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by serge750
18 Jul 2019, 18:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Looks so tiny ! Wasn't there a plan where QE was initially going to fly harriers/sea harrriers when she was due to be commissioned in 2014 ? would of got loads onboard ! C'mon autumn, looking forward to seeing some great shots of 617 sq on her decks !!
by serge750
12 Jul 2019, 17:06
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well if we were going to get a few more T31's, lets hope they are more like the Leander rather than a river B3 (avenger?) not that I would mind having the avenger for local flag waving duties i.e. fleet ready escort, med etc, but if they would be global frigates I think a Leander is the minimum requ...
by serge750
07 Jul 2019, 20:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Perhaps sturgeon ha got her eye on the batch 2 rivers....
by serge750
30 Jun 2019, 17:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Thanks for sharing, great to see some Apache's onboard !!! ( they do look small on the flight deck but sometimes the QEC looks small without aircraft thanks to the great big windows until you see the size of the people scampering around !!! looking forward the seeing what the next few months bring :...
by serge750
16 Jun 2019, 21:22
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I'm sure I read on twitter that hms Queen Elizabeth was going to sail past the round tower about 1230 tomorrow for a few weeks for more helicopter trials including Apache but the tweets gone now...
by serge750
04 Jun 2019, 20:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Westlant19 will feature several US port visits, including one to the Washington DC area. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hms-queen-elizabeth-step-closer-to-operations-with-transatlantic-training Reads like she will have double figure amount of F35 onboard then ? 3 from 17 squadron? seem to remem...
by serge750
03 Jun 2019, 18:37
Forum: British Army
Topic: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)
Replies: 328
Views: 23141

Re: Apache Attack Helicopter (British Army Air Corps)

AWSOME !!! thanks for sharing, looks so tiny on her flightdeck
by serge750
31 May 2019, 19:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104489

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

So your route would be to stick with the fudge of using the QEs if an LHD can’t be got and just hope we have 2 available when needed. Until the RN get more dollar all I can see them doing is cutting to the bone capabilitys that are not seen as essential to warrant their money, maybe after the carri...
by serge750
30 May 2019, 17:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 2204
Views: 104489

Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I would really like the RN go for a Mistral/bae concept LHD of no more than 20 000t to replace both Albion & bulwark, small enough so the politicians see that she can not operate the F35 or maybe a LPD with smallish hanger eg 1 x extended albion type? 2 x QEC + 1 x LPD ( or smallish LHD ) If we ...
by serge750
28 May 2019, 22:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Does the "depth fleet" mean these airframes are the ones in constant maintenance on a rotation basis? i.e. 2 x 12 squadrons, 1 x 6 OCU then the remainder in the "depth fleet" in constant maintanace? except 3 x in 17 squadron. so 30 operational ?
by serge750
26 May 2019, 12:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 10027
Views: 671214

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Do you mean a 3cell ExLS launcher with quad packed CAMM giving 12 rounds? as you say this would seem ideal as it hopefully? would be relatively inexpensive to fit at a later refit, hopefully the escorts would get 99.9 % of the incoming missiles and these 12 on the carrier would be (bar the CIWS) a l...
by serge750
25 May 2019, 18:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

As time goes by I'm more in the build batch 3 rivers (ie extended for hanger) camp, build & crew them as cheap as possible to save costs including manpower in the shorter term, just use them for local duties,med,flag waving,fleet ready escort etc, After the initial first batch of T26, decrease t...
by serge750
21 May 2019, 20:38
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 213961

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

So good to see the F35 in service, Is it the whole squadron or just the 4 F35 we see in the vids? any indication of how long they will be Cyprus for before the westlant deployment in the autumn?
by serge750
18 May 2019, 18:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Would be good to see our F35 get the JSM soon, even if it is externally carried, would be a capability that we urgently need, when was the sea eagle scrapped.... maybe we could also get NSM interim to replace the harpoon aswell.
by serge750
17 May 2019, 18:44
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 1729
Views: 104864

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

I think this graphic is good, I think the OCU (207) is also going to be based at marham with all the other joint force lightenings except for 3 in 17 squadron which will be based in the usa for testing etc, a couple of years old but so far has been pretty much spot on. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.o...
by serge750
12 May 2019, 21:41
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41473

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

I suspect that for a hybrid solution to work say 11 boats with 4 x ICBM tubes only 4 or so would be loaded with Trident and on their deep patrol zones sitting in wait for the MAD signal to come through which we all hope never happens, while the rest would be doing the normal hunter killer recon etc ...
by serge750
11 May 2019, 17:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41473

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Cheers for the reply, was thinking less tubes maybe less hot bunking for the crew if they still do that? also thinking about it the redesign cost would probably cost more than deleting the 4 tubes !
by serge750
11 May 2019, 15:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Dreadnought Class SSBN
Replies: 648
Views: 41473

Re: Dreadnought Class SSBN

Maybe a stupid question but would it be possible at this late stage on design to omit 4 tubes (so just have the 8 tube CMC) to save a bit of money & replace the space with better accomadation for the crew?
by serge750
10 May 2019, 18:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Not what I would want but if money is getting ever tighter maybe it is time to consider the bae Avenger design basically a river class with a hanger, just use them for med & fleet ready escort duties or a occasional visit to the Falklands, 4 would do then hopefully that would help with the lack ...
by serge750
10 May 2019, 17:49
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 4147
Views: 213961

Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Well it would be great if the Typhoon won but i'm not holding my breath...new build stealthy hornets maybe....I've always liked the Gripen though !
by serge750
27 Apr 2019, 20:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

I was just thinking if the next batch could be a light version it might entice the treasury to decrease the build time but I agree the minimum ASW version numbers should be kept or preferably increased. Even if they built the lighter version without some weapons but upgradable might help with a shor...
by serge750
27 Apr 2019, 19:38
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Does anybody have any idea when the next batch of T26 would be ordered ? didn't sturgeon recently say she wanted another ref in the next 2years? As suggested I agree if we get more T26 they should be a mix of normal & light, light +. maybe the next batch of 3 ? could be a light version and decre...
by serge750
26 Apr 2019, 17:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 3838
Views: 214079

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

Borrowed a whole aircraft carrier at one point, Went both ways, then. Don't think we would get a Ford for a QE? At this point most of the US would happily give us a Ford + Planes if we gave them the Queen to replace the current Presidency ;) Wonder if they would stump up for the extra 3000+ crew as...
by serge750
24 Apr 2019, 21:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 9806
Views: 418804

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yeh I think you are right, thanks, something about it being Quad packed ? will have to go back & try to find it, would be interesting to see how much in would cost for intergration compared to the ExLS system I think the ExLS launcher suggestion was in addition to the 48 Aster missiles though, w...

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