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by Scimitar54
21 Mar 2019, 22:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Depends whether they are at Action Stations, Emergency Stations, Off-watch or elsewhere. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
20 Mar 2019, 01:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103603
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So the only nations operating or acquiring LHDs are the odd ones out are they? United States Australia France Italy Perhaps you would rather do away with the F35B, then there would be no possibility of the suggested Albion class replacements operating fixed wing aircraft at all (unless the US, via t...
by Scimitar54
18 Mar 2019, 08:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9777
Views: 414536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The decision to slow the drumbeat was taken by people who know only the price of things, but not their value! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
18 Mar 2019, 02:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9777
Views: 414536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Much better would be additional SSNs, with just the possibility that one or more of them MIGHT be in the vicinity. For this to be really credible however, would require the SSN fleet to be increased by at least 3+. The advantage would be that in fact they could well be SOMEWHERE ELSE ALTOGETHER. :mr...
by Scimitar54
17 Mar 2019, 09:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9777
Views: 414536
Location: United Kingdom

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:
by Scimitar54
13 Mar 2019, 00:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

27 Aircraft on board (1 from each EU member state, I suppose)? Can you imagine the menu in the JRs Dining Hall ? Perhaps it will even be a U-Carrier ? Which language will be used for communication ? What does it matter, they will probably be U-AVs ? And all this from the leader of a country that no ...
by Scimitar54
05 Mar 2019, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 890
Views: 49167
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

It is those who are adjudicating the various tenders from the interested companies and then "awarding" the contracts that cannot take a wider view of the actual benefits or otherwise of each bid. Looking at the bottom line only is very easy, but the "easy" decision is almost alwa...
by Scimitar54
27 Feb 2019, 01:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275730
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

No, because the T26 is a BAE Product. Proper solution is for base design to come from within the MOD (Navy) who should be designing their own ships and seek competitive tendering from interested companies/shipyards for the ship building. The fact is that this has been abandoned over time, such that ...
by Scimitar54
26 Feb 2019, 23:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41211
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

So Valiant I for the second
Warspite for the third
and Valiant II for the fourth ?
by Scimitar54
26 Feb 2019, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41211
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Any takers for Revenge being the fourth?
by Scimitar54
26 Feb 2019, 09:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

SW1 Wrote
You are not ever deploying every aircraft you have at a base certainly not this one and certainly not at this point in its service life. Getting 7 deployed will be challenging enough


That is the point. If the squadron is deployed to the Carrier, the Carrier becomes their base. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
25 Feb 2019, 21:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275730
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

And persuade BAE to adopt a more favourable (to HMG) pricing for it's Warships, in view of the removal of what, in effect has become a monopoly. Competition does not drive prices up. If competition is harnessed properly, all who deserve to, should benefit.
by Scimitar54
25 Feb 2019, 18:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

A Eureka Moment! The USMC beefing it up will mean that there will be more than 7 x F35B involved during trials with QE for Westlant '19. My earlier statement was that we had 9 at Marham. The unspoken part was that it may well be even more than that; at least at times. If a squadron is going to be de...
by Scimitar54
25 Feb 2019, 09:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

ArmChairCivvy Wrote
IOC with 12 is still ahead of us


We do actually have 9 at RAF Marham. Are you suggesting that 2 of them are nothing more than Gate Guards already?
by Scimitar54
24 Feb 2019, 13:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1124
Views: 76156
Location: United Kingdom

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

And whether there are any unpleasant after effects or not.
by Scimitar54
23 Feb 2019, 17:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Exactly because of this conundrum I the reason why I have always believed that we (and NATO) need three x CSGs. Yes we agreed major co-operation with the French, but they then cancelled their second Carrier. If they (the French) also had 2 x CSGs, then between us we might have enough. Can we be cert...
by Scimitar54
20 Feb 2019, 18:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9777
Views: 414536
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Or maybe even a "3 x sub-type" T31E, reflecting the inadequate numbers of T26 & T45 1. ASW - WIith a larger Hangar, Merlin & ASROC along with Harpoon successor. 2. AAW - With an enhanced Sea-Ceptor Load-out along with Harpoon successor. 3. GP - In it's true meaning a "Jack of ...
by Scimitar54
20 Feb 2019, 14:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 574
Views: 41399
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Essential :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
20 Feb 2019, 13:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Shame, but if she had, it is more than a possibility that there would have been an awful lot of high-tech "Flies" splattered on that wall. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
19 Feb 2019, 11:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Well, at least she did not "go west"!
by Scimitar54
17 Feb 2019, 00:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103603
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

How much would this "Marinisation" cost? Is that one reason for not doing it? Could a possible second reason for not doing it be that the Chinooks will only be a short term solution to the heavy lift from QEC & Amphibs and that before long we will be looking at the MV22 Osprey for this...
by Scimitar54
15 Feb 2019, 13:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

How about the Port side Forward?
by Scimitar54
14 Feb 2019, 20:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What does the optimist in you think?
by Scimitar54
14 Feb 2019, 15:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 667190
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I wonder how many F35Bs QEC will need before the sortie rate overtakes that of the Rafale's. :mrgreen: The shame lies squarely on those responsible for the non-arrival of CVA01 and (CVA02 / CVA03). I still strongly believe that a third QEC should have been built (for the RN). A workable solution mig...

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