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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)

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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