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by GibMariner
21 Jul 2017, 08:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So now we know the name of the T26 class what about the T31? The trend seems to be to release the name on the day the first steel is cut, so until (if?) that happens, it's likely we won't know. Say they select a variant of the Venator what about names starting with a V? First ship in class being HM...
by GibMariner
20 Jul 2017, 20:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 213092

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

It will be interesting to see what the other 7 cities are chosen given that there are only 8 in total compared to the 14 T42's. As others have said maybe not Belfast with the current version still afloat. You would say Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, Exeter, Southampton for a...
by GibMariner
20 Jul 2017, 09:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 213092

Re: Type 26 Global Combat Ship [News Only]

HMS Glasgow it is!


by GibMariner
19 Jul 2017, 21:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 213092

Re: Type 26 Global Combat Ship [News Only]

1st Type 26 vessel name to be revealed tomorrow, 20/07/2017:
by GibMariner
17 Jul 2017, 17:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Quick trivial pursuit question: the T23s are being modified to carry a different main missile system than when they entered service. What was the last RN ship or class to receive the same treatment? (Moved from Type 26 news thread) The only ones that come to mind right now are the 5 'Batch 3A' Lean...
by GibMariner
17 Jul 2017, 08:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668152

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I've said it before, but Portsmouth really needs to have 'D Lock' (the largest) expanded. I think there is potential for a 320m long dock in Portsmouth, which could be created by moving D Lock's West Gate 60m further to the west, without it protruding out into Portsmouth Harbour and causing issues ...
by GibMariner
17 Jul 2017, 00:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60852

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (Future Maritime Patrol Aircraft) (RAF)

Don't know if there are any official figures out for that, but I remember seeing a US naval aviation chart a couple of years ago showing between 5 and 8 P-3C/P-8A per squadron, with the Fleet Replacement Squadron having around 20.
by GibMariner
17 Jul 2017, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10020
Views: 668152

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Cammell Laird: No. 5 Dock (Wirral): 289m (max) x 42.7m (at the entrance) Inchgreen Drydock (Port Glasgow): 305m x 45m (Rosyth's No. 1 Dock was expanded to 320.5m x 42.1m) Toulon also has a second dry dock that should be able to take a vessel the size of QE, I believe the dimensions are the same as t...
by GibMariner
09 Jul 2017, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

- I don't think the Gulf Arabs have forgotten that we left already once. Iran snatched their 3 islands when there was still 3 days of our defence treaty with the Trucial States left to run. While that is true, and pretty much the whole world clings on to the view of "Perfidious Albion", o...
by GibMariner
09 Jul 2017, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Just proves that the standing tasks are a mantra, repeated when some cause needs promoting, but skipping them at will is kept quiet. Like the "rising" defence budget myth. The T31 forward positioning has been officially mentioned (by RN itself, in a naval show in the Gulf). Actually doing...
by GibMariner
09 Jul 2017, 08:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Does RN need to keep APT-S and 2nd Kipion both with escort = if RN do need 19 escorts. We can't manage either of those now, even with the (on-paper) 19 escorts, largely due to manpower shortage. The last two South Atlantic patrols have been done as part of wider deployments: In 2015 HMS Lancaster w...
by GibMariner
06 Jul 2017, 08:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2765
Views: 140881

Re: river I/I.5 and II patrol vessels

CO of HMS Scimitar has just said on GBC TV that the current Gib squadron boats Scimitar and Sabre will be 'replaced in the next two years, by much bigger gunned, longer range ships' Anyone any ideas....Rivers? P2000 fulfils that description... :| Going on what Lt Cmdr James Myhill of the Gibraltar ...
by GibMariner
06 Jul 2017, 07:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

here will be 9 FREMM + 2 FREDA for tasks needing them, so 5 FTI has no problem The order for the last 3 FREMM were cancelled and the 5 FTI ordered in their place. It's 6 FREMM ASW and 2 FREDA plus 5 FTI. They're authorised to operate 15 frontline frigates. They're not doing much better than us. The...
by GibMariner
29 Mar 2017, 09:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'm not comparing it with 1980s, I'm comparing it with early 2000s. You can't say that now RN has more amphibious capabilities than at the time, nor that the trend is encouraging. Mark was talking about the 80s/90s. If you'd read my post you'd see I said that the RN's amphibious capabilities have b...
by GibMariner
28 Mar 2017, 15:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9791
Views: 415624

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I wouldn't say our amphibious capability is dwindling its about the same as it was in the 80's & 90's but better in some aspects. I disagree. With 3 ( of 4 ) Bays, with 3 ( of 6 ) Points, with 1 ( of 2 Albions ), soon without Ocean... No, Mark is right. We didn't have any of those ships in the ...
by GibMariner
09 Dec 2016, 08:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27439

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

RFA Mounts Bay returned to Gibraltar early this morning:

by GibMariner
05 Dec 2016, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)
Replies: 58
Views: 7038

Re: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)

HMS Enterprise praised for saving lives in the Mediterranean UK Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning today (Sunday) praised the Royal Navy vessel for her contribution to Operation Sophia, which is focused on tackling human smugglers and arms traffickers who endanger the lives of migrants seeking trav...
by GibMariner
05 Dec 2016, 15:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)
Replies: 58
Views: 7038

Re: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)

And Echo has now replacing her, guess you'll see her coming you're way soon. HMS Echo patrolled through Gib waters on 07/11 and I believe was spotted in Malta a few days later. Presumably had already been on station for a while prior to today's news. HMS Enterprise departed Gib yesterday morning: h...
by GibMariner
01 Dec 2016, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 276202

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I thought today was 01/12 not 01/04... BMD option touted for UK frigate Raytheon has called on the Royal Navy to consider adopting its SM-3 short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, on its future Type 31 frigate. No official requirement for this exists, and the Strategic D...
by GibMariner
30 Nov 2016, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)
Replies: 58
Views: 7038

Re: Echo Class Hydrographic Survey Ships (RN)

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HMS Enterprise in Gibraltar this morning, reportedly heading home after being deployed in the Mediterranean since June 2015.

Image source: https://twitter.com/MODGibraltar/status/803874239254294528
by GibMariner
30 Nov 2016, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels [News Only]
Replies: 10
Views: 1616

Re: River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels [News Only]

Madeleine Moon MP asking questions regarding offshore patrol vessels, whether there are any plans to increase numbers and for an assessment of OPV needs after leaving the EU. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-11-22.54224.h&s=%22Royal+Navy%22#g54224.r0 Response: The Royal Navy provide...
by GibMariner
30 Nov 2016, 10:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels [News Only]
Replies: 10
Views: 1616

Re: River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels [News Only]

Lucky Severn as patrol boat outfoxes would-be submarine commanders http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/-/media/royal-navy-responsive/images/news/ships/severn/161129-lucky-severn/crashing-thru-the-waves.jpg?mh=447&mw=980&thn=0&hash=65FB676365780BBA6DEF008E80F1412D65815ECA In the cross-hairs of a...
by GibMariner
29 Nov 2016, 17:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 682
Views: 50920

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

HMS Portland visits Chile for Exponaval 2016 Innovation, partnership and technology transfer are the main themes as the UK is showing a strong commitment to the UK/Chilean defence relationship by sending two Royal Navy ships to Exponaval 2016 in Valparaiso, Chile. The Type 23 Frigate HMS Portland i...
by GibMariner
29 Nov 2016, 14:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76322

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

Banzai, Daring-san as state-of-the-art British and Japanese destroyers meet in Middle East https://navynews.co.uk/assets/upload/files/20161128ax-1.jpg HMS Daring spent two days in company with one of Japan’s most advanced warship as two of the world’s leading navies joined forces in the Gulf of Ade...

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