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by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 12:53
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14711
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

Also have to say the best day spent with a spitfire was at a Duxford airshow when two marshall's and my self got a young disalded boy into Mk-16 TE184 on the flight line walk made his day and ours
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 12:39
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14711
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Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

Lord Jim wrote: 17 Jan 2022, 21:46 Mk VIII is still my favourite.
got to have a good look at Rob's Mk-8 at North Weald when Norman Chapman was looking after it she was lovely
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 11:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14711
France

Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

Little J wrote: 17 Jan 2022, 20:12 What was Ray's reasons for the 14?
Speed armament and feel he said you could lean on it more than others like the P-51 or FU4

As a side was lucky enough to fly with Ray in the P-51 from North Weald to Duxford where we did a full practice display
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 11:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So the US Constellation class will be fitted with 1 x 57mm , 32 VLS , 16 NSM , 22 RAM plus HGM's With this in mind if type 31 was fitted with 24 Mk-41 and 8 NSM it would have 1 57mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 VLS , 8 NSM plus HGM's and for me be a good global patrol frigate For me we need 10 x type 26 and 10 x...
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Originally the Invincible Class had 5 Sea Harriers for CAP which eventually grew to 9. If the role was ASW in the middle of the North Atlantic 5 (or 6) would probably be sufficient to defend against long range bombers, but if you are operating with fighter range of land then I would still argue for...
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 10:58
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37640
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Re: USA Armed Forces

the way I see it the USN will end up with 60 FFG and 70 DDG plus take the lessons from LCS and build 20 or so heavy corvettes
by Tempest414
18 Jan 2022, 09:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

we don't have enough Typhoons to hold CAP over the carrier 24/7 and if they are not over the carrier then they are useless this means at least six F-35 are needed for QRA as for helicopters I would be happy with 4 Chinook , 8 Merlin HC4 , 6 ASW Merlin , 6 Apache
by Tempest414
17 Jan 2022, 12:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

This why I think type 31 should get 24 Mk-41 cells plus 8 NSM to allow 32 CAMM , 8 NSM 32 CAMM , 64 VL spear , 8 NSM 64 CAMM , 32 VL spear , 8 NSM 32 CAMM , 32 CAMM RE , 32 SPEAR , 8 NSM 64 CAMM , 8 ASROC , 8 NSM 32 CAMM , 16 Tomahawk V , 8 NSM And on and on all of these load outs would be powerful ...
by Tempest414
17 Jan 2022, 11:59
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 14711
France

Re: Supermarine Spitfire (RAF)

been lucky enough to have worked on the Mk-9 , 16 , PR 11 , 19 and Seafire 17 over the years also remember Ray Hanna who flew so many Spits and warbirds say that if had to go into a dog fight he would have done so in a Mk-14 Spit
by Tempest414
17 Jan 2022, 11:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

It will be interesting to see what escorts POW gets this year also with a US CSG what air group POW will deploy maybe a good mix would be 8 F-35 , 8 Chinook , 8 Apache , 8 ASW Merlin , 6 Merlin HC4
by Tempest414
17 Jan 2022, 10:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The above discussions on Isreali Sa'ar 6 class Corvettes and the various nations using the MEKO 200 Frigate are interetsing. In pretty much all cases these are being used by Reginal Powers to defend their littoral zone and where speed and firepower was more important than range and duration. Wherea...
by Tempest414
16 Jan 2022, 15:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How many Mk41 tubes can be put on T26? If we drop CAMM mushrooms that is... The RAN design has shown that the forward position can have 4 set of 8 wide ( where we currently have 3 ) and the RCN design has shown it can have 2 sets of 8 deep ( forward set where we currently have CAMM ) based on this ...
by Tempest414
16 Jan 2022, 14:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

But type 26 is the UK tire 1 global frigate type 31/32 are tire 2 global frigates FDI and Meko-300 are regional tire 2 frigates

Type 31 in its full fat form would be a IH class with 127mm , 2 x40mm , 56 VLS , 16 NSM plus helicopter with its armament
by Tempest414
16 Jan 2022, 11:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328110
France

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

with type 31 we need to keep a balance and I would say we should be looking at a top line type 31 as having HMS , 1 x 57mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 Mk-41 cells , 8 x NSM and we should be looking at a top line type 32 as having HMS , 1 x 127mm , 2 x 40mm , 24 Mk-41 cells , 8 x NSM plus have the Palfinger syst...
by Tempest414
16 Jan 2022, 11:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13824
Views: 3953774
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Do we know what POW air group consists of during this first part of her NATO deployment? Nothing to add yet, nipper says boat transfers most of the day removing FOST peeps. He is down below decks as a dishwasher this jaunt out, apparently to achieve promotion you need to do a few jobs around ship t...
by Tempest414
13 Jan 2022, 17:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

As for NATO Europe we have

3 x Carriers
1 x Light carrier
5 x LHD's
11 x LPD
3 x LSD's
3 x LST's
126 x Escorts

I have said for some time now that NATO needs to move from 2 x SNMG to 2 x LRG's plus a CSG deployed or at 20 days readiness
by Tempest414
13 Jan 2022, 17:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

From 2018 what we have seen is a Core LRG of 1 x LPD , 1 x LSD and 1 Escort this as been joined by a

second Bay plus a Point class in 2018
RFA Argus a Point class plus a Dutch LPD in 2019
A Point class plus a Dutch LPD and JSS in 2020
A Dutch LPD plus a Danish Absalon class in 2021
by Tempest414
13 Jan 2022, 11:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I agree with the above but the force I have shown would the tip of the spear not the other way round i.e they would not try to sneak across on civv ships Ah but that's the challenge I'm making, there's a reasonable amount of evidence that suggests that the force they have for the 'tip of the spear'...
by Tempest414
13 Jan 2022, 11:19
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1876
Views: 37640
France

Re: USA Armed Forces

Initially, the ship would feature a 32-cell Mk-41 Vertical Launch System forward of the superstructure that could be swapped for 12 larger missile cells capable of fielding the Pentagon’s emerging hypersonic weapons being developed for the Navy, Army and the Air Force. The current DDG-51s field 96 ...
by Tempest414
12 Jan 2022, 13:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I agree with the above but the force I have shown would the tip of the spear not the other way round i.e they would not try to sneak across on civv ships
by Tempest414
12 Jan 2022, 10:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872066
France

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I am sure it is more needed than planned but lets not forget that China has

3 x LHD ( troops carried not known but 800+ would be a good guess )
8 x LPD's ( each able to carry 800 troops )
18 x LST's ( each able to carry 250 troops )
11 x land ships ( each able to carry 500 troops )
by Tempest414
12 Jan 2022, 08:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
France

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Has everyone received Christmas presents from Raytheon? Why the obsession with SM6? Surely it should be a MBDA solution, a big booster version of Aster or a surface launched Meteor with a big booster. I would love nothing more than to see a VL Meteor with a Aster 30 Booster attached if it could mat...
by Tempest414
12 Jan 2022, 08:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)
Replies: 508
Views: 174438
France

Re: Albion Class Amphibious Assault Ships (LPD) (RN)

so LRG North are back out as of last night and POW sailed this morning for 3 weeks of work up not a bad start to the year
by Tempest414
11 Jan 2022, 15:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
France

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

what would the cost / safety be in upgrading / reactivating say Torbay and Trenchand to give us a fleet of 9
by Tempest414
11 Jan 2022, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
France

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

I do like the idea of having say 10 x 30m unmanned subs some of these along with 4 more P-8's could re-leave the type 26's from TAPS