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by Repulse
03 Oct 2022, 07:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10590
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

It’s a good move. For a 100% available capability 2 vessels are essential. Would like one or both to have an ice breaking capability also, given the role will stretch from the Artic to the Azores.
by Repulse
02 Oct 2022, 13:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With off board systems and multi statics the age of the specialist manned ship is coming to an end. It will no longer need to be the ultra quiet passive receiver, it will more likely be the active pinger with off board systems being the silent receiver. That day is not today though, whilst I agree ...
by Repulse
02 Oct 2022, 10:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

To make the point in a different way, if the RN (in a lead role within NATO) wanted to ensure dominance of the North Atlantic (inc Artic) above and below the surface what fleet composition is required?
by Repulse
02 Oct 2022, 08:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

And while all that is true, my point still stands… the only absolutely 1st tier ASW surface assets in NATO are the FREMMs and, soon, the T26. Nothing else can stand a chance one-on-one against a modern sub… a lone AB against a top tier, well driven sub is fish fodder… Repulse’s point is that you ne...
by Repulse
01 Oct 2022, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

1. We’ll agree to disagree on the need for a entirely high end force… 2. Tell me again exactly how a T31 (which, btw, meets all the NATO noise levels required for a surface escort), equipped with a VDS and a HMS is totally defenseless against submarines? If that’s the case, then so is 90% of the NA...
by Repulse
01 Oct 2022, 19:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

SW1 wrote: 01 Oct 2022, 18:23 Is it? I thought Russian submarines are noisy are we over egging there submarines like their mythical surface to air systems?
Nothing is certain until tried in anger, but I would very cautious about complacency, the Yasen-M in particular is one to watch.
by Repulse
01 Oct 2022, 19:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

… for which a GP frigate is perfectly adequate.. Is it though, if you are escorting a HVU in the North Atlantic, Gulf or wherever and have nothing downstairs, and limited capability upstairs, I would say now it’s not adequate. An escort is there to protect the asset it is sailing with, a”GP” T23 (c...
by Repulse
01 Oct 2022, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The biggest threat from Russia is its sub surface force, which is on par with the west,, and the counter to which are P8s, SSNs and yes super quiet frigates designed specifically to hunt submarines. In the future I’m sure XLUUVs etc will have a role. A noisy frigate, not designed for ASW, using modu...
by Repulse
01 Oct 2022, 12:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Best thing to do with the T31 is to sell them on quickly. You could argue they’ve served their purpose getting a second production line up and running, but it needs to build something of use.
by Repulse
30 Sep 2022, 18:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I’d be plonking echo or a few minesweepers or some frigates in the North Sea till spring, forget splashing round the South China Sea, Russia or there proxies disable a few pipe lines in the North Sea this winter and putin wins in Ukraine as most European governments will fold with no gas. This is w...
by Repulse
26 Sep 2022, 08:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Difficult I know, but highlights that Defence should not be a pawn in politics between the main parties. If HMG and the main opposition had common viewpoint it would allow the MOD to plan with more confidence, and ultimately be more efficient.
by Repulse
25 Sep 2022, 13:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921409
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

The marines being more commando in nature is a gd thing, such skills are always in demand. We should have focused on the commandos as our principal naval component instead we’ve focused on the fantasy of carrier strike at there expense. Unless SF raiding is the limit of the ambition, then everythin...
by Repulse
25 Sep 2022, 09:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1251
Views: 36238
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

There needs to be a focus on Europe, but the folly is to think that everything that happens outside of the region does not matter. I’m ok with more war fighting assets in Europe, balanced with lower level presence forces in other region’s combined with a first rate globally deployable war fighting f...
by Repulse
25 Sep 2022, 09:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Given the chatter of the surface fleet vs submarine fleet ratio, and newspaper / retired general movement for more Army funds, I think it’s quite possible that people hoping for a significant increase in the surface fleet will be disappointed. I just hope it’s not the ‘81 review all over again.
by Repulse
24 Sep 2022, 09:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)
Replies: 836
Views: 262899
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Re: Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic capability (MHC) (MHPC)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?i ... 08.49579.h
MHC programme … funded to deliver up to six mission systems and three Logistics Support Vessels.
by Repulse
23 Sep 2022, 16:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921409
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For me the RN needs to start thinking in terms of groups… Agree in principle but not necessarily in the composition, more like: - Home Fleet (inc North Atlantic / CASD) > 4 SSBNs, 4 SSNs, 3 T26s, 2 T31s, 3 OPVs plus @6 new IPVs (unmanned motherships) - 2 Carrier Strike Groups > each with CVF, SSN, ...
by Repulse
23 Sep 2022, 11:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921409
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

donald_of_tokyo wrote: 23 Sep 2022, 10:51 HMS Ocean was capable for up to 18 helicopters.
That was in the Helicopter Assault role which would be where a QE steps in?
by Repulse
23 Sep 2022, 09:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921409
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

For me LRG(S) was always going to be different both in scale and objectives. Whereas LRG(N) is more of a war fighting formation, LRG(S) is more about low level presence - SFs, HADR and training. If something big kicked off LRG(N) would be sailing south. Might be better to call the two different name...
by Repulse
17 Sep 2022, 16:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If the government had bought 13 T26s upfront then BAE could have easily hit the £800mn per vessel price tag. Instead the money get wasted on uncertainties and the lack of investment it causes and spreading design and other fixed costs over too few hulls.
by Repulse
17 Sep 2022, 07:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I know that there are multiple stages of design from PowerPoint to detailed construction plans, all of which help retain skills and develop ideas, but from a design perspective what is the required drumbeat for a design team? A new warship class every decade for example?
by Repulse
17 Sep 2022, 07:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

wargame_insomniac wrote: 16 Sep 2022, 23:01 For design or construction?
Design - the argument for short construction runs for classes has been to keep design skills, the UK cannot afford to spread what limited work it has across multiple teams.
by Repulse
16 Sep 2022, 20:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454512
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If retaining warship design skills is a critical sovereign capability, then it makes zero sense having separate BAE and Babcock teams.
by Repulse
11 Sep 2022, 07:03
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5771
Views: 1582656
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2022-06-23.HL1253.h&s=%22Royal+Navy%22+section%3Awrans#gHL1253.r0 I’m not sure if I’ve missed an announcement or if it’s pure speculation but it in Septembers edition of Warship IFR they are reporting that of the 74 a/c, 15 would be in maintenance at any...
by Repulse
07 Sep 2022, 07:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 921409
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I think we need to be careful not to assume LRG(N) and LRG(S) are carbon copies of each other. I’d say mid term it is pretty likely that LRG(S) will be loose formation of Argus plus a Bay Class. The Bay Class will remain focused on duties in the Gulf. I’d also like to see a Wave Class in the region ...