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by serge750
17 Oct 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2357
Views: 152289

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Cuts to the military seem all to easy for the bean counters/politicians! as I said before I would like one 20-25ooot LHP/LHD (not F35 capable) as a major unit to replace both the Albions, then hopefully 4 but probably 3 bay type replacements, Enforcers? say 150-160meters ( with a hanger for 2 helico...
by serge750
13 Oct 2019, 18:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

AWSOME !!! And they came on the carrier 2 by 2,save the royalnavy updated their website with the good news !!

https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/photo- ... 19-part-3/
by serge750
13 Oct 2019, 12:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2357
Views: 152289

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For me if we are to have a proper global amphibious capability going forward we will need to replace the current fleet like so Albion with a LPH 240 x 40 meters capable of carrying 900 troops and operating 25 aircraft off 8 spots Bays & Argus with 4 x new 200 meter Enforcer capable of carrying ...
by serge750
11 Oct 2019, 20:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

When will the trials of F35s on the Prince of Wales start, will she undergo two sets of trials as the Queen Elizabeth has and, if so, will both sets of trials happen in the US? The last thing i read said DT-4, with Prince of Wales, would happen in 2021. Which would make it a busy and interesting ca...
by serge750
11 Oct 2019, 20:32
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 312503

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

Lightning strikes this weekend according to twitter apparently, so hopefully the pictures will start rolling v soon ! maybe a couple of days with the 3 from 17sq then increase with the dam busters then the us marines? so excited to see a fuller deck !
by serge750
09 Oct 2019, 20:33
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 312503

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

After the F35b & HMS QE get back to Britain I think they might train a few more times in UK waters landing & taking of in various conditions ( a lot better chance of bad weather.. :lol: ) or even on POW, before the first operational deployment in 2021, is it going to be early or late 2021?
by serge750
08 Oct 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 15903

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

Personally I think it would be a good Flag waving asset to have 2 x hospital ships funded from the aid budget if a fair amount of money we pay in taxes does not go to the needy people it is meant for, would be better for publicity I think, it barely gets a mention on the news that the (grey warship ...
by serge750
08 Oct 2019, 18:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Looks like 12 SeaCeptor VLS tubes to me... the let down begins. Agree, looks like 12 CAMM. Interesting. Not sure it is "critical" or not, but it does show how limited the resource is (with no surprise). A corvette armament on a Frigate hull. Pretty consistent with its cost. But, I will ag...
by serge750
05 Oct 2019, 17:00
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 312503

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

I seem to remember reading somewhere ( trying to remember-but brain not working! ) that 3 from 617sqn & 2 from 207sqn along with a couple from 17r making 7? thought it was a strange mix but so excited to see them onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in the next week or two?....
by serge750
02 Oct 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Would be good to see the harriers on HMS QE but...if it's for PR they could always do Vertical take offs with a small fuel load just to say "I waz ere" :lol: When do the Italian F35b get IOC for carriers as this would be AWSOME to see aswell !!! does that timeline tally up for her first op...
by serge750
22 Sep 2019, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So we will get 8 x T26 + AAW replacements, 5 x T31 ( hopefully more better equipped second batch as well )

5 x River b2, so what is the likely hood of getting the river B1 replaced ? I can see RN getting a few minehunter type vessels that will do the OPV jobs aswell ?
by serge750
16 Sep 2019, 18:55
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 1475
Views: 118877

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I do hope japan jumps on the tempest bandwagon, if a fighter does come out of it, I could see them buying a fair few and it may benefit from a far east production line, can't hurt having another tech savy partner onboard :clap:
by serge750
15 Sep 2019, 22:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I know were your coming from, maybe 6 or 7 x T26 instead of the carriers? would the crew situation not be as bad or worse ? I think having a big arse carrier group is worth the downside, With the benefit of hindsight the escort situation would not of been so bad, but imo it's mainly the politiacal d...
by serge750
15 Sep 2019, 20:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think a lot of people - like me - are surprised over the new calibres on the guns (40+57mm), still will be surprised ( pleasantly! ) if they come in on budget but i'm sure the business people have costed it to make a profit, I think it would be preferable to have a slightly higher spec eg hull mou...
by serge750
13 Sep 2019, 20:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 387723

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

How about great politicians....

No 1 Urm…….


Sure we will think of something ……….
by serge750
08 Sep 2019, 12:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the A140 design is selected and used as intended - a basic stop gap design - when the T26's start to replace the T23 in the late 2030's would it be a good idea to sell on the bum basic A140's for more T26 ( maybe less mk 41 VLS to save initial costs-abeit not a lot ! ) if money could be made avai...
by serge750
04 Sep 2019, 17:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Yes, welcome back CJ ! thinking about it if the Lightning program is going down the small but incremental steps it does make sense to do initial training of the carrier in the best of conditions, then as said before get lots of AAR training in, looking forward to get some cool F35 pictures mid Octob...
by serge750
03 Sep 2019, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Your probably right but would be good to see them flying of the Norfolk coast ( UK) to marham :thumbup:
by serge750
03 Sep 2019, 18:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Was wondering about Westlant19, since the F35 are flying out there with tankers, are the F35 coming back to Britain on HMS QE? or flying back with tankers? Xcept 17 sqd
by serge750
29 Aug 2019, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869608

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Wonder how many Merlins 820 and 845 will bring along ? 4 each maybe ?
by serge750
29 Aug 2019, 18:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Now it would be good if we do get 8 x T45 replacements along with 8 x T26 ! along with the T31 and yes we might as well make it 8 :clap: at least the RN would have a better chance of protecting it's carrier group and other commitments, probably the minimum for the gov's global aspirations….
by serge750
25 Aug 2019, 19:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maybe HMAS Canberra as well ! :D as you say maybe a dutch or Norwegian for the north atlantic :)

I would also expect if its par for the course to have a USMC F35 ( & Ospreys ) squadron on the QEC then a USN escort as well ?
by serge750
25 Aug 2019, 16:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I suspose if the carrier group sails east of suez with a normal peacetime escort of T45 + T23/26 then the forward based T23/26 could also meat up aswell, recently wasn't there talk ( or just spin? ) of basing a T31 in the indian area aswell? presumably the RN would prioritize having a Astute close b...
by serge750
25 Aug 2019, 12:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6177
Views: 387723

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If there was a break up of the union ( hope not! ) it would take ages for all the details to be finalised so probably would not effect the 5 x T31 build ? isn't the last T31 slated for delivery around 2029?
by serge750
25 Aug 2019, 12:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611169

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ref to the escorts needed for a carrier group, I think the minimum in peacetime would be 1 x T45 & 1 xT26/23, so why not assign a dedicated T45=T26/23 to each carrier? i.e. HMS Duncan + HMS Cardiff to HMS QE, make sure they have the same training + refit cycles etc and then do the same for HMS D...

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