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by Digger22
14 Oct 2019, 18:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Even with 10 on deck, it's going to look pretty empty.
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 14:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I make that 5 years and 10 days since PoW assembly at Rosyth began on 9th September 2014. (1836 days) Or 8 years, 3 months, 24 days since first steel was cut on 26th May 2011. (3038 days) That answers my question I asked years ago about how long she would take to build and be contractually 'finishe...
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 13:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6180
Views: 410689
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Does this mean that Goliath is not for sale now?
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 12:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

cockneyjock1974 wrote:
Digger22 wrote:Where are you watching the action from CJ?


My house.


Handy!
by Digger22
19 Sep 2019, 10:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Where are you watching the action from CJ?
by Digger22
17 Sep 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

HMS Fluffy
HMS Fearful
HMS Floppy
HMS Fake
HMS Flee

I know, not very helpful.
by Digger22
09 Sep 2019, 19:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Location of QE? Have they left UK waters or lurking still?
by Digger22
05 Sep 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm sure the Joint Strike force practice AAR anyway. The Top Gun documentary was showing a New F35 pilots first AAR attempt. So no shame there. To fly them to the U.S. Instead of taking them on QE seems a bit of a waste to me, both environmentally and in flying hours. While I see the need to carry o...
by Digger22
30 Aug 2019, 19:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

If she isn't taking her F35's with her maybe she may be spend a little time around the UK before she goes, and maybe we may see her with her sister sooner than we think?
by Digger22
29 Aug 2019, 16:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any news on F35 numbers to be taken? Will they fly into Portsmouth today, or are they more likely to join QE out at see, and with a little more privacy, maybe a day or two after departing? Seven F-35B's were mentioned for Westlant 19 when Jerry Kyd was CO during Westlant 18. There's no way F-35B's ...
by Digger22
29 Aug 2019, 13:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Any news on F35 numbers to be taken?
Will they fly into Portsmouth today, or are they more likely to join QE out at see, and with a little more privacy, maybe a day or two after departing?
by Digger22
20 Aug 2019, 19:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

That would suggest her main props are fitted rather than brake props?
by Digger22
18 Aug 2019, 19:15
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10635
Views: 918122
Location: England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Is that the 3rd Phalanx position under the Tarp, or is it the one further outboard and slightly aft? Is the 3rd mount about to make an early appearance?
by Digger22
15 Aug 2019, 16:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

T26 comment, not news so here it is,
8 years to build a Frigate?
The same yard completed Lb03 and Lb04 in less time, with more metal than 3 T26.
QE was At sea in 8 yrs!
Please explain?
by Digger22
03 Aug 2019, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

9th T26, Yes. However I will never understand the logic for Batch 2 OPV and T31. Surely the combined cost of these 2 projects would have given 5 proper Frigates, while retaining the 4 Batch 1/1.5 OPV's? The Adelaide yard demonstrates the benefit of a Frigate Factory, opposed to our current position....
by Digger22
02 Aug 2019, 19:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 623
Views: 68433
Location: England

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

At this rate, she'll be at sea before Audacious! ( I'm joking, honest!)
by Digger22
21 Jul 2019, 14:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Where is Albion? Maybe we should re activate Bulwark too? We clearly can't generate Enough Escorts so what do we send, with what we have?
by Digger22
20 Jul 2019, 18:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The Straights represent a very busy shipping lane, if only we had a Helicopter carrier, carrying a dozen or so Widcats armed with Gpmg and LLM. Oh....... :oops:
by Digger22
18 Jul 2019, 10:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 77083
Location: England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Kent is going to releave Duncan, who in turn is going to allow Montrose to port for Maintenance, so Duncan's presence is going to be a short one, and will not increase RN presence until the arrival of Kent. It will be interesting to see if Montrose will be fitted with LMM while she is in port, givin...
by Digger22
17 Jul 2019, 21:47
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 735
Views: 77083
Location: England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

So Kent is being prepped to take over from Duncan later this yr, first operational outing for T23 with LMM no doubt, hence her dash Back to Portsmouth.
by Digger22
17 Jul 2019, 17:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 10689
Views: 655400
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Isn't the real issue the age of the T23 fleet? Coupled with T45 engine/power generation issues creating a perfect availability storm? If they (T23) had been replaced on time and T45 had been designed properly we could easily manage 19+ Escorts. To allow a reduction in numbers because of these issues...
by Digger22
16 Jul 2019, 17:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1149
Views: 108141
Location: England

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

A smaller fleet would give less ship availability not the same. A flawed argument. We need 19 Escorts min.

As this is T45 thread, I think to have 2/3 ships in refit at the same time is a scandal. If we needed to deploy a Task group today we couldn't.
by Digger22
13 Jul 2019, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1149
Views: 108141
Location: England

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

Surely an ASW T23 would have been more useful considering the number of Midget subs the Iranians have?
by Digger22
11 Jul 2019, 12:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 217756
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Not sure that I completely agree. The Wildcat numbers limit options, but considering the number of ships usually deployed I don't think it's a deal breaker, and besides the ability to land a Merlin is more overkill than operating a Wildcat. As for moving the Funnel, cost dictates the removal of the ...
by Digger22
09 Jul 2019, 20:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3009
Views: 217756
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Do we have more info on actual deck layout dimensions? From that angle with those Sailors, the flight deck looks pretty big. Remove the structure aft of the Funnel with the crane, replace with a full width mission bay, surely you could squeeze a Wildcat in there with a couple of ribs and their launc...

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