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by abc123
23 Jul 2019, 19:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Scimitar54 wrote:The buck stops with the First Lord of the Treasury. End of story. :mrgreen:


IIRC, it's Secretary?
by abc123
23 Jul 2019, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Repulse wrote:
abc123 wrote:During the Blair years UKs defence spending was 2,1-2,3 percent of the GDP.


Yes, whilst fighting two simultaneous significant land wars for which the British Army was not equipped.


I wanted to say that it was way too low.
by abc123
23 Jul 2019, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

During the Blair years UKs defence spending was 2,1-2,3 percent of the GDP.
by abc123
23 Jul 2019, 10:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I wonder why the HMG didn't allready organised convoys trough Hormuz, at least from Abu Musa to the end of UAE Waters? That's about 110 nm, a convoy should be able to pass it in a 7-8 hours, so once a day in each direction. Even with just HMS Montrose there they should be able to organise that provi...
by abc123
22 Jul 2019, 22:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:Maybe the answer is even easier, ships in question will simply change flag

https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence ... ps-in-Gulf


What an explicit humiliation of the UK... :thumbdown:
by abc123
22 Jul 2019, 19:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3008
Views: 216763

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

The only fault is that she lacks hanger.
by abc123
21 Jul 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Don't agree. FLSS can be just a floating target there. Hormuz isn't the Horn of Africa or Gulf of Guinea. Floating target for what, exactly? The IRG has nothing bigger than motor boats with manually operated guns and basic (usually unguided) missile systems. Sitting ducks for Wildcat (or even Apach...
by abc123
21 Jul 2019, 14:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SKB wrote:That tanker is about as British as the Hamilton (Bermuda) registered Queen Mary 2.


Bermudas are, AFAIK a British Overseas Territory. Or, is Argentina allowed to capture Falkland Islands fishing boats?
by abc123
21 Jul 2019, 13:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As for RN's role in providing security in the area the proposed FLSS vessels would seem like a good option. Operating 3 Wildcats and 2 Merlins along with multiple small craft and the Royal Marines to go with them it would seem to be the perfect option. It would also be the perfect deployment for th...
by abc123
21 Jul 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If push comes to shove, would the QE be ready for some action against Iran? At least with a few F-35B, Merlins and Apaches?
by abc123
18 Jul 2019, 12:59
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 332100

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

Turkey kicked out of the F-35 programme: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49023115 :clap: :clap: :clap: I do not think the founding documents allow for the expulsion of a member - minor legal issue! "In a statement on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "Unf...
by abc123
18 Jul 2019, 12:22
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4348
Views: 332100

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

Turkey kicked out of the F-35 programme:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49023115

:clap: :clap: :clap:
by abc123
17 Jul 2019, 09:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1149
Views: 107818

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

A smaller fleet would give less ship availability not the same. A flawed argument. We need 19 Escorts min. As this is T45 thread, I think to have 2/3 ships in refit at the same time is a scandal. If we needed to deploy a Task group today we couldn't. On the other hand, with their engine issues, how...
by abc123
15 Jul 2019, 11:57
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 18592

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

IMHO, 60 mm for platoon/company level, 81 mm for battalion level and 120 mm for brigade level- light forces. On the other hand, especially in mechanised units, having a 120 mm in a battalion level would be a good choice. That is debateable. By brigade level light forces I assume you mean atleast 16...
by abc123
15 Jul 2019, 09:43
Forum: British Army
Topic: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments
Replies: 247
Views: 18592

Re: Royal Artillery/Royal Horse Artillery future developments

IMHO, 60 mm for platoon/company level, 81 mm for battalion level and 120 mm for brigade level- light forces. On the other hand, especially in mechanised units, having a 120 mm in a battalion level would be a good choice.
by abc123
14 Jul 2019, 09:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3924
Views: 301246

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

Do we agree that T26 will probably be the base for future T45 replacement?
With maybe problems about propulsion/power production if laser weapons replace missiles as AD weapons?
by abc123
14 Jul 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1149
Views: 107818

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

SKB wrote:https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1149940271586693120


Considering her engine issues, how smart was to send her, especially in summer?
by abc123
09 Jul 2019, 13:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I The killer tomatoes are designed not to collapse as they're hit, so there may be rounds going through the target that are unseen. When engaging missiles the gun fires in bursts with the MMW radar adjusting the next burst after it tracks the progress of the previous batch. If just one burst is fir...
by abc123
08 Jul 2019, 09:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Another thing, during shooting on red cube on sea, not quite accurate shooting, and that's pretty big and relativly still target... I wonder how would they show against real missiles?
by abc123
07 Jul 2019, 19:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SDL wrote:https://twitter.com/HMSQNLZ/status/1147891366820810753


But why only two Phalanxes? When will they put the third one?
by abc123
06 Jul 2019, 10:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 652688

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Article on DefenseNews yesterday, interesting comments made by Fincantieri on upgrades made to FREMM for their contender for the FFG(X) contract as USN insisting on better survivability. Fincantieri added about 300 tons of steel "the extra steel is going into scantling, ballistic and frag prot...
by abc123
02 Jul 2019, 12:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Replies: 54
Views: 7683

Re: Future Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Don't know where to put this news because I don't see any thread about RFA in general, so I'll put it here, mods can move it somewhere else:

https://navaltoday.com/2019/07/02/rmt-r ... -over-pay/
by abc123
04 Jun 2019, 17:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

It would be nice if we sent a beginners CSG over for Westlant19, with in addition to HMS Dragon a T-23, Fort Victoria and a Tide. Not only would if give a good impression, but would allow the vessels involved to start to get used to operating together over an extended period of time. Don't see a re...
by abc123
28 May 2019, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10614
Views: 914802

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

2 squadrons acheive full operating capacity. 36 is for surge, I imagine it will be tried sometime after 2023 in the form of briefly embarking the OCU or a USMC squadron for training purposes. It will be a while after that. We've got 35 F-35B on order or delivered to the end of 2022. That will give ...
by abc123
24 May 2019, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6180
Views: 409233

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Well, I think that 57 mm is too small a caliber for a frigate.

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