s and what could have been, but at the end of the day the direction looks to be to keep them and the B1 Rivers. If the RN has them then they should use them, if they d...
by Repulse
04 Jan 2020, 10:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268618
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

donald_of_tokyo , I agree options to add heavy armaments to the River class continues to be an endless debate, though in my view has increased interest recently given the discussion on global deployments and also (IMO) the very clear noise coming from HMG to make better use of what the RN already h...
by Repulse
01 Jan 2020, 15:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11053
Views: 1080770
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

serge750 wrote:where is she going that's hot in 2020?


Perhaps a CJEF exercise with France in the Med?
by Repulse
27 Dec 2019, 16:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Interesting overview in this months Warships IFR magazine on the US Littoral Combat Groups (LCGs) following a conference speech by Captain J.R.Hill (the amphibious warfare branch head). Describes the similar thought process to the RUSI RN/RM, with a concept of a light and heavy LCG. A heavy LCG woul...
by Repulse
24 Dec 2019, 11:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim , if the RUSI route is followed the current 40 + 45 RM Cdos will be split into two mini 3 company mini Cdo structures plus company level independent units. Therefore, their Norwegian role would change also to a force capable securing key strategic points or a landing ground for a Strike Br...
by Repulse
23 Dec 2019, 20:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

SW1, completely agree. A forward based battlegroup in the Baltic’s and Norway would be a strong contribution to NATO alongside the back-up of a Strike Brigade via RFA Points.
by Repulse
23 Dec 2019, 12:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Whilst not directly linked to Amphibious capability the following does ask some good questions on what the requirement is in the new world. https://warontherocks.com/2019/11/avoiding-the-charge-of-the-light-brigade-against-china-2/ Given A2/AD advances, perhaps large scale (areal and amphibious) str...
by Repulse
23 Dec 2019, 07:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796987
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

1SL outlines the ambition for 2020 to double crew another T23 or T45. Would have thought a forward based GP T23 in Singapore, would help tick the boxes of increasing ship availability and playing to the Global Britain theme ahead of the SDSR. https://twitter.com/royalnavy/status/1208692228073369600?...
by Repulse
21 Dec 2019, 12:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Obviously the priority instruction from Ben Wallace about “get what you have working” was aim towards the T45 and Astute programmes, but could it also be the same the argument to get the 2nd LPD back into active service (before buying any FLSSs)?
by Repulse
08 Dec 2019, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

If your deploying to support allies then you deploy to their country and operate with their forces Absolutely agree, and in future those alliances will become more important. However, rather than basing an Army brigade anywhere it will be a smaller engagement more focused on training and intelligen...
by Repulse
08 Dec 2019, 11:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

We have bases across the world right now with people fwd based there. Very different things. How do you propose our land forward based units get to the regional trouble zones in terms of speed, logistics and approval to move large units across other countries? For example we have Army units in Cypr...
by Repulse
08 Dec 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The difference with the RMs is that they can be forward based with thier ships capable of being located near areas of conflict for early intervention (without the need of a secured port or airfield) without boots on the ground. They are also used to operating in smaller groups, allowing for the inte...
by Repulse
08 Dec 2019, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim , agree with the main thrust of your argument, except this part: But we must remember the scale of the operations we are looking at, namely nothing larger than a reinforced company sized battle group able to conduct sustained raiding operations as a sovereign capability. The RUSI talks abo...
by Repulse
07 Dec 2019, 19:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

No I’d of preferred if a number of LHDs were built instead of the carriers. Now the carriers are built the amphibious role and the requirement will simply disappear along with Albion and bulwark. Or a carrier will become a lha risk or no risk. LHDs are fine if you don’t want to do anything independ...
by Repulse
07 Dec 2019, 19:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The escort force has been and the RM brigade will be sacrificed on the altar of carrier strike. Possibly, time will tell. One thing is for sure, the idea of large scale land offensive / nation building operations will be left to the Blair years where they belong. Surgical strikes and raids, backed ...
by Repulse
07 Dec 2019, 08:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 229079
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Or LHD are the ideal platform for any navy that wishes to distribute the deployment of aviation and ground forces in multiple locations to achieve sea control and stretch the offensive capabilities of a high end adversary whilst allowing sustained maritime security operations in multiple locations ...

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