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by dmereifield
09 Jul 2020, 16:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From The Brit, firstly the UK deployment followed by the 2020 French equivalent to make everyone feel good altho there's reason to believe that's not 100% accurate (too many Rafales, not enough escorts). https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcVdJiwXYAExbn9?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 https://pbs.twimg.com...
by dmereifield
08 Jul 2020, 21:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

From The Brit, firstly the UK deployment followed by the 2020 French equivalent to make everyone feel good altho there's reason to believe that's not 100% accurate (too many Rafales, not enough escorts). https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcVdJiwXYAExbn9?format=jpg&name=4096x4096 https://pbs.twimg.com...
by dmereifield
08 Jul 2020, 19:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3355
Views: 410078
Location: United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

RichardIC , interesting, especially with this bit. II.6) Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 31.10.2022 Not duration, but the start date is late 2022. Is that confirmation that the B1 Rivers may be around for a whil...
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2020, 22:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The four escorts selected to accompany the CSG 2021 deployment are HMS Daring, HMS Defender, HMS Kent and HMS Richmond. https://twitter.com/navylookout/status/1280445769204596738?s=21 Nice, shame.about the airwing, though. Are both the T23 ASW? I'm somewhat doubtful if we could muster 4 escorts reg...
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2020, 14:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11806
Views: 1190537
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

There should be some allied escorts joining too along with Fort Vic and a Tide class it really will be a sight and even though there will only be 16 jets in the airwing if anything was to kick off when at sea we can always surge more jet if needed 14, according to STRN (see Carrier thread): 8 x UK ...
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2020, 14:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The four escorts selected to accompany the CSG 2021 deployment are HMS Daring, HMS Defender, HMS Kent and HMS Richmond. https://twitter.com/navylookout/status/1280445769204596738?s=21 Nice, shame.about the airwing, though. Are both the T23 ASW? I'm somewhat doubtful if we could muster 4 escorts reg...
by dmereifield
07 Jul 2020, 13:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The four escorts selected to accompany the CSG 2021 deployment are HMS Daring, HMS Defender, HMS Kent and HMS Richmond. https://twitter.com/navylookout/status/1280445769204596738?s=21 Nice, shame.about the airwing, though. Are both the T23 ASW? I'm somewhat doubtful if we could muster 4 escorts reg...
by dmereifield
04 Jul 2020, 22:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)
Replies: 133
Views: 46588
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Wave Class Tanker (RFA)

Rambo wrote:RFA Wave Knight pictured at Cammel Laird this week.


Spending money on refurb just before paying off in the upcoming review?
by dmereifield
03 Jul 2020, 17:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Important points to Note and Remember:- 1. IT IS NOT YOU that is being made redundant. The job role is what is really being made redundant! 2. You have skills, the ability to learn (and experience of life) to offer another employer. 3. YOU WILL find another job, even if it may be less rewarding at ...
by dmereifield
27 Jun 2020, 22:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 698868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

ArmChairCivvy wrote:
dmereifield wrote: the kind of capability that ACC suggested, does it?

I hear ACC was correcting the view that T45s are 'famously incapable' of any kind of ASW
... and awaits to see the outcome for T31s. Batch1s; and :) 2s


Loving your (apparent) optimism
by dmereifield
27 Jun 2020, 19:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is this correct? Sorry, which bit specifically? But yes, Pinstriped's conclusions are all in the report. I think his latter point is potentially but unintentionally misleading. There aren't enough spares for the F-35s to keep one carrier at high readiness and one at very high readiness. That last o...
by dmereifield
27 Jun 2020, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

RichardIC wrote:https://twitter.com/pinstripedline/status/1276868708380676097


Is this correct?
by dmereifield
27 Jun 2020, 18:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 698868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Lets not mix words there Not able to do ASW for the Carrier group and not having a HMS are two different things Type 45 has a HMS but can't do ASW for the carrier group. Exactly. Whereas it can self-defend. Use its sensor to vector the Wildcat (which does not have appropriate sensors) to drop the w...
by dmereifield
27 Jun 2020, 10:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 698868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Lets not mix words there Not able to do ASW for the Carrier group and not having a HMS are two different things Type 45 has a HMS but can't do ASW for the carrier group. Exactly. Whereas it can self-defend. Use its sensor to vector the Wildcat (which does not have appropriate sensors) to drop the w...
by dmereifield
26 Jun 2020, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 495184
Location: United Kingdom

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

shark bait wrote:Back to the old T26 concept?

Image


Awful
by dmereifield
26 Jun 2020, 12:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6541
Views: 698868
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

And seemingly confirmation that it cant do any ASW - so no HMS? I know we've been around this before many times, but you have to think that adding £2billion to the T26 programme, allowing BAE to work at optimal pace and agreeing to order all hulls in one batch (where BAE apparently said they'd build...
by dmereifield
25 Jun 2020, 21:15
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 321
Views: 68797
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

It is a bit too "BA" and agree that the UK text should be darker. Nothing to be ashamed of though, having the flag on the Premier's plane, the US, French, Dutch, German etc do as well
by dmereifield
24 Jun 2020, 14:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 495184
Location: United Kingdom

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

Batch 2 :- " DE&S T26 Batch 2 Prop Motors - RN Model Procurement & Commercial Used to support the decision to bring-forward the procurement of propulsion motors in support of the Type 26 Batch 2 manufacture. " https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-critical-models-min...
by dmereifield
24 Jun 2020, 11:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4784
Views: 592371
Location: United Kingdom

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

How many of ours would need upgrading? And what capabilities will the non upgraded have? Could we end up with a similar situation whereby we have a squadron of less capable air frames dedicated to CAS and the newer air frames doing the strike etc (akin to the situation with the T1 Typhoons)?
by dmereifield
23 Jun 2020, 16:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 495184
Location: United Kingdom

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

Two things here do HMG give a shit if the RN has a tier 1 ASW frigate or would it be a lose of face not to have 8 T-26 now the RAN & RCN have gone for it in good numbers. Next it will be interesting to see what results come from the Danish navy fitting TAS to is IH class this year in fact the f...
by dmereifield
23 Jun 2020, 13:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1977
Views: 261152
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

For all the criticism of the US procurement system and pork barrel politics in the procurement of military kit the German one really leaves them in the shade. It makes sense for the Germans to fund the development of Radar 1. As to the potential Typhoon and SuperHornet order I wonder just how naile...
by dmereifield
23 Jun 2020, 07:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 4085
Views: 495184
Location: United Kingdom

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

I agree T26 numbers are at risk. I can see us just getting three, with T31 rising to 10, then getting that number cut too, 8 or less! Fingers crossed that doesn't happen. Reasonable concern, but since the RN needs an absolute minimum of 8 ASW Frigates (many say this isnt even enough), how can they ...
by dmereifield
21 Jun 2020, 08:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Timmymagic wrote:
dmereifield wrote:Yes, I was thinking India. Thought they had more than one


Italy has the Garibaldi and Cavour.


Oh, yes
by dmereifield
21 Jun 2020, 08:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For the whingers: (didn't know where to post this so chose first thread in the list) https://twitter.com/AdmTonyRadakin/status/1273992913769422848 Very cool. But the following isn't right is it (shouldn't it be 4, not 3?): "We are now one of only 3 nations able to operate 2 carriers at sea at ...
by dmereifield
20 Jun 2020, 15:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 11836
Views: 1522615
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

For the whingers: (didn't know where to post this so chose first thread in the list) https://twitter.com/AdmTonyRadakin/status/1273992913769422848 Very cool. But the following isn't right is it (shouldn't it be 4, not 3?): "We are now one of only 3 nations able to operate 2 carriers at sea at ...

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