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by Clive F
12 Jan 2022, 08:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)
Replies: 1234
Views: 400919
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Re: Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MRA Mk.1) (RAF)

Thought I read many moons ago that min number of Nimrods required was 12 but only 9 frames could be modified so that is how we ended with 9. I may be wrong.
by Clive F
22 Sep 2021, 17:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333201
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

How much is a "bog standard / Plain vanilla / Ready salted" 57mm shell?
by Clive F
14 Jul 2021, 19:13
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 855
Views: 299112
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Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Which t23? Aren't the first ones to go knackered?
by Clive F
18 Jun 2021, 09:44
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38315
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Re: USA Armed Forces

It will be sold as the A330 is bigger than 767. So the will waffle something about different sizes for different roles.
by Clive F
06 Jun 2021, 20:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UK Shipbuilding
Replies: 128
Views: 3057
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Re: UK Shipbuilding

Not sure if this is correct place but just been for a cycle ride with the family past Appledore. Nowt going on inside as far as I could see across the river. I noticed opposite is an MOD site with 2 black landing craft, anyone tell me what this place is?
by Clive F
22 Apr 2021, 15:57
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333201
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

So what will we get that they don't?
by Clive F
11 Apr 2021, 10:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19201
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

The more I read what has been released regarding the Integrated Review and the Command Paper in particular, the more it seems to simply have the right sound bites and make the right noises but has very little actual substance. In the future such Reviews should present their results in two sections,...
by Clive F
25 Mar 2021, 11:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)
Replies: 320
Views: 122035
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Re: Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (RAF)

Joined up thinking would have ordered 737 to replace 146'S not A321 giving common fleet. It strikes me as no planning and make it up as you go along.
by Clive F
24 Mar 2021, 15:46
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333201
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Re T83. (as speculation not news so on this thread). Why does it require ASW abilities etc. These will drive up cost and size for little use or benefit (inc extra crew which are in short supply). The T26 is optimised for ASW and as can be seen from our US friends (Arleigh Burke's) the ASW bit doesn'...
by Clive F
24 Mar 2021, 08:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 157
Views: 27313
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Should have proof read, and not a 4x series
by Clive F
24 Mar 2021, 08:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 157
Views: 27313
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Re: Type 83 Destroyer (RN) [News Only]

Question: why does a ship designed and almost entirely used to escort a carrier have to be GP (8x series) to dedicated AAW (4x series)?
by Clive F
20 Mar 2021, 13:41
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19201
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

will each of the "new" 4 Ranger battalions have a name from one of the regiments that is being disbanded (eg Black Watch Rangers) thus meaning itonly takes 250 soldiers to keep the name alive?
by Clive F
31 Jan 2021, 17:17
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)
Replies: 387
Views: 161496
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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

May be we have said to Airtanker you can lease them to someone else if we have more flexibility to use other kit (eg A400) or countries kit without penalty?
by Clive F
01 Dec 2020, 11:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)
Replies: 1223
Views: 19201
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Re: Integrated Review (previously SDSR 2020)

AndyC I think you are being over optimistic. Most of any extra cash will go on black hole / overspend. We are unlikely to see any expansion. Of course this is just a person view. Hope I'm wrong.
by Clive F
18 Nov 2020, 22:59
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845954
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Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Do we have 4 GP T23 we could give without being embarrassed about there condition.
by Clive F
30 Sep 2020, 17:34
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333201
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Off topic, but the whole concept seems silly to me. Small, slow, underarmed vessels in a war zone in China's back yard. They will survive a few days on their on if they are lucky.
by Clive F
23 Jun 2020, 01:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 199629
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Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Sorry off topic
by Clive F
23 Jun 2020, 01:13
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)
Replies: 216
Views: 199629
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Re: Raytheon Sentinel R1 (RAF)

Why when we had so many runways/ airbases did we decide to a, keep Waddington and b, base aircraft there that need long runways! ? Over the last few decades we have closed loads of airbases why keep this one for the snoopy stuff?
by Clive F
29 May 2020, 17:14
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 855
Views: 299112
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Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Is there a second hand marrket for sea wolf missiles?

If not why not use them up as practice?
by Clive F
20 May 2020, 12:35
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 14877
Views: 3333201
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Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Agree with you Shark, but I do sometimes wonder how long these "non fighting" assest would last in a hot war with someone like China.
by Clive F
19 May 2020, 13:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 13830
Views: 3957395
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

More to the point how quickly was it detected and the problem sorted. But that doesn't make the news
by Clive F
12 May 2020, 23:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 4303
Views: 1084087
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

What will they do? Can they do anything except say "Hello, we are the Royal navy, we can sink rowing boats but no alot else, would like to come onto you ship to look around but we don't have a helecopter tp get there, so you'd best be coming to us."
by Clive F
02 May 2020, 13:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7435
Views: 1845954
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Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

I reckon it will be about the same time as the defence review that they name them. Bit of Navy PR.
by Clive F
21 Apr 2020, 22:52
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: German Armed Forces
Replies: 481
Views: 9955
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Re: German Armed Forces

The Typhoon order will be reduced after the dust has settled on buying US. I suspect down to T1 replacements.
by Clive F
10 Oct 2019, 17:14
Forum: Defence Elsewhere
Topic: USA Armed Forces
Replies: 1895
Views: 38315
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Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

Again, The LCS isn't replacing a capable escort fleet, so it doesn't have to be one. The T31 is replacing 25% of the UK's primary fighting big escort fleet, and is incapable of doing that role. Isn't the LCS replacing the Oliver Perry frigates (ASW) and MCM fleets? Both of which it has spectacularl...