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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Repulse » 02 Nov 2019, 20:21

Read an interview in the recent Guide to the Royal Navy 2020 from Cdr Simon Pressdee (head of the Fisheries Protection Squadron) who announced that the force was increasing from 260 to 480 people. On the face of it enough to man all 5 B2s OPVs and the current force. Not sure where all these people have come from though.... anyone have anymore info?
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 02 Nov 2019, 22:13

Repulse wrote:enough to man all 5 B2s OPVs and the current force


1.5 crews for each?
- assuming that Falklands perhaps will get B2s rotating, rather than one... the one that was not sold, afterall... based out there

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 02 Nov 2019, 22:13

Repulse wrote:enough to man all 5 B2s OPVs and the current force


1.5 crews for each?
- assuming that Falklands perhaps will get B2s rotating, rather than one... the one that was not sold, afterall... based out there

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 02 Nov 2019, 22:13

Repulse wrote:enough to man all 5 B2s OPVs and the current force


1.5 crews for each?
- assuming that Falklands perhaps will get B2s rotating, rather than one... the one that was not sold, afterall... based out there

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Repulse » 03 Nov 2019, 08:26

ArmChairCivvy, would be surprised if they do not continue with the forward based model for the FIPV given it’s worked over the past 12 years. The only thing that would change it is if kit was added that could be maintained via a forward base - seems unlikely IMO.
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Repulse » 03 Nov 2019, 08:46

Interestingly, from the 1920’s to 1940’s the “Fisheries Protection Squadron” was the “ Fisheries Protection and Minesweeping Squadron“ - given that the future ships are going to be more multi-role perhaps a new broader remit would be warranted?
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby shark bait » 04 Nov 2019, 09:02

Repulse wrote: Not sure where all these people have come from though.... anyone have anymore info?


Scrapped mine-sweepers?
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Repulse » 04 Nov 2019, 09:44

shark bait wrote:Scrapped mine-sweepers?


Possibly, with 8 crews manning 7 Sandown class MCMs (with a reduction to 6 hulls planned) and the loss of 2 Hunts would give around 4 crews. Not sure it would add up to the full 220 though.
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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby donald_of_tokyo » 04 Nov 2019, 15:49

So the 20ft ISO container onboard HMS Medway at DSEI 2019 was, Thales MMCM (Maritime Mine Counter Measure) systems' Portable Operations Centre. Great to see, using River B2 OPV as (part of) modern MCM systems on going.

PS There was another 20ft container in the starboard waist. What was that, anyone know?



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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby donald_of_tokyo » 13 Nov 2019, 15:07



Beautiful. Bon voyage, Forth.

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby donald_of_tokyo » 03 Dec 2019, 13:58

Forth now at Gib, and Clyde coming back very soon. At where they will "meet"?




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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby donald_of_tokyo » 14 Dec 2019, 01:10

HMS Trent going on!

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby andrew98 » 14 Dec 2019, 03:15

Mighty Warship.... Wtf, its an OPV!
Treasury rubbing their hands going "well one less type 26/31 needed as that's a new warship in use.

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Tempest414 » 14 Dec 2019, 10:38

andrew98 wrote:Mighty Warship.... Wtf, its an OPV!
Treasury rubbing their hands going "well one less type 26/31 needed as that's a new warship in use.


I would agree the Navy needs to be more careful with its uses of words. There are a lot of ways to talk up this ship but mighty warship should not be one of them

However its good to see her heading out to sea

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby serge750 » 14 Dec 2019, 13:13

Perhaps the Argentinians will start to complain about this mighty warship replacing the old opv…. :lolno:

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby PapaGolf » 14 Dec 2019, 16:35

Pretty sure the “mighty warship” comment was not to be taken literally.

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Poiuytrewq » 14 Dec 2019, 23:20

Mighty lightly armed for a Warship....

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby RAF>FAN » 16 Dec 2019, 06:56

Mighty waste of time and money!

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Tempest414 » 18 Dec 2019, 09:38

For me if we are to send 2 out there they will need to be better armed than they are now

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby RAF>FAN » 18 Dec 2019, 10:51

Give them some catapults and buckets of stones

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Tempest414 » 18 Dec 2019, 11:10

working with the way you are heading maybe we should just strap lumps of concrete to the Typhoon force

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Re: River Class (OPV) (RN)

Postby Jensy » 18 Dec 2019, 17:37

Tempest414 wrote:working with the way you are heading maybe we should just strap lumps of concrete to the Typhoon force


The RAF has a proud heritage of using only the finest British concrete in the place of radar and weapons...

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