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No cats and flaps ...... back to F35B?

Old 21st Jun 2012, 12:12
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Is Australia looking toward the Netherlands regarding submarines and training? Perisher is certainly a qualification to aspire to and agree with your points.
Some of the corse is still done in the UK but after the RN went to an all nuke force I think that's when the RAN went to the Dutch for the non glow in the dark bit (don't quote me on it!) They are no less qualified for that.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 15:24
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Not ranting, (assuming you are talking about the thread TEEEJ linked to?)just laughing at the spectacularly over ebulliant gushing about the F3 which for some reason got taken as a personal affront to the dignity of the pilots.

Never really understood why. The fact that the aircrew made such a dog as effective as it was is a compliment rather than an insult, but there you go...

For some reason, the moderators have seen fit to leave all the personal insults towards me strewn throughout that thread in place despite the rules which they apply to others such as myself
Are they perhaps all light blue?

"It seems to me that you're trying to defend the need for a carrier at the expense of UKAD"

Not at all, just making the point that if you are looking for a niche capability to chop in the interests of saving money, there are many more niche and underused capabilities than the carriers.

"But I didn't think anyone here ever questioned the attractiveness of a carrier AND ALL the supporting assets that go with it."

Then I strongly suggest you re-read just about every thread on PPRuNe that ever mentions a carrier.
The general light blue "Carriers are far too expensive for their benefits and we could use the money far more effectively" is a core argument that pervades PPRuNe and in fact the higher echelons of the RAF.

Again, I do love the abuse I get as a pilot for having the temerity to have an opinion on AD from a bunch of people who have no compunction aspousing authoritative views on Naval warfare despite never having got closer than Yachting.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 16:31
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have an opinion on AD from a bunch of people who have no compunction aspousing authoritative views on Naval warfare
Don't worry Tourist, Air Defenders generally feel they are the experts on all things from Harrier operations to Naval warfare. I guess this is what happens when the most exciting thing you have done is scramble with live weapons on and then flown close to something.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:03
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To be fair, it must be quite exciting to be close to a work of art like the Tu-160.

I just think it was really sweet of the Russians to descend and slow down so the F3 could keep up for the photoshoot..

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:14
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The general light blue "Carriers are far too expensive for their benefits and we could use the money far more effectively" is a core argument that pervades PPRuNe and in fact the higher echelons of the RAF.
So just WHAT are the carriers, along with their [very expensive] embarked half dozen or so FJ's ACTUALLY for?

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:16
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Ask Courtney

"But I didn't think anyone here ever questioned the attractiveness of a carrier AND ALL the supporting assets that go with it."
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:25
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Oh ok, I'll tell you what the RN believe.

The RN believes that the Carriers are for projecting force in its various forms around the world.

We believe that the aircraft on them are for strike and for shooting down/sinking baddies.

Now I understand that the RAF has not been a supporter of shooting down baddies since WW2, but we in the RN still believe it is important to shoot someone naughty down every decade or so to justify all the cocktail parties and very expensive embarked aircraft.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 17:43
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I'd respectfully (and sadly) suggest that it's time for this thread to come to a natural end.

It's a free world and a free forum, so anyone can, of course, say what they like within the bounds of decency (and one would hope common courtesy) but we do seem to have fallen back into some fairly partisan and not very constructive exchanges from those who oppose the whole idea of carrier aviation, and those who support it. My thoughts, for what they are worth:

1. There's an endorsed need for two large and effective carriers - they have been a feature of the UK's defence planning since 1998 and they aren't going away. The Services now have the very big challenge of getting them into service and delivering the required capability. To quote others, 'dry your eyes and get with the plan.'

2. As an ex RN aviation professional I do sometimes find it a tad trying that members of Air Forces (who I always take care to complement on their professionalism and expertise) feel able to express a range of opinion, usually highly negative and occasionally downright hostile, on a subject they don't know very much about, namely naval aviation. I have to say that the more intelligent discussions I've had with RAF officers on the subject were with members of the SH community who have actually operated from ships. We often disagree, but at least it's an informed discussion we both learn from.

3. As an aircraft engineer and a taxpayer, I would gently point out that a Service which headed the procurement effort that resulted in the Tornado F3 is not exactly well placed to lecture anyone on the science and art of AD. The F3 cost the UK a bucketload of money, and was, for many years, quite simply ineffective as an AD aircraft outside the narrowest possible scenarios. Not the aircrews' fault in the least, but honest truth based on physics. I do, however, very much applaud the RAF's work in getting the Typhoon, which is a world class AD aircraft, into service. Eventually.

4. I would also (very gently) remind anyone of a naval persuasion posting here that the best way to make the case for naval aviation is to do just that - focus on the capability and how it is going to be managed, led and delivered from the largest warships ever built for the RN. After all, that is why the UK has bought the STOVL aircraft.

Best Regards as ever to all,

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 18:28
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Oh ok, I'll tell you what the RN believe.

The RN believes that the Carriers are for projecting force in its various forms around the world.

We believe that the aircraft on them are for strike and for shooting down/sinking baddies.

Now I understand that the RAF has not been a supporter of shooting down baddies since WW2, but we in the RN still believe it is important to shoot someone naughty down every decade or so to justify all the cocktail parties and very expensive embarked aircraft.
Tourist,

I'm sure the R.A.F. isn't shooting down Bad Guy averse, simply that the standard of preparedness has rendered the opportunity unnecessary since the end of the Second World War. It would have been "inappropriate", to use a modern term, for R.A.F. Interceptors to shoot down the odd Bear or Bison over the previous decades, just so's Lightning and Phantom crews could keep their hands in!

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 18:39
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Well let me say how much I admire the RAF's restraint on that front. Unequalled self control over such an extended period.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 19:01
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Finningley,

Honestly, I do have to chime in here. That's a fairly classic RAF response. As if the RAF had managed to avoid all that 'warry' stuff by just being so good.

Shame about all those 'other' wars since WW2 that RAF fighters weren't quite able to get to, in which the fighter pilots of our Royal Navy 'kept their hands in'. I seem to remember one just 30 years ago.

Sent in sorrow, not anger....

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 19:07
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I hate to say it Engines, but you do realise that you just sank to my level.
I'm the argumentative one, your supposed to be Ppruned reasoned and reasonable debater.
This is only going to confuse people.
It'll all end in tears, mark my words..
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 19:10
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....and before anyone asks, no I haven't hacked his account.
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Old 21st Jun 2012, 19:11
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Engines - re ending the thread - I think the poor quality banter should cease, but the discussion on the merits of b/c has been interesting with some good points on various matters from e.g. Farley and others.

The points made about the capabilities of the f35 sensor suite is a good one that may change conventional thinking with regards to aew, though no doubt the crowsnest requirement is still valid.

At the end of the day it seems that the f35b has the legs of a gr4 (if that info was valid), a sensor suite up there with an f22 - with all that means for AD performance and e.g. the ability to include gucci ECCM modes - the benefits of stovl that have been well explained, and it also has the added benefit of tangible stealth. On that basis alone it stands out as being significantly better than anything we've ever had before. The fact that an f35c might do all that and go a bit further still is, as the saying goes, perhaps the 'enemy of the good'.

We do have our cv eggs in one basket, but it does seem like a pretty attractive basket that seems like to work largely as advertised. On top of that a decent chunk of all of the 1000s that will eventually be made will be made in the UK - tax revenues that will be good for the economy too.

F18, while tantalisingly available now, capable and off the shelf, actually looks quite poor in comparison IMO.

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 19:45
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Tourist,

Sincerely sorry, my bad. Finningley, my apologies also.

JFZ90, good points. The F-35 sensor and avionics suite is really the key, and in that respect it's aiming at a different balance. The team have deliberately sacrificed out and out air vehicle performance for range, internal weapons carriage and a comprehensive avionics fit. It's a very different aiming point from F-16 and other legacy aircraft, and will generate new CONOPs and tactics. The new crop of naval aviators will really be at the cutting edge.

Best Regards to all,

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Old 21st Jun 2012, 21:11
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Sorry, must correct you there Engines:

The new crop of aviators who fly from carriers will really be at the cutting edge.

Semantics perhaps but two distinct interpretations...

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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 06:11
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Pipe down you lot. Getting back to "Cats and Flaps", this is how we used to do it. I would like to think that we are heading right direction to do it again.

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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 09:12
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I too was excited for the RN and HMForces until the Cats 'N Traps cancellation was made. Now we're paying Waste O'Space over the odds for a pair of huge helicopter carriers with embarked fast-air of inferior performance, embarked helicopter AEW of inferior performance and an almost bankrupt bank balance that can't afford the surface fleet and MPAs (thanks again Waste O'Space!) to support these massive floating targets.

I was absolutely delighted when this Govt made the 'incorporate cats and traps' decision and thought this might be the start of resurgence for the RN back into the naval power premiership - sadly this whole debacle may see it slip further into the Vauxhall Conference League

I hope I am proved wrong over the next 10 years and that it is all the RN and HMforces have ever wished for.

BTW - One thing the F3 did prove was that you can polish one of Waste O'Space's finest turds; so call Crab Air if you want some tips in 5 years time!

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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 10:25
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Leon,

I have some sympathy for your view and was equally pleased when the announcement was made. This was offset by the lunacy of only fitting out one carrier and throwing all that investment in the bin. Even with the B, these will still be potent ships. Twice the size and capability of Hermes, bigger than Ark (IV) and Eagle. The UK has always been an innovator in naval aviation and I have no doubt that that will continue with the QEC.

What is shameful that we could have had two sqns of Harriers flying off it during it during work up while we wait for the F35.
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Sorry, must correct you there ICBM,

They will be Naval Aviators who fly from the carriers of whatever cloth. To be just 'aviators' will not be enough and will not achieve the level of OC required to get the taxpayer its money’s worth!

This is the next challenge! To get through to the skulls of those of a certain persuasion, that you cannot do Maritime Aviation, part time. It will not work. Whoever flies off these platforms will need to spend a significant amount of time onboard and I will tell you why:

It will not be about just making a few visual approaches to the deck and then disembarking to the nearest hotel.

The first stage, will be familiarity with the deck.

The next, the whole procedure for preparing for departure on a crowded platform, including operating with rotary platforms and other jets, all within metres of yours, requiring strict adherence to procedures. (with a worked up ship's crew)

Then there will be practicing the launch, not in the benign environment of a dummy deck but on a slightly slick, pitching and rolling deck, with different weapon and fuel loads and different wind speeds.

Once airborne, there will be the whole issue of flying circuits to a moving airfield, where the runway often changes direction, sometimes without warning.

Visual approaches
Radar assisted approaches
Precision approaches
Practice missed approaches and short pattern circuits

Landing on a slightly slick, pitching and rolling deck, RVL and VL.

Parking the aircraft as directed, then off to the debrief.

Learning where things are on the ship...Survival Equipment, Engineering..Flight planning...Operations..plus all the domestic stuff like the laundry..Aircrew feeder etc.

Then get up and do it all again and again, then:

Do it again without the benefit of a diversion whilst mid Atlantic.

Then do it all again with weapons. Fly to an objective, carry out the task and then...once you have finally found the ship, land on it with marginal fuel and high landing weight, onto a slick, pitching and rolling deck without the benefit of a diversion.

Do it again and again until both you and the ship are operationally capable of operating anywhere in the world. By that time, it will probably be time to move to your next job.

You cannot do maritime Aviation part time. It you try to do so, you will fail in your task and at worst, someone will die from an accident.

Things that can go wrong:

Run out of fuel trying to find the ship.
Run out of fuel flying to a contact you thought was the ship
Land and then slide of the deck
Take off..engine failure and then ditch.
Nearly Fly into a rock/cliff/island that you did not realise was there
Pop out of cloud at 180 or so feet and not be able to see the ship. Be told ‘look right 1 mile’ and have to hover the distance to land on...without diversion.
Operate in a restricted environment such as a fjord with 3000' cliffs all around
Operate from a frozen deck in arctic waters
Operate from a deck of 50 degrees heat with heavy fuel and weapon load.
Operate from a deck in 70 kt winds, reduced to 40 kts by the ship steaming downwind with an aft facing landing

I could go on...all the above are actual events that have happened. All of the events were not fatal due to a combination of luck, skill of 'maritime aviators' and teamwork between the ship and pilot. This is just a taste of the hazards. Yes you get these ashore as well but, the marine environment is different in that you could be flying off Scotland one night, then wake up and find you are in unfamiliar Norwegian waters the next, without the time to acclimatise to the local weather or geography. It is an unforgiving place and to operate successfully, the whole capability, F35, Ship, deck handlers, Ops, ATC, warfare, Engineering, Weapon supply, etc all have to be at the top of their game. Then and only then will there be time to pop off to somewhere hot to conduct a bit of Defence Diplomacy.

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