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  • Scott Foley on The Strike Brigade – what, why, how?Outstanding Rant/essay. Do all you can to avoid the Stryker folly that we have fallen into her in the US. Though I am a big fan of what Poland has done with their Wolverine version of the Oatria and how well their units have deployed trans operated in Afghan. Stryker...
  • Not a Boffin on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)There are no Royal Dockyards any more. In any case, the Clyde yards have never been dockyards and only under public ownership when British Shipbuilders was created. When that was dissolved in the 80s, the land ownership went to the new companies - in the case of the Clyde Yarrow...
  • All Politicians are the Same on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)@ Mark Trade by value :) Even the food you talk about is luxury stuff. Imported staples come in on container ships and if you can fly in enough gas and oil to keep the lights on then good luck. Sitting typing this a few thousand miles away from the...
  • Mark on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Elephant in the room is RN is not large enough to sustain ship building and no one wants to buy what we design. There's no real requirement to increase the number of ships in the RN so the merry go round continues till someone grows a set and make a...
  • Simon on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Peter Sorry, you're right, I got way ahead of myself. When I suggested nationalisation I'd already assumed that the nation had been shafted by a monopoly and the state was simply seizing their assets and not paying any compensation to shareholders. For the record, I don't agree with nationalisation. I...
  • Peter Elliott on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Simon Not all nationalisations are the same. It turns on the question of compensation to shareholders. Which is why I posed the question of who actually owns the key assets. No point nationalising a trading entity with no value in it if you already have tenure over what you need...
  • Simon on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)PE, The government have the power to nationalise BAES so can't see the point in faffing around with the alternative. Mark, By value maybe. Microchips, safron and gold though, are not actually important to our survival... Unless the microchips are the ones' you put in the microwave and the safron...
  • Mark on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)We maybe an island nation however almost 50% of trade by value arrives by air!
  • Peter Elliott on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Developing the "game of chicken" theme it is worth asking, in the event of insolvency, who actually owns what? Who owns the freehold to the Clyde Yards? Are they actually Royal Dockyards? And who currently owns the IP to the T26 Design? In other words if BAES were to put...
  • Simon on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)PE, That was my immediate question (last week) as soon as I read the suggestion: T26 and T31 in parallel skuppers the "drum beat" idea... although, as you point out, there are more than just FF/DD. We are an island nation and are reliant on the sea for trade. By...
  • Mark on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)If I were bae systems I would just put the ship building division up for sale and if no one wants it shut it dwn. On a side note I chuckled at mr fallons latest comments that US company's need to give better offset deals to U.K. Company's for contracts....
  • hugh mailer on Type 31 Frigate CapabilitiesHow sad! It's all about PAY!!! Leander class frigates had crews of almost and in some cases more than 200 bodies. They only weighed in at 2000 tons. Type 22 and 23 both have/had far less manpower but only Leander sized crews in more than double the tonnage.. Large Communications...
  • Peter Elliott on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)The biggest unanswered question about a "2 Yards concurrent build" approach is what work there will be for both yards afterwards? The report calls for a 30 year planning horizon but doesn't propose what work goes in the back 2/3 of that time frame. One yard could possibly be given...
  • Simon on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)If I were BAES and we're given the "opportunity" to build T26 whilst T31 deliberately went elsewhere I'd milk the MoD for all they were worth because I'd know that at the end there was nothing left for me. Such is the power of a monopoly. "...it did not call...
  • kipper on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)May be a daft thought but has anyone considered that type 31 ought perhaps to be be built using some sort of private finance initiative where the shipbuilder pays for them and leases them to the navy for say 15 years including all maintenance costs (exept weapons systems).At the end...
  • The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)Really interesting! Thank you very much for the insights :)
  • Not a Boffin on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)It's nonsense. It has been jacked up because certain people in NCHQ think they can pressure/punish BAES by this mechanism. Unfortunately, those people in NCHQ have never built a ship in their lives. What worked for QEC, where you had to do distributed build to meet the timeline and because...
  • The Other Chris on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)@NaB What are your feelings on a block build approach for GPFF involving the non-BAES yards? How does that compare to a single yard/location "frigate factory" (or similar) approach?
  • Not a Boffin on Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)I'm not sure it's Sir John who has placed his faith in CL and Babcock. There are other forces in play who would rather have a proctological examination with a red-hot poker than give anything else to BAES. Whether these people are correct - or even well-informed - is another...
  • CheshireCat on Closedown Phase I CompleteTD Happy to stick my hat in the ring!
  • Whistlejacket on Closedown Phase I CompleteTD, I've not written on here before, but I'm a fan of old and have read with huge interest everything posted in the last few years. I think it is important that I say that not only is it fascinating to read the posts themselves, but also the (mostly/often!) very...
  • Peter Elliott on Closedown Phase I Complete(It's short for Kate :p)
  • Peter Elliott on Closedown Phase I CompleteAnd the Germans, the Russians, the RAF, and Bob...? ;)
  • WiseApe on Closedown Phase I CompleteSo you're closing down in phases then? Like Frank Sinatra. Would be happy to help with the admin of the new open threads. Finally able to keep the lawyers out.
  • Mark on Closedown Phase I CompleteThe real reason is High Wycombe need the space and are kicking him out of the office

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