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by abc123
11 Jul 2020, 14:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When one country has 90% of all carriers in the world, that's normal.
by abc123
06 Jul 2020, 17:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2841
Views: 348661

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Come on, 1 million is peanuts for the state. Even the MoD spends so much in a few minutes...
by abc123
04 Jul 2020, 19:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The point that I was trying to make, was that how can HMS QE really be a “fully trained” Aircraft Carrier, without having the full 360° Phalanx coverage? Unless it is felt that simulation of this is considered sufficient. :mrgreen: Well, if they can do without missiles like CAMM, they can do withou...
by abc123
03 Jul 2020, 06:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Popped down to see QNLZ return home, never tire of seeing the QE class come in or out of Pompey regardless of all the issues still surrounding them. I was officially at an external meeting (well it was outside and I met some people) and as I'm being made redundant and have 3 months notice to work s...
by abc123
01 Jul 2020, 09:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 166
Views: 48528

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Why so soon?
by abc123
01 Jul 2020, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

swoop wrote:
Digger22 wrote:Someone needs to get a grip once and for all on Defence Procurement.
This is a complete shambles, a National disgrace and embarrassing!

That statement could apply for each and every decade going back to the 1950's...


At least, if not 1918.
by abc123
01 Jul 2020, 06:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Did the "Pirates" arrived according to schedule or?
:lol:
by abc123
30 Jun 2020, 16:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154940

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I frankly couldn't care any less about the Marines not wanting to look like army. If they have a realistic role, ok, otherwise they can disband. The Bay ships can find plenty of other use for HADR, MCM mothership and USV mothership. A forward deployed pre-landing force without a landing force has n...
by abc123
30 Jun 2020, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 869
Views: 154940

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The goal is to reduce the costs, not add more...
by abc123
25 Jun 2020, 20:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 321
Views: 68689

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

SKB wrote:ZZ336 "Vespina" has arrived back at RAF Brize Norton. Video:
https://videopress.com/v/VaEbx3wm

Trivia: Vespina is a genus of moths of the family Incurvariidae.


Vespina??

OMFG :lol: :lol: :roll:
by abc123
22 Jun 2020, 06:38
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 146259

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Sentinels. Sorry got mixed up in my ageing skull. I find it interesting that the RAF are willing to spend an awful lot of money on new facilities at RAF Waddington, including a huge new building and Hangar for the E7, and new housing for 1000 airmen, and families but cant spare the money to keep th...
by abc123
21 Jun 2020, 18:51
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 146259

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Why does the RAF hate the Sentinels so much? I think the point is the old mechanically scanned radar on the E3 is not sensitive enough to detect stealthy targets unlike the AESA on the Wedgetail. Secondly the RAF failed to properly keep their E3's up to date resulting in big operational and mainten...
by abc123
21 Jun 2020, 06:14
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 146259

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Ron5 wrote:Why does the RAF hate the Sentinels so much?


Indeed. :think:

On the other hand, buying a new aircrafts to replace not even 15 years old ones, wtf? And then wondering how the spending plan goes into red ...
by abc123
21 Jun 2020, 06:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For the whingers: (didn't know where to post this so chose first thread in the list) https://twitter.com/AdmTonyRadakin/status/1273992913769422848 Very cool. But the following isn't right is it (shouldn't it be 4, not 3?): "We are now one of only 3 nations able to operate 2 carriers at sea at ...
by abc123
20 Jun 2020, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:what would our allies want a British carrier with USMC jets on it or no carrier



:think:
Really not sure.
by abc123
20 Jun 2020, 10:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Well, congrats on the news, even if it is suspended...and if you can get your Best Man to pay for it can he also sub me some money for my Daughters Wedding which was booked for March 27th/28th and has also been postponed to the end of the year...think he may need to also pay for some adjustments to...
by abc123
20 Jun 2020, 09:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For the whingers: (didn't know where to post this so chose first thread in the list) https://twitter.com/AdmTonyRadakin/status/1273992913769422848 Very cool. But the following isn't right is it (shouldn't it be 4, not 3?): "We are now one of only 3 nations able to operate 2 carriers at sea at ...
by abc123
19 Jun 2020, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

To use a comparison- it's like getting married (because I will soon, if this Corona shit allows). So, let's say that I don't have a money, so I ask my best man that he pays for the costs, because we are such good friends and I'm such a nice fellow. It's nice to have a wedding (yeah right :-) ) and t...
by abc123
19 Jun 2020, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Do not forget that this is a reciprocal arrangement, with UK F35Bs to deploy on WASP/AMERICA class LHDs as well on a date or dates as yet to be determined. Not surprising really with current initial UK numbers of F35B not being sufficient to make this a practicable possibility at the moment. "...
by abc123
19 Jun 2020, 13:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Im sure we will deploy (one day :D ) without American aircraft on board, probably for shorter deployments though, north atlantic, med, FALKLADS :D , next years CSG sounds like it will be more in Americas backyard ( pacific ) so sounds a good idea to have a bit of joint venture ? I'm not against a j...
by abc123
18 Jun 2020, 07:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Having a US aircrafts on UK carriers defeats the very purpose of these carriers- that is: UK independent and sovereign force projection.
It would be probably cheaper to pay 5% (like JSF programe) to have a part in US carrier force, and the result would be the same or better.
by abc123
13 Jun 2020, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1188567

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sea Venom is "over the horizon" which from a helicopter hovering at about 30m is roughly 20km away. Actual range is probably over 30km. You need to have quite a lot of intestinal fortitude to use that against anybody more serious than Iranian Revolutionary Guards boats.. :think: How many ...
by abc123
12 Jun 2020, 19:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I have said a number of time that the UK should have no fewer than 90 F-35b allowing for 2 FAA sqn's of 16 jets and 3 RAF sqn's of 12 jets plus a OCU and a TEU. meaning both carriers would have a fixed airwing of 16 jets with with RAF or Allied jets joining the ships as needed Or, at least say 45-4...
by abc123
12 Jun 2020, 19:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11797
Views: 1188567

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:Sea Venom is "over the horizon" which from a helicopter hovering at about 30m is roughly 20km away. Actual range is probably over 30km.


You need to have quite a lot of intestinal fortitude to use that against anybody more serious than Iranian Revolutionary Guards boats.. :think:
by abc123
12 Jun 2020, 11:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1520001

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The whole point right now is in 2021 the UK and the USMC will each provide 8 jets = 16 this will increase to 12 jets each =24 on the second deployment as UK numbers grow to the 48 and if we use the full fleet ( i.e no stored jets ) I would like to see a full effort RIMPAC deployment in say 2028 wit...

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