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by Poiuytrewq
29 May 2019, 09:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 908
Views: 55287
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

That doesn't sound feasible. Is there any example of a platform being modified to support a welldeck? My impression is welldecks are major structural features, and as such requires a clean design. The initial FSS concepts incorporated a floodable well dock. http://ukarmedforcescommentary.blogspot.c...
by Poiuytrewq
29 May 2019, 09:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

but I guess you said so, too, in your concluding sentence? I maintain that a £250m T31 is a dangerous compromise but a £375m T31 is credible and would be a lot more use to RN in a conflict scenario. However, for basic maritime security tasks even a £250m T31 is OTT, especially if it's forward based...
by Poiuytrewq
29 May 2019, 08:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 908
Views: 55287
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Is there any particular operational benefit having the bridge forward or aft? A bridge foward design would be preferable if the FSS is to form the basis of a common hull for other RFA vessels going forward. IF the money was in place, theoretically, a universal bridge forward design could be suitabl...
by Poiuytrewq
27 May 2019, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

On the "Broad-beamed-Leander", discussed in T31 News thread. In my opinion a broad beamed Leander (16m+) could be just what RN needs to cost effectively bulk up the Frigate numbers. British designed and built it could have been a real winner both for RN and export but the £250m fixed unit...
by Poiuytrewq
27 May 2019, 10:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2275
Views: 119837
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For me this is a very interesting development as RFA Argus looks to be acting in the Aviation Support Ship role. Is the RN assessing what aviation features a FLSS would require... Working out the structure of an effective LSG perhaps? I’m hoping for the latter a “basic” small third RFA flattop woul...
by Poiuytrewq
26 May 2019, 10:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Corvette sized Leanders Then build 3 Al Khareefs with RN systems. I think the 99m Khareef is a bit tight for space and the range and endurance figures are on the low side. image.jpeg Those 6m on a 105m Leander might make all the difference. image.png Realistically we are comparing apples with apple...
by Poiuytrewq
25 May 2019, 20:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As time goes by I'm more in the build batch 3 rivers (ie extended for hanger) camp, build & crew them as cheap as possible to save costs including manpower in the shorter term, just use them for local duties,med,flag waving,fleet ready escort etc, I agree with the main thrust of you argument bu...
by Poiuytrewq
25 May 2019, 17:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How do you know, since no formal spec has yet been produced? That is part of the problem with the T31 programme. The goalposts have shifted already and I think they will continue to shift. My concern is that if the T31 unit price exceeds £300m to £350m we have probably started with the wrong base h...
by Poiuytrewq
25 May 2019, 10:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

it's going to be an underarmed Frigate with reasonable growth potential At present it's going to be a dangerously underarmed frigate with reasonable growth potential. It's too much and not enough at the same time. Too much like a frigate to be a cost effective maritime security vessel and too much ...
by Poiuytrewq
24 May 2019, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T31e Arrowhead 140 video looks interesting, and I can see flexibility in the design... Realistically the A140 is a £350m to £400m Frigate to do it properly. Interesting to see the core crew has now increased to 'around 100'. That means with the aviation and boarding parties included we are look...
by Poiuytrewq
24 May 2019, 18:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5973
Views: 309312
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I believe this is the first time we have seen a crane on the A140.... The Iver Huitfeldt's have an amidships crane to service the weapons deck. Although located slightly differently it looks pretty similar. 3e535ad9be3f2935217f9215eaac99d3.jpg Personally I would also like to see a 16t deck crane to...
by Poiuytrewq
22 May 2019, 15:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the view that RN want to get to 24 escorts the RB2s could be a first small step. They could and they most likely will but I don’t they will be drastically up-armed as they will be needed in the UK EEZ as soon as the RB1's are chopped. It will be interesting to see what the RB2's are tasked to ...
by Poiuytrewq
22 May 2019, 10:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Every time a warship class is designed for just one role then one lesson hasn't been taken on board The flip side is trying to achieve everything and ending up with a £1bn T26. Generous growth margins aren't free, it's a trade off between build standards, armament, sea keeping qualities, range and ...
by Poiuytrewq
21 May 2019, 20:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

and increase the budget slightly to allow for a sixth hull What are the Navy going to cut to fund it? Nothing. What I am proposing is to proceed with the T31 programme virtually as planned but accept that they will never be credible Frigates at £250m per hull. Accept also that £250m will only allow...
by Poiuytrewq
21 May 2019, 19:50
Forum: British Army
Topic: Section infantry weapons
Replies: 824
Views: 54209
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Section infantry weapons

Whoever said the 6.8mm was the future?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... achine-gun

The 6.5mm and .338 combination is ballistically the smart way to proceed. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
by Poiuytrewq
20 May 2019, 19:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Even Brexit and a potential extension to the EEZ (unikely in any event) doesn't justify the B2 purchase and we often overlook the role played by the five Vigilant class cutters where tasks often overlap. Effectively we already have 14 capable OPV's and the last thing we need are more. I am among th...
by Poiuytrewq
20 May 2019, 16:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3899
Views: 238530
Location: United Kingdom

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

It would be interesting to know exactly what has been ordered.

Might give an idea as to the size of the 'second batch' of T26's.
by Poiuytrewq
20 May 2019, 12:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3899
Views: 238530
Location: United Kingdom

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

This might not seem important but securing the future of this facility in the UK is massively significant.

Well done to all involved :clap:

by Poiuytrewq
20 May 2019, 09:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 908
Views: 55287
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

by Poiuytrewq
16 May 2019, 16:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2836
Views: 160396
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

by Poiuytrewq
16 May 2019, 16:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting table from the report. aslists.jpg The thing that stood out to me in that table was the replacement date for the RB1's. Clearly getting rid of the RB1's when the RB2's commissioned was just another cut but realistically how many OPV's without hangers does the UK actually need? Also inte...
by Poiuytrewq
16 May 2019, 13:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3899
Views: 238530
Location: United Kingdom

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

More pressure to increase the T26 order.
by Poiuytrewq
16 May 2019, 13:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Good news :thumbup:
by Poiuytrewq
16 May 2019, 09:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10133
Views: 483291
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Shipbuilding publish report on the industry https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/all-party-parliamentary-group-for-shipbuilding-publish-report-on-the-industry/ https://www.dropbox.com/s/ooeodunl5046of9/All-Party%20Parliamentary%20Group%20Shipbuilding%20and%20Ship%20Repa...

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