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by Caribbean
06 Apr 2020, 10:53
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15152
Location: England

Re: The future form of the Army

ArmChairCivvy wrote:All publicity seems to be directed to getting RN Wildcats up to speed for dealing with swarming boats, though.

The RM's have been trialling/ training with them in the ground to air role as well
by Caribbean
06 Apr 2020, 01:45
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15152
Location: England

Re: The future form of the Army

Lord Jim wrote:Could the three round Starstreak pedestal launcher be adapted to fire both missiles?

I believe they both have the sam eform factor and can use the same launcher
by Caribbean
05 Apr 2020, 16:52
Forum: British Army
Topic: The future form of the Army
Replies: 149
Views: 15152
Location: England

Re: The future form of the Army

You could also use it in an anti-air role As I understand it, LMMs strength is that it is a) cheap, b) simple to use, c) man-portable, and d) can be used against light armour, drones and helicopters equally, making it a highly useful infantry weapon. I can see it's main use being to counter small d...
by Caribbean
02 Apr 2020, 23:28
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47817
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

Could see it being used as a non virus treatment facility in a limited way. Indeed - often forgotten in all the hoo-ha about CV-19 is the fact that people are still getting sick for other reasons. It all depends on what is best in the circumstances (and I agree with your point about ships being non...
by Caribbean
02 Apr 2020, 21:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47817
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

3 Merlins That's a lot more capability than usual. The Bays usually deploy with a single Wildcat. It's not a hospital. People make hospitals. Yes. But buildings and equipment help considerably. Do you think they would bring cases on board though? They didn't during the Ebola operation, but who know...
by Caribbean
02 Apr 2020, 19:44
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47817
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

The RN site says that elements of 815/845/1700NAS are deploying along with the RMs, but no mention of the helicopters that they are taking - has anyone seen any mention? They do mention "preparing for the hurricane season", but they are two months early for that. It also states that a medi...
by Caribbean
02 Apr 2020, 16:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 333135
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Technically, I think that is "a Lion rampant gules" or some such. The Lion originally comes from the Scottish coat-of-arms (the Unicorn for England), but can also represent Britain as a whole and represents strength, bravery, and royalty, rampant is the heraldic position for "a beast ...
by Caribbean
02 Apr 2020, 16:10
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)
Replies: 291
Views: 47817
Location: England

Re: RFA Argus (Casualty Receiving Ship / Aviation Training Ship) (RFA)

On the RN website as well. A good idea to take a hospital to them. Most of the Islands rely on flying really serious cases for treatment in Miami, which might not be an option soon.
by Caribbean
01 Apr 2020, 11:20
Forum: Joint Service
Topic: Joint Helicopter Force
Replies: 131
Views: 12471
Location: England

Re: Joint Helicopter Force

Could the H145 also replace Wildcat (with the Wildcat being "marinised" and moved over to the RN), or are there features that could not be carried across.
by Caribbean
01 Apr 2020, 00:33
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)
Replies: 46
Views: 12041
Location: England

Re: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (RAF)

Phil R wrote:Highly unusual very low level flight of a C17 over south east Essex 14:00 today near Basildon & Southend.
Could not see if it was RAF or USAF.

Phil R

Probably "exercise shaming" a middle-aged couple taking a walk on the pier
by Caribbean
26 Mar 2020, 17:56
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 11381
Views: 973173
Location: England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

ArmChairCivvy wrote:Keep any trawlers well away


A slightly different version of "fishery protection" , eh! :twisted:
by Caribbean
25 Mar 2020, 14:30
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

The reality is that most consultants (and a fair few junior doctors) are part-time only. Once you get to consultant grade you can set up your own private practice (the less exalted can only work privately "under supervision" by a consultant), so they transfer to "maximum part time&quo...
by Caribbean
23 Mar 2020, 18:08
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Can she squeeze through Tower Bridge? Might be a bit tall
by Caribbean
20 Mar 2020, 14:37
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140837
Location: England

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Tankers are a relatively simple, but highly specialised, vessel - the volume used by the tanks can't readily be re-roled for another use. Better to have dedicated tankers and a non-tanker for the multi-role vessel
by Caribbean
19 Mar 2020, 11:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

So we won't be having portacabin hospitals. If current plans work. Hopefully they will be sufficient to manage the load on the NHS. The "Covid Support Force" is just a re-named Op Broadshare that has been in the works for two weeks or so now. There will be planning for later phases, if ne...
by Caribbean
19 Mar 2020, 10:40
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

Any DMS personnel usually assigned to Argus would be far better used being reassigned to support NHS hospitals. /quote] Personally, I would say that having some specialist facilities available for servicemen and women (who will, of course, be asked to do the worst jobs), would be very good for the ...
by Caribbean
19 Mar 2020, 09:09
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

OK, where have you heard it? I've also heard similar - TV news (Sky, I think) yesterday dropped in a hint that Army field hospitals and morgues may be brought into use if needed - could just be unfounded journalistic "interpretation", could be that they've been told that "off the rec...
by Caribbean
19 Mar 2020, 08:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Future Solid Support Ship
Replies: 1114
Views: 140837
Location: England

Re: Future Solid Support Ship

Would also probably mean the end of “Heavy Jackstay Transfer” RAS and Mechanised WHS in the RFA as well. Only one step from sending QEC to sea with no aircraft and no escorts. Panic not “Ellida will require some tweaks but would appear to reflect the requirements of littoral strike and needs of Car...
by Caribbean
18 Mar 2020, 16:27
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1195
Views: 153538
Location: England

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

Ruuuuun, run away!!
by Caribbean
18 Mar 2020, 16:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

The US is deploying USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort to assist in the Covid-19 outbreak. Sounds like they might be useful.
by Caribbean
14 Mar 2020, 11:25
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]
Replies: 6395
Views: 578280
Location: England

Re: Type 31 General Purpose Frigate [News Only]

The Tamandaré class will presumably fill the low-end requirement for the PROSUPER program (though with a larger hull than originally planned). The T31 would probably make a decent base for the larger ships of the high-end requirement (i.e. 6000t vessels), particularly as Brazil wants to develop it's...
by Caribbean
12 Mar 2020, 18:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?
Replies: 241
Views: 49736
Location: England

Re: Should the royal navy have a real hospital ship?

I think the reality is that the RN (and the other Services) would love to have the use of a hospital ship but not on their coin. In the past it would probably have been operated by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service, with an RMAS prefix. Unfortunately that's now Serco and SD, which doesn't have qu...
by Caribbean
08 Mar 2020, 20:43
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 333135
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Not sure we need a frigate in the Falklands or the Caribbean, not all the time, anyway. Or Gibraltar and the Med for that matter. They might even be useful running a form of APT(S) up and down the West Coast of Africa to Simonstown. Plenty of roles that we need cheaper platforms for
by Caribbean
08 Mar 2020, 10:18
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator
Replies: 58
Views: 14218
Location: England

Re: NavyX - the Royal Navy’s new Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator

More details on the UUV contract in Janes. Confirms that it's the 9m S201 (or a variant thereof) that will be leased, initially for 12 months, for trials, with a possible two-year extension. Presumably they will be trying to squeeze as much range , speed and endurance out of it as they can. https://...
by Caribbean
07 Mar 2020, 15:01
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: River Class (OPV) (RN)
Replies: 3151
Views: 333135
Location: England

Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

It seems that we will now have to differentiate between River Batch 2s and River Batch 2 Batch2s ( B2.1 and B2.2 maybe?) !! According to this article, Tamar and Spey have been built to a different internal layout from Forth, Medway and Trent, It would be interesting to know what the differences are ...

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