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It’s good that the RN has finally got back into the Pacific for a spot of training and it’s very welcome we will have a ship a FPDA exercise. Does anyone know if she will being going to RIMPAC? If not it would be a bit of a shame.
Is the radar mast now painted with that lovely new carbon-nanotube BLACK?
Simon, it looks more like car gone-no clue grey than carbon nanotube black to me.
martin, one of the very very useful ways to get re-involved in the Pacific is the Australian Pitch Black exercises, other than RIMPAC. Pitch Black is an air interception exercise with a very wide variety of aircraft, a squadron of Typhoons would be very welcome for variety’s sake, and since the Indonesians started bringing along their Su-27s, it is also very good comparative aggressor training.
If the UK wanted to get involved, I’m sure many people will be very happy and it will give the Typhoon more PR exposure in the field it is supposed to excel in, which might translate to higher chances of future sales.
@ Observer – Sounds like a good idea. Would be good if we could alternate having a T23 one year and T45 the next and attend all allied pacific exercises. I think the RN has a fair bit of good quality kit to show off. God only knows where we would find the vessels though.
“God only knows where we would find the vessels though.”
Left trousers pocket, under the lint.
Warship porn? I think the Boss must have come over to the Dark (Blue) Side…and get your hands out of your pockets @Observer..!
Well its so poorly armed, the Americans probably think its a car ferry.
Putting Defence issues to oneside, that is a spectacular photograph!
GNB, what could you possibly..oowww..ahhh…
Er.. never mind.
Hey they do call it ship “porn”
JH, it isn’t that bad. lol
The Photog needs to sort out his verticals, or she is listing to starboard !
The Americans are even more impressed with SeaViper than they were with SeaWolf.
I hate saying as I wanted T45 to be a true T42 replacement but SeaViper’s effectiveness makes it worth a hull of its own.
RIMPAC only occurs in “even” years so DARING will be home well before RIMPAC 14 kicks off. The last time we had a ship in RIMPAC was 2000 when CORNWALL took part. We have had very limited involvement in subsequent RIMPACs with just the occasional staff officer and Fleet Diving Unit showing the flag. Nimrod MR2 was due to participate in RIMPAC 10 before having the plug unceremoniously pulled on it. It would be really useful if we could send a ship to the next RIMPAC.
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