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by SW1
20 Apr 2019, 09:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292425
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Many years ago the RN used depot ships stationed at various places around the world to support small craft, submarines and the like. They say history rhymes rather than repeats. If you are wanting to have a portion of your force used as fwd presence for engagement maritime security and the like then...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 22:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Agreed, but the French seem to be able to regularly operate a fleet of 24 Rafales from a fleet of 42. They don’t unless you count once in 20 years as regular ok They did just that in 2015 and 2016 when launching air attacks in Syria and hit 30 Rafales in recent trials. They didn’t 18 rafale in 2015...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 18:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Repulse wrote:Agreed, but the French seem to be able to regularly operate a fleet of 24 Rafales from a fleet of 42.


They don’t unless you count once in 20 years as regular ok
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I never said it’ll happen I said it’s what is really needed to do what HMG want else like I said either the carriers or RAF fleets will be just token forces or even worse both half arsed. I don’t see people saying it’s tokenism when the US rocks up with 4 f22 in Estonia or 8 in Korea or when 8 f35s...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 11:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519124
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The uk already operates a stand alone chinook fleet, the cockpit is different to the rest of the world wide fleet as well as a few other things. Chinook has been continually deployed at sea and I suspect there’s pilots and ground crew in the chinook force with more time at sea than some of those in ...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 11:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25675
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Now you are being silly. Is anyone suggesting that these vessels are manned by raw recruits that have never seen a sonar before? Training is a continuous process, covering the full spectrum from basic training to upgrading the skills of experienced operators in the light of new developments (the mi...
by SW1
14 Apr 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25675
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

You don’t send people who are training to your priority task they need to be combat ready Agree with covering the priority tasks first, but tell me, if the T23 currently carrying out this duty does detect a lurking Russian submarine, waiting to track the deterrent as it sails, do they immediately t...
by SW1
13 Apr 2019, 18:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25675
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess of crew so it can put them on other vessels without have to take them away from primary assets? Not sure. But its a whole lot cheaper and an easy win to train some additional crew over a period of years to ma...
by SW1
13 Apr 2019, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25675
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

If we can get another vessel to cover TAPS that would be a straightforward win as well. It should be a mission for the MCM replacement vessel (hopefully the Venari 85). No need for an escort to do the role. Does the RN have enough ASW specialist to just man the type 23/26 asw vessels or an excess o...
by SW1
10 Apr 2019, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The french deploy the puma at sea and I think USN sealift ships do too.

Given in hot and or high puma mk2 will lift more than merlin in combat configuration might be an interim option.

The CHF wanted chinook got merlin due to lack of cash.
by SW1
10 Apr 2019, 17:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)
Replies: 894
Views: 45442
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

I would paying attention to a US army requirement in relation to what sentinel does. Sticking a sensor on a p8 is a poorer substitute. Sentinel support contracts have been really shoddily handled for a while mainly because some want it scrapped because there’s no money but it’s been far to much in d...
by SW1
08 Apr 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The MOD said on the 1st Feb 2019 that the F-35 program remains on track and on budget and we remain committed to purchasing 138 F-35's Hahaha and such a reliable source on program numbers and cost they are too. See this is the sort of post that really pisses me off. Is it true that F-35 is on track...
by SW1
08 Apr 2019, 09:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:The MOD said on the 1st Feb 2019 that the F-35 program remains on track and on budget and we remain committed to purchasing 138 F-35's


Hahaha and such a reliable source on program numbers and cost they are too.
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 21:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1271
Views: 56343
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

An different view into the insight of new fighter program selection from the US side

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... yf-23-lost
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 18:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

and another wing of F-35Bs at RAF Marham again with four squadrons and the ability to generate 24 aircraft for deployment either on land or the available carrier. Can’t see that many at Marham with the ocu there. I don’t see us ordering more than 60 across the life of the program unless it becomes ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Absolutely a useful and up-to-date example of a multi-national, short endurance, littoral strike Op. It would appear this is exactly what the FLSS vessels are designed to facilitate but even if a new combat boat is procured such a raid is not something a FLSS could manage alone without a Bay or an ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 11:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Poiuytrewq wrote:This is really worth a look.

https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/up-clo ... -partners/

Excellent job, well done @savetheroyalnavy :thumbup:


Good show case of a commando raid. Replace the lcvp with something like a combat boat littoral strike in action.
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Where and when exactly are we transitioning 2/3rds of the entire fast jet fleet to f35bs? The force has 2 operational units anything beyond that in any time frame worth considering (decade +) is highly speculative. Uk a/c numbers assigned to a Sqn are notional the numbers to worry about are combat ...
by SW1
07 Apr 2019, 09:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

2030 (Tr1s) is, but only just, more than a decade away Longer than that, mid 2030s to be replaced by what tempest turns out to be. We are going to have to accept that a single squadron will be the most deployed routinely I do not believe we have to accept anything of the sort. As said if all the F-...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 11:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

You only have 1 carrier air wing. If you deploy the same Sqn every year for 7 months bet it won’t have too many members before too long especially in a force struggling with retention like the grey merlin one. For me this is why the F-35 force should go to squadrons of 10 jets with 3 RN units and 3...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 11:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 159979
Location: United Kingdom

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

India’s operate Russian equipment so f35 unlikely I don't think you have read the bilateral agreements for sharing know-how/ hard tech - it is all in place between Pentagon/ USN/ India - no decisions... such normally flow from a fairly advanced design (=advanced enough to be costed) The Indians are...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 10:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Platforms based on the Enforcer hull are the right compromise for the UK as future replacements for both the Bays and Albions and would negate the need for one of the carriers to act as an LHA. I think it’s more a case of if the second carrier isn’t acting as a LHA it would be mothballed as the...
by SW1
06 Apr 2019, 10:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4835
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

There is a MS-110 sensor pod which is the next generation of what formed raptor, the pod would have options to perhaps add other things to it as well. It has the potential to be a centre line fit on typhoon, possibly also a fit to Hercules or voyager or reaper or p8 in pod form. Also the possibility...
by SW1
05 Apr 2019, 18:08
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4049
Views: 159979
Location: United Kingdom

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

Cheap slots, released by a buyer whose deposit was 'not accepted'? "Washington is considering expanding F-35 sales to five new countries including Romania, Greece, and Poland, a Pentagon official said yesterday [Thursday]" - India can have the carriers&harriers rerun: emals ; or rathe...
by SW1
05 Apr 2019, 18:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71999
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The Platforms based on the Enforcer hull are the right compromise for the UK as future replacements for both the Bays and Albions and would negate the need for one of the carriers to act as an LHA. I think it’s more a case of if the second carrier isn’t acting as a LHA it would be mothballed as the...

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