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by RichardIC
21 Jan 2020, 07:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EOuNJftWAAArvSM.jpg:large Well at least a helicopter has now actually landed on a River. Up until now the pad has been nothing but a winching spot. But from the overhead pic, despite having an onboard crane, when it comes to getting a pretty standard container onboard th...
by RichardIC
14 Jan 2020, 16:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10934
Views: 797820
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Nice pic of the first of the new Type 055 commissioned yesterday, the Nanchang, ~13,000 ton, 112 VLS, 64 fwd and 48 aft, launched 28th June 2017. in total 6 launched to date, last 26th Dec. 2019 Win subject to German Parliament approval and protests. Isn't this thread for Royal Navy Current and Fut...
by RichardIC
09 Jan 2020, 17:04
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4393
Views: 394494
Location: United Kingdom

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

RAF types are fainting all over Whitehall at the very thought. By the way, F-35A's cannot be refueled by RAF's rented tankers. I know this sounds perverse but that's just the way my mind works. But if there were ever to be a split buy it would almost make more sense for the RAF to get a squadron of...
by RichardIC
04 Jan 2020, 11:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3086
Views: 268823
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I’d argue that each would require a higher level of self defence capability along the lines being discussed (though personally I’d say adding a 57mm plus a port & starboard 30mm with LMM, would be a good mix). However the rest would be off board systems such as a couple of ASV P950 Autonomous R...
by RichardIC
20 Dec 2019, 12:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6241
Views: 483565
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Yeah well, this is a bit dull, but it's news of sorts https://www.naval-technology.com/features/babcock-isupport360-brings-smart-insight-to-naval-asset-maintenance/ Going forward, iFrigate is set to become an integral part of the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigate programme, as Babcock plans to embed the ...
by RichardIC
03 Dec 2019, 07:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10934
Views: 797820
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: 10934
Views: 797820
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: 6241
Views: 483565
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: 11066
Views: 1081902
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: 11066
Views: 1081902
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: 6241
Views: 483565
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: 1716
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: 970
Views: 107394
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: 6241
Views: 483565
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: 1046
Views: 106768
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: 33079
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: 3086
Views: 268823
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: 3086
Views: 268823
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: 26242
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: 26242
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: 26242
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: 26242
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 ...

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