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by Clive F
23 Jun 2020, 01:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 145421
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Sorry off topic
by Clive F
23 Jun 2020, 01:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 177
Views: 145421
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Why when we had so many runways/ airbases did we decide to a, keep Waddington and b, base aircraft there that need long runways! ? Over the last few decades we have closed loads of airbases why keep this one for the snoopy stuff?
by Clive F
29 May 2020, 17:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 766
Views: 134554
Location: United Kingdom

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

Is there a second hand marrket for sea wolf missiles?

If not why not use them up as practice?
by Clive F
20 May 2020, 12:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Agree with you Shark, but I do sometimes wonder how long these "non fighting" assest would last in a hot war with someone like China.
by Clive F
19 May 2020, 13:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11752
Views: 1485153
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

More to the point how quickly was it detected and the problem sorted. But that doesn't make the news
by Clive F
12 May 2020, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3352
Views: 401519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

What will they do? Can they do anything except say "Hello, we are the Royal navy, we can sink rowing boats but no alot else, would like to come onto you ship to look around but we don't have a helecopter tp get there, so you'd best be coming to us."
by Clive F
02 May 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 684991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I reckon it will be about the same time as the defence review that they name them. Bit of Navy PR.
by Clive F
17 Sep 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Bets on T31 class name anounced at conservative conference? Something very British like Royal oak, Britannia etc
by Clive F
12 Sep 2019, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 684991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Anyone know when they will name the class?
by Clive F
22 Jul 2019, 10:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 684991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Tbenz, and how do we man them?
by Clive F
15 Jul 2019, 15:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yep, agree with Shark Bait.

We need a "cheap" ASW only escort
by Clive F
12 Jul 2019, 11:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

"Indeed. And the UK seizing an Iranian tanker wasn’t very bright."

or was it?
It showed what RM's can do.
It proved why we have a frigate in the gulf
It may prove we need more frigates
by Clive F
11 Jul 2019, 09:34
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing Chinook (RAF)
Replies: 202
Views: 53073
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing Chinook (RAF)

Can someone advise me of the following:
1. Approx cost of a new current RAF Chinook and Merlin in troops transport configuration.
2. How comparable are the running cost.
Thanks
by Clive F
11 Jun 2019, 14:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3352
Views: 401519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Thankyou DS
by Clive F
11 Jun 2019, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3352
Views: 401519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Only 36? I thought B2 had a crew of 58 is almost double?
by Clive F
11 Jun 2019, 08:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3352
Views: 401519
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

A quick observation / comment. The B2 rivers are more sophisticated than B1, but have a bigger crew. Is the extra crew worth the extra capacity?
by Clive F
26 Mar 2019, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Posted this on T31 news post by mistake so have deleted and moved. ref 57/76mm vs 4.5". If the 4.5" is fitted from day one and is a "free transfer", thus getting it in the water for less; and the new ship is designed correctly, I would have thought changing to the 57/76mm at refi...
by Clive F
26 Mar 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 684991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

ref 57/76mm vs 4.5". If the 4.5" is fitted from day one and is a "free transfer", thus getting it in the water for less; and the new ship is designed correctly, I would have thought changing to the 57/76mm at refit or when sold should be relatively simple. Again assuming is it de...
by Clive F
25 Mar 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 684991
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Spot on Shark Bait. good analogy. As have been said many times before, a better option is to specialise in one activity only (for me ASW, local to UK). This way you save money for kit and crew and maintenance but still have a "tier one" capability.
by Clive F
22 Mar 2019, 14:43
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 164
Views: 46494
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Could some one with the knowledge give us a "Janet and John" guide to the differences between E3 and E7?
by Clive F
28 Feb 2019, 13:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11757
Views: 1166405
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would name them county's after the areas missed by T26, eg Devon, Lancashire, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk
by Clive F
06 Dec 2018, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 664
Views: 107329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

off topic, but if we carry on naming "ships" at this rate we will be soon releasing names of ships that aren't even planned yet!
by Clive F
06 Dec 2018, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 664
Views: 107329
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Bit left field, but Victor and Vulcan?
by Clive F
03 Dec 2018, 12:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2834
Views: 342293
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The bigger / more "flat toppy" the Ocean replacement is, (not that we will ever get a direct replacement,) the more likely one or both QE /POW will be sold. A simple (thus cheaper) "helicopter Carrier" with NO well decks, NO Ski Ramps etc will offer the best sustainable solution....

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