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by wargame_insomniac
06 Oct 2022, 17:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Maybe time for a second copy of RSS Sir David Attenborough? Gabriele Molinelli does agree with you: https://twitter.com/Gabriel64869839/status/1576902868228984832/photo/1 We should have ordered two sister ships immediately after RSS Attenborough was complete, Cammells went through all the pain of l...
by wargame_insomniac
05 Oct 2022, 20:35
Forum: Deployments
Topic: Cyprus SBA - Sovereign Base Areas
Replies: 40
Views: 1829
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Re: Cyprus SBA - Sovereign Base Areas

I agree. Cyprus will be ever more important if the pivot East of Suez actually happens. UK also has airbase in Qatar and IIRC use of bases in UAE and Oman. If LSG(S) finally is formed, then will need aircover. I agree that will be invaluable to have RAF squadron in East Med covering Syria and Suez C...
by wargame_insomniac
05 Oct 2022, 13:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

An interesting tidbit from the announcement of the signing of new agreements enhancing UK-Polish defence relations. The two ministers also agreed a new working group, which will explore the potential for the UK and Polish Armed Forces to cooperate on the development of a Future Common Missile. Thou...
by wargame_insomniac
04 Oct 2022, 23:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

I think was geeting confused between HMS Protector and RSS Sir David Attenborough....
Whoops!!
:(

IIRC RSS Sir David Attenborough was built in blocks and then assembld by Cammell Laird.
Not sure what work Cammell Laird have got on at the moment.
by wargame_insomniac
04 Oct 2022, 19:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Caribbean wrote: 03 Oct 2022, 19:52 Maybe time for a second copy of RSS Sir David Attenborough?
Gabriele Molinelli does agree with you:

by wargame_insomniac
03 Oct 2022, 21:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Maybe time for a second copy of RSS Sir David Attenborough? Is it a different mission? Rather than taking supplies etc to fixed Antartic research stations for six months a year, it would be monitoring undersea cables and gas pipelines etc at whole load of locations for 12 months a year (albeit if t...
by wargame_insomniac
03 Oct 2022, 19:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

Poiuytrewq wrote: 03 Oct 2022, 18:16
wargame_insomniac wrote: 03 Oct 2022, 18:01Even something like the Canadian Harry deWolf Arctic OPV.
I hope we can build them cheaper than the Canadians :D
I am not sure how good a state is the Canadian domestic shipbuilding industry. Not sure what else they have built recently.
by wargame_insomniac
03 Oct 2022, 18:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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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. Even something like the Canadian Harry deWolf Arctic OPV. They have a Polar Class 5 Icebreaking rating...
by wargame_insomniac
03 Oct 2022, 17:49
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 421
Views: 135338
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

It has been in service with RAAF for the last decade. How can it possibly be in a similar situation as Ajax. If so then MOD procurement really does need root and branch reform.
by wargame_insomniac
02 Oct 2022, 21:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships
Replies: 70
Views: 10586
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Re: Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ships

All the more important after the recent attacks on Nordstrom Gas pipeline.
by wargame_insomniac
02 Oct 2022, 18:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

I do think SeaRAM coming into RN is "possible". In 1980s, RN adopted Gaolkeeper CIWS in addition to Phalanx. Recently, RN adopted 40 mm Mk4 systems in addition to 30mm guns. An overlap like Phalanx-SeaRAM-CAMM is not much different from these examples. The RN looked at SeaRAM in 2001 and ...
by wargame_insomniac
02 Oct 2022, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

... Pointless arguing over names and designations that are constantly changing as technology evolves but one question, how many classes of Frigate has RN introduced since WW2 without a hull mounted sonar. Zero. Why now? Because SSK/SSN is even more quiet, and USV/UUV-based ASW is coming soon. Every...
by wargame_insomniac
02 Oct 2022, 13:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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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? Specifically for ASW, would be a mix of ASW specialist Frigates plus helicopters, P8 aircraft, SS...
by wargame_insomniac
02 Oct 2022, 13:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Donald-san
Thank you for the discussion.
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 23:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

So what do you think the difference is then, between the RN’s Phalanx Guns and the USN’s Sea Whizz (Phalanx) Guns ? :mrgreen Yes but the USN is moving towards either having BOTH Phalanx and SeaRam on their ships, or on ships like the San Antonio class (which lack the massed Mk41 VLS of frontline wa...
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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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 wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 18:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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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 mod...
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 18:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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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 mod...
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 17:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The idea that the UK is going to produce a class of Frigates without a hull mounted sonar or a tail is now completely absurd. Considering the capabilities of the T23’s that they are replacing the entire T31 weapon systems and sensor fit-out needs a complete rethink asap. A modest batch of River Bat...
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Replacing the four five with a 57mm on the T45s will cost money. As long as there enough ammunition stocks I can see the T45s staying as they are. With CAMM and Phalanx what is the need for the 'smarter' 57mm rounds? What’s the effective range of Phalanx? 1nm? Maybe less. Far too close for comfort....
by wargame_insomniac
01 Oct 2022, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

Replacing the four five with a 57mm on the T45s will cost money. As long as there enough ammunition stocks I can see the T45s staying as they are. With CAMM and Phalanx what is the need for the 'smarter' 57mm rounds? Ben Wallace said there will be the money. What will NOT easily increase is manpowe...
by wargame_insomniac
30 Sep 2022, 14:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Maybe there is a need to stand up a SNMG-3 in the Baltic Certainly as and when Sweden and Finland are admitted to NATO. It may be comprised of smaller vessels than the Destroyers and Frigates that comprise SNMG1 & 2 in the Atlantic / Med. So might be mainly Corvettes and Fast Attack craft bette...
by wargame_insomniac
29 Sep 2022, 22:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion
Replies: 231
Views: 96498
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Re: Royal Navy Gunnery Discussion

The gunnery based on the Type 31 was the best offer Babcock could male within the fixed price contract. I know. Does nt mean that I like it though. Especially with the resulting increase in RN guns to 7 or 8: 5 inch, 4.5 inch, 57mm, 40mm, 30mm, 20mm, 12.7mm. Would be 8 if Oerlikon 20 mm cannon uses...
by wargame_insomniac
25 Sep 2022, 23:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So until then we have to keep our hopes moderated, tempered by the unknowns. Respectfully I completely disagree. This increase is a massive amount of taxpayers money. It is simply not acceptable to allocate such an enormous sum without having a very clear idea where it is going. Such an increase wa...
by wargame_insomniac
25 Sep 2022, 17:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15400
Views: 3454509
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

What do we know as FACTS so far? Liz Truss in her campaigning pledged to increase UK Defence Spending, "2.5 per cent by 2026, 3 per cent by 2030". Ben Wallace in an interview with Sunday Telegraph has confirmed: “She said from day one, ‘be under no illusion, I mean it,’” Mr Wallace said. “...