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by shark bait
03 Jul 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27781
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

All the photos in this thread are great examples of why the RN should build more Bay Class. They're doing everything the T31 is suppose to, plus more!
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215059
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Nothing would be sudden, and the MOD import billions of pounds of kit already, I struggle to believe and independent Scotland would become an impossible security risk, but the others are fine. Furthermore treating Scotland like a rebellious colony does nothing to help the union. Scotland is part of ...
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 61378
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Good question.

I struggle to believe they are at all effective. I've used a handheld sniffer and couldn't pinpoint the source of a leak from 2 meters away. I can't imagine doing the same over 10km with loads of other traffic around would yield any usable results.
by shark bait
26 Jun 2019, 08:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 215059
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

RetroSicotte wrote:The MoD in no sensible way could commit to building them up here during that period.

Why not?

I think it gave the MOD a convenient excuse to do things on the cheap.
by shark bait
21 Jun 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17878
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

Why use such a specialist ship for such a simple task? Any ship with a deck and a crane and even a small harbour could do the job, so it makes little sense to eat into precious combat resources to do the same thing.
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 15:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17878
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

donald_of_tokyo wrote:These ASW-USV are replacement for SURTASS

Exactly, a network of these could become mobile SURTASS. This is distinct from the rest of the Navys operations, and there's no need to start changing the rest of the fleet to accommodate them.
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 15:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 689
Views: 51933
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

What "rubber cap" ?
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 13:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105548
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

It's a step in the right direction. Typhoon needs lots on upgrades if Eurofighter want more sales. It can't compete on cost with the American jets or Grippen , and it cant compete on features against the F35.
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 08:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105548
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

“digital stealth”

Is anyone at these shows actually impressed by this kind of bullshit?
by shark bait
20 Jun 2019, 08:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 289
Views: 17878
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future ASW

Look at the speed though, that makes operating with a manned fleet almost impossible. Where Sea Glider's do pose an interesting opportunity is protecting fixed infrastructure, because the low speed doesn't matter in this application. The probability of a sea glider detecting a sub is small, so to of...
by shark bait
17 Jun 2019, 07:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5942
Views: 279220
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Given the increase in tension in the Gulf, would people say that a T31 built at the base RFI standard would be capable of escorting Tankers in such an environment? This is asking the Navy to deter a state actor, if the UK is placing this demand on it's personnel the MOD should equip them properly, ...
by shark bait
17 Jun 2019, 07:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Marines boats
Replies: 57
Views: 3015
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Royal Marines boats

SW1 wrote:starting point for a littoral strike group a bay, 4 such patrol vessels, 2 wildcat, 5 scan eagles air vehicles and 80 RM. would require considerable investment to make it happen.

Sounds like a job for the LSS

(Also not Scan eagle, go for it's big brother, the Blackjack (terrible name))
by shark bait
10 Jun 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2770
Views: 142657
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RapidFire is an odd choice of name, compared to other CIWS it has a very slow rate of fire.
by shark bait
10 Jun 2019, 08:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 594
Views: 36773
Location: Pitcairn Island

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

Is that the sonar its pulling?
by shark bait
10 Jun 2019, 08:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2770
Views: 142657
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

StarStreak isnt in the navys inventory, and what is the point in StarStreak? It's used to counter attack helicopters, is that something that threatens the OPV's?
by shark bait
07 Jun 2019, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27781
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

The US are getting a lot of use out of the Bay class as the moment, they also have helicopters operating off a bay in the Caribbean Right now the RFA have; ⋅ @RFALymeBay landing marines in the Baltic. ⋅ @RFACardiganBay clearing mines in the Gulf. ⋅ @RFAMountsBay increas...
by shark bait
03 Jun 2019, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2770
Views: 142657
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

And in coastal environments an active sonar is the only way to stand a change of detecting a sub. Their is defiantly an application for these compact active sets, however its not clear is the river class is a suitable option. If something like this is on the cards surely the T31 is the ideal candida...
by shark bait
03 Jun 2019, 08:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2770
Views: 142657
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Tempest414 wrote:give it something like a CAPTAS-1 sonar

Are there any examples of something similar? Is a small ship stable enough, and are the old fashioned engines quiet enough?
by shark bait
03 Jun 2019, 08:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49973
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

purely for stores with a Merlin capable flight deck with hopefully a hanger for two. Sounds perfect. While I used to advocate a multirole SSS, we must recognise the RFA will not get extra hulls meaning a multirole SSS will only dilute the capability that really matters; supporting the carriers. The...
by shark bait
31 May 2019, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9810
Views: 421792
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Are there any example in the past that a ship design is "shortened"? I don't think there is. Unless its been accommodated from the beginning its a redesign of the hull, mechanical and electrical systems. It's more or less a new design with some common compartments. I understand lengthenin...
by shark bait
31 May 2019, 08:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105243
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Something like the landing craft above absolutely must be part of the renewal project, or even better sooner! The Marines have to get faster to offset the increased distance they will manoeuvre across.

(Does this also apply to the land? Viking is not designed to travel great distances)
by shark bait
30 May 2019, 13:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105243
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The carriers will end up operating more like a uss America than uss enterprise. That will certainly be true for at least the first decade of service. After that who knows? Hopefully the RN can build a structure that allows the carriers to reach their potential. Yes, I am advocating replacing Argus ...
by shark bait
30 May 2019, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105243
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It's not going to happen, QE and PWLS will not see action at the same time.

For amphibious ops a single carrier will be operating with a Hybrid air wing of F35 + Commando helicopters.
by shark bait
30 May 2019, 11:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105243
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

one carrier is not big enough to fit all of the toys people want to cram into her simultaneously One carrier is big enough to fit all of the Navy's serviceable aircraft, so for the time being it's fine. However once the fast jet numbers start to rise space becomes an issue; 25 F35 + 10 ISTAR Merlin...
by shark bait
30 May 2019, 11:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105243
Location: Pitcairn Island

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Jake1992 wrote:With the current budget and political out look on defence I just can’t see another flat top coming with out big risk to PoW.

If the Admirals cart articulate the difference between a carrier and an LPH they shouldn't be in the job.

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