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by jedibeeftrix
24 May 2022, 09:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 15089
Views: 3408041

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 3582
Views: 905822

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: 362
Views: 24635

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: 362
Views: 24635

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: 362
Views: 24635

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...
by jedibeeftrix
13 Apr 2022, 12:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

wargame insomniac wrote: My understanding is that the Integrated Review 2021 was cutting the size of RM from around 6,700 to around 4,000, with Commandos being reduced from 6 Companies to 4 Companies.
have there ever been any stated headcount figures for 3Cdo under FCF/DCM?
by jedibeeftrix
10 Apr 2022, 22:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

My understanding is that the Integrated Review 2021 was cutting the size of RM from around 6,700 to around 4,000, with Commandos being reduced from 6 Companies to 4 Companies. Is this known? I don't remember any such detail - indeed my endless frustration is with the never released endless waffley ...
by jedibeeftrix
10 Apr 2022, 10:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Lord Jim wrote: 10 Apr 2022, 02:46 There will not be a return to Brigade [[or even Battalion level amphibious operations]] once the FCF is fully realised and its new ships are constructed.
Isn't that what 3Cdo was doing up in Norway last month?
by jedibeeftrix
06 Apr 2022, 09:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I still like the flexibility of a mixed fleet; available for use separately depending on what a small situation requires, but create a cohesive package when used together for bigger problems. Even if those platforms are smaller and lighter manned than what we're used to when using labels like LPD/LS...
by jedibeeftrix
31 Mar 2022, 12:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

Do the LCU replacements even need to accommodate 60t-80t MBT’s anymore? Are high speed and long endurance LCU’s now essential to allow a OTH capability for the FCF? Aren't they one and the same thing? In that the success of amphibious operations seems to rest on the ability to sustain lane metres o...
by jedibeeftrix
30 Mar 2022, 13:42
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4511
Views: 83068

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

killing the page load as soon as the text displays usually works for me
by jedibeeftrix
30 Mar 2022, 12:16
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4511
Views: 83068

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

You are bizarrely invested in this, sunstersun.

May i ask you to please take an interest in why people might have wanted this rather than just bitching and moaning?
by jedibeeftrix
17 Mar 2022, 08:57
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Labour Party
Replies: 308
Views: 8142

Re: Labour Party

It's possible John Healey has given the matter a great deal of consideration - and draws upon a deep well of hitherto unannounced FP expertise - when he concludes the IR was wrong to pursue the IP 'tilt'...

...but i doubt it.
by jedibeeftrix
14 Mar 2022, 12:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3582
Views: 905822

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So in my opinion we need to keep one Commando Battalion focussed on artic warfare and with sufficient ships to be able to move as an entire Battalion to Norway. I presume would need say Albion and one of the Bays to transport full battalion? Maybe one of the Points for stores and logistics? Battali...
by jedibeeftrix
09 Mar 2022, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7585
Views: 1897209

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

What chance of an early transfer of T31 to Poland?

It was intended for these ships to have a short life for industrial drumbeat reasons - which presumes and early resale.
by jedibeeftrix
11 Feb 2022, 11:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 474
Views: 113936

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Is there a reason why an SSN couldn't be the command & control platform?

I know we don't have many of them, but i think any cost savings from not double-hatting SSN's would be eaten by the cost of a small bespoke class of C&C SSK's.
by jedibeeftrix
08 Feb 2022, 08:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 474
Views: 113936

Re: Royal Navy SSK?

Hence having optionally manned "UUVs", or manned "control and command" mini-submarines (to other UUVs) is where my mind is at. that would result in carrying 90% of the acquisition cost of a full-fat SSK for all those life-support systems, which operationally would never be used ...
by jedibeeftrix
13 Jan 2022, 13:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 16
Views: 1560

Re: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]

Since where talking about AUKUS and the Ozzie sub-gap in the 2035-45 timeframe - could they lease a few Tagai subs as Collins class start to shuffle off this mortal coil?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taigei-class_submarine