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by topman
05 Sep 2019, 12:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

By trailing them out there its a good way to keep up some training. Putting in a long distance trail isn't something that you want put together by people that have no experience or haven't done so in some time. That goes for the voyager crews as well. This way you get more training out of one exerci...
by topman
19 Aug 2019, 14:58
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

So when I was at Wattisham I spent a day at Marham which included a great visit to F-35 ground training unit which I can't really go into however what I picked up over the visit was when talking to a RN PO he was very pro F-35b and what it means to carrier strike however when talking to the RAF vis...
by topman
26 Jul 2019, 09:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Also, what weapons are integrated on F-35 now? Just ASRAAMs and AMRAAMS? And Paveway IV. They've been flying over Syria with them. Not a bad combination.One of the joys of the F35 program is that all the planes are the same so in emergency the UK could buy any currently qualified weapons and deploy...
by topman
22 Jul 2019, 18:35
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

bobp wrote:
topman wrote:Four C-17s


When you deploy overseas you need to take a lot of ground support equipment, and other spares with you, and also the squadron ground crew and their baggage, and of course weapons. So 4 C17's is pretty normal.


Thanks for that... :think:
by topman
22 Jul 2019, 15:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

Four C-17s :lolno:
by topman
05 Jul 2019, 08:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Unless your line manager is a micro-managing prat like mine. Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk You know what they say, people manage the most complicated thing they understand. I didn't know line managers had to sign off on mt requests. Ours are booked online, thankfully we get treated like grow...
by topman
05 Jul 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

All depends on where you work in the MoD, it's not like as soon as you deviate a hundred yards from the shortest route a load of alarm bells go off in MT. They don't check every journey using tracker against every journey on every vehicle. There's not enough hours in the day. They'll use it when the...
by topman
01 Jul 2019, 06:31
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

I very much doubt that the average person on the street will have any interest or knowledge at all in the number of a/c per sqn or numbers of sqns in the f35 fleet.
by topman
17 May 2019, 10:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

No way an innocent mistake. Spent three years with a personally allocated MT Car. Absolutely zero personal use allowed and they are all tracked by GPS. CSs combed the paperwork for inaccuracies. I don't know the guy, and have no bone in the fight, but it smacks to me of he thought he was above the ...
by topman
17 May 2019, 09:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

inch wrote:Personally I think it's top brass scared of the pc brigade and it's just perthetic ,what a total joke ,is this the state of the rn top brass today ,we are doomed , think other countries must laugh at us


What's the 'pc brigade' got to do with any of this?
by topman
17 May 2019, 07:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

An innocent mistake, bollocks. Everyone knows the rules regarding MT. He'll have been chancing it for a while, mind you everyone has nipped somewhere in an mt car that's not 'an official journey ' before. Bit harsh to get moved on and probably into some dead end post. Bet there's a few officers with...
by topman
08 May 2019, 08:48
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

I don't think it would reduce its life. As to what is put in place to reduce this risk, difficult to say without reading the report.
by topman
07 May 2019, 14:40
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

I would imagine so but perhaps not with that information to hand. Dehumidifying isn't anything new, various types of equipment are in use in the MoD. The question is how likely is it and where is it likely to appear? If it's a case of what we've got is good enough it's no issue at all. If the report...
by topman
29 Apr 2019, 21:46
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

Also gives a good idea of the fleets within fleets we'll be juggling for years to come. Probably for the USMC and USAF that will be the case. But from what we know of the UK's F-35B that's less likely. We've only bought limited numbers to date, and those that we have were primarily procured after a...
by topman
29 Apr 2019, 16:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 280557
Location: Tokelau

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

The 44% figure stands out a mile for me from that article. Things like that are a pita to manage and put such a handbrake on deployments. They also soak up time and manpower trying to manage day to day flying, longer term dets, PEPS etc. It's something that has come up time and again but 44% is very...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Repulse wrote:Understand, but the value of the F35b is to fly from the CVFs.


I say it's value is that it can operate from the carrier not that it must.
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 17:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:
topman wrote:and that cycle would continue each year?


As long as the jets are available and what the carrier is being sent to do


Well that's one way to run things.
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 16:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If I'm reading your post right, you think 3 FAA badged sqns from JFL will deploy 30 aircraft out 30 to two different locations at the same time? No what I am saying is 20 jets = 2 sqn's would deploy with HMS QE on a 7 to 9 month deployment in year one when they return home the 2 sqn's would adapt a...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 15:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think it's always going to cause people to get disappointed if you compare to the past numbers wise. People in the 60s probably thought the military was too small and compared it to ww2 sized military. If we look forward the numbers aren't too bad really. Exclude the Americans and we are comparab...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 15:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Caribbean wrote:
topman wrote:Not sure where you get occasional foray from?

I said "occasional expeditionary forays". I don't consider operating from an established overseas RAF airbase (Cyprus, Falklands, etc) as "expeditionary".


What do you consider expeditionary?
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 14:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think it's always going to cause people to get disappointed if you compare to the past numbers wise. People in the 60s probably thought the military was too small and compared it to ww2 sized military. If we look forward the numbers aren't too bad really. Exclude the Americans and we are comparabl...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 13:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really looking at it that you have 60% odd of any aircraft as front line then to allow the carriers and RAF to operate properly then the full 138 need to be in service at once. This would allow the FAA to have 3 squadrons of 12 ( 24 and 12 between the carriers ) and 4 squadrons of 12 for the RAF th...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

deploy 30 aircraft out 30 to two different locations at the same time Is it me, or does that comment highlight the difference between RAF and FAA thinking? As in, the RAF is largely a "static" organisation, with occasional expeditionary forays (at great difficulty and expense - hence the ...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 12:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really looking at it that you have 60% odd of any aircraft as front line then to allow the carriers and RAF to operate properly then the full 138 need to be in service at once. This would allow the FAA to have 3 squadrons of 12 ( 24 and 12 between the carriers ) and 4 squadrons of 12 for the RAF th...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 12:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10164
Views: 786005
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There's not really any 'RAF' or 'FAA' sqns, they are all part of one force. They may be nominally named as one or the other but they'll have a mix of people from both services in them.

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