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by Scimitar54
19 Sep 2019, 13:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is PoW getting an MCM escort out to sea?
by Scimitar54
19 Sep 2019, 13:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If so, then the “Builders/Contractors” Sea Trials should prove VERY interesting indeed. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
18 Sep 2019, 12:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Tomorrow in the Forenoon then?
by Scimitar54
18 Sep 2019, 11:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6150
Views: 349449
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

If Babcock do build a Frigate Factory, we shall have to hope that it has an adequate growth margin to build the next generation(s) of escorts for the RN, but not by so much as to become a millstone to the company or unduly affect the viability of the T31 build costs and company profits.
by Scimitar54
18 Sep 2019, 11:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 5663
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Deserving of a proper Broadside!

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by Scimitar54
17 Sep 2019, 20:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So, in order not to offend anyone, presumably you probably also think that we should also rename Waterloo Station. If people (either at home or abroad) are so sensitive, then they deserve (and need) to be offended, iif only in order to grow up. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
17 Sep 2019, 19:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How about the "Battle" Class ? :idea:
by Scimitar54
12 Sep 2019, 11:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Unfortunately this would not work, but ....... She has been in the water for about 15 months less than HMS QE was when commencing her Sea Trials, so her bottom should be cleaner (smoother) and a higher speed may therefore be possible.
by Scimitar54
10 Sep 2019, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 962
Views: 64269
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

So where would the 9 x Merlin ASW from the QEC go to, when it becomes necessary to Increase the F35 numbers to “Surge” (36) on the Carrier? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
10 Sep 2019, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I wonder whether R09 will prove faster than R08 whilst on her Sea Trials? :D
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 21:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So let’s have 18 x T26 then and 6 x “batch 2” T45. Oh, but because we only order in small numbers they use a unit cost based on that. The paymasters then say “we can’t afford that many and downsize the order. A self generating race to the bottom with not enough vessels being built. The number of Rat...
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 21:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I suppose we will have to wait for WESTLANT ‘20 for there to be any Merlins from 849 NAS on board!
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 103
Views: 14198
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

Just like the way the rest of our “defences” are being mismanaged. :idea:
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10265
Views: 801340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

In essence then, all of 617 sqdn. (as presently constituted)!
by Scimitar54
28 Aug 2019, 18:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The example of the Maginot Line should be sufficient proof for you that they do. Of course, you may say that there is not enough money in the budget for this. I agree that much more needs to be spent, but treating NATO as the solution to world problems, when many of its member states do not provide ...
by Scimitar54
28 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I believe it will have a 127mm Gun
by Scimitar54
05 Aug 2019, 03:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The idea behind the T31e was for it to have an RN service life of only 10-15 years and not be significantly modernised during that time. Let us say that this is how the first batch will be treated. The second and subsequent batches ??? might be turned out to a higher standard and cost (for example a...
by Scimitar54
04 Aug 2019, 10:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The one thing that must not happen, is for Politicians to ever believe that a River B2 can either be (or replace) a frigate. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
03 Aug 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

However, if sufficient escorts were being built, with a Navy of the size that it needs to be then there would be more than enough work for two yards, maybe even three! :idea:
by Scimitar54
02 Aug 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 591
Views: 58691
Location: United Kingdom

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

Roll on the Astute batch II's!!! When those that are supposed to be responsible, start acting responsibly and order another (much needed) batch and also provide the people to operate and maintain them. Cut the manning, reduce the number ordered & delay the programme, all to "Save" mone...
by Scimitar54
01 Aug 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 68554
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Boats have crews, Ships have companies. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
25 Jul 2019, 08:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182202
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Never to you apparently.
by Scimitar54
25 Jul 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2954
Views: 182202
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

No, but the Remoaners are still trying to scare people (and companies) into believing that it will. Hence lack of business confidence
by Scimitar54
24 Jul 2019, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10471
Views: 549172
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is a shame that the MOD did not use the delay in the placing of the T26 batch 1 order, to build something that the RN really needed, rather than the B2 Rivers, namely ships 7 & 8 of the T45 Daring class. Oh but then then HMG would have had to admit that they had made cuts in error in SDSR 201...

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