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by donald_of_tokyo
04 Aug 2020, 15:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 380
Views: 69226
Location: Japan

Re: Future ASW

Very impressive trial of French Marine National - using CAPTAS-1 containerized system on Offshore Support Vessel. - I new the Lafayette upgrade included KingKlip hull sonar, but I first know here that " Surcouf, has been fitted with a BlueWatcher hull mounted sonar since early 2018" . Blue...
by donald_of_tokyo
04 Aug 2020, 15:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Trent tweet "https://mobile.twitter.com/HMSTrent/status/1290231075403206657"

Looks like her Junior Ratings mess is very lovely great. Looks like a hotel?

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by donald_of_tokyo
04 Aug 2020, 06:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

For me this project could offer a number of good options is it ready to build no is it ready to offer a work and a jobs maybe if we take the project as a whole and put a real time line in place like RFI and design stage 1 complete by 2nd Q of 2021 contact award and design signed off 1st Q of 2022 1...
by donald_of_tokyo
01 Aug 2020, 15:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2898
Views: 365928
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I know I’m going to get flack for verging in fantasy land, but if money was less of a problem I would say the perfect platform for a Vanguard RM Company would be a variant of the new Kalaat Beni-Abbes LPD. It has: - Space for 200-400 RMs - 3 LCVPs - upto 3 larger landing craft - Flexible hangar / g...
by donald_of_tokyo
27 Jul 2020, 03:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

the arguements about operational requirements is one thing, but the reasons why I'm confident that they will go ahead (some large RFA ships of some kind) is because they are i) shovel ready (can be, if desired, relatively speaking, with long lead items and steel cut in ca. 12 months), ii) ship buil...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Repulse-san, Lord Jim-san. Thanks for interesting perspective. We differ in somewhere and agree in other. :thumbup: - I think the core of LSG will be a modified Bay. It can easily be modified to carry 3-4 Merlin HC4s, if happy to sacrifice small amount of deck-carried vehicles space. When more "...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

What is JSS? If a CVF is ALWAYS with large amphibious operation (and I think it must be), why do we need "large aviation capability"? In other words, when JSS with large aviation capability is in operation, where is the CVF? CVF needs SSS, and there are two CVF and Fort Victoria is only on...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 13:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Thanks, Repulse-san. As such, a typical CSG that includes a Tide Class plus RFA Fort Victoria (when EoS) should be okay in normal times. Yes, but to do this, we need at least two SSS, not only Fort Victoria. Given the limited funds, whilst tempting I’d say a pure SSS is not the way forward. Interest...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 03:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Forth at work in the south. Note a fast raider carried on her helicopter deck. from "https://mobile.twitter.com/MelyssaFright/status/1286443723790917633" Adding a smallish (9-10m class) LCVP onboard HMS Forth will enable some kind of buggy or ATV to be landed in isolated land or islan...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 02:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

From Fort Rosalie thread ... I would say it time to commit to a replacement even if we said 500 million per ship and put it out to tender to see what we could get these ships should be around for 40 plus years The replacements need to fit into a balanced fleet regardless of cost. Until the LSG conce...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jul 2020, 02:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Fort Rosalie Class Replenishment Ship (RFA)
Replies: 43
Views: 4903
Location: Japan

Re: Fort Rosalie Class Replenishment Ship (RFA)

any can be modified to carry munitions if it is only 300-400 tonnes per hul To put it in perspective, Donald-san, if a Queen Elizabeth-class carrier were to operate at the intended maximum target of 36 aircraft at 3 missions per day (108 sorties), it could theoretically use > 730t of munitions and ...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Jul 2020, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Tamar status, From "https://mobile.twitter.com/hms_tamar/status/1286695588734664717" 4 really good weeks with FOST complete! More training with 815NAS next week, but after that we will be out with the rest of OverseasPatrol Ships HMS Tyne, Mersey, Severn, Forth, Medway and Trent suppor...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Jul 2020, 12:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Forth at work in the south. Note a fast raider carried on her helicopter deck.
from "https://mobile.twitter.com/MelyssaFright/status/1286443723790917633"
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by donald_of_tokyo
25 Jul 2020, 12:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Fort Rosalie Class Replenishment Ship (RFA)
Replies: 43
Views: 4903
Location: Japan

Re: Fort Rosalie Class Replenishment Ship (RFA)

NavyLookout Sadly this fine old veteran FSS is unlikely to sail again. 42 years old. Not a big deal, should have been scrapped a decade ago. Not sure. There are many ships lasting longer than 42 years, and it is "just" a supply ship. If RN throw away the idea of heavy RAS rig to support f...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Thanks. A 12 m "large bus" size of accommodation on top of the screw vibration may not be so "comfortable" I'm afraid. May be just for a few days? :D
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Then, mothballing PoW will come up as a "good alternative", I'm afraid. Don’t agree with this - keeping both carriers active is a must, and I do not see the need for a FSS in all roles. Would say that in a ASW role for example in the North Atlantic (9 ASW Merlins, 9 CAP F35Bs and 4 AEW Me...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 15:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3372
Views: 429356
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

What is the 40ft container at the stern of the ship?

see "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1285552961045893127" HMS SevernImage
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

shark bait wrote:That is some extraordinarily warped logic.

Following that logic the French have zero carriers, which is clearly not true.
?? They have 3 (initially 5) Durance class supply ships.
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

If things are really bad just deal with Fort Victoria Sure? Then, mothballing PoW will come up as a "good alternative", I'm afraid. As RN can "strike" with only one SSS, then, why they need two CVs? If RN can "go along with" one SSS for a decade, why need two in future...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jul 2020, 14:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

And what resource will be used for this updating? Babcock in Rosyth? The FSS are already well overdue. The mistake was probably calling them “Future”. They are needed now! :mrgreen: Cammell Laird? They are actually modifying Fort Victoria. Modifying Fort Austin or Wave or Tides, is can be done at C...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Jul 2020, 16:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1281
Views: 186617
Location: Japan

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

A quick and dirty comparison of Naval Auxiliaries from around the world. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcOqUJNXgAIjLot?format=png&name=900x900 The Farnco-Italian design and Navantia's might both be a tad small Plus simple tankers do not convert well because zero consideration given to intermediat...
by donald_of_tokyo
13 Jul 2020, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1245256
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Simply comparing the "project closure date", - project for 5 T31 are planned to be closed in 2030. - project for 8 T26 are planned to be closed in 2035. This is what the report states. Of course, T26 Batch-2 contract is not yet held, so it differs. But, Francis Tusa-san's claim is fare, as...
by donald_of_tokyo
13 Jul 2020, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1245256
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I also checked the T26 part in the 2019-2020 excel sheet. It states <Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme> The scheduled baseline project end date at Q2 1920 (30th September 2019) is 01/05/35, has not changed since last year's Q2 1819 date of 01/05/35, due primarily to the following factors; - Proje...
by donald_of_tokyo
13 Jul 2020, 14:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1245256
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting tweets on T31. https://twitter.com/VAdmCGardner/status/1282649498720899072 In the actual document (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/infrastructure-and-projects-authority-annual-report-2020), it states - in PDF: The Competitive Design Phase, completed in late 2019, has delivered...
by donald_of_tokyo
13 Jul 2020, 13:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1245256
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Option (c) is key. A LSD can never be the centre of a credible amphibious group. You could argue a SF platform but only up to a company level in a low threat environment, and can only be additional to something that can actually provide more scale. The reality is, if the UK’s amphibious ambition is...

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