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by Scimitar54
10 Sep 2019, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 975
Views: 70364
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

So where would the 9 x Merlin ASW from the QEC go to, when it becomes necessary to Increase the F35 numbers to “Surge” (36) on the Carrier? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
10 Sep 2019, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I wonder whether R09 will prove faster than R08 whilst on her Sea Trials? :D
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 21:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So let’s have 18 x T26 then and 6 x “batch 2” T45. Oh, but because we only order in small numbers they use a unit cost based on that. The paymasters then say “we can’t afford that many and downsize the order. A self generating race to the bottom with not enough vessels being built. The number of Rat...
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 21:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I suppose we will have to wait for WESTLANT ‘20 for there to be any Merlins from 849 NAS on board!
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 103
Views: 15015
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

Just like the way the rest of our “defences” are being mismanaged. :idea:
by Scimitar54
29 Aug 2019, 13:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10486
Views: 869645
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

In essence then, all of 617 sqdn. (as presently constituted)!
by Scimitar54
28 Aug 2019, 18:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The example of the Maginot Line should be sufficient proof for you that they do. Of course, you may say that there is not enough money in the budget for this. I agree that much more needs to be spent, but treating NATO as the solution to world problems, when many of its member states do not provide ...
by Scimitar54
28 Aug 2019, 11:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I believe it will have a 127mm Gun
by Scimitar54
05 Aug 2019, 03:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The idea behind the T31e was for it to have an RN service life of only 10-15 years and not be significantly modernised during that time. Let us say that this is how the first batch will be treated. The second and subsequent batches ??? might be turned out to a higher standard and cost (for example a...
by Scimitar54
04 Aug 2019, 10:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The one thing that must not happen, is for Politicians to ever believe that a River B2 can either be (or replace) a frigate. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
03 Aug 2019, 22:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

However, if sufficient escorts were being built, with a Navy of the size that it needs to be then there would be more than enough work for two yards, maybe even three! :idea:
by Scimitar54
02 Aug 2019, 15:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 591
Views: 62050
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Roll on the Astute batch II's!!! When those that are supposed to be responsible, start acting responsibly and order another (much needed) batch and also provide the people to operate and maintain them. Cut the manning, reduce the number ordered & delay the programme, all to "Save" mone...
by Scimitar54
01 Aug 2019, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 73049
Location: United Kingdom

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

Boats have crews, Ships have companies. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
25 Jul 2019, 08:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 203171
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Never to you apparently.
by Scimitar54
25 Jul 2019, 00:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 203171
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

No, but the Remoaners are still trying to scare people (and companies) into believing that it will. Hence lack of business confidence
by Scimitar54
24 Jul 2019, 16:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

It is a shame that the MOD did not use the delay in the placing of the T26 batch 1 order, to build something that the RN really needed, rather than the B2 Rivers, namely ships 7 & 8 of the T45 Daring class. Oh but then then HMG would have had to admit that they had made cuts in error in SDSR 201...
by Scimitar54
24 Jul 2019, 16:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 203171
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC Wrote:-
What's Brexit got to do with it?


An unwillingness to invest in or place orders with due to business uncertainty :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
23 Jul 2019, 19:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The buck stops with the First Lord of the Treasury. End of story. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
23 Jul 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 2992
Views: 203171
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

If HMG had ordered the number of escorts it ought to have ordered and delivered BREXIT when they should have, these yards would in all probability not now be facing closure. Governments of recent decades stand guilty of gross incompetence regarding Naval Defence, which cannot be regenerated if you h...
by Scimitar54
19 Jul 2019, 06:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Merlin helicopters
Replies: 398
Views: 39904
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Merlin helicopters

Navy Blue with a White underside better still! :idea:
by Scimitar54
17 Jul 2019, 01:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What the RN desperately needs is more funding to enable:-
1. Additional Personnel
2. Additional Escorts both AAW and ASW
3. Addition SSN
4. The removal of any artificial constraints that limit the at sea time for all vessels per year.
by Scimitar54
16 Jul 2019, 22:17
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4227
Views: 312512
Location: United Kingdom

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

For how long can NATO realistically accept that one of it's member states can adopts an air defence system made by it's main "potential" enemy yet still remain a member. The decision will harm the collective security of all member states. What value iwould Article 5 be then? :idea:
by Scimitar54
13 Jul 2019, 17:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1148
Views: 102915
Location: United Kingdom

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

How politicians must be wishing that we still had a "Persian Gulf Squadron". :idea: Oh, they must have forgotten that they themselves are responsible for there not being one!?!?!?
by Scimitar54
12 Jul 2019, 17:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 611214
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Or 16 x T26 and 16 x T31 (Leander). :mrgreen:

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