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by Caribbean
12 Jul 2020, 13:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1196256
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As Repulse says, geographical spread explains a large part of the requirement for additional OPVs, as France has three OTs in the Indian Ocean and four in the Pacific vs our one in the Indian Ocean (Diego Garcia, so basically "looked after" by the US) and one in the Pacific (Pitcairn, admi...
by Caribbean
10 Jul 2020, 17:00
Forum: British Army
Topic: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)
Replies: 1633
Views: 222227
Location: England

Re: FV4034 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (British Army)

The Armchair Soldier wrote:Is this confirmation the LEP will include anti-tank missiles?

Interesting wording, isn't it? It could just mean improved 120mm ammunition (likely), or even a gun-launched missile like Falarick (less likely). I think "put a missile down that barrel" rules out ATGMs, though
by Caribbean
05 Jul 2020, 15:59
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13650
Location: England

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

4 Mechanised Infantry on Boxer (eventually to be expanded to 8, for two Strike Brigades) Possibly I am wrong, but I think each Strike brigade is going to be made up of two cavalry and two infantry unit, so only 4 Mechanised infantry will be needed for the two brigades OK - thanks - that makes more ...
by Caribbean
05 Jul 2020, 13:19
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13650
Location: England

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

Thanks, good info. The Reserves seem to have been chronically under-equipped for years. Still trying to understand the numbers. Again, as I understand it (and talking in round figures): Army 2020 plans for (in Infantry terms) 4 x Armoured Infantry (Warrior 2 - currently six on Warrior) 4 x Mechanise...
by Caribbean
04 Jul 2020, 22:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 321
Views: 69126
Location: England

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Or perhaps they were thinking "the Brits are so strapped for cash, they are using BA as interceptors"
by Caribbean
04 Jul 2020, 14:58
Forum: British Army
Topic: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?
Replies: 46
Views: 13650
Location: England

Re: UOR vehicles brought back to the "Core" - where are they now, and who is going to get hand-me-downs next?

I thought that, of the 15 Light Role batallions, 6 were now Light Protected Mobility and 3 Heavy Protected Mobility, or are they counted as part of something else?
by Caribbean
04 Jul 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1196256
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yes, but if I was being negative I’d argue that T31 is just the reheated c2/c3 concept stemming from, what the early 90s? I would agree with that, though I'm not sure that that is a bad thing. Most other navies operate a similar structure of primary and secondary combattants, along with utility/ pa...
by Caribbean
04 Jul 2020, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 102575
Location: England

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

A great birdseye view photo. It also gives you a good idea of what could fit on a platform 50% longer and 50% wider (i.e. 90m x 15m), which seem to be a popular option for suggested replacements
by Caribbean
04 Jul 2020, 12:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11816
Views: 1196256
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Zero Gravitas wrote:After a very lengthy and troubled gestation, both T26 and T31 are progressing

I would have said that, by MOD standards, the T31 program was a model of alacrity. T26, not so much
by Caribbean
02 Jul 2020, 23:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 102575
Location: England

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Very true and the the longer a programme takes the more changes are requested causing further delays and the cycle goes on and on. That is the part of the "industrial strategy" that is not often discussed, but is probably the most important. Grip. Initial capability: Specify once, build, ...
by Caribbean
01 Jul 2020, 12:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 497445
Location: England

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

NickC wrote:If remember N-a-B who posts on SavetheRN and life time experience in industry think mentioned figure less than 10% saving after first three ships and thereafter not much movement.

IIRC NaB said approx 10% per build for the first 3 builds was "normal".
by Caribbean
30 Jun 2020, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 735
Views: 102575
Location: England

Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

Also, Babcock guy never said T31 is capable of 11m boat. I seem to remember a Babcocks person saying something like "davits for up to 10m boats, but there is room for larger boats if required", or something like that. That's from memory, but I remember thinking at the time, that 11m was a...
by Caribbean
27 Jun 2020, 13:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 594988
Location: England

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

I wouldn’t be buying the Aussie wingman If they recently transferred design data to the UK, it sounds as if we might be looking to do a similar deal to the one we did with them over the T26, which would indicate that we would plan to build the airframes locally, but with UK payloads (and possibly e...
by Caribbean
21 Jun 2020, 16:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

Clearly you haven't read the whole thread (or have a poor memory, if you did). I have clearly laid out my ideas a number of times in the past. I'm also not sure whether it's worth engaging with you, since you seem to ignore what I actually write and attribute stuff to me that I didn't actually say. ...
by Caribbean
21 Jun 2020, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

Actually, no- it's an "I've already answered those points" response.
by Caribbean
20 Jun 2020, 21:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

Just go back and read what I actually said - ignore whatever's going on inside your head. All the information is there
by Caribbean
20 Jun 2020, 16:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

RichardIC wrote:So if you plan on reaching any disaster zone within seven days, and ships are to be pre-positioned accordingly "in multiple locations", then "global network" seems to describe that fairly well.

Where did I say any disaster zone?
by Caribbean
20 Jun 2020, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

RichardIC wrote:if you are planning a global network

Point to where I said "global network"
RichardIC wrote:which can reach anywhere

Ditto
by Caribbean
19 Jun 2020, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

Multiple, as in more than one (I just didn't want to repeat the same phrase in two consecutive phrases, it makes the phrasing sound awkward). There are a couple of proposals around at the moment, one a private proposal and the other proposed by elements within HMG, though as yet not taken up - neith...
by Caribbean
19 Jun 2020, 15:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

the international rescue corps The International Rescue Corps? You are kidding, right? A capable and dedicated group, definitely, but a typical deployment is 8-10 people (the largest I've found was 15, but they may have had larger), specialising mainly in post-earthquake urban search and rescue. Th...
by Caribbean
19 Jun 2020, 11:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

You wrote a single paragraph and I quoted it in its entirety. I did not focus on the reference to a Royal Yacht. Fair enough. Though my post was considerably longer than the last paragraph, I accept that the perceived emphasis was accidental, not intentional, and apologise for getting the wrong end...
by Caribbean
19 Jun 2020, 10:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

The fact that, like so many, you focus on the inaccurate "it's a new Royal Yacht" part of the text (i.e. the small part of my much longer post that you explicitly quoted) and not the important part, that it wil provide extra capacity for HADR operations as well as promoting the UK "br...
by Caribbean
18 Jun 2020, 23:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 284
Views: 69587
Location: England

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

Spinning two crap ideas together does not make a good idea. So not just a hospital ship and definitely not a new Royal Yacht! I think she's actually meaning that these new vessels could be as important for the UK's image abroad as Brittania was in her time. Interesting, whether it happens, of cours...
by Caribbean
18 Jun 2020, 22:26
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)
Replies: 937
Views: 148445
Location: England

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicle Variants (British Army)

I think there are a number of prototype/ trials versions. I think it's just that the "final production" version hasn't been delivered yet. I would not be at all surprised if that was a "customer changing his mind" problem, as much as a "production issue" problem. Mind y...

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