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by Scimitar54
23 Jan 2020, 18:27
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4383
Views: 393837
Location: United Kingdom

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

I do not think that Colours will ever be used on F35's unless the paint is "Stealth" compatable.
by Scimitar54
22 Jan 2020, 15:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 970
Views: 107244
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

16 sounds about right (for now)
by Scimitar54
21 Jan 2020, 20:19
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 139
Views: 24686
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

All Fairey Gannets had Contra-rotating props and double gas turbine engines.
by Scimitar54
21 Jan 2020, 18:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If the Treasury are serious about the need to “save money” the solution is simple ........ Cancel HS2 and build another 2 x QEC Carriers, one for India and the second for the RN along with additional escorts, submarines and aircraft. Restore manning levels for the three services to what they need to...
by Scimitar54
18 Jan 2020, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6232
Views: 482707
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

It is or rather was, respectfully NOT “the most poorly armed” T26. If changes were to be made now, to the original T26 spec. ..... The result would be increased cost (not just the extra weapons cost), additional delays and possibly leading to fewer T26 still. If there is a possibility of increasing ...
by Scimitar54
18 Jan 2020, 10:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You can’t have been to many decent “Pubs” then”. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
15 Jan 2020, 16:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

You should look at the path: Home / Equipment / Royal Navy / Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The definition of the subject under discussion is quite clear!
by Scimitar54
10 Jan 2020, 16:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4383
Views: 393837
Location: United Kingdom

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

£6.2 billion for two oversees homes! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
09 Jan 2020, 09:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3085
Views: 268414
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Is that another “Bay” Class? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
04 Jan 2020, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 125
Views: 24998
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Older descriptions have a lot to recommend them. They would help to avoid the “Send three and four pence, we are going to a dance” type of communication error. In these days of combined forces, perhaps we should return to calling them “Oilers”. On the other hand maybe for the uninformed, the symbol ...
by Scimitar54
29 Dec 2019, 22:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Desk-bound individuals have no problem clapping with one hand. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
13 Dec 2019, 16:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

My apologies! I inadvertently missed the R out of “learning”.
by Scimitar54
13 Dec 2019, 16:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I believe that the 2 x Merlin Mk 4’s will also be on HMSQE, as it would be most improbable to have a company of Royal Marines on the carrier, and their operational transport on another vessel. An initial operational Air Wing of c. 28 Aircraft is not too bad, as the manglers, maintainers, fuelers and...
by Scimitar54
12 Dec 2019, 18:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 64
Views: 7821
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Rather depends on the election result I would think. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
07 Dec 2019, 19:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 228809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

SW1
So you would rather risk one of the carriers in an LPH role would you? No? Then there must be something else provided to perform this role. An LHD or two to replace Albion & Bulwark when their service lives are over is what is required. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
07 Dec 2019, 14:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 228809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Politicians who are out to wreck the defence of the country will do so whenever the opportunity exists (i.e. when they get into power) they do not need any false excuses. The real question in this age of dual (or multi) purpose vessels is: Are 2 “Carriers” going to prove insufficient in practice? A ...
by Scimitar54
04 Dec 2019, 22:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Bringing back an F35B aboard HMS QE will certainly have saved unnecessary fuel consumption (and wear & tear). Just one of the benefits of an Aircraft Carrier. Hint! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
27 Nov 2019, 00:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

By the way, interested though I am in further SRVL Trials, does anyone know, now that HMS Dragon & HMS Northumberland are on their way home just what is comprising the HMS QE escort ?
by Scimitar54
19 Nov 2019, 12:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It has not had enough frigates/destroyers during that same period.
by Scimitar54
19 Nov 2019, 08:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Only if all of those four are available! Moore likely would be one (or at best two) would be available and in the wrong place. Nowhere near enough!! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
17 Nov 2019, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 228809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

ACC Sorry to take a while to respond. A trip to watch a Prince’s homecoming intervened. We were still capable of Minesweeping after the demise of the “TON” class, as the “HUNT” class, although not minesweepers retained the ability to Sweep for some time before the gear was removed. The capability to...
by Scimitar54
17 Nov 2019, 00:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2749
Views: 228809
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

SW1

We don’t have any Minesweepers and neither have we had any since the demise of the “TON” class. Not too different from saying that the RAF should give up it’s “V- Bombers”. !!!
by Scimitar54
16 Nov 2019, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11050
Views: 1079812
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Moved now ......... SW of IOW.
by Scimitar54
09 Nov 2019, 21:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1046
Views: 106640
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Either unwilling (or a little too slow) to support Boris as Party Leader. Alternatively bad blood between them within the last year or two. She was also awfully quiet about Brexit during her brief tenure as Secretary of State for Defence. Maybe just busy getting to grips with her brief, however? Sha...
by Scimitar54
07 Nov 2019, 18:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10933
Views: 796293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ACC, I had a little chuckle at your post. A Water Jet of course, is neither a CPP nor an FPP. Even an "Idling Prop", if it could effectively be isolated from it's shaft would create additional drag that the remaining Propellor(s) would have to cope with. A ship not running on both (or all)...

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