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by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2022, 22:38
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 548
Views: 17315
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Re: German Armed Forces

5000 “Helmut's” would be of much more use ! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2022, 10:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
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Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Maginot Line thinking is THE MOST DANGEROUS of all. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2022, 06:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417433
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Very likely ! However, if the pool of ‘clubbers is widened still further, then EVEN MORE “clubs” are almost certain to be required. :arrow:
by Scimitar54
20 Jun 2022, 00:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417433
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Solution: If one disco cannot meet the demand, then obviously two or more may be required! :idea:
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 20:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
United Kingdom

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

Well …………………. ! The Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, Singaporeans, Indians and New Zealanders (in addition to the U.S.A.) seem to think that we are RELEVANT.
Or perhaps you are making a (rather poor) case for US Isolationism (on the back of your proposition). :crazy:
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 20:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417433
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Hardly any impact actually in terms of the number of SSNs that can be fielded in a particular location on a permanent basis. This is firstly, because the base number of SSN is so low and secondly the need for SSNs to be available for a number of taskings is so varied geographically and by mission fu...
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 16:48
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417433
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

If you need to build additional Warships, then it is without doubt that they will need to be crewed and maintained as well. If we have Warships in the current Fleet that cannot be crewed or maintained, that is a scandalous situation and shows (once again) that the 2010 SDR did reduce Naval personnel...
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 16:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: General UK Defence Discussion
Replies: 992
Views: 34900
United Kingdom

Re: General UK Defence Discussion

The pre-requisite of being able “to protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land.” is, of course, by being ready to fight and win wars at sea and in the air (and at the same time) as well ! A Defence budget that is adequate to meet the threat rather than convenience, is what is now re...
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 14:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15132
Views: 3417433
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Another 1-2 SSNs ? Certainly, but that means “Deployed”, so, if “another 1” in actual fact that would require 3 more, and if “another 2”, then up to 6 more would be required ! That is how undersized the SSN force is. We know what the obstacles to additional Warship acquisition are (and SSN in partic...
by Scimitar54
19 Jun 2022, 14:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058735
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I hope that he will make the most of an unexpected week of free time at home, in the good weather. :thumbup:
by Scimitar54
10 Jun 2022, 23:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1641
Views: 470395
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Re: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]

That rules out every SSN! Anti-Air ??? :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
07 Jun 2022, 19:55
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058735
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

I do hope that it was not your “drinking hand” and making you effectively “nil by mouth”. :silent:
by Scimitar54
06 Jun 2022, 07:44
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 548
Views: 17315
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Re: German Armed Forces

Not a case of either or unfortunately, IT HAS TO BE “Purchase all three types in the numbers that are required”. :idea:
by Scimitar54
06 Jun 2022, 07:27
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4524
Views: 84121
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

Whereas, in fact they are the very ones who are “Illegitimate”. :oops:
by Scimitar54
05 Jun 2022, 13:13
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal
Replies: 4524
Views: 84121
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Re: Brexit - The UK's EU Referendum & Withdrawal

There is just one word needed to describe these REMOANERS / REJOINERS / SPOILERS and that is simply “Quislings”.
by Scimitar54
03 Jun 2022, 19:35
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Geopolitics and the global economy
Replies: 115
Views: 3287
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Re: Geopolitics and the global economy

Perhaps he would be happier still, if we did nothing to prevent the outbreak of renewed strife in N. Ireland ! The EU officials liked to crow about how their main aim with the NI Protocol was to protect “The Good Friday Agreement”. however, with the Protocol manifestly failing in that regard, they n...
by Scimitar54
03 Jun 2022, 18:53
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 802
Views: 278643
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Exactly …. (HMG needing to demonstrate Medium and Long term commitment to the expansion of the RN). Regarding your comment re: Far East River B2s ……. Enough crew for 3 x Vessels, but only 2 (actual) Vessels. A third Vessel, would have added to our capabilities. Let me re-make the point in its most b...
by Scimitar54
03 Jun 2022, 02:36
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 398
Views: 131771
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

SW1 If you consider that the 737 going out of production is of such great importance, then perhaps you would be kind enough to comment on when the 707 was last produced viz-a-viz the introduction of the E3. You may also care to comment on how your implied preference for a newer design than the 737 i...
by Scimitar54
03 Jun 2022, 02:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 126
Views: 10538
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Re: National Flagship for Britain

A third “Flagship for the Nation” (QEC) would be far more useful than 13 x Floating Gin Palaces at £250M a pop, even if (at a lower cost) ……… she was “FItted for, but not With” just about everything feasible. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
02 Jun 2022, 19:39
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 126
Views: 10538
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Re: National Flagship for Britain

I am certain that a QEC with the “Number 10” would be! Also, there are not many “yachts” that will have cost £3.25B! :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
02 Jun 2022, 15:29
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 802
Views: 278643
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Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Crewing is bviously a “Given”, but HMG need to demonstrate a medium and long term commitment to the expansion of th RN, before both retention issues and difficulties in recruitment issues ease. It is HMG cuts to defence that have driven (and are still driving) these difficulties. Aficionados might s...
by Scimitar54
01 Jun 2022, 23:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: National Flagship for Britain
Replies: 126
Views: 10538
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Re: National Flagship for Britain

If they really want a “National Flagship” then I can think of one that I would support …………. A third QEC. How about HMS Churchill (R 10) . The Hangar Deck would be more than adequate for any size Party (err I meant to say Diplomatic or Trade Reception). Dual use would justify spend under the Defence...
by Scimitar54
01 Jun 2022, 23:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14056
Views: 4058735
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

The F35Bs would need to be “Under New Management” for that to come about. :mrgreen:
by Scimitar54
01 Jun 2022, 20:07
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 802
Views: 278643
United Kingdom

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

Well that is what will almost certainly happen, if we have to wait for the Dreadnoughts to be almost completed before SSNR can get underway! UNLESS:- a) Design and Development work can be (and are) carried out in tandem with Dreadnought. b) The Timescales for SSNR build can be (and are) dramatically...