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by donald_of_tokyo
27 Jun 2022, 11:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: HMS Protector (Ice Patrol Ship) (RN)
Replies: 31
Views: 18942
Japan

Re: HMS Protector (Ice Patrol Ship) (RN)

HMS Protector has a "summer" job this year!! Looks like "using anything large" for HADR is going on. In other words, Bay-class LSDs are too busy these days, Wave-class is almost gone (in extended readiness) and Tide-class is busy for their job. So, it is Argus or Protector (or Sc...
by donald_of_tokyo
26 Jun 2022, 16:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

From mobile.twitter.com/hms_tamar/status/1540594167692378113

HMS Tamar at sunny Darwin port. Beautiful tropical blue sky and sea.

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by donald_of_tokyo
25 Jun 2022, 16:54
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: JAPAN / 日本
Replies: 399
Views: 14869
Japan

Re: JAPAN / 日本

Just to share...

by donald_of_tokyo
24 Jun 2022, 14:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 952
Views: 197622
Japan

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I think it is worth noting that most of the Russian navy is sub 3000 ton ships so as said a near hypersonic Aster 30 would achieve a mission kill Not sure. It all depends on WHERE the missile hits. If the Aster 30 hits the forward gun, (don't ask me why, just "if"), the gun will be lost b...
by donald_of_tokyo
24 Jun 2022, 13:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

By the way how effective will a T-26 be in ASW if it loses its Merlin? If she is accompanied with P-8A, I think almost zero loss. However, capabilities provided by Merlin and P-8A differ, and thus it will not be a "replacement". If she carries Wildcat, effectiveness will degrade, but not ...
by donald_of_tokyo
23 Jun 2022, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7593
Views: 1903111
Japan

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

looks like they have added 5 meters to the length up from 138.7 to 143.7 Yeh. Not sure about how "accurate" the images are, but - additional hull length between the A and B positions guns, for 48-cell VLSs - bridge shape has changed - funnel has been shifted backwards So, it is a modified...
by donald_of_tokyo
21 Jun 2022, 16:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With respect Donald it's not a design. It's some marketing material. As you've intimated you'll need a couple of years and many millions in investment if you want to turn it into something you could use to build a ship. Exactly. So, the first builder do the detailed design, and they can (try to) ex...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Jun 2022, 16:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Interesting "OPV", Vard 7 125 Next Gen OPV. 125m long, built to merchant ship standard (that is the Vard 7 sales point) but with "optimized naval design rules applied", with a hangar and dual side accessible mission bay (quite T26-like). It also adopts "PODS". On paper,...
by donald_of_tokyo
20 Jun 2022, 12:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

With RN escorts at this time operating with 200+ crew ( to keep at sea time up ) once the new ships come on line Type 31 with 110 to 120 crew and type 26 with 150 Broadly true, but some comments: - T23/T45's "200+ crew" includes "flight crew", and its core crew is somewhere arou...
by donald_of_tokyo
19 Jun 2022, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1642
Views: 470767
Japan

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

HMSDefender in Kiel Week. Impressive is her large helicopter hangar, and tiny Wildcat helicopter. With several UAVs, she will obtain a good situation awareness. Also, those UAVs could carry ECM decoys to counter incoming ASMs. from twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1538048876598464512 https://pbs.twimg...
by donald_of_tokyo
19 Jun 2022, 03:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Jeremy Quin MP visiting HMS Forth.

by donald_of_tokyo
14 Jun 2022, 12:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Scott Class Ocean Survey Vessel (RN)
Replies: 17
Views: 10974
Japan

Re: Scott Class Ocean Survey Vessel (RN)

HMS Scott, to be back at sea. If she really gonna decommission on 2023, HMS Enterprise will come back, in place?

by donald_of_tokyo
14 Jun 2022, 12:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Forth at Falkland island, for ceremonies to mark "40 years since the Falkland Islands were liberated".

from twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/1536640803463905282
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by donald_of_tokyo
14 Jun 2022, 12:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1642
Views: 470767
Japan

Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

The first PIP finished!! Great!

by donald_of_tokyo
12 Jun 2022, 10:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

I would say building 10 patrol boats something like the 62 meter Stan 6211 4 for the RN and 6 for Boarder force fit the RN boats with RWS 12.7 mm and 2 x GPMG Many ideas can come. For me, Fishery protection and EEZ patrol is the main aim of River B1s, in which case good sea keeping in harsh water w...
by donald_of_tokyo
12 Jun 2022, 10:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Medway at Curacao. "Visit the world", looks like. Back in the photo, we can see a Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol craft, HNLMS Pelikaan (a logistic support vessel), and an SSK. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FVCTIgjXwAAboTp?format=jpg&name=large see twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/153588...
by donald_of_tokyo
12 Jun 2022, 01:30
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: New Zealand Defence Force
Replies: 525
Views: 20259
Japan

Re: New Zealand Defence Force

Te Mana coming back from Frigate Systems Upgrade program. Looks beautiful. In this article, they say $700M, but official web still quoting $638.9 million. Which is right? https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/06/new-zealand-frigate-sails-home-following-upgrade/ https://www.defence.govt.nz/what-w...
by donald_of_tokyo
11 Jun 2022, 15:49
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Compared to River B2s, River B1 OPVs are more simple. Looking at the detail, - radar is much simple - com-link is also simpler - EO FCS is not there - much less armed which means River B1s is surely cheaper than B2s to operate. I understand RN is to replace 3 River B1s with 2 River B2s (now at EoS) ...
by donald_of_tokyo
11 Jun 2022, 14:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Following Tamar, HMS Spey is now also back at work.

by donald_of_tokyo
10 Jun 2022, 16:44
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: NORGE/Norway
Replies: 99
Views: 3570
Japan

Re: NORGE/Norway

SH60R, "Romeo", is becoming more and more "common" ASW helicopter worldwide...

Not sure what's wrong with NH-90. Every issues states availability issue. Just, not enough spare parts? Or, very high malfunction rate?
by donald_of_tokyo
10 Jun 2022, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4431
Views: 1126549
Japan

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

HMS Medwway preparing for HADR tasks.

Look, she carries All terrine vehicle, so can do amphibious operations? :D

(Not sure how she gonna land it. Of course from port, but can a rigid radar be used there? )
by donald_of_tokyo
01 Jun 2022, 00:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 802
Views: 278805
Japan

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

And the sub lunched missiles are not currently in production, makes you wonder what the stock of other missiles are like :wtf: Does this mean it is special development for "Tube-launched blk IV, upgraded into blkV standard?". If yes, - can UK purchase a dozen of "Tube-launched blk IV...
by donald_of_tokyo
31 May 2022, 16:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 802
Views: 278805
Japan

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

TLAM modernization is £4M each for 65 missiles? 1: very expensive, even including all support, looks like. 2: only, just only, 65 missiles? Iitem-1's most problematic point is NOT on TLAM's cost. It means, if TLAM upgrade cost this much (of course, including supports), how expensive introducing the ...
by donald_of_tokyo
31 May 2022, 04:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

You are missing the point! Forward basing reduces your flexibility still further. If you had, say 10 Frigates, they could be tasked to cover, say six locations (allowing for refits etc.). While on long(ish) Voyages to and from their designated areas of deployment, the Ships will also cover other ar...
by donald_of_tokyo
31 May 2022, 03:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15134
Views: 3418644
Japan

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Thanks. As Montrose is double crewed, and still another two T23 is manned, it means there are 180 x4 = 720 crew onboard GP Type-23s. Then, as the same calculation, RN can anyway double the activity of GP frigates. Option-1: man all 5 T31, and still have almost 2 of them double crewed (I assume T31 c...