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by RichardIC
26 Mar 2020, 18:29
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1007
Views: 142781
Location: United Kingdom

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

Two UK P-8s currently on the shutdown Boeing production line in Seattle

https://www.janes.com/article/95113/cov ... programmes

Very much the lesser of two evils.
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 15:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

Without poring too much petrol on this fire, does that mean that all NHS staff should be removed form the Reserves, reducing the militaries medical capacity by at least 80%? The conventional wisdom is that serving with the reserves builds skills and knowledge, particularly for trauma specialists. A...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

The reality is that most consultants (and a fair few junior doctors) are part-time only. Once you get to consultant grade you can set up your own private practice (the less exalted can only work privately "under supervision" by a consultant), so they transfer to "maximum part time&qu...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

I am not one for getting rid of private health care at all everyone should have a choice, take away the choice and you put to much power in government hands IMO. A few things. It is a fact that private hospitals are less well regulated than NHS hospitals. Ian Paterson proved beyond doubt that clini...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 12:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

pull your head in with the reply and have some manners The irony! the privet sector Are they hedge funds? you may portray it as they are robbed from the nhs but those people can chose where they work you can’t claim all medical staff as nhs only Who do you think spends years and massive amounts of ...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 10:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

The fact is that out side the here and now were all medical staff are all but conscripted to the NHS anyone with a few years under there belt dose not want to work for the NHS as it is piss poorly run and staff are treated as a number with little or no care taken for them so to say the NHS is robbe...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 09:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

Could it be set up that the staff sit separate from the nhs and advertise the positions to people who are more keen to work in the private sector. You just don't get this do you? The private sector rob staff from the NHS too. And at the moment the entire private sector... every single private hospi...
by RichardIC
25 Mar 2020, 09:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

Lord Jim wrote:The standing medical staff would again civilian, though ideally medical reservists and it would be additional reservist medical personnel who would bring the numbers up to full capacity when needed.


So you'd rob them from the NHS!?

Enjoy the fantasy, meanwhile in the real world....
by RichardIC
20 Mar 2020, 12:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

So it looks like the US Military - with their resources - are struggling to staff two hospital ships. Their deployment is purely cosmetic PR smoke and mirrors. They're robbing Peter to pay Paul. "A challenge is making sure they're properly staffed; that means each ship is over 1,000 professiona...
by RichardIC
19 Mar 2020, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

In the case of the US, the USN/USNS have their own medical corps, who will be mobilised to to support the two hospital ships and provide assistance to the civilian authorities - this is extra capacity that would not normally be available In the case of the UK, you are making the major assumption th...
by RichardIC
19 Mar 2020, 09:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

Caribbean wrote:they not only bring additional capacity to bear, but are de facto quarantine facilities at the same time.


If they are not normally fully staffed they will not bring extra capacity. Any clinical staff used to deliver services onboard will need to be diverted from elsewhere.
by RichardIC
19 Mar 2020, 09:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

dmereifield wrote: RFA Argus likely to be utilised surely? If it is, my guess is that it will be used in the same way as in West Africa - to deploy field hospitals/ medical teams and support/ treat forces personnel, rather than directly handling civilian cases - a model that worked quite well, I be...
by RichardIC
18 Mar 2020, 21:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

You say that but Iv heard that plans are in place here to use military hospital facilities if need be does this not equate to the same. OK, where have you heard it? For the record there are no UK military hospitals apart from deployable field hospitals (and RFA Argus). The sole exception is the Roy...
by RichardIC
18 Mar 2020, 20:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

The US is deploying USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort to assist in the Covid-19 outbreak. Sounds like they might be useful. The need to deploy these two ships should only be seen as one thing. They're a massive floating indictment of the God-awful US healthcare system. They will not be useful. They will ...
by RichardIC
15 Mar 2020, 10:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574936
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This does NOT guarantee Arrowhead 140 design only can be exported, as it is not stated as mandatory. It is an option. This is why I'm still looking for more evidence. You’re being hard work this morning!!! John Howie, Chief Exec Babcock Marine: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f7UB0YuTNQA At 14:10. “F...
by RichardIC
15 Mar 2020, 10:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574936
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Really? If so, it is great. As it is very important, can you kindly show some link? If something internal info, it is also OK for me. Link now added above. I’d normally cite references, but am clearly getting sloppy. The crucial thing is that Type 31 and IH are different vessels. That is why OMT wi...
by RichardIC
15 Mar 2020, 08:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574936
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

donald_of_tokyo wrote:But, does it mean Babcock can "sell the design" freely to anywhere = without Danish government permission?

Yes.

Please see 8.4 of the RFI.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... 1e_RFI.pdf
by RichardIC
14 Mar 2020, 16:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574936
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

donald_of_tokyo wrote:Babcock may be able to provide Arrowhead 140 design only if OMT agrees (which is unlikely, I'm afraid), but anyway Rosyth has almost no chance to build it.


Donald, all the intellectual property for Arrowhead 140/T31 now lies with the UK was my understanding. OMT has zero ownership of the design.
by RichardIC
14 Mar 2020, 10:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 152696
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

Hello, long time lurker here, but just came across this and I decided I should post it. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... all-132817 if its true, surely it must be a good sign for our poor navy. It just repeats a UKDJ article from a couple of months ago. But it’s wrong in stating Paul Swe...
by RichardIC
10 Mar 2020, 23:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:If it’s blurred out I would suggest you’ll not get an answer from anyone who knows what it is on a forum.


You tease! I did say it was just for fun.
by RichardIC
10 Mar 2020, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 964894
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

OK, just for fun.

I've just been watching the last episode of Warship on Ch5 catch-up.

And there's an item of equipment one deck below the 30mm and slightly forward that, on several occasions, is blurred out.

WTF? Any guesses?
by RichardIC
10 Mar 2020, 21:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 574936
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

This non-answer is actually quite informative... ...what are the ship equipment areas that traditionally MOD is most tightly lipped about? Answer: intelligence gathering, e.g. RADAR ESM and COMMS ESM. What GFE is likely to be transferred onto the T31...maybe RADAR ESM and COMMS ESM? This non-answer...
by RichardIC
10 Mar 2020, 15:48
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 371
Views: 66062
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

UK now has all 50 AH-64E Apaches under contract https://www.janes.com/images/assets/804/94804/p1407971.jpg The United Kingdom now has under contract all 50 of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters it had previously committed to, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Jane’s on 10...
by RichardIC
07 Mar 2020, 12:13
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 356
Views: 67794
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

bobp wrote:The wildcat will still be able to use its door mounted guns according to the Janes article.


It doesn’t say the missile wing and the door gun can be carried simultaneously.

https://www.janes.com/article/94747/wil ... g-unveiled
by RichardIC
04 Mar 2020, 17:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49222
Location: United Kingdom

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

At the end of the day if start saying yes you’ll be flown back to the UK for after care then you might as well turn the NHS in to the International Health Service. You're beginning to get it. But you still need to come up with a proper answer, and not just say "well China does it so we can too...

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