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by topman
17 May 2019, 10:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 4112
Views: 190724
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: 4112
Views: 190724
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: 4112
Views: 190724
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: 4112
Views: 190724
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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: 9946
Views: 605197
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.
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 605197
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:
topman wrote:Its the numbers you're talking of being deployed to the aircraft carrier or anywhere else, that is unrealistic.


Why ?


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?
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 12:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 605197
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

he air fleets being discussed are completely devote of any reality what is currently the situation or likely to be. Until 6 months ago a Point class FLSS was devoid of any reality. I agree CH -53K wil not happen but as for having 5 sqn's of F-35 with 10 jets in each or the FAA having 3 sqn's of 10 ...
by topman
14 Apr 2019, 11:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9946
Views: 605197
Location: Tokelau

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Related to this does the QE have an ETF? The USN carriers do at the stern of the vessel on the hanger deck. If you cannot test an engine it means you have to swap put any that go u/s with a serviceable one and stack those that are u/s until they can be unloaded in port. It also means you have to ha...
by topman
22 Mar 2019, 20:15
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190724
Location: Tokelau

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

From my experience its all familiar, yet at the same time because the issues are so familiar and predictable it's disappointing that it's happening again. But there we go.
It'll all come good in the future.
by topman
22 Mar 2019, 17:28
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190724
Location: Tokelau

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

The way the test and delivery phase ran side by side it was always going to end up like this for the first few years. No real surprises.
by topman
22 Mar 2019, 17:23
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 7992
Location: Tokelau

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

SW1 wrote:Hope they have maintenance budgets in place and it’s not a make it up as you go along like with E3 and especially Sentinel!


Pfft, handwavitis will sort out all those grubby little issues.
by topman
22 Mar 2019, 13:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4112
Views: 190724
Location: Tokelau

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

by topman
22 Mar 2019, 13:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1727
Views: 94318
Location: Tokelau

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

downsizer wrote:Cottesmore is fully army-fied.

There are no plans to base Typhoons anywhere else than Con/Lossie. End of.


Yes no current plans, in fairness though other bases were looked at for basing typhoon sqns at fairly recently.

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