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by benny14
21 Sep 2018, 23:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The carrier was designed to be capable of an initial 24 hour surge of 108 sorties (36 × 3), with a sustained rate of 72 sorties per day (36 × 2). Everything was designed around these sortie rates and an aircraft load of 36 F35b and 4 Merlin AEW. Was wondering something. This RN graphics seems to su...
by benny14
21 Sep 2018, 18:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Zero chance there are no UK jets onboard, I would say 6-8. I don't see the USMC committing a whole squadron, and certainly not for the whole tour, 4-8 with a couple helicopters and/or ospreys added on. There's seems to be a general assumption that deploying an F-35 squadron onto a carrier is the sam...
by benny14
21 Sep 2018, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

- 2015: 8 Super Etendards, 18 Rafale = 31-34 in total as "a larger than normal air wing" - 2016: 24 Rafale + For me, if CVF deploys with 24 F35B, 13 Merlin, and a few Wildcat, it is great enough. Merlin is not small. Something to note here, in 2015 they had two Rafale squadrons, whereas b...
by benny14
20 Sep 2018, 23:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Really I thought the initial plan was for 12 and then that changed to 24 due to bad media coverage? Still 12, although that means next to nothing. The airgroup will be dictated by what is needed and available, not a fixed number. Why on earth would the RN ask for a carrier that can operate at least...
by benny14
20 Sep 2018, 19:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is that 40 F35s or 40 aircraft over all ? If it's 40 over all I call bull as the RN would never design a carrier to operate 36 F35s but only plan on 4 helos to cover ASW AEW and GP let alone adding AAR and COD carrier Because the normal plan is for 24 F-35s and helicopters. 36 F-35s is in the extre...
by benny14
20 Sep 2018, 18:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The standard peace time load out is over 40 aircraft that has been put out by the RN The capatain of QE said during an interview that the she could operate 70 aircraft at her max. He said carry, not operate. 40 is the wartime load. When you go on wiki for the PoW it states that standard load is 40,...
by benny14
19 Sep 2018, 22:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For me if money was there the QEs could be loaded out as such: 42 x F35B 6 x F35B ( electronic warfare upgrade ) 5 x EV-22 for AEW 2 x V-22 for AAR 2 x V-22 for COD 9 x Merlin ASW 4 x GP aircraft Dam... The current assumption for Ford's airwing is around ~70 aircraft. You want to overload QE with 7...
by benny14
12 Sep 2018, 23:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Little J wrote:She didn't leave port?

It should mostly avoid Florida. Carolina is however going to get devastated. I think there is a high chance we will offer to help out, rather than just sail on past.
by benny14
12 Sep 2018, 14:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 120470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:[Benny, I meant the French half of the joint intervention force]

My bad, forgot about the French... So Oman is our CJEF contribution, could you say our participation in Trident Juncture is our JEF contribution?
by benny14
12 Sep 2018, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 120470
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

You could argue that saif sareea 3 is exercising the uk half of the uk/fr force about 4500 personnel. I'd happily go along with that... but where is the other (joint!) half? Its actually almost 5,500 from all three services going to Saif Sareea 3. Including 900 from the RAF. Another 2,000-2,800 goi...
by benny14
11 Sep 2018, 20:06
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54566
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

I think that it’s important to remember that, in the British army at least, the organisation and equipment charts do not necessarily bear any resemblance to what is deployed on the ground. The battalion and regimental organisations are administrative. The British Army in the field operates around b...
by benny14
05 Sep 2018, 17:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

She made it across the pond.


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by benny14
04 Sep 2018, 17:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Agree, whilst also degrading the quality of the forum. too much twitter for me Agreed. I've got twitter for twitter. We don't need every fudging tweet here as well, now if it was something exceptional...! The majority of day to day updates and news snippets on HMS QNLZ, as well as most of the armed...
by benny14
02 Sep 2018, 21:06
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)
Replies: 323
Views: 31577
Location: United Kingdom

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

serge750 wrote:She does seem a bit toothless for the next couple of years

Considering she is not operational until late 2020, it matters little at this point.
by benny14
01 Sep 2018, 23:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:Actually had a check and it looks like it might be the Harry S. Truman

You are correct. USNI said Bush was underway on the 27th. It appears it came back in to port for the US 2nd Fleet ceremony, and Truman went out the day after.
by benny14
01 Sep 2018, 00:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:Currently the Abraham Lincoln is out in the Atlantic on Carrier Qualifications and is due to meet up with the another CVN shortly (can't remember which one).

USS George H. W. Bush
by benny14
26 Aug 2018, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Digger22 wrote:Any ideas where they are?

No idea, but RFA Tiderace is still sitting off Plymouth. So they are likely in the channel still.
by benny14
19 Aug 2018, 05:09
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4168
Views: 252483
Location: United Kingdom

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

Well we could form 8 squadrons, though each would have say six aircraft in its books, but few would notice simply accepting we have 8 squadrons. May sound daft but remember at one time each RAF squadron has 16 aircraft. Yes it does sound daft. It will only look good to the un-educated public, anyon...
by benny14
18 Aug 2018, 19:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Anyone know which SSN left Plymouth today? Was it the allied one?
by benny14
16 Aug 2018, 18:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Are not the Wildcats used by the RM pooled from the army AH1 helicopters, as FAA Wildcats are HMA2 version s with seaspey radar already fitted. Likely pooled, 847 NAS has ~6 AH1s. If they want radar and weapons, easiest way is conversion to HMA2, it gives you both, you then just need to introduce B...
by benny14
16 Aug 2018, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10071
Views: 735664
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Keithdwat579 wrote:Well QHM Daily Movements is up for tomorrow, no sign of her leaving tomorrow unfortunately.

From some of the tweets, it seems that its next week.
by benny14
16 Aug 2018, 04:09
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54566
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Now with regard to what was said about a "massive uplift in GPMG" at Catterick Infantry Training Centre, this would suggest that although the GPMG is currently held at platoon level, provision is being made to deploy GPMG in section as an expedient where and when it is needed. Thoughts pl...
by benny14
16 Aug 2018, 01:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5973
Views: 310787
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

From the contract, it seems they have both simplified the contract process, and have now included "Government Furnished Equipment" within the £1.25bn price. I reckon that Babcock breached the price cap, so the government are now including refurbished equipment from the T23s, which would ke...

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