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by Digger22
14 Nov 2022, 20:42
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14307
Views: 4116307
England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Falklands SHAR numbers were more based on what was available, at date of sailing, rather than any specific sqdn size. 20 were sent initially so 8/12 reflected carrier size more than anything. I recall a lot of talk prior to QE build, that she would operate 24 F35, 2 sqdns in peacetime.
by Digger22
27 Sep 2022, 20:23
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 815
Views: 282991
England

Re: Astute Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

Anson must be about ready to depart.
by Digger22
15 Sep 2022, 12:20
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5069
Views: 1352579
England

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I asked the same question, see response below. Current thinking says moving them about on Self-Propelled Modular Transporters SPMTs and then lowering them into the water on boat lifts or submersible barges is preferable saving on the maintenance and logistic issues of maintaining and working in a d...
by Digger22
14 Sep 2022, 21:24
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5069
Views: 1352579
England

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

It looks like they plan to fill the dock area in. Would it not make more sense to build a dry dock with a hall over it? Otherwise they need that barge for every launch.
by Digger22
11 Sep 2022, 11:50
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2939
Views: 789547
England

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

I wonder what Japan's future carrier ambitions are?
Maybe a carrier capable Tempest would raise a few eyebrows.
by Digger22
09 Sep 2022, 21:03
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14307
Views: 4116307
England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Talk of rudder damage, and a coupling failure suggests the outer prop shaft detached from the inner shaft allowing the prop to move backwards until it came into contact with the starboard rudder. I'm just reading between the lines, but it was clear that she left Portsmouth on one shaft, having mis d...
by Digger22
02 Aug 2022, 22:19
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5069
Views: 1352579
England

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

I thought an increase in Beam would reduce speed. An increase in length to beam ratio would increase speed, given the same propulsion.
by Digger22
14 Jul 2022, 19:27
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)
Replies: 2939
Views: 789547
England

Re: Future UK Combat Aircraft (Project Tempest)

Hope this happens. With Japan on board, Tempest will literally take off, it will Bring huge trade knock ons and it means we don't need to involve anyone else.
Too many cooks and all that.
by Digger22
30 Jun 2022, 20:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 5069
Views: 1352579
England

Re: Type 26 Frigate (City Class) (RN) [News Only]

How's Bob getting on?
by Digger22
11 Jun 2022, 16:04
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 45 Destroyer (Daring Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 1658
Views: 477817
England

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

Any ideas or views on latest delay in sailing HMS Dauntless?
by Digger22
04 May 2022, 18:05
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 42 Destroyer (Sheffield Class) (1975-2013) (RN)
Replies: 25
Views: 15795
England

Re: Type 42 Destroyer (Sheffield Class) (1975-2013) (RN)

40 years since the attack on HMS Sheffield.
RIP Mickey.
by Digger22
01 May 2022, 16:57
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito (RAF)
Replies: 21
Views: 12989
England

Re: de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito (RAF)

Yep, best plane ever. FB6 with 4 cannon, four machine guns, two 500lb bombs and 8 rockets.
The ultimate WW2 beast.
by Digger22
28 Apr 2022, 18:36
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14307
Views: 4116307
England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

Whatever the Final number, I hardly consider it to be an increase in view of the original intended number.
And we can't forget we've already lost one.
I would also like to see F35 as a Navy only asset. Just a shame we will never own enough to fill two carriers.
by Digger22
07 Mar 2022, 19:24
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)
Replies: 2334
Views: 696091
England

Re: Eurofighter Typhoon (RAF)

A good place to start would be to give the Red Arrows Tranche 1 Typhies. Get every one in the Air Asap, plenty of scope to get Pilots too. A fair few available who recently left to call upon. A quick fix to get sqd'n numbers up, ripe for future F35 or Tempest replacement. We can't get caught with ou...
by Digger22
07 Mar 2022, 19:12
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 909
Views: 315986
England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

I would like to see Monmouth sent for LIFEX. If we're serious about increased Hull numbers, this would help untill more New builds ramp up.
by Digger22
31 Jan 2022, 11:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion
Replies: 15717
Views: 3476685
England

Re: Current & Future Escorts - General Discussion

Yep, drumbeat is not a rude word. I would like to see a policy of starting a new ship every year. With a 25 yr life, this eventually gives a 25 ship Escort fleet. Saves wasting money on expensive LIFEX like refits. Giving higher ship availability, we could even get back to 4 Escort squadrons of 5 mi...
by Digger22
02 Jan 2022, 14:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 909
Views: 315986
England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Checkout Porthminster beach webcam NOW.
Can't make out the name or pennant number, but a T23 is anchored just off St Ives. I think it's Westminster?
by Digger22
28 Dec 2021, 18:26
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)
Replies: 148
Views: 43091
England

Re: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia (1954-1997) (ex RN)

Just build another T26, but a one off GP Light, and paint her Dark blue with a nice Gold band down the side and a Red funnel. Obviously a T31 would be cheaper, but not really a UK design, so defeats the object. Plus the mission bay space would make a cracking conference venue.

Sorted
by Digger22
24 Nov 2021, 19:16
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 909
Views: 315986
England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Didn't Spot the typo, bloody auto correct.

Should have been 'Surface' fleet.

Anyway a reduction in surface fleet, while aspiring to a bigger fleet shows poor historic planning.

What do we have presently?

10 ish deployable ships, each with its own unique set of issues.

Shocking.
by Digger22
24 Nov 2021, 10:58
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]
Replies: 909
Views: 315986
England

Re: Type 23 Frigate (Duke Class) (RN) [News Only]

Some part of me thinks she can work more. Some part of me thinks she worked much longer than originally planned. Some part of me thinks can it be exported, with upgrades? https://twitter.com/sebh1981/status/1463144234484183042 I agree, but not to sell her, she should have completed refit and retain...
by Digger22
17 Nov 2021, 15:54
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion
Replies: 14307
Views: 4116307
England

Re: Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers - News and Discussion

And now the Media are interested.

Typical.

Glad pilot is OK.
by Digger22
13 Nov 2021, 20:31
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]
Replies: 7624
Views: 1925341
England

Re: Type 31 Frigate (Inspiration Class) [News Only]

Make hay while the sun shines. Building T31 to a steady drumbeat, drives down cost, further improving export Potential?

Build T32 at Portsmouth.
by Digger22
11 Nov 2021, 21:00
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 42838
England

Re: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

I wouldn't say they were knackered, passed their prime, but clearly still functional, as most Trafalgar's are decommissioned after a final deployment. I'm just suggesting they get hooked up to the mains for as long as safely possible, after that last cruise? Certainly the refuelled Vanguard's could ...
by Digger22
11 Nov 2021, 15:51
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)
Replies: 79
Views: 42838
England

Re: Trafalgar Class Attack Submarine (SSN) (RN)

With plans to adopt Submarine derived Nuclear Reactors to provide power for the Grid, I have often wondered why retiring Subs couldn't be hooked up to the National Grid, until it was not practical to operate them. While 3MW is not going to save the planet, it would be a useful way to get every last ...
by Digger22
01 Nov 2021, 17:02
Forum: Royal Navy
Topic: Type 21 Frigate (Amazon Class) (1974-1994) (RN)
Replies: 12
Views: 7454
England

Re: Type 21 Frigate (Amazon Class) (1974-1994) (RN)

I Remember seeing Arrow in @ 1990 at Devonport, while on the harbour tour. Fearless was there too! I would suggest trying to save her, but thats not going to happen.

NB She was also the first on the scene to assist Sheffield after being hit.