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by jedibeeftrix
27 Sep 2022, 15:29
Forum: British Army
Topic: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)
Replies: 2024
Views: 437935

Re: Ajax Armoured Vehicles (British Army)

The silly thing about this debacle is it seems to be the most basic parts of the vehicle that don't work. It seems we have this wonderful hi tech turret with CTA40, sensors etc... Two. Two wonderful hi tech turrets. With CTA40, sensors etc. The Warrior CSP turret was also considered to be pretty sp...
by jedibeeftrix
25 Sep 2022, 18:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

the move to a raiding function did result in the removal of the heavy weapons company (?) from the standard Commando 21 template, and it's basically not designed to function as a battalion as part of a larger combined arms formation anymore. but agreed, the wiki text rather obscures that dimunition ...
by jedibeeftrix
25 Sep 2022, 16:50
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

with at least one of the full RM Commandos (40/42/45) being required to distribute troops out at Company and PLatoon level to serve in other locations just to point out; as mentioned above, that one of these is not a full RM Commando, it is an emasculated thing and not alike in task and purpose to ...
by jedibeeftrix
24 Sep 2022, 12:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

My understand is that we currently have 3 full Commandos plus some specialist Commandos for specific tasks. I would be interested to see if those 3 full Commandos would alternate in their tasking? There are two 'proper' Commandos on the Commando21 structure. There is a third Commando, which has bee...
by jedibeeftrix
23 Sep 2022, 09:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

if this results in an ATFG that is able to operate at a useful scale then; good!

i'm all for it. no issue in principle with having both an LRG(N) and a LRG(S), but worried this was achieved on the back of a non-useful deployment in the latter.
by jedibeeftrix
13 Jul 2022, 13:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1072
Views: 40177

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Re: "Britain is to commit a carrier to the defence of NATO borders. The Defence Secretary said "we are going to dedicate one of the carrier groups to it"." We have two with a ~67% availablility each, so an overlap of four months of the year when both are 'available' - ignoring th...
by jedibeeftrix
28 Jun 2022, 14:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1072
Views: 40177

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

The CGS covers this in his land warfare conference speech “Given the commitments of the US in Asia during the 20s and 30s, I believe that the burden for conventional deterrence in Europe will fall increasingly to European members of NATO and the JEF. This is right in my view: taking up the burden i...
by jedibeeftrix
20 Jun 2022, 07:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1072
Views: 40177

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

SW1 wrote: 19 Jun 2022, 19:06
The truth of the matter is from a hard defence prospective and it’s force structure for the U.K. the European and Atlantic areas is the only real concern.
that appears not to be the conclusion of John Bew, nor too that of the Gov't that adopted his conclusion.
by jedibeeftrix
19 Jun 2022, 18:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 1072
Views: 40177

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

The pacific tilt …… https://amp.lbc.co.uk/news/british-soldiers-ready-fight-russia-world-war-3/ The new head of the British Army's told his troops they must prepare to fight the Russian army in a potential World War Three... Nothing here that conflicts with the tilt: It is after all only a tilt, no...
by jedibeeftrix
05 Jun 2022, 09:01
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4533
Views: 88314

Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

I liked your imaginary discussion of how future governments might return the UK to the EU. I understand that you are not supportive of that and perhaps view joining the SM as the thin end of the wedge. Fair enough. My comments between yours are an attempt from my phone to answer some of the points ...
by jedibeeftrix
04 Jun 2022, 17:11
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4533
Views: 88314

Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Where this becomes problematic is that it's really easy to make this an ugly choice to advocate, given the campaign will run precisely as follows: Q - "You want us to rejoin the Single Market to ease trade disruption, right?" A - "Yes" Q - "Without the rebate? A - "Yes,...
by jedibeeftrix
29 May 2022, 08:53
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 130
Views: 4398

Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

How much is this actually intended as an alternative to the EU vs the media wanting to report it as an alternative, because conflict with the EU sells copy? vs the possibility that it is a different thing doing a separate job to achieve more limited aims... JEF exists. It wouldn't take a lot to brin...
by jedibeeftrix
24 May 2022, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I am obviously in a minority here but why do we need large vessels with a Well Deck and the size of an LHD to carry a Company sized RM Littoral Support Unit and a SF detachment? IMO until the FCF concept is actually explained in detail the MRSS direction of travel is highly questionable. Due to thi...
by jedibeeftrix
22 May 2022, 13:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15364
Views: 3451974

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I agree with @Repulse and @Donald, with the exception of let the US do 'it'. Trump was going to 'pay' for the Pivot by withdrawing from the ME, so we should consider the line from Hormuz to Diego to be the delineation to the West of which we need to do our share (however that becomes to be defined)...
by jedibeeftrix
18 May 2022, 14:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Thank you. Re: "I am not sure about the Royal Artillery Regiment as I am not sure of their usefulness with regards to Commando Raiding missions" It's worth recalling that the RUSI paper saw artillery as the core mission of future amphibious forces: https://jedibeeftrix.wordpress.com/2019/1...
by jedibeeftrix
18 May 2022, 08:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

three (and a half) trimmed down Commandos is only going to be a maximum of 2000 bodies. What are the other 2,200 personnel doing? What is the justification for retaining them? A rough and ready run down of Royal Marine units: 3 Commando Brigade 40 and 45 Commandos; Providing LDUs for the LSGs. 43 C...
by jedibeeftrix
17 May 2022, 10:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Well they do not seem to have lost any cap badges, but the make up of individual Commandos has radically changed with the formation of the FCF. The two previously conventionally organised Commandoes are now organised into multiple LSUs of around Company strength, reinforced by elements for supporti...
by jedibeeftrix
16 May 2022, 10:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Interesting to get the "around 4000 personnel" quote. chimes nicely with the 4,200 figure mentioned up thread.

Re: viewtopic.php?p=139803#p139803

What does a 4,200 strong 3Cdo look like in terms of unit/sub-unit breakdown at a guess?
by jedibeeftrix
14 May 2022, 10:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

What I can see are multiple smaller (LST type) platforms forward deployed both in Europe and globally, backed by LPDs that can be integrated into a CBG (with associated air assets) when required, supported by JSBLs. But if I understand correctly the FCF is not about mass Agreed, I can see them as u...
by jedibeeftrix
14 May 2022, 09:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

agreed, docks and caiman 90.

if these LST designs have a purpose for the RN it is as a niche requirement alongside more typical LPD/LSD vessels.

too small to support mass (even in aggregate), and of questionable utility for HMG's IP ambitions.
by jedibeeftrix
12 May 2022, 09:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3745
Views: 920953

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote: 12 May 2022, 04:40 FCF is still the way forward
do we know what the way forward is with FCF, such that we can pronounce with confidence on whether we are deviating from the dream or otherwise?
by jedibeeftrix
03 May 2022, 14:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 391
Views: 27546

Re: The future form of the Army

Simplified version - same number of battalions/regt's (x9), generating one heavy, two medium, and one deep fires BCTs'. An argument for a Brigade structure than can generate four different BCT's: Brigade #1: 2x Armoured Cav Regt (1xHeavy, 1xMedium) 4x Infantry Battalions (3xMedium, 1xProtectedMobili...
by jedibeeftrix
03 May 2022, 14:32
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 391
Views: 27546

Re: The future form of the Army

Great question.
I am equally unsure as to why Deep Fires as currently understood requires two Ajax reg'ts.
I guessing there is some requirement in deep fires for infantry support (and perhaps even a light-cav element).
by jedibeeftrix
03 May 2022, 13:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 391
Views: 27546

Re: The future form of the Army

Thinking about the current fad for BCT's - with the casualty/combat-ineffective flaw exposed in Ukraine. Versus the 'old fashioned' idea that the brigade is the principle combat grouping in the British Army. Is there an argument for a Brigade structure than can generate three different BCT's? Brigad...