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by SKB
09 Jan 2021, 13:58
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 225
Views: 78789
Location: England

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Can a Chinook lift another Chinook?! :mrgreen:
by SKB
07 Jan 2021, 15:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 692496
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Spey (P234) commissioned https://twitter.com/HMS_Spey/status/1347197027671801861 https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1306555661333954561/8nafd9g4_400x400.jpg https://amazon.clikpic.com/rosswatton/images/spey.jpg (Ross Watton Ship Paintings) https://www.rosswatton.com/photo_16682244.html
by SKB
04 Jan 2021, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12724
Views: 2550484
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Crowsnest included?
by SKB
31 Dec 2020, 17:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 692496
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Trent https://twitter.com/PortsmouthProud/status/1344636232333201410 HMS Tyne https://twitter.com/PortsmouthProud/status/1344650279669673988 HMS Tamar https://twitter.com/PortsmouthProud/status/1344673383389257728 HMS Mersey https://twitter.com/PortsmouthProud/status/1344711243320459264
by SKB
31 Dec 2020, 14:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 692
Views: 188092
Location: England

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

HMS Anson (S123) named https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWCI3AABRSg https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/-/media/royal-navy-responsive/images/badges/submarines/anson.png?h=292&la=en-GB&w=229&hash=795A87DD7BE8E46B529EF7756A657E90 (Navy Lookout) 11 December 2020 Fifth Astute-class boat HMS Anson f...
by SKB
20 Dec 2020, 01:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12724
Views: 2550484
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1340012699682541569 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpifZwZXEAQpRWq?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 QE has a set of three WHITE Phalanx CIWS, while PoW has three GREY. :thumbup: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpigJ9CXMAY-xol?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 https://pbs.twi...
by SKB
18 Dec 2020, 17:10
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 270
Views: 78994
Location: England

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Image
(MoD)
by SKB
18 Dec 2020, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 692496
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Tamar commissioned into Royal Navy (17th December 2020) https://twitter.com/HMNBPortsmouth/status/1339612110435790848 https://twitter.com/hms_tamar/status/1339630988649967625 https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1247186557066412040/0nlTsj3o_400x400.jpg https://twitter.com/hms_tamar/status/13036...
by SKB
17 Dec 2020, 15:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5139
Views: 994049
Location: England

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

Anyone know of an RAF base that wants a £100m gate guardian?! :mrgreen:
by SKB
17 Dec 2020, 15:39
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5139
Views: 994049
Location: England

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

We don't really "have" 21 for frontline duty, we've got 18. BK-01 (XM135), BK-02 (XM136) and BK-04 (XM138) are still at Eglin AFB in Florida, and they're test aircraft. Maybe they'll get converted like BK-03 (XM137) was and flown over to Marham to join the others. But probably not.
by SKB
16 Dec 2020, 20:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: LCT 7074 (Landing Craft, Tank) (Ex RN)
Replies: 13
Views: 4442
Location: England

Re: LCT 7074 (Landing Craft, Tank) (Ex RN)

https://twitter.com/PortsmouthProud/status/1338912554253508611 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpTF2_7XYAIVDIS?format=jpg&name=large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpTF2_-WMAIcJkj?format=jpg&name=large https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EpTF2_-W4AIw0Ky?format=jpg&name=large https://pbs.twimg.com/media...
by SKB
15 Dec 2020, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4229
Views: 821290
Location: England

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

90inFIRST wrote:Have your own T26 before the navy does

Thats only the hull. You have to scratch build everything else yourself.
by SKB
13 Dec 2020, 17:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 12724
Views: 2550484
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Guess: White or grey? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EAOUBwuXYAIIz9o?format=jpg&name=small https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EAOUBwxW4AE_vxc?format=jpg&name=small https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EAOZzaHXkAAZvf3?format=jpg&name=small https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EovB-kmU0AEz__r?format=jpg&name=smal...
by SKB
13 Dec 2020, 12:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2090847
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Ron5 wrote:Don't think that crane is up to the job of lowering the middle bit into the dock. Well not gently anyway :D

Rosyth's Goliath crane has a lift capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes (980 long/Imperial tons; 1,100 short/US tons).
by SKB
13 Dec 2020, 02:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 3
Views: 1066
Location: England

Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Or watch the video, recorded 8th December 2020.
https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/e ... 5ceedb633c
by SKB
13 Dec 2020, 02:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMS Victory (1778-Present) (RN)
Replies: 37
Views: 14854
Location: England

Re: HMS Victory (1778-Present) (RN)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hKyeA7FdIY (PortsHistDockyard) 7th October 2011 Found a 2011 timelapse video of HMS Victory (in her old mustard yellow paint scheme) having her mast tops and rigging taken down for restoration. Nine years later in 2020, they're still not back, although she looks nice...
by SKB
12 Dec 2020, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2090847
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Portsmouth's 200m long, 60m wide ship hall/'shed', under its previous Vosper Thornycroft (VT) ownership, produced all six bow sections for the six T45 destroyers. They were then barged up to Scotland for assembly. In retrospect, and with the necessary team and skills, an entire T45 could and would (...
by SKB
12 Dec 2020, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3720
Views: 692496
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Some media even describing as Warboats !?!? :mrgreen: WARNING: Cringe headlines!: :mrgreen: https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/8325/production/_116037533_mail1212-nc.png https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/5FFD/production/_116037542_express1212-nc.png https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/...
by SKB
12 Dec 2020, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2090847
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The place did build the carriers after all. No. BAE Portsmouth, BAE Govan, A&P Tyne, Appledore and Cammel Laird built the ACA QEC blocks. Babcock Rosyth assembled them into one, along with sponsons and ramps built by Babcock Rosyth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-EZFOHJn_s (ACA/QEClassCarrie...
by SKB
12 Dec 2020, 16:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 12939
Views: 2090847
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Its a smaller shed than the bigger and ready-existing 200m x 60m shed in Portsmouth, which had its T26 and T31 work stolen to appease the Scots in their 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

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