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by cpu121
21 Feb 2019, 21:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So having underestimated the budget by about 100% to build them, we also underestimated the crew requirements by about 20%, I assume these crew numbers could be subject to revision after we actually test the ship in operationally relevant trials? Did they not take some POW crew with them as well so...
by cpu121
10 Jan 2019, 21:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4134
Views: 212481

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

Should have declared it on New Year's Eve, or better still as a Christmas present. We need to show that we are aiming to get ahead of the programme at every opportunity, not just scraping through or behind it. Let us hope that the RAF never delay deployment to a Carrier by 10 days (or longer). You'...
by cpu121
13 Oct 2018, 18:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

They value the extra landing spot for helicopters on a flat deck more than the benefits of the ski jump to the small fixed wing force. The LHD/LHAs are landing ships first and foremost.
by cpu121
07 Jun 2018, 21:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/RoyalNavy/status/1004461556464279552 Great to see them here at last. Just a question about the landing. I see the fan doors are open and the thrust nozzle rotated so it's obviously performing that landing technique to be used on QE where they can return with more fuel and stores...
by cpu121
23 Dec 2017, 03:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

QE Total time: 2 years, 10 months, 19 days (1054 days) PoW Total time: 3 years, 3 months, 13 days (1200 days) Why was PoW longer in the dock? Presumably because they could. Leave her in there and have full access in the drydock for longer vs rushing out QE to make way for PoW and working on QE from...
by cpu121
05 Aug 2017, 22:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

First look at who will operate the carriers (video should start at 01:01:44):



;)
by cpu121
10 Jul 2017, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I've been reliably informed that the paintwork under the waterline should be okay, therefore it is highly likely that QE may not go into No.1 dock on return to Rosyth, which makes sense because you need the naming ceremony to be in the dry dock area. So all possibilities are on the cards now. Might...
by cpu121
05 Jul 2017, 23:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2764
Views: 140799

Re: river I/I.5 and II patrol vessels

hovematlot wrote:CO of HMS Scimitar has just said on GBC TV that the current Gib squadron boats Scimitar and Sabre will be 'replaced in
the next two years, by much bigger gunned, longer range ships' Anyone any ideas....Rivers?
P2000 fulfils that description... :|
by cpu121
03 Jul 2017, 00:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There is an awful lot of brownish patches on her deck that appear to be rust. Probably just rust stains left over from all the containers, materials, debris and marquee tents that were all over the deck during fitting out. That was my initial thought too but did she have much of that stuff on deck ...
by cpu121
26 Jun 2017, 22:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I showed the footage to my daughter said, 'why is it called 'ROB'? :D The secret's up. She's actually a fully autonomous ship controlled by ROB The Robot. http://starfox.wikia.com/wiki/ROB_64 The R doesn't stand for anything - it was just the letter allocated to aircraft carriers when the RN ration...
by cpu121
24 Jun 2017, 23:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Who will be in command of QE during her sea trials - will it a contractor trials master or Captain Kyd?
by cpu121
08 May 2017, 22:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Archer Class Patrol & Training Vessel (PBR) (RN)
Replies: 59
Views: 5849

Re: Archer Class Patrol & Training Vessel (PBR) (RN)

Hi aethulwulf would you be able to tell me what fast interception craft they use and what sort of armerment they have as in unsure on it, last I read 2 archer were being used in that role on the Clyde. We would still need to protect other vital or contested ports ( Portsmouth, Gibraltar, Bahrain, O...
by cpu121
09 Apr 2017, 19:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMSML Gleaner (1983-2018) & HMS Magpie (2018) Inshore Survey Vessels (RN)
Replies: 28
Views: 3721

Re: Gleaner Class Inshore Survey Vessel (RN)

October 2016 Navy News article about HMS Gleaner

https://issuu.com/navynews/docs/201610/16

Mentions this is her last year in commission with a replacement expected in early 2018. Anyone heard about that?
by cpu121
11 Jun 2016, 16:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2764
Views: 140799

Re: river I/I.5 and II patrol vessels

no shark bait the rivers need to be EEZ only and the international commitments need to be met by either a frigate or destroyer. Why? because we need to properly patrol this https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/346014/UK_Exclusive_Economic_Zone.pdf The UK EEZ is ...
by cpu121
07 Mar 2016, 20:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27431

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

VOS Grace. Had to look her up. Seems an odd choice, sending the offshore safety ship I origionally dismissed the VOS Grace as another countries contribution, but it is ours which shocked me. The borderforce have chartered a civilian platform supply vessel because of a shortage of platforms. That's ...
by cpu121
04 Jan 2016, 14:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104303

Re: Typhoon

Where will the extra Typhoons be based? I am guessing Leeming might be the best option. Given that Lossiemouth is vulnerable to rising sea levels and flooding, why has that been the one Scottish air base to be retained? According to this map, Rising sea levels would impact Kinloss and Leuchars befo...
by cpu121
21 Aug 2015, 21:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:A wee taster from my iPhone, the good stuff will be uploaded in due course.....
Which app did you paint that in? ;)
by cpu121
17 Jul 2015, 16:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I've given her the once over this morning, it something has been lifted, then it's not overtly obvious. It certainly looks like the ski ramp is still incomplete. Yeah, turns out it has been in the same position all week and maybe since the 30 June photo on the website - probably just keeping it out...
by cpu121
14 Jul 2015, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667841

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Possible lift for POW today? Saw the three crane hooks linked to what I think might have been a yellow lifting beam. They were hanging from the middle of the crane, which was positioned forward of the island (another piece of the ramp possibly?) Not sure if that is a routine arrangement for the cran...
by cpu121
02 Jun 2015, 19:41
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1456
Views: 85089

Re: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (Army)

bobp wrote:Only 8500 pounds damage, surely the car is a lump of scrap after that.
The journalist just took the "frrom €11,990" list price from toyota.de

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