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by Scimitar54
17 May 2019, 01:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would not have happened in days gone by. An official car would have been allocated an official driver and the car, driver and very likely the Ship's Captain would have remained with the ship. :oops:
by Scimitar54
17 May 2019, 00:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

As per the number plate, he had been "robbed" of the pleasure of a "Stealth" Jaguar.
by Scimitar54
16 May 2019, 23:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 9816
Views: 560487
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps he thought that there were Arrestor wires to stop him. :crazy:
by Scimitar54
13 May 2019, 10:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326323
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Or perhaps the government should do what it is supposed to do ............ Provide the people and the equipment to adequately defend the realm and the trade that it needs to conduct in order to exist. :idea:
by Scimitar54
13 May 2019, 10:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 51
Views: 2940
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Hence the electro-mechanical palletised weapons handling systems on QEC carriers. That is far enough until the system is fully proven.
by Scimitar54
13 May 2019, 02:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 51
Views: 2940
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

A few points and not in any specific order. This is all dream (or nightmare) scenario stuff. By all means follow the technology and see how you MIGHT use it, but. In a serious war, I could see the UCAV's very quickly becoming unusable for example and if we go down that line, we risk the credibility ...
by Scimitar54
12 May 2019, 11:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 51
Views: 2940
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

What about the weapons, or the means of re-supplying the CSG being held hostage? What if, in the future the RFA were to contain nuclear devices? "Personnel not involved" crewless ships make warfare more likely not less, as "no-one will get hurt". Cotton Wool mentality and totally...
by Scimitar54
11 May 2019, 21:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 51
Views: 2940
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

RFA or RN ship, If it does not have any crew, or not enough crew the it will become extremely vulnerable to piracy. The day the government, the MOD, or anybody else advocates that, it will be absolute confirmation that those running this country must have gone stark raving mad! :idea:
by Scimitar54
09 May 2019, 21:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 587
Views: 40023
Location: United Kingdom

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

Or do we? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
08 May 2019, 15:47
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4082
Views: 175077
Location: United Kingdom

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

Enough to bring total of F35 on board to 24! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
06 May 2019, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 31148
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

In a hostilities situation and if operations are at a high intensity, it is highly likely that 2 x Tides and 2 x SSS may be required to keep 1 x CSG adequately supplied. Carrier Strike must not be made any less credible by cutting back on the ability to re-supply it. All 3 x FSS are required. Rememb...
by Scimitar54
06 May 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 185
Views: 13706
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

The MoD will get around to it some day. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
05 May 2019, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 33096
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Crécy and Waterloo for the eighth and ninth Astute Class then. :arrow: I must admit I would have preferred Retribution for the fourth SSBN though.
by Scimitar54
04 May 2019, 23:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 31148
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Perhaps you think that those who wish us harm will put their activities on hold while we bask in a false sense of security. If you don't think we have enough of (almost everything) to deal with the threats we face then stop bellyaching about it and do something. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
03 May 2019, 23:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 647
Views: 33096
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Perhaps all four vessels should be renamed as KGVI class SSBN. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
02 May 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 31148
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

The last one is the only choice to be made! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
02 May 2019, 03:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9515
Views: 326323
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The one essential pre-requisite seems to have been missed. Dissolution of Hollyrood if she loses. :idea:
by Scimitar54
01 May 2019, 22:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Fort Victoria
Replies: 138
Views: 8314
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Fort Victoria

Not likely, she cannot transfer the Heavy Palletised Stores that the future SSS will be able to. This will limit the re-supply of stores to the QEC Carriers to a degree that will be unacceptable in the mid to long term. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
01 May 2019, 22:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 50038
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Classified :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
29 Apr 2019, 12:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)
Replies: 716
Views: 50038
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Yes, but the other nations do not have the special "low friction" paint. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
27 Apr 2019, 16:16
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4082
Views: 175077
Location: United Kingdom

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

Sounds a bit like ALIS (or is it ALISS) in blunder land to me! :lol:
by Scimitar54
21 Apr 2019, 16:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 307
Views: 21655
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: 9816
Views: 560487
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: 9816
Views: 560487
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: 9816
Views: 560487
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?

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