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by abc123
26 Mar 2019, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Escorts have 2 full time medical staff, the amphibs have 5 full time medical staff, both have more part time first aiders on board. http://qna.files.parliament.uk/qna-attachments/93773/original/20141028%20-%20MOD%20-%20Crew%20compliments%20of%20Royal%20Navy%20Ships%20and%20Submarines%20by%20rank%20...
by abc123
26 Mar 2019, 14:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:
abc123 wrote:If not, how do they solve major medical issues?


Rum + Ibuprofin :D


:shock: :? :clap:

But I do wonder, is it so hard to find 20-30 doctors for major fleet units? :thumbdown:
by abc123
25 Mar 2019, 13:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

A question: Do RN major ships ( like frigates, destroyers, SSNs, LPDs etc. ) have a medical doctor ( or a dentist ) on board during deployments?
If not, how do they solve major medical issues?
by abc123
24 Mar 2019, 18:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42141

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

One of the core reasons for the FLSS is that it would conduct operations using SF and small RM detachments where and when needed. In theory they could have quite a high operational tempo being sent to areas where they are needed on a year round basis. This is the criteria they would need to be desi...
by abc123
23 Mar 2019, 17:04
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9873

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

As for replacing the Sentinel, once thing calm down in Syria etc we will have to see if the platform finally bites the dust. It will probably be in the crosshair of the efficiency savings bureau with a jam tomorrow solution being the additional sensor fit for the P-8 at some pint in the future. But...
by abc123
23 Mar 2019, 12:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9873

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

OK, I know this is over-simplifying, but why didn' the UK also bought Boeing 737 ( or Airbus A330 ) and put there all the electronics from Airseeker? Yes, I know, it would cost more, but I don't think that maintenance of just 3 aircrafts ( 50 years old ) can be cheap either?
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 14:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9873

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such. Agreed, but considering the current UK procurement climate, I think that 5 Wedgetails is plenty. If they install AAR gear on them, that should be a great thing... Given that we now have the Rivet Joint, Poseidon and Wed...
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 117
Views: 9873

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

RetroSicotte wrote:One way or another. This is a cut, and it should always be referred to as such.


Agreed, but considering the current UK procurement climate, I think that 5 Wedgetails is plenty. If they install AAR gear on them, that should be a great thing...
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Better to avoid Gibraltar then... :roll: Would be enormously childish, but sitting QE in British waters asking the pilot to confirm his takeoff location and destination, and denying launch until the pilot confirms would be somewhat hilarious. In a more serious tone, I'd love to see a Harrier land o...
by abc123
22 Mar 2019, 12:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Tempest414 wrote: and 6 Harriers from Spain


Better to avoid Gibraltar then... :roll:
by abc123
21 Mar 2019, 13:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

My view is that if we are sending our carrier to sea on operations any escorts sent with it need to match the capability we could put together i.e any AAW asset needs to match or better that of T-45 and the same goes for T-23 at this time we owe this to men and women sent to sea on the carrier and ...
by abc123
18 Mar 2019, 17:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 105225

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote:
Pongoglo wrote:' the Governments ambitious plans to keep the UK a world leader'


Maybe in the areas of Ideas and Spin Doctoring.


But, let's be fair, the competition there is STRONK... :lol:
by abc123
18 Mar 2019, 17:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Lastly, whilst it would not be cheap to buy a SSK stop gap, I’d like to see the breakdown of the $3bn to buy 3-4 subs which I wouldn’t care if were built in a Scandinavian yard or in the UK under licence. Considering that purchases of similar ships were in region of 600 mil. USD per sub, that's som...
by abc123
18 Mar 2019, 13:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Indeed, but, on the other hand, if we want more Astutes, how much more will Barrow have to charge for them, considering that the whole program is organised at current 7 Astutes ( plus Dreadnought class ) as the goal? I mean, it's possible to build more, but it would cost much more than simple sail-...
by abc123
18 Mar 2019, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So, let's say that the RN buys 4 SSKs ( never mind the type, Scorpene, Type 214, 212, A26 etc. ), that's about 3 bln. USD total. How many additional Astutes could be built for that money? Exactly the reason I advocate against SSKs. The idea of wanting them utterly ignores the realities of procureme...
by abc123
18 Mar 2019, 13:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So, let's say that the RN buys 4 SSKs ( never mind the type, Scorpene, Type 214, 212, A26 etc. ), that's about 3 bln. USD total. How many additional Astutes could be built for that money?
by abc123
17 Mar 2019, 10:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Any politician who even half-heartedly thinks about the possibility of overseeing such a reduction in our Naval force levels (No Frigates indeed) should resign now, because clearly they would be unworthy of the position that they occupy. Save this drivel for April 01 please. :mrgreen: That would be...
by abc123
09 Mar 2019, 20:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11714

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Lord Jim wrote:But didn't you hear, the RN has decided that naval gunnery can more than make up for the lack of AShM.


No, I didn't. And I wouldn't believe it anyway.
by abc123
09 Mar 2019, 10:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11714

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

100-200 million isn't going to buy very many missiles. I was thinking the same. It sounds like something just to ensure they have something to avoid the NO ASHM headlines. Not that I'm complaining about that. It also hints at Harpoon II as almost a shoe in. Cheapest to integrate. Agreed. But even i...
by abc123
08 Mar 2019, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 137
Views: 11714

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

IMHO, NSM ( and JSM ) are the way to go...

Anyway, nice to see that the RN plans to buy something after all. Big like. :thumbup: :thumbup:
by abc123
26 Feb 2019, 06:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 42141

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Poiuytrewq wrote:An alternative MRV concept from Prevail Partners



Look's like British Karel Doorman. Coudn't the put that smokestack somewhere else?
by abc123
23 Feb 2019, 07:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9807
Views: 421717

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote:So a small increase in man-power of RN at October 2018 has gone.


How about replacing all the UKAF with Gurkhas? :lol:
by abc123
21 Feb 2019, 18:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10029
Views: 674900

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Good to hear that a forth Phalanx can be fitted to the QE's if threat level deemed severe enough to require it. https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-02-18/debates/C889292E-8855-49D0-823B-BC78CDB1B098/AircraftCarriersPhalanxWeapons OMFG, so you need a separate study about threat levels for UKs...
by abc123
21 Feb 2019, 18:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10029
Views: 674900

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SKB wrote:
2x Phalanx Arcs:
QE Phalanx 2019-2020.PNG


:o :( :thumbdown:
by abc123
21 Feb 2019, 17:30
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1730
Views: 105543

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I do not think the German Government should be worried about legal action by its international partners, its own Defence Industry will fill that role as it is already doing. An order for 33 Typhoon from the Luftwaffe and a promise of further orders to replace Tornado after they've removed the only ...

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