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by Keithdwat579
02 Dec 2018, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2711
Views: 121850
Location: Niue

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeKVpheq0K8 At 3:55 the reservist states the RNR will be manning the OPVs, which means the the personnel from e.g. HMS Calliope will be manning them by the sounds of it, like we did with the Ton Class until the 90s. They only require a crew of 35 anyway so not much of...
by Keithdwat579
02 Nov 2018, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2711
Views: 121850
Location: Niue

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Ive always thought a British Caribbean Coast Guard was a good idea, Ive always wondered why the RNLI wasn't in any of the BOTs anyway(can anyone explain?). Because there is a lot of smuggling, piracy etc, as well as SAR and HADR, it will probably need to be a mixture of blue water OPVs and small fas...
by Keithdwat579
02 Nov 2018, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5881
Views: 239995
Location: Niue

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

You know, the BAE Leander has a very Leander-esque look about it, particularly around the low down bridge! If Leander has 8 Mk41 cells + tubes for 36 Sea Captors it could be a very credible platform, but thats not happening for £250m. As for the hangar, I suspect the replacement for Merlin and Wildc...
by Keithdwat579
15 Oct 2018, 12:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 586
Views: 31729
Location: Niue

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

If the venari is chosen, which seems likely, in the 85 or larger variants, would/should they be classed as mcms? Maybe sloop would be better, they seem to be of a descendant study of the black swan concept a few years ago, if there is aversion like the 95 poiutreyq submitted it would be more than ju...
by Keithdwat579
11 Oct 2018, 21:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 42548
Location: Niue

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

'Hangar' you say....
;)
by Keithdwat579
26 Sep 2018, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598392
Location: Niue

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So it's happened already? I did suspect that they would do the first landings without the media attention. I take it that you would also have subscribed to the quote "The Titanic is unsinkable". Think positive and fight for what is needed. Too many people have defeatist attitudes. The Pol...
by Keithdwat579
26 Sep 2018, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598392
Location: Niue

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Its great to hear from the captain about the possibility of catapults in the future, if they are full sized, which i assume they would be for the likes of the MQ25, you will probably need arrestor gear! If you get arrestor gear you need an angled deck! in which case its no longer a stovl carrier, bu...
by Keithdwat579
25 Sep 2018, 11:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89756
Location: Niue

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I'm sure it's been said before, but I really don't like that our carriers are also taking on the role of the LPH, in my opinion it simply cannot happen, of course aircraft from the carrier can support groups, with ground attack, maybe helos, but it can/should never do the job. Also it seems that the...
by Keithdwat579
24 Sep 2018, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357386
Location: Niue

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Exactly, how much does it cost to keep them at low readiness? I'm going to assume not much, there would be no point in scrapping theses escorts if they don't cost much, and they're not active so hardly a burden on manpower. It doesn't cost much to keep them, and I'd rather have them there of they ar...
by Keithdwat579
11 Sep 2018, 21:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598392
Location: Niue

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I(for the first and only time) would be completely fine if the F35 trials are put on hold to go down and help the people out, its just right, that's the overseas territories down there and anyone and everyone who wants our help. If it means postponing a few tests to go and save peoples lives and mak...
by Keithdwat579
28 Aug 2018, 13:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357386
Location: Niue

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I would consider that more of a cruiser, I believe thats what the USN is calling it, its so big, its definitely meant to be more of a ticonderoga rival that a T45/Arleigh Burke rival. This is more proof of Chinas ambitions, the question is though, is the RN properly preparing itself for more time in...
by Keithdwat579
17 Aug 2018, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2203
Views: 89756
Location: Niue

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For landing craft replacement, I see the BMT Caimen designed ideal, if we want a modern like for like replacement. Caimen 90 for LCU replacement. Caimen 60 for LCVP replacement. http://www.bmtdsl.co.uk/bmt-design-portfolio/amphibious/bmt-caimen-landing-craft/ they are definitely eying up this order,...
by Keithdwat579
16 Aug 2018, 15:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598392
Location: Niue

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Well QHM Daily Movements is up for tomorrow, no sign of her leaving tomorrow unfortunately.
by Keithdwat579
19 Jun 2018, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9934
Views: 598392
Location: Niue

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

According to AIS Tracker, HMS Queen Elizabeth is in Malta, can anyone confirm or deny??
Seems unlikely as last I heard she was off the coast of Cornwall and there would have been a media circus already
by Keithdwat579
07 Jun 2018, 00:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9588
Views: 357386
Location: Niue

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think it is fair to say that the RN and Babcock know that the Absalon class would make a better GP platform. However what they also know is that if 5 Absalon's come on line the 2 Albions would be sold off before the second hull hit the water. The IH offers 2 big things 1st NATO call them a frigat...

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