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by donald_of_tokyo
03 Mar 2020, 15:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49632
Location: Japan

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

No. The Royal Navy should not have a hospital ship because the Royal Navy is not the Red Cross or the NHS. No. RN cannot have Argus replacement, and also will not have Hospital ship, either. The hospital ship can be operated like Points = out of RN/RFA man-power, as well. I think this will be the o...
by donald_of_tokyo
03 Mar 2020, 15:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49632
Location: Japan

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

With current BIG shortage of equipment budget, I propose Argus shall go without replacement. And, it shall be announced NOW. This will let the Hospital ship go ahead in DfID budget = OUT OF RN budget. Where RN shall do helicopter training is an issue. But nowadays, Tides are some times used, and if ...
by donald_of_tokyo
01 Mar 2020, 23:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 768
Views: 124933
Location: Japan

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

and save the £600mn set aside for the FLSS. This is the point they only had money to look at the requirement, it was deemed it would cost 600m to fill there was zero, nothingt at all within the equipment budget allocated to this, it would off been in addition to budget. This is why I understand FLS...
by donald_of_tokyo
01 Mar 2020, 12:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 768
Views: 124933
Location: Japan

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

I understand NAO report simply says, "FLSS is dead". I think if you read it "straight forward", it will be the only answer? Albion replacement will be, I agree, in the 2040s. At least, unrelated to 2019-2029 decadal plan. Rather, (one of, or both of) Albion disbanding could be an...
by donald_of_tokyo
28 Feb 2020, 03:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

https://thinpinstripedline.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-nao-report-on-mod-spending-bad-news.html?m=1 Good summary. Main report https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/The-Equipment-Plan-2019-to-2029.pdf . In short, - 3-13B GBP shortfall in 10 years equipment budgets - in addition, relying on 4...
by donald_of_tokyo
27 Feb 2020, 15:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3997
Views: 413459
Location: Japan

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

Royal Navy twitter. Two more sections have been completed, ready to be added to the already-joined forward segment of HMS Glasgow at BAE Systems’ yard in Govan, while the RN’s traditional paint scheme has been applied to units pieced together in what will eventually be an 8,000-tonne jigsaw. see &qu...
by donald_of_tokyo
27 Feb 2020, 15:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 749
Views: 112555
Location: Japan

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

HMS Sutherland deployed to Norway. I'm afraid she carries no missile at all... No Harpoon, apparently. https://scontent-nrt1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/87630217_10158124498643205_7030845138381307904_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_sid=a61e81&_nc_oc=AQkCN1hLKNDBKzQcgIV1p-N4ewxBkL4h5LQctJptoXNX9nRNnPgxoxKw...
by donald_of_tokyo
27 Feb 2020, 07:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

more the fact that the budget wasn’t set for 13 tier one escorts in the first place. Well, the original budget was announced (or was it "leaked") as £13.4b, which sounds like a suitable budget for 13 ships. Interesting, where does this information came from? When T26 program cost was leak...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Feb 2020, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Once again I see gold plating being thrown around beside the chinook flight deck and the auto mag for the 5” what else is “gold plating” ? The mission bay is more future proofing for potential unmanned ASW systems. The 24 Mk41 is style less than most tier one escorts. The radar is not top class rad...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Feb 2020, 13:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Then it must say something about what the Navy wanted first and for most as they pick it over Leander and the A 200 offering It also worth noting that when we there think we know better the RN has been in the game of naval warfare for nearly 500 years and have fort and won naval battle all over the...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Feb 2020, 01:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well all I can say is if the Chinook capable flight deck is gold plating then type 31 has a bit of bling It is. I'm not surprised to hear, because of the big hull, RN were forced to reduce CAMM from 24 to 12, to save money. Also, do not forget the big hull needs more fuel. No matter CODAD is fuel e...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 14:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332363
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Good news! On going as planned, I guess. NavyLookout The 4th batch II river class OPV, HMS Tamar has been formally accepted by the RN from BAES_Maritime see "https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1232301724960010242" https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERoD03GXYAA5eT2?format=jpg&name=small
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 14:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332363
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Large, if not huge, flight deck for a Wildcat. From HMS Trent twitter.
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by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 12:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

his is the reason I think RN must have focussed on T26 build, never think about 19 escort to invent T31. I know you are not saying so in this aspect, but for me, it is. :D Think Defence had a fantastic article that showed how the T45s almost halved in price toward boat six. Wish I could find it. Le...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 12:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Who says this is a RN saga and HMG saga ? Me. They accept cutting T45 from 8 to 6. This is to keep the program cost within 6.6B GBP, 10% more (Treasury "kindly" added later) than the budget allocated for "8 T26" . I do not understand suddenly in case of T23 replacement, RN went ...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 12:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I'm not criticising it for having standard kit. (The gun is not among my critiques) I'm critiquing the argument that Type 26 is an overly expensive super high end escort thats making every part some highly expensive optional extra, when it's really not. This is the reason I think RN must have focus...
by donald_of_tokyo
25 Feb 2020, 10:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

...Other than its acoustic quieting and mission bay, it's distinctly average as a warship. Its costs are all down to incompetent procurement. I think the 1- acoustic quieting 2- chinook capable flight deck (~30m long) 3- and mission bay are exactly the "gold-plating" people think. (Adding...
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Feb 2020, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think, T4X shall better be new design hull. T26 got export means BAES's ship design team is not bad. If UK stop developing new hull, these expertise will disappear. A clean sheet design would be such a waste of money. No company would ever drop a perfectly good product because it didn't generate ...
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Feb 2020, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332363
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I thought the same when it appeared in my feed. I also thought how poor the superstructure design is, that's a big chunk of space just for a couple of RIHBs Compare it to a similar sized Spanish patrol vessel; I understand your hoping for better design, but I have a bit different point of view. 1: ...
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Feb 2020, 06:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I think, T4X shall better be new design hull. T26 got export means BAES's ship design team is not bad. If UK stop developing new hull, these expertise will disappear. See how USN is confronting big trouble by stop designing new hulls after A.Burk class DDG. That is a fine principal but as I have sa...
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Feb 2020, 04:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Since it seems to take a very long time to design a completely new hull, I think it would be better to design the T4x around a modified T26 hull, THEN start on the T2X/ T4X+1 replacement (for sometime in the late 2040s/ early 2050s, by which time I suspect that requirements will be very different)....
by donald_of_tokyo
23 Feb 2020, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Looking around the discussion.

I think, T4X shall better be new design hull. T26 got export means BAES's ship design team is not bad. If UK stop developing new hull, these expertise will disappear. See how USN is confronting big trouble by stop designing new hulls after A.Burk class DDG.
by donald_of_tokyo
22 Feb 2020, 14:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332363
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Although direct putting twitter is not good. But the report itself is interesting. 1: from: "https://mobile.twitter.com/HMS_Medway/status/1231199211942752258" HMS Medway Curacao. You were a busy but amazing stop. First handover nailed, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief stores embarked and d...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Feb 2020, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 332363
Location: Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

ref: "https://mobile.twitter.com/HMS_Forth/status/1228462185178959872" Beautiful. May be good for the moral of sailors sent to the far south, to crew Forth. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQxfyCHWsAUgIsP?format=jpg&name=small https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQxfyDnWAAE30w-?format=jpg&name...
by donald_of_tokyo
19 Feb 2020, 15:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 970235
Location: Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Donald - san I don’t know where you get either of those figures from, the t26 line in the 10 year equipment plan is 4.5 billion for three - that figure includes the add- ons. Thanks for the info. Great. And do you have a link to the actual t31 contract? I’ve tried to find it. No. It is all from med...

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