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by Scimitar54
18 Jan 2022, 12:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872058
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

SW1 wrote:- And you would be incorrect. Like wise the multiple joint warrior exercises on ocean and illustrious, or the operations onboard ocean in the Caribbean and elsewhere If you had read the post that I was responding to, then you might have noticed that it was obviously suggested that HMS PoW ...
by Scimitar54
18 Jan 2022, 07:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872058
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

That was for an actual combat scenario and therefore the risk of salt water damage was justified. They would almost certainly have been “passengers” for transport on the CVS, with rotor blades manually folded (whilst in port) and highly likely to have been covered with tarpaulins to protect them fro...
by Scimitar54
17 Jan 2022, 20:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion
Replies: 3295
Views: 872058
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Re: Current & Future Amphibious Capability - General Discussion

I cannot see that more than four Chinook would be on board and even that would severely constrain use by other Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft, as they would occupy the majority of the Hangar space due to lack of Marinisation (Powered folding Rotor blades and corrosion resistant materials). The Apach...
by Scimitar54
15 Jan 2022, 10:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328092
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Well at least they both have the “enclosed build facility” in common already ! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
14 Jan 2022, 05:53
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: UK Politics - General News & Discussion
Replies: 311
Views: 4322
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Re: UK Politics - General News & Discussion

“Global Britain” has never been a mere soundbite. It has been a fact for centuries! On the other hand, How long did “Cool (FOOL) Britannia” last, okay? :lol:
by Scimitar54
13 Jan 2022, 04:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13824
Views: 3953768
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I would have much preferred the same company to have produced and marketed a 1/350 scale model kit under it’s AIRFIX brand, but perhaps that may be in the pipeline ? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
11 Jan 2022, 09:00
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400531
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

I do hope that this turns out to be “the final aircraft of the first batch” and not the “final aircraft”! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
11 Jan 2022, 08:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

When discussing whether the RN should get SSKs, it was never meant as an alternative. The fact is that the RN has a serious lack of Attack Submarines! Any acquisition of additional submarines would require extra resources (budget, manufacturing infrastructure and crewing for a start). The question m...
by Scimitar54
10 Jan 2022, 15:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328092
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Where is the Area Air Defence for the LRGs and Troop Transports supposed to come from? Oh, I know! Of course, it will be plucked out of the sky! We NEED more than Six T45s. Not ordering hulls 7 & 8 as the irreducible minimum, was another act of sheer folly. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
10 Jan 2022, 01:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Royal Navy SSK?
Replies: 427
Views: 106959
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Re: Royal Navy SSK?

- The RN are woefully short of “Hunter/Killer” or “Attack” submarines! - The RN used to have around 20 of these (SSN and SSK)! - A reduction of around 66% of the number in RN service during the last 30 years or so is an utter disgrace! - As a result of the “Peace Dividend” SSKs were removed from the...
by Scimitar54
10 Jan 2022, 00:33
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 16
Views: 1182
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Re: SSN(R) Future Astute Replacement (2040s) (RN) [News Only]

So you think that 27 years to build both the USN SSNs and the RAN SSNs would be ok then? This would add 5 years to the last USN boats. The USN cannot get its own Virginia class boats fast enough. So US yards could not build the RAN boats, even if Australia was happy for them to do so. Both US & ...
by Scimitar54
09 Jan 2022, 17:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328092
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

The T45s are as good an example as any, as to why you need the 3 to 1 rule to apply. Following the problems with power generation and even with the work around partial solution, full availability has not been seen for many years. Hopefully the PIP will solve these problems, but it will not be until ...
by Scimitar54
06 Jan 2022, 08:45
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1844408
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Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

donald_of_Tokyo Wrote, For me, "filling the cilo" or, obtaining "enough stock of ammunition" are the highest priority. Of course, getting enough man-power is the second priority. "Adding more hulls" is just below them. Donald San, I would agree with you, but for just on...
by Scimitar54
06 Jan 2022, 08:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4278
Views: 1081847
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

SD67 Wrote,
If so it’s more important than anything we’ve done since 1940.
Substitute “1972” or “1982” (whichever is your preference) for “1940” and there would be no doubt about that statement. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
04 Jan 2022, 22:28
Forum: UK Defence Forum
Topic: Introduction Thread
Replies: 74
Views: 1131
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Re: Introduction Thread

Same goes for me!
by Scimitar54
02 Jan 2022, 21:52
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13824
Views: 3953768
United Kingdom

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

How about an F35C, but with STOVL capability ? (Rotatable Jet Pipe and Lift Fan) and/or an arrester hook. :lol:
by Scimitar54
02 Jan 2022, 02:54
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5602
Views: 1527533
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

NAFF 1 (Naval & Air Force Fighter 1) then! :lol:
by Scimitar54
02 Jan 2022, 02:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Unless any additional desired changes can be effected within the existing timeframes for PIP or CAMM insertion, they are not a good idea for the T45s. Lack of availability due to the length of both PIP and CAMM insertion, together with insufficient T45s in the Fleet anyway, mean that this proposal i...
by Scimitar54
31 Dec 2021, 17:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
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Re: RN anti-ship missiles

Possible delivery vehicle for a future Tactical Nuke ? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
31 Dec 2021, 17:39
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)
Replies: 5602
Views: 1527533
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Re: F-35B Lightning (RAF & RN)

Won’t have a designation. It is a stealth aircraft after all. :lol:
by Scimitar54
28 Dec 2021, 22:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RN anti-ship missiles
Replies: 790
Views: 179076
United Kingdom

Re: RN anti-ship missiles

I think that you should have said “the MoD needs to …………….” and not the RN. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
28 Dec 2021, 02:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4278
Views: 1081847
United Kingdom

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Not when they don’t have sufficient of the Destroyers & Frigates (and SSNs) that they really do need. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
25 Dec 2021, 01:15
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 53
Views: 614
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Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, but especially to those who may find it more difficult this year. :wave:
by Scimitar54
17 Dec 2021, 06:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14793
Views: 3328092
United Kingdom

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Still 5 x “Escorts” short. The B2 Rivers are NOT “Escorts”, even though some of our politicians who do not wish to pay for the proper vessels would have us believe. We make a terrible mistake if we give any indication that we have fallen for this lack of veracity. The B2 are only being used in their...
by Scimitar54
16 Dec 2021, 21:09
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: Italian Armed Forces
Replies: 841
Views: 20522
United Kingdom

Re: Italian Armed Forces

Less than half the displacement. :lol: