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by SW1
13 Oct 2019, 18:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2308
Views: 144858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Jake1992 , possibly - what I’m trying to get to is what is the auxiliary fleet size and composition to support the objective I’ve laid out. If the Points had capacity for a couple of hundred troops each and a brigade (plus support) is approx 5,000. Then overload the 3 Bays and 4 Points could move 2...
by SW1
13 Oct 2019, 12:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2308
Views: 144858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

what I’m basically talking about is delivering an Army Brigade to a landing ground globally which is secure but with limited facilities (either they have been destroyed or were never there) whereby making docking large ships to offload in the traditional way impossible/difficult. I would agree in p...
by SW1
13 Oct 2019, 09:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2308
Views: 144858
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Deploying what and were at what scale will dictate a lot. Is it to deploy 1 or at most 2 brigades within the NATO area? If so then on rail thru the tunnel then drive. Is it to the north points to Norway then drive. Beyond the nato area what is the scale we wish to deploy at? Small or medium. I would...
by SW1
12 Oct 2019, 10:05
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 121
Views: 14797
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Hope this does not effect first two secondhand aircraft https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-reports-38-cracks-on-global-737ng-fleet-461415/ Won’t overly matter if it does. They will be going in for major overhaul and upgrade, so any corrective modifications would be done then. All air...
by SW1
10 Oct 2019, 18:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Hard and expensive to find all that outside of military capability. In reality, only the logistics stuff is primarily (though not exclusively) the preserve of the military. Most of the other skills can be obtained though the civilian sector (often as unpaid volunteers - that's how many of the medic...
by SW1
10 Oct 2019, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Ships are simply the most sensible and practical way of delivering first response aid (medical or humanitarian) - they can stay out of the storm zone and arrive within hours of the storm passing - the crew are rested, well trained and can focus on getting help where it is most needed. The most urge...
by SW1
09 Oct 2019, 17:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 589952
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Is that verifiably true? In so much as there was pictures at the time. The T23 also have acoustically quiet hulls and the ability to take a TAS, hull mounted sonar, light weight torpedoes and ASMs, that the T31 will not have. It's a clear step down Worth noting that in its current form it meets or ...
by SW1
09 Oct 2019, 07:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10628
Views: 589952
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Sounds a little like the excitable comments when HMS Westminster went to Libya with “only” 4 missiles.
by SW1
08 Oct 2019, 11:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

They aren't and I don't disagree with your reasoning but it really all comes down to RN's view of the future. If MCM is to be performed by a small number of 150m+ vessels then the entire auxiliary fleet will get a shake-up as it will be a major doctrinal shift. I think the view is that MCM is 3 or ...
by SW1
08 Oct 2019, 09:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Your wanting to keep the role but just don’t want a bay to do it. I find this odd because a bay IMO is ideally suited to the fwd presence role. And doesn’t negate the requirement. What if the medium term requirement for the Bay's is to move across to a MCM role? Replacement vessels would need to be...
by SW1
08 Oct 2019, 07:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Your wanting to keep the role but just don’t want a bay to do it. I find this odd because a bay IMO is ideally suited to the fwd presence role. And doesn’t negate the requirement. Someone tell me why the DFID budget should not fund something like this ? Tell why it’s a waste ? Tell what down sides t...
by SW1
07 Oct 2019, 22:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 151
Views: 12915
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

When the bay is in the Caribbean it conducts maritime security and enforcement, interacts and hosts regional forces and conduct various exercises AS WELL AS disaster relief first response. If dfid has a “hospital” ship there who does all the other stuff? The bay? If such a vessel is a dfid vessel wh...
by SW1
07 Oct 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1743
Views: 134340
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

by SW1
07 Oct 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Not directly related to the FLSS, but is IMO related to the amphibious balance it will be part of. What would be the estimated ballpark cost, £a upfront and ongoing maintenance + crew to stand up the 2nd LPD such that each CVF has a paired LPD with CAMM? £100m+£50mn pa? It would in my view firstly ...
by SW1
07 Oct 2019, 19:11
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 25155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

topman wrote:Interestingly it doesn't say what mods they did to pass this trial.


There was work being done on the doors and sponson, not sure if there was aircraft software changes as well.
by SW1
07 Oct 2019, 13:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)
Replies: 261
Views: 25155
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Airbus A400M Atlas (RAF)

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2019/10/airbus-a400m-completes-paratrooper-simultaneous-dispatch.html The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has completed the certification flight test for the simultaneous dispatch of 80 (40+40) equipped paratroopers from both side doors on a si...
by SW1
06 Oct 2019, 18:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Lord Jim wrote:reinforcement of NATOs northern flank


But doesn’t that lend itself to the idea. Distributed commando raids to hit the Russians with short sharp raids from unpredictable areas and disappear into the wilderness again.
by SW1
06 Oct 2019, 12:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: British Army Future Wheeled APC
Replies: 1296
Views: 88533
Location: United Kingdom

Re: British Army Future Wheeled APC

We selected boxer for the second time in March 2018 the same month as Australia did. I read the Australian army has taken delivery of the first vehicles in the last week or so. Any ideas when ours will be appearing?
by SW1
06 Oct 2019, 09:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Maintaining the ability to mount an ATFG of 1800 people: 1500 ground entry + 300 aviation support. Is not a big ask from the current 2 main commandos, 1 raiding commando, and 1 demi special duties commando. That is the point it is a big deal to deploy such a force, for the RN infact it requires the...
by SW1
05 Oct 2019, 16:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Distribution of assets will place a greater emphasis on logistics enablers and people than has hitherto the case and generally a need for more. It should also mean keeping things simple and reliable. This doesn’t mean impotent or under armed, there’s plenty of examples out there and type 31 is a wel...
by SW1
05 Oct 2019, 16:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future ASW
Replies: 367
Views: 26306
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future ASW

There is relatively few ssn compared to ssk submarines in the world and fewer still that we need to concern ourselves with being that the UK, France and US operate by far the most. Russian ssn numbers probably less than a dozen split between the Pacific and Atlantic and the Chinese a similar number....
by SW1
04 Oct 2019, 08:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

Berger goes far beyond the other service chiefs in describing how existing doctrine, weapons, and operational concepts are no longer adequate for the wars of the future That is a great article, and even though it's about the USMC as I'm reading it so much is applicable to the Royal Marines too. The...
by SW1
03 Oct 2019, 07:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

need for platforms that are small, plentiful, specialized, and [unmanned or] minimally manned so that naval forces can continue to operate effectively inside the contested zone I wonder how that would be different from the Streetfighter concept (which then became LCS)? - a simulation of all - at th...
by SW1
03 Oct 2019, 07:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 174
Views: 9074
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

If your operating in a cluttered littoral environment, up a fjord, in a sound, near a coast line with cliffs, then gun anti air systems maybe of more effect than missiles and have better reaction times than missiles where radar will give much less warning time than in open sea.
by SW1
02 Oct 2019, 22:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Littoral Strike Ships
Replies: 709
Views: 61386
Location: United Kingdom

Re: Future Littoral Strike Ships

https://warontherocks.com/2019/10/a-striking-new-vision-for-the-marines-and-a-wakeup-call-for-the-other-services/ Berger goes far beyond the other service chiefs in describing how existing doctrine, weapons, and operational concepts are no longer adequate for the wars of the future, especially given...

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