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by tomuk
27 Nov 2022, 19:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If you are talking of Gibralter and Diego Garcia being an adminstrative and logistical hub, then yes I can agree that makes a lot of sense. However I do believe that in practice the RN would want their T31's and OPV's to be more dispersed in practice, with their missions of showing the flag, (re)bu...
by tomuk
26 Nov 2022, 20:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 991
Views: 204882
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

You may be right but I think cruise missiles are exactly the kind of thing that both the UK and France will view as being strategically important to retain the ability to design and manufacture. The programme itself may be cancelled but, if so, I don't see either country giving up on domestically d...
by tomuk
24 Nov 2022, 12:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

bobp wrote: 24 Nov 2022, 11:48 That looks like a tight squeeze hope they make it.
Indeed it is. They have had to swing\reverse her stern back into the block hall to get the angle right :shock:
by tomuk
22 Nov 2022, 19:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Of the five GPs we have one has been decommisioned, one is on its way back from the gulf to be decommisioned, one is on the way to the gulf and two are in refit. Other than covering Kipion what other duties are the T23 GPs covering? - HMS Lancaster has been on NATO duties supporting Exercise MareAp...
by tomuk
21 Nov 2022, 21:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN does need three new OPVs to replace the B1s. Surely the plan is to replace the B2's with the T31's and the B1's with the B2's. Which would mean no new OPV's. I know that’s the current plan, but I believe it’s the wrong plan. All the GP T23s will have been decommissioned by the point that all...
by tomuk
20 Nov 2022, 19:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Yes BAE have given them a fifty year exclusive contract to build all the bulbous bows on any future ships.
by tomuk
20 Nov 2022, 19:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The RN does need three new OPVs to replace the B1s. They are the work horses is the UK EEZ that are doing many invaluable roles including shadowing Russian naval units. Are they the workhorses? They supposedly don't have contract with DEFRA to do fisheries anymore and escorting Russians is just a s...
by tomuk
19 Nov 2022, 05:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With the T-31, we do seem to have forgotten the lessons we painfully learnt in the Falklands. Many of our Warships had gaping holes in their capabilities that were known, but the speed of the deployment would have curtailed any modification to even partially rectify them. There is a danger that the...
by tomuk
19 Nov 2022, 05:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Lord Jim wrote: 18 Nov 2022, 22:44 With the CTA, if the contractor has been able to use the same ammunition handling system as used in the French Turrets, we may have had fewer problems. It is a shame as it is a world class weapon even if its ammunition is rather expensive.
It was LM who chose to change the ammunition feed.
by tomuk
19 Nov 2022, 05:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Isn't the core FREMM still there. Yes, there have been major changes to the design but wasn't it designed so that the vessel could be radically altered whilst retaining its core. Yes, the USN's Constellation is a far greater alteration than the differences between the Italian and French FREMM. It i...
by tomuk
18 Nov 2022, 19:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Looking at the above GFE discussion, it does seem to be trying to make mountains out of mole hill. From experience I know hoe GFE can cause problems for what should be straight forward contracts, in my case an aircraft engine upgrade programme. What I find interesting is how such a contract would b...
by tomuk
18 Nov 2022, 19:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

The Constellations are a lousy example of your argument. The US doesn't focus it's investment in a few industries and then buy foreign platforms to re-equip. They being built in the US by US workers. No it isn’t. The US spends more money than is sensible on defence so it can do whatever it wants. N...
by tomuk
17 Nov 2022, 19:04
Forum: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry
Topic: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 3253
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Re: UK Defence & Aerospace Industry - News & Discussion

The whole thing is ridiculous. Chinese owned Nexperia arguably own other more important semiconductor sites in the UK than the wafer lab. The wafer lab itself produces a tiny amount of not particularly special wafers. Now of course the might be sovereign capability requirements or secret squirrel st...
by tomuk
17 Nov 2022, 19:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Well lets just give up completely then and buy completed Constellation class frigates from the US, all nice and standard
by tomuk
17 Nov 2022, 18:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 908
Views: 315867
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Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

RN crew retention / recruitment is so poor Ya think that might have something to do with running on ships way past their sell by date? Not really the conditions on board current ships isn't terrible by any means. I think a more important factor is the long and unpredictable deployments due to the l...
by tomuk
17 Nov 2022, 18:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Next you will be telling us every bit of f35 needs to be built in the UK :crazy: We need to be able to assembly, integrate and test major equipment purchases across the services in the UK not build every last bit. That therefore allows you to focus investment into specific high end areas like propu...
by tomuk
17 Nov 2022, 15:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

That therefore allows you to focus investment into specific high end areas like propulsion, radar, sensing systems and weapons and ensure we can integrate them into the designs we select. What are the high end areas of the FSS that 'we' are focussing on? Why even build them in the UK at all? Just g...
by tomuk
16 Nov 2022, 21:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

… not putting too much pressure on H&W Belfast. Its a bit more distributed than that with H&W’s sites at Belfast, Appledore, Methil and Arnish involved. Lots of capacity if the workforce can be found. The workshare for Cadiz will be the interesting part but IMO ensuring that the 3 FSS commi...
by tomuk
16 Nov 2022, 21:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

So for previous posters - Ron5 etc, how much new GWS35 equipment has been bought for the Type 31 programme ? If your the contractor you want as little GFE as possible because you frankly don't know where it has been , what condition it is in and what repairs or refurbishments it may need despite wh...
by tomuk
16 Nov 2022, 21:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Best scenario is to sell the OPVs and buy more T31. The rivers are a bodge, one that should be corrected at the earliest opportunity I think you’ve mixed up OPV with T31, and vice versa. Yes Shark Bait forgot the golden rule of this forum which is that all RN ships should be replaced by modified, s...
by tomuk
16 Nov 2022, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1831
Views: 495268
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Re: Future Solid Support Ship

That therefore allows you to focus investment into specific high end areas like propulsion, radar, sensing systems and weapons and ensure we can integrate them into the designs we select. What are the high end areas of the FSS that 'we' are focussing on? Why even build them in the UK at all? Just g...
by tomuk
16 Nov 2022, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5064
Views: 1352173
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

It's a matter of historical record that the Falklands war resulted in a major redesign of the T23's away from being a single purpose (ASW) warship. Arguably in the original concept the T23s weren't actually warships just Sonar towing tugs with Sea Wolf and Helicopters on the Fort Class motherships.
by tomuk
10 Nov 2022, 15:52
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 1952
Views: 65603
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Re: Australian Defence Force

The whole point is that there isn't any extra capacity in the US. https://twitter.com/USN_Submariner/status/1587185964794884096?s=20&t=hUOPTb0l6S5BKNBjNHfd2w If there isn't any capacity left in the US or the UK, then building a new production line is obviously going to happen, and since Austral...
by tomuk
10 Nov 2022, 14:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15684
Views: 3476042
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But this is part of the problem before the frigate factory build at Rosyth there already was capacity in existing yards across the UK so not only have you not supported those yards you have built a competitor to them. No T31B2\T32 and you are spreading the jam even wider. Is this just the outcome o...