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by Scimitar54
21 Apr 2019, 16:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 304
Views: 20054
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

Nor does it do anything much for ASW in it's current under equipped state with insufficient numbers as well. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
21 Apr 2019, 01:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps the deal that the Treasury have in mind is to swap HMSQE & F35bs with cash adjustment, in exchange for the ex. HMS Hermes & some SHARs. Seems to be about the limit of our current crop of "Bean Counters". :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
19 Apr 2019, 23:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Ideal candidates to be press ganged. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
19 Apr 2019, 00:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps they want to buy a 3rd Carrier and a QEC could be it. They have bought uk built carriers before, so just a faint possibility it could be built at Rosyth?
by Scimitar54
15 Apr 2019, 16:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

So the MN has recently acquired 2 x additional Hawkeyes have they?
by Scimitar54
10 Apr 2019, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5791
Views: 201873
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Each (hopeful) Ship Builder would have to choose between buying & supplying new kit, or the cost of buying & refurbishing ex. RN kit. Surely you are not suggesting that the RN would have refurbished the kit removed from the T23s, when they did not know whether or not it would be used. The co...
by Scimitar54
10 Apr 2019, 00:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

So far, only the Osprey has folding wings and props :idea:
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 22:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

My apologies, the word "capability" was missing.
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

How long will it be before the Osprey in USMC service acquires an AEWAC?
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Russian Submarines operating in the Baltic, effectively outflanking them?
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 13:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

That ship may indeed have sailed, but palletised "cargoes" can be transhipped (at sea if necessary) if there is the will and if the need to do so arises. The only way I can see the Osprey in FAA service is if they can reduce the requirement for Merlins on the QEC carriers. They will not re...
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 00:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I'm OK with most of this. However, I still think that the Albion replacements will be a pair of LHDs (circa 35k Tonnes) with maximum automation to reduce the manning requirements as far as is sensible. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
09 Apr 2019, 00:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 392
Views: 23258
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Or hopefully to buy some MV22 Osprey to perform the ASAC role, making more Merlins available for ASW. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
06 Apr 2019, 23:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 85
Views: 4835
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

An ever present danger that strategically illiterate politicians will allow (or want) this to happen. So I am afraid could not bring myself to "like" the previous post. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
03 Apr 2019, 02:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 274
Views: 20197
Location: United Kingdom

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

And the Fly Boys can't even tell where you are. Good job you are not a "Man Overboard" because if they are looking for you 500 miles away, they would never find you! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
03 Apr 2019, 00:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5791
Views: 201873
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

All power to their elbow. Who knows, they may eventually regain the competence to build SSKs as well. Sorry, possibly a bit of a crossover for this topic!
by Scimitar54
03 Apr 2019, 00:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 274
Views: 20197
Location: United Kingdom

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

Only one of the many examples of political incompetence demonstrated by that government. I'm only surprised that they did not rename one of the great offices of state as the Secretary of State for ***********ness. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
29 Mar 2019, 08:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1706
Views: 79718
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

Those living there will then complain about the noise from Lakenheath. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
28 Mar 2019, 18:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2645
Views: 103355
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Well (for a ship) it would be better than calling it a T-bird or a Mustang. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
28 Mar 2019, 13:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 542
Views: 25669
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Simplistic perhaps, but how about using a Bay class as the basis with the minimum alterations required (acquiring 2 x additional "Bays" of course). :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
21 Mar 2019, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9736
Views: 519116
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Depends whether they are at Action Stations, Emergency Stations, Off-watch or elsewhere. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
20 Mar 2019, 01:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2074
Views: 71998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So the only nations operating or acquiring LHDs are the odd ones out are they? United States Australia France Italy Perhaps you would rather do away with the F35B, then there would be no possibility of the suggested Albion class replacements operating fixed wing aircraft at all (unless the US, via t...
by Scimitar54
18 Mar 2019, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The decision to slow the drumbeat was taken by people who know only the price of things, but not their value! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
18 Mar 2019, 02:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9298
Views: 292415
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Much better would be additional SSNs, with just the possibility that one or more of them MIGHT be in the vicinity. For this to be really credible however, would require the SSN fleet to be increased by at least 3+. The advantage would be that in fact they could well be SOMEWHERE ELSE ALTOGETHER. :mr...

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