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by abc123
05 Jul 2024, 18:31
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: The 2024 UK General Election
Replies: 26
Views: 1719
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Re: The 2024 UK General Election

At least the SNP lost badly too...
by abc123
24 Apr 2024, 15:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5853
Views: 1586389
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2024/04/first-type-26-frigate-progresses-towards-completion/ Glasgow is due to be formally named during 2025. Sea trials are planned to start in early 2026, with handover to follow later that same year. Following handover, the RN will undertake a period of train...
by abc123
22 Apr 2024, 11:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9999680
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

In very high end situations why not use type 31 as a missile barge? If they do end up fitting mk41 at some point fill it with sm3. If it’s within a task group a type 45 or a usn destroyer can do the tracking and sensing. Or if it’s around nato/uk territories let the assure systems do the hard bit. ...
by abc123
09 Apr 2024, 15:37
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: JAPAN / 日本
Replies: 462
Views: 60725
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Re: JAPAN / 日本

IMHO, Japan dosn't need SSNs, their SSks with AIP/Batteries are good enough.
by abc123
30 Mar 2024, 13:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 6132
Views: 1858937
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Didn’t the Joint Harrier Force have 70 a/c with 4 front-line squadrons, each with 9 a/c? Would be sensible IMO to copy that model - allows for one FAA squadron to be regularly deployed on the active carrier in a hybrid LHA role, and another RAF one to be deployed also on the carrier or land base, s...
by abc123
30 Mar 2024, 13:32
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9999680
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

there is the fact that the T31's are not intended to have a long service life (in the RN). A) is that a fact B) is that realistic ? A good life plan would be 20 years with a mid life upgrade at 10 years If you need it after only 10 years, than you are doing something very much wrong in construction...
by abc123
22 Mar 2024, 15:51
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Swedish Armed Forces
Replies: 238
Views: 30729
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Re: Swedish Armed Forces

tomuk wrote: 22 Mar 2024, 08:55
sol wrote: 20 Mar 2024, 13:31 Sweden purchases 321 6x6 Patria vehicles

https://www.patriagroup.com/newsroom/ne ... rom-patria
Somebody should tell MOD\DE&S about this value for money purchase.
Meh, way better to pay everything 3x over...
by abc123
11 Mar 2024, 16:11
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

What is missing, which is a problem throughout UK defence establishment, is a lack of transparency. Everything is hidden behind all too convenient a veil of operational or worse commercial sensitivity. US senators and reps would be banging on the doors of the Pentagon\White House if a similar lack ...
by abc123
01 Mar 2024, 14:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5853
Views: 1586389
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Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

tomuk wrote: 29 Feb 2024, 16:39 The welding\distortion in the steelwork to end of the hangar below the 30mm sponson looks terrible.
Well, it wasn't easy for the Bob Lone Builder to do everything properly... :lolno:
by abc123
28 Feb 2024, 14:33
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Argentina
Replies: 262
Views: 22549
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Re: Argentina

So will they take the F-16s or what?
by abc123
27 Feb 2024, 15:21
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 940
Views: 79264
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Re: Italian Armed Forces

sol wrote: 24 Feb 2024, 22:06 Italian government approved program for procurement of 132 Leopard 2A8 tanks and 140 other vehicles based on Leopard 2 chassis. Total value of program is some 8.246 billion euros

Damn, that's a huge cost.
by abc123
27 Feb 2024, 15:17
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps you would have preferred for to “sit out” the biggest NATO exercise in years and remain in Portsmouth harbour until such time as her 3 x Phalanx are re-installed? Ark Royal IV, during the Cold War even involved in a collision with a Russian Kotlin Class destroyer, which had crossed under he...
by abc123
26 Feb 2024, 14:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Perhaps you would have preferred for to “sit out” the biggest NATO exercise in years and remain in Portsmouth harbour until such time as her 3 x Phalanx are re-installed? Ark Royal IV, during the Cold War even involved in a collision with a Russian Kotlin Class destroyer, which had crossed under he...
by abc123
26 Feb 2024, 14:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Rather concerning that neither TIDESURGE nor PWLS have Phalanx or any other form of self-protection.....so if something unexpected occurs (history shows that it often does) they are completely undefended against any 'leakers' that might get past the escorts. Even more worryng is the lack of RNs esc...
by abc123
25 Feb 2024, 19:33
Forum: Conflicts
Topic: RED SEA - Houthi attacks
Replies: 87
Views: 8640
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Re: RED SEA - Houthi attacks

Ian Hall wrote: 25 Feb 2024, 09:31
Couldn't they do that somewhere closer, like Cyprus or Souda?
by abc123
21 Feb 2024, 20:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 159
Views: 90643
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Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

SKB wrote: 21 Feb 2024, 17:39 Reminder. The American-made Trident missile failed, not the British made submarine that launched it.
That's even worse.
by abc123
21 Feb 2024, 16:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)
Replies: 159
Views: 90643
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Re: Vanguard Class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) (RN)

MOD quote however we are confident that the anomaly was event specific, and therefore there are no implications for the reliability of the wider Trident missile systems and stockpile If this is a 2nd failure of the system and given current world events, is this really a good enough response? :eh: T...
by abc123
21 Feb 2024, 13:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 19495
Views: 9999680
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How many times. OPV 80m, River B2 or you unicorn OPV+ do not add meaningful mass. Completely disagree. The non-combatants allow the combatants to focus fully on the areas where they are most required. Anti-narcotics patrols do not require Frigates or Destroyers but they do require a Wildcat with a ...
by abc123
20 Feb 2024, 14:50
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Australian Defence Force
Replies: 2652
Views: 791160
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Re: Australian Defence Force

Mercator wrote: 20 Feb 2024, 02:58
Typical Australian naval circus. :roll:
by abc123
15 Feb 2024, 17:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

You got to admit it really is embarrassing David Cameron saying anything about UK forces at all ,the main reason for swaging cuts to manpower and equipment ,17k if memory serves me right and 40% tank forces cut , carriers, harriers cut ,etc etc , just crazy , think everyone is going to throw that i...
by abc123
15 Feb 2024, 17:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any info on how many F-35s are aboard PoW? Hopefully this year’s work ups and next year’s CSG25 will help turn things around and put an end to all this bad press. A few solid deployments can do wonders - see Ford and Charles de Gaulle, which also faced PR nightmares in their early years. Leaving yo...
by abc123
15 Feb 2024, 14:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 15482
Views: 4674080
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I find the absence of Phalanx on PWLS to be humiliating. The sight of such a large, magnificent and expensive ship proudly sailing out of Portsmouth virtually defenceless at a time of rising world tension and risk of conflict is deeply concerning. There is the fact that our carriers are virtually u...
by abc123
14 Feb 2024, 13:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 572
Views: 162443
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Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The T31 are not pointless they will provide a lot more utility going forward than another batch of OPVs. They absolutely are if all we are doing is defaulting to a solution without defining the question and ensuring it’s a priority. We cannot afford the crew to forward base the existing T31s, so we...
by abc123
13 Feb 2024, 16:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 572
Views: 162443
United Kingdom

Re: Type 32 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

IMHO, the best option for the RN would be to buy 5-6 MCM motherships like that Dutch/Belgian/French project, and just name it Type 32 frigates... With maybe better range and speed than tipical MCM ship. After all, the Hunts are really long in the teeths... That's what the LSV programme is. Yes, but...
by abc123
13 Feb 2024, 16:21
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Project Crowsnest (RN)
Replies: 220
Views: 87956
United Kingdom

Re: Project Crowsnest (RN)

jonas wrote: 13 Feb 2024, 14:02 Crowsnest OSD 2029 !!

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/crowsne ... vice-2029/
:thumbdown:
OMFG