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by donald_of_tokyo
24 Jan 2020, 03:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

from "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1220441995535179779"

First public photo of a Batch II OPV using their 16-tonne crane by NavyLookout
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by donald_of_tokyo
23 Jan 2020, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11054
Views: 1080820
Location: Japan

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A Navy can't defend against that, a commander will have to act as though the enemy knows where they are all the time. That will force the carrier to operate from much further away from shore, requiring longer ranged aircraft. (Also under water becomes much more important) Not sure. As a natural ext...
by donald_of_tokyo
22 Jan 2020, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Just a fantasy, I agree, but how about adding the hangar on hull 4 and 5 of River B2? A light helo and hanger should have been there at the beginning, that would have been a real step up over its predecessor. Is there an 'easy' way to retrofit it? If it is for Bell 407/MQ-8C or EC135T2 (if with fol...
by donald_of_tokyo
22 Jan 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 797016
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We don't know the final T31 spec, yet Agree, but at least, T31 is never intended to be a Tier-1 escort. It could be as capable as (or less, e.g. "no ASW") the heavy corvettes such as Damen 10514, Gowind2500, and Brazilian MEKO A100 Tamandare Corvette, which cost similar to T31, but never ...
by donald_of_tokyo
22 Jan 2020, 12:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 797016
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just saw this on Twitter - main article behind a paywall. If there’s any substance to this, then it is hard to see how the RN would recover in terms of effectiveness & prestige. I certainly won’t relish the RN playing second fiddle to the Marine Nationale Had a read of it and it doesn't seem to...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jan 2020, 22:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

EC145 is already used for services helicopter training, where its known as the H-145 Jupiter. Similarly, they also operate EC135 as H-135 Juno. Thanks, I knew it. My point was the "folded rotor" coming soon. If similar technology adapted for EC135T2 as well, it will be a better candidate ...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jan 2020, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

great pic's above of the containers fitted shame she is not carrying a UAV to help give eyes on over the Horizon for anti drug or recon op's It's not only River B2. All RN asset lacks UAVs. But, in other words, once a UAV type is selected, many of the RN assets, including River B2 will carry it. By...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jan 2020, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

from "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1219568475951239169" CO of HMS Medway says - 50% of the crew has never actually deployed before (and thus excited) : it means a half of the crew are new comer? - HMS Medway is a contingency for HADR there: does this confirm that there will be an...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jan 2020, 00:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Rank of the Commanding Officer (CO) of River B2 OPVs are - HMS Forth : Commander - HMS Medway : Commander - HMS Trent : Lieutenant Commander I understand originally (or normally) the River OPVs CO's rank is/was Lieutenant Commander. Is this situation "special" as they are "the first s...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Jan 2020, 15:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Very impressive movie. 1: Beautiful sea. 2: Very low wave generated by the River B2 OPV. Great. Must be very fuel efficient. 3: Wildcat's "wake" (ripples on the water) very beautiful. 4: I can see there is a "cover" above the stern "rope holding deck", slightly lower le...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Jan 2020, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Medway deploys with two 20ft ISO container. (from Navylookout (Photo: Andy Amor) and HMS Medway twitter) Showing high versatility of River B2 (not saying it is a big cargo capability, though. Its just small/modest, but good enough as her size and speed). Interesting that the location of ISO cont...
by donald_of_tokyo
19 Jan 2020, 13:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3959
Views: 353687
Location: Japan

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

A simple question. Has Canada decided the SAM selection? As, 24 CAMM looks a bit too small in number, I'm not clear what the 6-cell ExLS is for. Purely speculation .... - could it be "24 CAMM (in 6-cell ExLS) + 24 SM-6 + 8 ASROC (in 32-cell Mk.41)", for example? The combination is similar ...
by donald_of_tokyo
15 Jan 2020, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 343
Views: 49134
Location: Japan

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

from "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1217425063055646720" I think this is very precious photo (at least for me) showing of the width of the Bay-class's dock. This mexefloat is apparently the "Standard" version in its width (*1), which is 7.42m wide. Maxi-version of mexefl...
by donald_of_tokyo
15 Jan 2020, 12:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11054
Views: 1080820
Location: Japan

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

from "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1217377601045651456" Very impressive comparison of a 1000t 80m corvette, compared with 70000t QE CV. The A69-class is a typical of corvettes in 1980s. Nowadays, a typical corvette is about 2000-3000t large, such as Damen Sigma class (90-105m lon...
by donald_of_tokyo
12 Jan 2020, 14:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 139
Views: 20055
Location: Japan

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

At last, back to sea...
by donald_of_tokyo
08 Jan 2020, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

By the way, HMS severn looks like recommissioning as a dedicated Navigation Training ship, if I read it correctly.

by donald_of_tokyo
07 Jan 2020, 21:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Forth has arrived at her destination.

Looks like she entered Mare harbor, not Port Stanley? (I might be wrong, though).
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by donald_of_tokyo
04 Jan 2020, 15:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

... If the RN has them then they should use them, if they don’t want them or can’t use them then sell them, but it shouldn’t expect magically new money to be available. Like getting both LPDs back into service, I want to see the RN maximise what they have - only then can they argue for more. Genera...
by donald_of_tokyo
03 Jan 2020, 14:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Carib doesn't seem like any kind of a priority, unless its because they want to free up RFA assets from having to be on standby for hurricane season due to perceived demand elsewhere.... To my inexpert eyes, the demand, the support facilities, and the focus all point to the Gulf... Persian Gulf is ...
by donald_of_tokyo
02 Jan 2020, 13:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Do anyone know to where HMS Medway, 2nd-hull of Batch-2 River OPV, will be forward deployed? - Caribbean option: where will be the home port? Bermuda? - Persian Gulf option: at Bahrain? - Singapore option: at the RN jetty?(*1) *1: By the way, Today in google map, HMS Albion is berthed in Singapore S...
by donald_of_tokyo
30 Dec 2019, 20:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 797016
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

According to Thales T31 will have 17 consuls in the CIC , all MOC MK4, and FFNW another 3 , incidentally the same number as in the CIC of a T45, so in this respect it is hardly an OPV. Great information :thumbup: . From where did you get it? Very interesting. I am very much curious about what those...
by donald_of_tokyo
29 Dec 2019, 04:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It has been continuously confirmed Brazil not going get her from months ago.

Who is pushing to say they will, even denied so many times? May be Brazilian side?
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Dec 2019, 00:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11054
Views: 1080820
Location: Japan

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Great thread! Comparing many types of accommodation, not only QNLZ.
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Dec 2019, 13:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Forth heading south. Leaving CapeVerde, she has another half of her trip to Falklands island. Meanwhile, FIGS is gapped from late October (*1) for about two months (but no one cares, looks like. If Argentina did not care, it is no problem :D ). *1: https://www.ics-uk.org/news/goodbye-to-hms-clyd...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Dec 2019, 03:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268631
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Many River class OPV events happening. 1: HMS Forth on her way to Falkland, just around Cape Verde. (ref: "https://mobile.twitter.com/HMS_Forth/status/1206967653283315712") 2,3: HMS Medway already commissioned, ready for deployment, and HMS Trent just start flying white ensign. (ref: "...

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