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  • Martin on England Expects@ NAB - Good point, maybe I should apply for a job at MOD procurement :-)
  • All Politicians are the Same on England Expects@RT It is quite simple really Victory was launched in 1765 and Constitution in 1797. Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. The arguments around continued commissioned status would bore you.
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – October 2014'El Sid UKIP are the party who just aligned themselves in the European Parliament with Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP). they are led by a guy who thinks Hitler did not know about the holocaust and thinks women are less intelligent and possibly should not have a vote....
  • Dan R on CV12 and CV8 EnginesShould point out that MTU is now part of Rolls-Royce so rengining would go to a British company. Just the work would take place mostly not in the UK.
  • Red Trousers on England ExpectsDunservin, I once had the pleasure (and it was a pleasure) of being squired around Boston Massachusetts by a very smart and bright retired USN 2 Star aviator (ex Air Commander on The Big Stick - and Theo was a blood relative of mine, so we had good conversation). Anyway,...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – October 2014@el Sid UKIP do not have properly researched or funded policies on most things. If they continue to remain as prominent as they are then eventually even the UK "free press" will have to look at them properly and identify their right wing racist undertones as opposed to applauding them...
  • El Sid on Open Thread – October 2014@APatS As the full article makes clear, there's an expectation that they'll end up deploying in the sustainment phase, it'll just be ad-hoc (and I suspect it's good politics to pretend that it will only be one deployment in the three years, at the expense of going up to 8...
  • Dunservin on Causes of deaths among veterans of the Falklands campaign: 1982 to 2012@tweckyspat Breakdown of South Atlantic Medal issues here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_atlantic_medal#Recipients "...The rosette remains an unusual feature for a British medal and was used in this case because otherwise fewer than two hundred medals would have been issued to the Royal Air Force. The vast majority of the medals were issued with...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Open Thread – October 2014@ El Sid If the USN are still planning on 8 month deployments every 3 years they are not too badly off. RN surface assets will do at least 2 in 3 years. This should however be offset against the fact that the USN "home port" ships overseas.
  • WiseApe on England ExpectsThanks for that Dunservin, though of course numbers don't tell the whole story. Still, 20,000 cavalry. That's alot of horse shit.
  • El Sid on Open Thread – October 2014USN struggling with maintenance and crewing : http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141018/NEWS/310180038 The carrier Harry S. Truman will deploy in the fall of 2015, nearly half a year ahead of schedule, as the Navy tries to fix the carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Ike ended a yearlong drydock overhaul in late August, but unforeseen...
  • Dunservin on England Expects@WiseApe http://www.napoleon-series.org/military/organization/c_strengths.html
  • Dunservin on England Expects@RT Sentiments appreciated but you omitted the oldest commissioned warship in the world: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-organisation/where-we-are/heritage/hms-victory (Can you and TD guess I'm on hols somewhere it's BST minus 8?)
  • WiseApe on England ExpectsJust out of interest, what state was the British Army in in 1805 anyway? Capable of seeing off an invasion by Boney - and yes I know he'd given up on the idea by the time of Trafalgar - but if the French had managed to slip by Calder...
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on England ExpectsBlimey @Red Trousers...are you using the same mind-altering substances as @WiseApe?...the whole place is turning into an opium den..! :-) GNB
  • Red Trousers on England ExpectsDon't forget the 2 CVF, 7? Astute, and no doubt other "fighty" commands such as the Albions, 4 Vanguard class, Ocean etc while they are still in service. And lots of other hulls from small (MCMs etc) to large (Scott) via OPVs and the like. The Andrew has a lot...
  • jedibeeftrix on Astute Class – One In One Out@ Challenger - "I think it was Jedi who a while back argued convincingly that Barrow’s output of submarines vs an average boats service life means everything is optimised for 12 boats anyway which adds further weight to the argument for 8-9 Astute’s coupled with 3-4 Successor’s." Yes, tho i...
  • The Other Chris on Astute Class – One In One OutDitto.
  • Defiance on Astute Class – One In One Out@Limey Speaking as an engineering undergrad (4th year), all 3 services actively participate in careers fairs for our department, you can guarantee whoever shows up the RAF/Army/RN will be there. Constant cuts and personnel reductions however are driving away a good chunk of potential applicants, myself included.
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on England Expects@WiseApe...I think you need to take more water with it old boy...you are beginning to hallucinate; mind you, if your opium dreams include that third CVF I'll be after the name of your supplier... :-) GNB
  • The Other Chris on Open Thread – October 2014MoD Airship Program update. Selex, Qinetiq and HAV will be demonstrating the HAV 304 hybrid airship with a Selex ES sensor package to include radar, electrooptical and potentially a hyperspectral imager. The latter possible due to the 10t payload capacity and a unit being manufactured by Selex' Italian arm for...
  • The Other Chris on Astute Class – One In One OutThink I know the one you mean NAB, thank you.
  • Gloomy Northern Boy on The Changing Face of WarIt might seem like a semantic point, but should any low-level conflict in a Country that you don't own be classed as a Counter-Insurgency, unless that Country has a legitimate and widely recognised Government against whom said Insurgents are in revolt...and you are helping that Government? It seems to me...
  • ArmChairCivvy on Open Thread – October 2014Esp. when the Swedes promised to buy it " include the KC-390? :-) " if Brazil buys the Gripen ... and now that that the ASW helos are non-existent (in Sweden) ... the KC-390 MPA must be a scorcher!
  • DavidNiven on Open Thread – October 2014UPDATE 1-Embraer says KC-390 cargo jet adaptable to some civilian roles http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/embraer-kc-idUSL2N0SG1QE20141021 Maybe it's time for TD to update his A400 MPA plans and include the KC-390? :-)

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