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

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XV Patrick Blackett due in to Portsmouth c1415 today..

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XV Patrick Blackett

(Royal Navy) 29th July 2022
XV Patrick Blackett is an experimental vessel and will enable us to test new kit and technology pushing us even more to the forefront of warfare.
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Nice looking ship, and a size that I think the RN is missing. Ignoring the need for “Small Ships” has always been a weak spot for the navy, and even a small class of Inshore Multirole Patrol Motherships would give value and options that aren’t there currently.

Perhaps a fleet of 6 plus 2 B2 Rivers cover the gap after the B1 Rivers and MCMs are decommissioned. This would also support training and giving young officers command experience early in their careers.
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Well, at some point both the B1s and the Archers will need replacing in approximately the same time frame, so maybe that is the point at which we rationalise both Home waters patrol and URNU into two better-suited classes. My thoughts were fourteen 15m (or possibly 18m) SEA-class boats with an adapted Officer training Module for URNU and (say) five to ten inshore patrol vessels somewhere between 40 and 60m).

Perhaps operational experience of this vessel will also inform that decision. My feeling is that 40 x 8m is too small for the conditions that might be encountered in British waters
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(Forces News) 22nd August 2022
The Royal Navy's new testbed ship, XV Patrick Blackett, has been welcomed into the service with a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

The 42m, 270-tonne ship is named after the former Royal Navy sailor and Nobel Prize winner, Patrick Blackett.
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