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by Digger22
30 Jun 2020, 13:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Someone needs to get a grip once and for all on Defence Procurement. This is a complete shambles, a National disgrace and embarrassing! Evolution of Procurement=reliability, reduction in risk, availability and cost control Running assets into the ground=capability Gaps, high costs in replacement and...
by Digger22
22 Jun 2020, 14:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4082
Views: 482479
Location: England

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

I agree T26 numbers are at risk. I can see us just getting three, with T31 rising to 10, then getting that number cut too, 8 or less!
Fingers crossed that doesn't happen.
by Digger22
20 Apr 2020, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I suppose this off topic stuff is OK?
by Digger22
01 Mar 2020, 13:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)
Replies: 23
Views: 10382
Location: England

Re: English Electric Lightning (1959-1988) (RAF)

A few lucky soles got to go up in Lightnings flying with Thunder City in South Africa. I'm not sure what happened to them, or their two Airworthy Buccaneers when the business went bust?
by Digger22
02 Feb 2020, 22:25
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1058
Views: 171724
Location: England

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

A sad day.

And they used to call the Tonka 'Jackal of all trades master of none'

The King is dead, long live the King.

Time to take off the rose tinted glass's folks.
by Digger22
29 Jan 2020, 20:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1058
Views: 171724
Location: England

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

This whole P8 purchase is a complete and utter waste of money, and if it's just me that doesn't want anymore of the bloody things, then I'm comfortable with that.
by Digger22
21 Jan 2020, 20:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

To sell one of them would be ridiculous. The hard bit was to build them. But we do have history for doing mad things in procurement and disposal. I can't think of a Nation with a worse record?
by Digger22
23 Dec 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Miles M.52 Supersonic Research Aircraft (1943-1948) (Cancelled Project)
Replies: 3
Views: 2527
Location: England

Re: Miles M.52 Supersonic Research Aircraft (1943-1948) (Cancelled Project)

I remember watching an American Documentary about the X1 where some American 'Expert' claimed that the all moving or flying tail was an American invention, and the British hadn't got a clue on how to solve the controllability issue! I also remember that it was the yanks who cracked Enigma, capturing...
by Digger22
16 Dec 2019, 19:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That's one way to dry the deck. Can't recall a fixed wing jet ever departing a Carrier alongside before? Not even a SHAR?

Edit, just been reminded that Hermes launched her harriers that returned with her from the Falklands, while she was in Portsmouth!
by Digger22
17 Nov 2019, 22:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Let's hope this doesn't turn out to be the one of the shortest commissions in RN history. Election on the 12th.
by Digger22
14 Oct 2019, 18:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Even with 10 on deck, it's going to look pretty empty.
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 14:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I make that 5 years and 10 days since PoW assembly at Rosyth began on 9th September 2014. (1836 days) Or 8 years, 3 months, 24 days since first steel was cut on 26th May 2011. (3038 days) That answers my question I asked years ago about how long she would take to build and be contractually 'finishe...
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 13:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 683375
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Does this mean that Goliath is not for sale now?
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 12:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:
Digger22 wrote:Where are you watching the action from CJ?


My house.


Handy!
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Where are you watching the action from CJ?
by Digger22
17 Sep 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1163882
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

HMS Fluffy
HMS Fearful
HMS Floppy
HMS Fake
HMS Flee

I know, not very helpful.
by Digger22
09 Sep 2019, 19:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Location of QE? Have they left UK waters or lurking still?
by Digger22
05 Sep 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm sure the Joint Strike force practice AAR anyway. The Top Gun documentary was showing a New F35 pilots first AAR attempt. So no shame there. To fly them to the U.S. Instead of taking them on QE seems a bit of a waste to me, both environmentally and in flying hours. While I see the need to carry o...
by Digger22
30 Aug 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If she isn't taking her F35's with her maybe she may be spend a little time around the UK before she goes, and maybe we may see her with her sister sooner than we think?
by Digger22
29 Aug 2019, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any news on F35 numbers to be taken? Will they fly into Portsmouth today, or are they more likely to join QE out at see, and with a little more privacy, maybe a day or two after departing? Seven F-35B's were mentioned for Westlant 19 when Jerry Kyd was CO during Westlant 18. There's no way F-35B's ...
by Digger22
29 Aug 2019, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any news on F35 numbers to be taken?
Will they fly into Portsmouth today, or are they more likely to join QE out at see, and with a little more privacy, maybe a day or two after departing?
by Digger22
20 Aug 2019, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That would suggest her main props are fitted rather than brake props?
by Digger22
18 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11744
Views: 1480961
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: 11757
Views: 1163882
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: 11757
Views: 1163882
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....

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