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by SW1
29 May 2020, 15:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

SW1 wrote: The next could possibly be an optionally manned smaller vessel that can operate from a larger vessel I think the French have at least a concept (in metal) for that; will try to look it up at some point today This is what I was thinking about: the Sterenn-Du USV remote control system as w...
by SW1
29 May 2020, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

I think we are jumping ahead 20 years by talk of large drone motherships and depot ships. The range for operating these drones from the parent platform / base will be limited, and the security overwatch is still a requirement that cannot be delivered from Bay type platforms currently. I completely ...
by SW1
29 May 2020, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

I would agree, mind you I think we have a very suitable vessel in the 3 bays to make it work or experiment with now. Also feel that if we end up with a optionally manned vessel around the size of the archer patrol/or mk6 patrol craft then it makes things interesting in so much that at that size they...
by SW1
28 May 2020, 12:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

Or perhaps going one stage further the type 31 with excess space is where the mcm command and divers are based. The mcm vessels being unmanned depending on size may come out from shore to operate with the type 31 or even tie up alongside it like the riverine or torpedo boats used to do. Or if small ...
by SW1
27 May 2020, 18:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1182
Views: 161059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Gib is a non issue. Half of the businesses would go down without the daily commuters (not all Spanish) from across the border - no Franco type of border closure (even the WW2 bunkers, built into sand dunes, are mainly upside-down by now) And with Brexit, tax-free will(?) be back! It’s very much the...
by SW1
27 May 2020, 18:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

Did they not add mcm gear to North Sea trawlers for use in the Falklands ? There was a sweep trial with a anchor handling vessel (small rig tender) . It had mixed results. The R.N.R were to man them when they lost there own sweepers. But this was not pushed forward. A more modern mine hunting requi...
by SW1
27 May 2020, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1182
Views: 161059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Yes Spain, the consistent no 1 holiday country for people from Britain with an average of 11 million visits from the uk every year. Gib is a non issue.
by SW1
27 May 2020, 15:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 682
Views: 89248
Location: United Kingdom

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

Did they not add mcm gear to North Sea trawlers for use in the Falklands ?
by SW1
27 May 2020, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1182
Views: 161059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Clear looking at a establishment the business again. Wonder if building some blocks as part of the type31 is back on the cards.
by SW1
26 May 2020, 17:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 159
Views: 42796
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Not to mention awacs going before replacement too.

If you keep order stuff you can’t afford things like this will continue to happen.
by SW1
26 May 2020, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1182
Views: 161059
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Posted it a few hours ago on the shipbuilding thread.

Would suggest they’ll do what ever other shipyard in the uk does bring in contractors mainly from Eastern Europe.
by SW1
24 May 2020, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Depending on what a ship agnostic system looks like every ship currently in the fleet maybe able to operate them or possibly even a hired or contracted vessels. They may not even need to be operated from another ship. But we know that for key things like MCM, the T45s and T31s are unlikely to be ab...
by SW1
24 May 2020, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1, Whether we are investing in ship agnostic capabilities or not is neither here nor there if you don’t have the ships capable of operating them. Depending on what a ship agnostic system looks like every ship currently in the fleet maybe able to operate them or possibly even a hired or contracted...
by SW1
24 May 2020, 13:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

because they wouldn’t be funded out of the current 10 year budget round but the next so we don’t know what funding there will be or what projects will be prioritised. Yeah we’ve been using that line for about 30 years + now and how wonderfully well it’s worked. Might as well be never never land. I ...
by SW1
24 May 2020, 12:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:because they wouldn’t be funded out of the current 10 year budget round but the next so we don’t know what funding there will be or what projects will be prioritised.


Yeah we’ve been using that line for about 30 years + now and how wonderfully well it’s worked. Might as well be never never land.
by SW1
23 May 2020, 20:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 157
Views: 43117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

The UK’s Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has confirmed that it withdrew from a project Last year Marshalls mentioned it intended it was going to move elsewhere and sell its land at Cambridge for Housing. Have not heard anything since about that move but it may have something to do with the can...
by SW1
23 May 2020, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 72
Views: 20339
Location: United Kingdom

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

Repulse wrote:https://youtu.be/zdkLZhsAmJ0


It’s a gd video and I have seen it before, what I would point is the number of unmanned used and how they get there and the roll of the frigate in it. While this is theory and I’m sure various things will change but worth considering none the less
by SW1
23 May 2020, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given who uses the Pacific 95 and the type of roles a type 31 maybe assigned around littoral operations it would make an interesting proposition for an optionally manned variant.

https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/pacific-950
by SW1
22 May 2020, 20:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3319
Views: 373954
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Surely it’s the role of the RN to maintain the security and integrity of UK territorial waters from all forms of illegal activity, just like they do in overseas UK territories of the Falklands and Caribbean using a similar vessel type.
by SW1
22 May 2020, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 157
Views: 43117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/we ... 96.article The UK’s Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has confirmed that it withdrew from a project to convert five Boeing 737NGs into E-7A Wedgetail surveillance platforms for the Royal Air Force (RAF) due to commercial considerations. The UK Ministry ...
by SW1
21 May 2020, 15:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Quite simply it has a big mission bay for larger “drones” than just a 7m Rhib davit - including space for maintenance. A flat working deck like the Venator 90/Venari would be an alternative. I see this comment repeated over and over but no where in any official documents or configurations for a140 ...
by SW1
20 May 2020, 19:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well if we’re not doing mcm within the uk eez or to allow passage or movement of the uk carrier group or A NATO group then why on earth are doing mcm for in a hostile environment. It will not be outside of those two protection bubbles. Well that’s the end of Operation Kipion then. One can only hope...
by SW1
20 May 2020, 19:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN can no longer afford to provide a “protection bubble” outside of the UK EEZ or CEPP. Well if we’re not doing mcm within the uk eez or to allow passage or movement of the uk carrier group or A NATO group then why on earth are doing mcm for in a hostile environment. It will not be outside of t...
by SW1
20 May 2020, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11685
Views: 1082990
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I always find this odd when such things are discussed. If there’s a hot war these ships would not be operating alone, they’d be part of and under the protection of the deployed task force that’s the whole point. As systems move offboard the ships that transport such systems will also change they may...
by SW1
20 May 2020, 13:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 157
Views: 43117
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

https://www.boeing.co.uk/news-media-room/news-releases/2020/may/sts-aviation-services-in-birmingham-key-wedgetail-supplier.page Boeing [NYSE: BA] has selected STS Aviation Services and its Birmingham site for the conversion work on the United Kingdom's fleet of five Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning ...

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