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by Digger22
18 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is that the 3rd Phalanx position under the Tarp, or is it the one further outboard and slightly aft? Is the 3rd mount about to make an early appearance?
by Digger22
15 Aug 2019, 16:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10126
Views: 477321
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

T26 comment, not news so here it is,
8 years to build a Frigate?
The same yard completed Lb03 and Lb04 in less time, with more metal than 3 T26.
QE was At sea in 8 yrs!
Please explain?
by Digger22
03 Aug 2019, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10126
Views: 477321
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

9th T26, Yes. However I will never understand the logic for Batch 2 OPV and T31. Surely the combined cost of these 2 projects would have given 5 proper Frigates, while retaining the 4 Batch 1/1.5 OPV's? The Adelaide yard demonstrates the benefit of a Frigate Factory, opposed to our current position....
by Digger22
02 Aug 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 591
Views: 52798
Location: England

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

At this rate, she'll be at sea before Audacious! ( I'm joking, honest!)
by Digger22
21 Jul 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10126
Views: 477321
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Where is Albion? Maybe we should re activate Bulwark too? We clearly can't generate Enough Escorts so what do we send, with what we have?
by Digger22
20 Jul 2019, 18:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10126
Views: 477321
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Straights represent a very busy shipping lane, if only we had a Helicopter carrier, carrying a dozen or so Widcats armed with Gpmg and LLM. Oh....... :oops:
by Digger22
18 Jul 2019, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 59052
Location: England

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

Kent is going to releave Duncan, who in turn is going to allow Montrose to port for Maintenance, so Duncan's presence is going to be a short one, and will not increase RN presence until the arrival of Kent. It will be interesting to see if Montrose will be fitted with LMM while she is in port, givin...
by Digger22
17 Jul 2019, 21:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 726
Views: 59052
Location: England

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

So Kent is being prepped to take over from Duncan later this yr, first operational outing for T23 with LMM no doubt, hence her dash Back to Portsmouth.
by Digger22
17 Jul 2019, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10126
Views: 477321
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Isn't the real issue the age of the T23 fleet? Coupled with T45 engine/power generation issues creating a perfect availability storm? If they (T23) had been replaced on time and T45 had been designed properly we could easily manage 19+ Escorts. To allow a reduction in numbers because of these issues...
by Digger22
16 Jul 2019, 17:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1130
Views: 84136
Location: England

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

A smaller fleet would give less ship availability not the same. A flawed argument. We need 19 Escorts min.

As this is T45 thread, I think to have 2/3 ships in refit at the same time is a scandal. If we needed to deploy a Task group today we couldn't.
by Digger22
13 Jul 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1130
Views: 84136
Location: England

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

Surely an ASW T23 would have been more useful considering the number of Midget subs the Iranians have?
by Digger22
11 Jul 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2836
Views: 158936
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Not sure that I completely agree. The Wildcat numbers limit options, but considering the number of ships usually deployed I don't think it's a deal breaker, and besides the ability to land a Merlin is more overkill than operating a Wildcat. As for moving the Funnel, cost dictates the removal of the ...
by Digger22
09 Jul 2019, 20:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2836
Views: 158936
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Do we have more info on actual deck layout dimensions? From that angle with those Sailors, the flight deck looks pretty big. Remove the structure aft of the Funnel with the crane, replace with a full width mission bay, surely you could squeeze a Wildcat in there with a couple of ribs and their launc...
by Digger22
07 Jun 2019, 15:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Just arrived back from a trip to Berwick upon Tweed, and so had to get the train to North Queensferry, just to see PoW. Although I couldn't get a decent photo, only one tent on her deck, roughly mid ships, nothing on the stern. Can't be long now to sea trials.
by Digger22
14 May 2019, 20:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 45325
Location: England

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I think it's a perfectly reasonable What is the benefit of a Hybrid class? More than one boat on Patrol maybe More available for SSN duties (12 boat fleet) Cheaper Future production costs One type fleet Greater survivability Trident is capable of carrying 14 MIRV per missile. 56 warheads per Patrol...
by Digger22
13 May 2019, 19:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 45325
Location: England

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Surely the whole point of a SSBN is that nobody knows where it is? The notion that you could not sail one through a Navigable area of any Ocean defies the point. Also you could sail one without the Trident fitted, so in an engagement against a none nuclear power, such as the Falklands you make it cl...
by Digger22
12 May 2019, 13:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 45325
Location: England

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

As we can't afford every capability these days, demonstrated by recent capability gaps, are we not missing a trick by continuing to have separate SSN and SSBN fleets? Could we not have developed a hybrid SSN with say four Trident missiles on Each SSN and do away with SSBN altogether? 12 of these boa...
by Digger22
02 May 2019, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not that I want her sold to India for a second, but it would be interesting to know how much a CATnTRAP conversion would actually cost them. But I can already hear the groans!
by Digger22
22 Apr 2019, 17:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Should I be surprised that CdG's displays are in English? And I wonder what sea state that remote aircraft handling system can be used?
by Digger22
21 Apr 2019, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A tad disappointed that despite QE being in dry dock for two weeks we have had no news.
by Digger22
21 Apr 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Our negotiators would probably end up paying some money to the Indians too, and then argue that we have saved money. :lol:
by Digger22
19 Apr 2019, 21:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

We could just sell them our F35's too :crazy: It's the British way.
by Digger22
28 Feb 2019, 20:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 45325
Location: England

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

HMS Conqueror for me.
by Digger22
26 Feb 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It's a great point, moving forward to Operations, would USMC maintainers/armourous be part of the embarked personnel? If different weapons are employed by USMC jets, I can't see an alternative,
by Digger22
21 Feb 2019, 20:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10060
Views: 727223
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A swarm attack would overload any defence, eventually. My point was that to be able to engage a threat with two Phalanx rather than one has to be better.

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