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by R686
29 Apr 2019, 16:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10279
Views: 802688
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I see the Goliath crane is still on site, wasn't it put up for sale?
by R686
19 Apr 2019, 01:02
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 36610
Location: Australia

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

16 Air Assault needs a bigger and more balance organic air component than it currently has and one solution is Wildcat. We currently have one Regiment currently tasked as Recce. These need to be modified to take on the task of Armed Recce in a similar vain as the US Army did converting the OH-58D K...
by R686
06 Apr 2019, 02:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:


Typical RAF, only wants to go to sea once every 2 years. Nelson spins in his grave.

Fly Navy.


One must remember if one wanted to go to sea they would have joined Navy, remember they just cant take off for that dirty weekend when they feel like it being stuck on that tin can,
by R686
04 Apr 2019, 05:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 35797
Location: Australia

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

serge750 wrote:Surely a surplus !!! that can't be right.... :lol: :twisted:

I would be up for exchanging POW/Albions for your 2 x JC LHD...ha ha



That will be like asking for the Crown Jewels :lol: :lol:
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 11:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 35797
Location: Australia

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

You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I blame the UK for the demise of the RAN maritime ASW/Strike capbilty. It all began with cancelling the CVA 01 program, bloody pommie bastards don’t even like an ice cold beer has to be warm You ...
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 08:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 35797
Location: Australia

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

Lord Jim wrote:And we would have made you buy those weird humming bird like jets to replace your Skyhawks as well.


Funny you mention that, it was on the cards by defence planers at on stage, you guys wanted too much for a new build Invincible

http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/histo ... nunder.htm
by R686
03 Apr 2019, 01:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 342
Views: 35797
Location: Australia

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

The only silver lining was that it went to Australia, a resolute and thoroughly reliable ally of the UK. . Sorry I can’t say the same for you guys are bastards for allies...................... You should have forced the AusGov to accept HMS Invincible back in the 80’s sorry no refunds no returns,I ...
by R686
14 Mar 2019, 18:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10279
Views: 802688
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I think you guys are overthinking this, yeah they are doing a cruise to the Pacific but I think visit will be all too infrequent. I'm excited that the UK is back in the carrier game. What I'm less excited about is the funding for these task groups I'm trying to recall if the UK has ever sent a carri...
by R686
13 Mar 2019, 18:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3909
Views: 264272
Location: Australia

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

A little old story, from https://adbr.com.au/breaking-bae-type-26-selected-for-sea-5000/ RAN T26 starts building in 2020, and the 9th hull will be delivered on 2042. I suspect - 1st hull handed-over on 2026 (6 years build). - 1 hull every 2 years, for 8 more hulls, it will give us 2042. As UK T26 s...
by R686
11 Mar 2019, 04:10
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286731
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

There was a recent article about wargaming from the U.S apologies for not providing it but showed in the event of hostilities in Europe although the f35 may win in the air being destroyed on the airield ,this may be an argument for the R.A.A.F to stick with the F35B which can be deployed/dispersed ...
by R686
23 Feb 2019, 21:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55711
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Lord Jim wrote:IF we look at getting more than two LSS, someone is going to have a bright idea that the Bays are no longer as important and look to selling one or more.




mmmmmmmmmmmm :lol: :lol: :lol:
by R686
22 Feb 2019, 01:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55711
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

An interesting little read about the ADF’s future operating concept, a bit dated now but gives an overall guidance. http://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Semaphore_2009_11.pdf http://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/SP10.pdf https://www.army.gov.au/sites/default/files/sp3...
by R686
12 Feb 2019, 21:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 642
Views: 55711
Location: Australia

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

IMHO, it looks to me this is preparing for the past conflict ( Somalia and similar ) instead for future ( Rusia/China ). :thumbdown: Western nations have been waiting for the big one since 1947, hardly think it is gearing up for past conflict, but the war on terror has taken away the focus With mor...
by R686
11 Feb 2019, 15:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Well looks like something is on the horizon, The UK is set to acquire two Littoral Strike Ships with the ability to launch troops and their equipment via helicopters and boats. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-to-purchase-two-littoral-strike-ships-for-special-forces/ Well there's money in the hill...
by R686
06 Feb 2019, 06:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

That is what the article says, but if the two landing craft are positioned on the deck, close to the crane, I could imagine they could be lifted straight into the water? - two is a conspicuously small number Oh, I wasn't aware the points had a active heave compensated crane available, do you know t...
by R686
06 Feb 2019, 02:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

UKDJ, "Royal Marines train for Arctic war games" https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/royal-marines-train-for-arctic-war-games/ Although small document, it is interesting in a few points. - "six Offshore Raiding Craft, eight Inshore Raiding Craft and two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel – ...
by R686
05 Feb 2019, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10279
Views: 802688
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tempest414 wrote:So China are now thinking of selling there first carrier to Pakistan



Link to above mentioned, but maybe more appropriate in either China/Pakistan thread

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.ph ... istan.html
by R686
01 Feb 2019, 22:47
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)
Replies: 384
Views: 38816
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 (AWACS) (RAF)

Any news about possible Wedgetail purchase? I haven't heard anything of late, but I imagine government has priority elsewhere at the moment. Other than RAF going thru the RAAF training for Wedgetail was the last I heard, which puts it within range being that Seedcorn place operators in the Poseidon...
by R686
31 Jan 2019, 22:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 107
Views: 11518
Location: Australia

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

I noticed in the above UKDJ article someone left in the comments a link to a petition for the HS to be built in the UK, but alas only 238 people have signed


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/235377
by R686
28 Jan 2019, 00:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 935
Views: 75887
Location: Australia

Re: Boeing Poseidon MRA Mk.1 (Maritime Reconnaissance Attack) (RAF)

These two simple sums illustrate why this is no way to correctly estimate unit price. The $3.87bn deal also covers training, maintenance and support. These also cost a lot. And the follow-on question is...... Is it worth doing one (buying the aircraft) without doing the other (paying for the traini...
by R686
26 Jan 2019, 23:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Id very much like to see the task group used for this, also is that is using overloaded ships and with a CV for vertical lift, if its over load HMAS Canberra can do that at 1600 troops This was Swift sword 3 and he had HMS Albion HMS Dragon 2 x Bays 1 x Point 2 x MCM to get 1800 troops is done some...
by R686
26 Jan 2019, 23:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Id very much like to see the task group used for this, also is that is using overloaded ships and with a CV for vertical lift, if its over load HMAS Canberra can do that at 1600 troops At the 1600 overload level, how much is vehicle and aviation space reduced on HMAS Canberra? Unless they want to d...
by R686
25 Jan 2019, 22:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2281
Views: 136200
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So as a guide to current thinking in a interview to warship IFR Commodore James Parkin said As Commander of the amphibious task group I can put 1800 RM and army commandos of the lead commando group ashore and sustain them ashore and recover them to sea again Id very much like to see the task group ...
by R686
15 Jan 2019, 04:26
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286731
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

I think it’s a storm in a teacup to be honest
by R686
14 Jan 2019, 16:14
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4182
Views: 286731
Location: Australia

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

If you say that you are going to do something (achieve a critical timescale) then you damn well make sure that you tell EVERYONE that you have achieved it, or the malaise of "It does not matter, it's only" can set in for other things as well. It is ALL important and it is part of being di...

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