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by RichardIC
03 Dec 2019, 07:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10824
Views: 708377
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

:think:
Roders96 wrote:Similar was said about T31 itself not long ago. Amazing what happens when things become cost-effective!


T31 (although it didn’t yet have the name) was specifically written into SDSR 2015.

Surfaced launched Spear 3 is a fantasy weapon.
by RichardIC
02 Dec 2019, 17:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10824
Views: 708377
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Roders96 wrote:Each one could have 100 SP3 each and still have enough space for 28 camm each.


Pity Vertical Launch SP3 doesn't exist, isn't being developed, hasn't been proposed and isn't funded.
by RichardIC
28 Nov 2019, 17:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Ron5 wrote:Anyhoo, back to the thread. Here's two slides from Babcock's half yearly financial report:


Thanks Ron, published on Nov 20, which probably explains the timing of order announcement five days previously.
by RichardIC
18 Nov 2019, 12:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10832
Views: 978173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Lots of people confused around purdah and the Type 31 contract signing as well. Purdah doesn't mean government ceases, it just means announcements and politically contentious decisions are put in abeyance. Signing a contract and not announcing it is in fact perfectly fine. Someone letting the cat o...
by RichardIC
18 Nov 2019, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10832
Views: 978173
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

PhillyJ wrote:I read somewhere that it's because of the upcoming election and Purdah or something, could be a load of BS and they just couldn't be bothered!


Purdah applies to public bodies. It has absolutely no impact on the media, including the BBC.
by RichardIC
15 Nov 2019, 15:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

https://twitter.com/rich_scott2/status/1195357219384102913 https://www.investegate.co.uk/babcock-intnl-group/bab/type-31-contract-win/201911151413386267T/?fe=1&utm_source=FE%20Investegate%20Alerts&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Announcement%20Alert%20Mail&utm_campaign=Babcock%20Intnl%2...
by RichardIC
12 Nov 2019, 09:02
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing 757
Replies: 3
Views: 1412
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing 757

by RichardIC
09 Nov 2019, 10:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 960
Views: 97383
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Simon82 wrote:Just in case anybody missed this and might be interested. Compatibility testing of LRASM on the US Navy P-8s...
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... ventually/

Thank you Xavier


“LRASM integration on P-8A is not a program requirement.”
by RichardIC
06 Nov 2019, 06:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/844073/Sir_John_Parker_s_Independent_Review_of_the_National_Shipbuilding_Strategy_2019.pdf The incredibly easy to miss independent review of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (all six pages) - with a few...
by RichardIC
06 Nov 2019, 06:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1036
Views: 93691
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

So the review of the review is out now... I've totally missed it https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/844073/Sir_John_Parker_s_Independent_Review_of_the_National_Shipbuilding_Strategy_2019.pdf Easy to miss - all six pages of it. The most im...
by RichardIC
24 Oct 2019, 16:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 29649
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

U.S. Wanting to Buy Fewer Chinooks Sees U.K., U.A.E. Buying More https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-22/u-s-wanting-to-buy-fewer-chinooks-sees-u-k-u-a-e-buying-more “I believe we will be the position here very shortly to take the next step for notification to Congress” of a proposed sal...
by RichardIC
15 Oct 2019, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3011
Views: 237730
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Rivers in the Caribbean have been given the rationale that by training the local CG personnel we are helping with the upgrading of those "forces" from boats to more capable vessels - I buy into that - but who is going to buy the vessels for them? I think the order placed by Trinidad went ...
by RichardIC
14 Oct 2019, 14:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3011
Views: 237730
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The latest rumours I hear is there are hopes that the 3 batch 1 River OPVs will have their funding extended to allow them to continue to operate in UK home waters to around 2027 (at which point they will 25 years old). This will allow the B2 OPVs to be forward deployed, first to the Falklands (Fort...
by RichardIC
08 Oct 2019, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 22660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Well your knowledge seems to be lacking as you only seem to think medical staff can come from the NHS which is clearly bull but don’t let that get in the way. But yes we are off topic Ok, maybe I am obsessed with the NHS. Wonder why that could be. The point is that the N in NHS stands for National,...
by RichardIC
08 Oct 2019, 12:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 22660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Jake1992 wrote:rude twat


:clap:
by RichardIC
08 Oct 2019, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 22660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

reign it in. If you don’t like being called out for being dumb, stop being dumb. Secondly who said the staff have to come from the NHS ? We have a thriving privet health sector along with large organisation like doctors with out boarders where with the right pay and incentives staff could be drawn ...
by RichardIC
08 Oct 2019, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 22660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

The role I’d want the HADR vessel to do is HADR globally, medical aid to poorer nations ( like the US hospital ships ) and provided a large high end medical capability to the UK when needed. The bays can only do part of this. I would look to have a pair of these not just one and as we’ve seen with ...
by RichardIC
27 Sep 2019, 15:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 22660
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

I don’t think it should be hospital ship it should be a HADR ship with very large medical facilities at least a 100 bed. DFID have been hinting over the summer of 2 vessels for this role so why not add large medical set up to them. Just one question. Where are you getting the clinical staff from???...
by RichardIC
18 Sep 2019, 17:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

xav wrote:I must have missed something. Are they saying otherwise ?


Save The Royal Navy are reporting 57/40 is a done deal. However as it's an unofficial source that's not attributing their information to a named person.

So seeking additional independent corroboration.
by RichardIC
18 Sep 2019, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

xav wrote:Apologies for the delay, we *try* to polish our edits and make them look nice...


Thanks Xav, great content as always.

I've no reason to doubt Save The Royal Navy, but it's still an unofficial source.

Are you also under the impression that the 57mm and 40mm combo is now almost certain?
by RichardIC
17 Sep 2019, 10:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 17920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Exactly, with a lot more range than Phalanx, a much simpler system and much quicker reload times (that's a blind guess - happy to be corrected). So, from my extensive research (two mins on Google) it seems around four minutes for Phalanx if you have an automatic deckloader, or around 30 minutes if ...
by RichardIC
17 Sep 2019, 09:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 192
Views: 17920
Location: United Kingdom

Re: 76mm Oto Melara

Why go with 40mm over 30mm+LMM? LMM is a means of getting a small proximity fused warhead out to a distance of around 5 miles. Exactly the same with 40mm. I don't see a single way in which 30mm Bushmaster is superior to 40mm Mk4 apart from probably having cheaper but much less flexible ammo. The ne...
by RichardIC
14 Sep 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6215
Views: 438655
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]



“Eight?; Eight!?; Five; maybe Eight.”
by RichardIC
13 Sep 2019, 17:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3011
Views: 237730
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

https://www.defenceprocurementinternati ... -dsei-2019 Not sure how "reliable" this article is (I hope he is surely not mixing Leander and River B2). Independent issue is, if RN will be interested in this "apparently heavily armed" version, or not. I hope NOT, but I wanna see th...

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