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by seaspear
15 Jul 2019, 21:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420462
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Not wanting to go into fantasy but perhaps in the future asw drones may be launched via parachute from aircraft as a quicker response ,building expensive ships to do same may limit resources
by seaspear
14 Jul 2019, 07:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214697
Location: Australia

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

With apologies to Joans if N.Z decides to acquire the type 26 there would be at least two places where it is being built ,should it be added to these runs it may effect the delivery schedule to those respective navies
by seaspear
08 Jul 2019, 09:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I noticed during the simulated f35b landing ,that it came close to a Chinook with its blades in operation ,are there any guidelines on this because would airflow from this effect the slowly landing f35b
by seaspear
07 Jul 2019, 01:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214697
Location: Australia

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

Blimey, up to 4 x 12 metre boats? What 12 metre boats does the RN have (or likely to get)? It may not be the 12 metre boats but remote controlled surfaced mine hunting craft ,underwater craft for various missions ,even unmaned aircraft ,and anything else they think of in the various defence centres...
by seaspear
03 Jul 2019, 23:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is it correct that f35b trials of the Queen Elizabeth class provided information for the situating of the ramp on the Trieste class ship?
by seaspear
22 Jun 2019, 01:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214697
Location: Australia

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

This article suggests that the U.S.N philosophy of needs is different to the R.N https://news.usni.org/2019/06/20/navy-issues-final-rfp-for-ffgx-next-generation-frigate accoustic stealth is not mentioned ,Im not suggesting its not capable of course that the U.S.N is under congressional pressure to b...
by seaspear
14 Jun 2019, 03:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214697
Location: Australia

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

It might not come to if the type 26 is in play for the contract but how it influences the eventual outcome of choice , I cant with any authority state the U.S.N is not on par in surface ship asw operations with other NATO allies ,but if the type 26 is a demonstrable step forward over existing design...
by seaspear
14 Jun 2019, 03:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Could be a beat up but placed on this thread as these craft will deploy from the carrier
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/06 ... h-coating/
by seaspear
09 May 2019, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 105
Views: 8689
Location: Australia

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Coming back to the question of should the Royal Navy have the ship ,I would say no because it would come out of the R.N budget . If the hospital ships were owned or leased by the government with the understanding that it could be used for miltary actions in emergencies it could perform those aid rol...
by seaspear
08 May 2019, 05:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 278472
Location: Australia

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Is the 250 million capped or is there allowance ? because what 250 gets in 2018 might not in the 2020,s lol
by seaspear
07 May 2019, 22:45
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214642
Location: Australia

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

My thoughts on this are , Would the seaborne f35 models have a shorter life span than the a model not being exposed to as much salt , would the F35 be required to spend more time in the hangars than parked on the deck to prevent exposure or would the aircraft on deck have more frequent wash downs in...
by seaspear
07 May 2019, 03:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I have just posted in the F35 section about an Australian audit recommending dehumidyfying the aircaft because of salt corrosion possibilities due to the type of Aluminium used extensively in it structure ,I wondered how this risk was considered in an aircraft carrier
by seaspear
07 May 2019, 02:42
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214642
Location: Australia

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-07/williamtown-joint-strike-fighters-susceptible-to-corrosion/11085220 This article refers to the corrosion risk associated with the F35 because of its aluminium structure effected by salt and recomended measures including de humidfying ,has this been thought of f...
by seaspear
27 Apr 2019, 02:30
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214642
Location: Australia

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

https://news.usni.org/2019/04/23/marine ... ng-concept
This is an interesting article of the U.S.M.C plans for the F35B it may be something the U.K will consider in its own plans for this model of the F35
by seaspear
21 Apr 2019, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I haven't read of the work done during the dry docking and was curious if this may have included paintwork on the side that had been erased
by seaspear
13 Apr 2019, 02:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Isn't there an argument to increase the missile payload of the escorts for the carrier , Im not sure how many missiles are carried by U.S.N escort groups in defence of the carrier and others but it would likely be several times what the R.N is likely to carry for defence of its carrier
by seaspear
06 Apr 2019, 11:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I seem to recall that the plans for the carrier were sold to France for 100 hundred million pounds would such a cost be the same to India? of course having the plans and having the expertise to build can be different things
by seaspear
03 Apr 2019, 12:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

With the suggestion of getting the Camm system installed is there any advantage and practicality to going a bit further with the Camm-er instead for further range in meeting those threats ,would though like to see the Daring class have its loadout increased
by seaspear
29 Mar 2019, 19:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

How far is deck penetration for the Camm system and is the space underneath already used , the naval builders may have already built in this contingency somewhere hopefully
by seaspear
28 Mar 2019, 22:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Where on the ship and how would it effect operations ?
by seaspear
16 Mar 2019, 11:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Much of the plans for the Queen Elizabeth class were sold to the French navy ,so a reasonable amount of non critical information should be able to be offered
by seaspear
15 Mar 2019, 23:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 673458
Location: Australia

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps the Indian navy might be interested in EMCAT for their carrier instead of EMAL
by seaspear
15 Mar 2019, 04:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214697
Location: Australia

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

2040 is a long time to believe that the hull for the replacement Hobart would be unchanged from the Hunters class or even what the requirements for this ship would be ,
by seaspear
11 Mar 2019, 01:07
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 214642
Location: Australia

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

There was a recent article about wargaming from the U.S apologies for not providing it but showed in the event of hostilities in Europe although the f35 may win in the air being destroyed on the airield ,this may be an argument for the R.A.A.F to stick with the F35B which can be deployed/dispersed a...
by seaspear
05 Mar 2019, 19:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 420462
Location: Australia

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The type 45 has been stated to be a carrier escort due to high capabilities in aaw ,now there is a direction that the type 31 will free up the type 45 from this role to other not so defined roles including nuclear deterrent ,this may mean a future role carrying upgraded anti ballistic missiles but t...

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