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by Scimitar54
23 Jun 2019, 12:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9771
Views: 413827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

We also need to stop the inappropriate "Double Crewing" of Escorts and MCMV. The extra Crews released could then be used to man other similar vessels. If push comes to shove every vessel counts. It is a great mistake to build fewer escorts than the number of Single Crews that you have to m...
by Scimitar54
21 Jun 2019, 20:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 668
Views: 50507
Location: United Kingdom

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

Shame that we left in 1979. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
21 Jun 2019, 11:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 668
Views: 50507
Location: United Kingdom

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

"Tompions" are/were fitted to the muzzles of Naval Guns, to keep corrosion (from salt water) at bay. They became quite elaborate, often emblazoned with the ship's crest. Imagine the gun crews having to remove and secure eight or more of these before and after a battle. Little different fro...
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2019, 23:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 668
Views: 50507
Location: United Kingdom

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

Of course having the extra manpower to carry out these tasks, will likely increase the number of bodies available to carry out damage control, so that may be a factor too. We know how the Politicians are obsessed with " Lean Manning"! idea:
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2019, 23:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9771
Views: 413827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It was also unforgivable that we sold some Type23s. Regarding Present day Frigate strength, the rot started there and then. The supposition that we did not need them and then the loss of the Type 22 batch 3's in parallel with the inadequate number of Type 45 Destroyers to replace the Type 42s have l...
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2019, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9771
Views: 413827
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Politician have uttered the words, but they have not carried out the required actions (Actions speak louder than Words). They will have to stump up the budget for what defence spending needs to be, rather than the relative pittance that they begrudgingly give at present. :idea:
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2019, 00:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666601
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Might be visiting Cape Cod at some point later in the year then! Cod from under the waves and COD from the air! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
15 Jun 2019, 18:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275359
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Tubs? With the oft-occurring mid-spelling on here (predictive text?), I had thought that you were referring to "tubes". Just goes to show that one must be clear in what one is saying (or in this case writing). :idea:
by Scimitar54
15 Jun 2019, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 5941
Views: 275359
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Tempest414 wrote It now looks like Leander will now get 24 CAMM but if the RN wanted more swap out the two front tubs for two 3 cell EXLS giving the ship 36 CAMM. Now maybe your maths are different from mine, however 24 (-2) = 22. 2 x 3 cell EXLS (I presume that you intend that they be "Quad Pa...
by Scimitar54
13 Jun 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666601
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Not built with it, only fitted as a stop-gap until Illustrious was in service. Should never have lost it's catapults, arrestor gear and 3D Radar and retained it's ability to operate Buccaneers either if you ask me. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
12 Jun 2019, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27384
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Very Polite "Slap on Wrist" accepted. Spleen vented.
by Scimitar54
12 Jun 2019, 06:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27384
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

Well it seems that it is up to us to disabuse them all of the notion that "surrender & survive" is the way forward. Great tributes have recently been made to "a previous generation" in D Day 75; however, Our self-serving politicians are in truth, spitting on the graves of tha...
by Scimitar54
11 Jun 2019, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27384
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

It is totally irresponsible to plan a fleet or a Fighter force om the assumption that peaceful co-existence is going to continue, when nearly all of the elements for a challenge to our international rules based world trade are in place. If Governments do not take the threat seriously enough, then th...
by Scimitar54
11 Jun 2019, 09:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666601
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Nor does he seemingly know much of RN carrier aviation before the Invincible Class ... "Most of our previous Carriers have had Ski-Ramps". Three out of how many? The mind boggles. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
09 Jun 2019, 16:52
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 926
Views: 60702
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Or better still in FAA colours. :idea:
by Scimitar54
08 Jun 2019, 13:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)
Replies: 314
Views: 27384
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD (A)) (RFA)

And where in this grand scheme of things, are the ASW platforms needed to ensure the continuance of commercial shipping (we are a trading nation after all). The only possibility would be to expand the Tier 2 class to have the numbers (and capability) to perform this role. Not less than 10-12, I woul...
by Scimitar54
04 Jun 2019, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2760
Views: 140374
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

And so will the type 26s, so it will be up to the T31s!!!!! :idea:
by Scimitar54
04 Jun 2019, 20:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2760
Views: 140374
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If you get your wish then there will be not much to provide NGS. 57mm as the biggest gun on a Type 45!!!!!, must be SRM.
by Scimitar54
01 Jun 2019, 09:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 260
Views: 18914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Except that by spending substantial money and effort on further stop-gaps, you will certainly delay or even rule out, getting what you actually need.
by Scimitar54
31 May 2019, 22:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 260
Views: 18914
Location: United Kingdom

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

How do we get to where we want to be? How about getting Argus to "soldier on" along with Albion & Bulwark and their limited helicopter facilities, until all three are replaced by 2 x LHDs in the 2030's. Agreed, the situation will be far from ideal in the short to medium term, but it wo...
by Scimitar54
31 May 2019, 20:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103460
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I believe that you are correct.
by Scimitar54
28 May 2019, 12:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666601
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I was referring to the Flight Deck and F35Bs, not two (or even one) of the Islands.
by Scimitar54
27 May 2019, 15:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 103460
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Which is probably why the real solution to both of these problems (and as the replacements for Albion & Bulwark) is 2 x sizeable LHDs. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
26 May 2019, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10019
Views: 666601
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

There will be more motion with a CAMM silo up forward on a smaller ship (Type23 for example), but I accept that vertical movement of the silo may need to be taken into account against the height at which the "cold launch" ends and the missile propellant ignites. Forward movement of the shi...

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