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by RichardIC
14 Sep 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
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: 2880
Views: 177309
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...
by RichardIC
12 Sep 2019, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

What the hell as we going to talk about here now? How about the Government's brand new "maritime export strategy"?! https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/imps-news/navy-watchers-quiver-arrowhead-140-gets-go-ahead/ At an evening function on 11 September, Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State fo...
by RichardIC
12 Sep 2019, 07:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

FT text. Babcock group wins contract to build Royal Navy frigates Deal throws potential lifeline to collapsed shipyards in N Ireland and Scotland A consortium led by defence group Babcock International has won the competition to build new frigates for the Royal Navy, securing hundreds of jobs at Bri...
by RichardIC
10 Sep 2019, 12:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Who knows, maybe Navantia will buy Harland and Wolff and the build a UK design in a UK shipyard (owned by a Spanish company). Harland and Wolff has a workforce of 130. And you don't just recruit a trained and skilled workforce overnight. So where do you get them from? Easyjet fly from Madrid to Bel...
by RichardIC
10 Sep 2019, 07:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

They have names, we just don’t know what they are. But Burslem, home of Port Vale FC, seems unlikely. Type 31 Frigates Ruth Smeeth: [284468] To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of naming one of the future Type 31 frigates after Burslem, th...
by RichardIC
09 Sep 2019, 14:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Poiuytrewq wrote:Lots of chat that Navantia was being lined up as preferred bidder but things may have moved on with this new Bojo lead administration.


So that's based on a story in the Daily Record quoting the SNP and GMB! C'mon please.
by RichardIC
09 Sep 2019, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Poiuytrewq wrote:The Navantia design is supposed to be the front runner so it must be substantially larger than a 20k tonne class vessel. It will be interesting to see what BMT have done with the Cantabria design. Shouldn't have to wait long to find out....


What makes you think it's the front-runner?
by RichardIC
02 Sep 2019, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10167
Views: 787751
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:Is QE in any way capable of assisting with aid to areas hit by Dorian atm?


Not if she's still off the coast of Cornwall.
by RichardIC
25 Aug 2019, 21:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Repulse wrote:With the Leander there is a chance for exporting design, support and maintenance skills - for the Arrowhead there is zero chance, why would they not just go straight to the Dutch.


Because the Dutch have freak-all to do with the Arrowhead design.
by RichardIC
25 Aug 2019, 17:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Objections to Arrowhead being selected as the successful Type 31e bidder have always fallen into two broad categories: i) Fundamental opposition to the T31e concept - so let's spend as little as possible and get the crappiest solution ii) English jobs, even though metal-bashing accounts for a minori...
by RichardIC
25 Aug 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Have you any credible source to back that up? Nope. But apart from a single speech and a few Tweets by people no longer in-post what's the evidence for it being a requirement? Which project team does it sit under? Are any contracts out to tender? If you do a search for FLSS on the MoD website (whic...
by RichardIC
25 Aug 2019, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Repulse wrote:then in my view the FLSS requirement would go away


The FLSS requirement went away when Gavin Williamson got sacked.
by RichardIC
25 Aug 2019, 09:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Jeez, this has flushed the English nationalists out.
by RichardIC
23 Aug 2019, 10:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 398
Views: 37210
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Just RTd by Gabriele https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECmpl6iW4AAdO2b?format=jpg&name=large Government of Canada invests in modernizing and growing its CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue fleet From: National Defence https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2019/08/government-of-canad...
by RichardIC
19 Aug 2019, 14:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 63020
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Count on us for covering this topic (and many other) at DSEI (and in video!) "The future FSS ships are set to repla(c)e the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)’s Solid Support Ships, RFA Fort Austin and RFA Fort Rosalie." It's beginning to look more and more like the FSS order is going to get stu...
by RichardIC
13 Aug 2019, 15:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2880
Views: 177309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

One question. HMS Medway is handed-over to RN, but NOT yet commissioned, I understand. Are they doing FOST before commissioning? Or, she has already commissioned? Commissioning is just the formal ceremonial bit. HMS Illustrious was commissioned en-route to the Falklands in 1982. HNLMS Karel Doorman...
by RichardIC
08 Aug 2019, 06:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6099
Views: 341408
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Please folks, this is all opinion, not news.
by RichardIC
05 Aug 2019, 07:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2880
Views: 177309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

What kind of ballistic protections do T23 have? (How heavy it will be?) I could not find info about it. On the ops room, ESM needs one console, and CIWS needs another one. That's all we need here. If it is 57mm gun, the added console number is the same (because ESM/chaff/flare is anyway needed). Do...
by RichardIC
04 Aug 2019, 18:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2880
Views: 177309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If ever River B2 to be up-armed in reaction to current situation or in view of "dedicated for Persian Gulf", I think one powerful option is to make it "removable", so that the hull configuration can be brought back into EEZ patrol version easily in future. So, here is the versio...
by RichardIC
31 Jul 2019, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 67597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Well that went well...

by RichardIC
31 Jul 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 67597
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

[url]<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Interview with Cdr William King CO of <a href="https://twitter.com/HMS_MONTROSE?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HMS_MONTROSE</a> in the Gulf on BBC R4 Today programme.<br><br>On patrol for 27 days.<br><br>23 ...
by RichardIC
26 Jul 2019, 12:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2880
Views: 177309
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

donald_of_tokyo wrote:What is she doing there at Gibraltar?


by RichardIC
25 Jul 2019, 17:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)
Replies: 151
Views: 19706
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Lockheed C-130 Hercules (RAF)



I still don't think we've had confirmed what the "new capabilities" are have we?

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