SW1 wrote:If you pay for your hospital ship from dfid funds then who gets first call on it mod or dfid? There a need for the ship on an operation and there’s a natural disaster somewhere else who task it?
Poiuytrewq wrote: An aviation training vessel supplied by Serco and the PCRS capability moved to the proposed HADR platforms.
Might not be a bad outcome
Anywhere in the UKArmChairCivvy wrote:and the latter from..?
Aviation training should normally include operating from ships with more than one deck landing spot. This element of the training is what Argus provides, and can not be provided by Waves or Tides.donald_of_tokyo wrote:I guess UK is now doing aviation training in Wave and/or Tides?
Repulse wrote:What people are forgetting is that RFA Argus as per her predecessor RFA Engadine has a Aviation Support role also.
Poiuytrewq wrote:An aviation training vessel supplied by Serco
shark bait wrote:Repulse wrote:What people are forgetting is that RFA Argus as per her predecessor RFA Engadine has a Aviation Support role also.
HAD an aviation support role, then deemed unnecessary and deleted with the conversion to a medical facility.
Were any recommendations made at the time as to what would have been more suitable? Something on the scale of Ocean perhaps?Aethulwulf wrote:....it was found during the Balkans conflict that Argus was incapable of adequately fulfilling that role.
A Serco aviation training vessel seems highly likely at this stage although if 2 landing spots and a large hanger are required it will be very interesting as to what form it will take.shark bait wrote:My suggestion is don't replace Argus, instead moving the medical facilities to another platform, and contract an aviation training ship.
If Argus decommissions in 2024 that would be between a 6 and 11 year gap. Surely this is unacceptable.shark bait wrote:The Waves replacement in 2030
The Bays replacement in 2032
The LPD replacement in 2035
There are in service examples of medical facilities on all of the above, just need to pick which is best for us.
shark bait wrote:We know the MOD dont mind a gap, and under their current plan Look the future afloat medical capability comes in 2035. Perhaps its no coincidence thats the same date as the LPD replacements.
Is a gap really the end of the world?
It may be if you are a casualty looking for a PCRS vessel to take care of youshark bait wrote:Is a gap really the end of the world?