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P8 to Waddington

Old 16th Mar 2017, 22:33
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P8 to Waddington

As this is a rumour network, anyone wish to comment?
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One way to lose a referendum,
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Or sensible planning in the event that the Scottish colony gains independence?
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I always thought it was the other way round - Scotland invited England to join them and let you share our king
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A shot across Sturgeon's bows?
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I thought that all sturgeons within the UK belonged to the Queen.

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The Queen, though, may not want all of them!

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Sturgeon??? I thought it was Krankie??
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 12:42
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It's a rumour that's buzzing around waddington but, I suspect that it's based on pure speculation.

I'd love to see where they'd put it! Not a lot of room left at Waddo...
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 12:57
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Waddington has loads of space, even if the P-8 arrived (the original assumed basing option) Waddington would still only have a fraction of the large aircraft based there during V-Force times. Even if we ignored 5 Sqn for a moment there is still a completely undeveloped waterfront hangar (14 Sqn), loads of space around VASS and a completely undeveloped eastern side of the airfield including a golf course and direct access to an extensive explosive storage area.
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 13:00
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PP,

There must be plenty of room? All them dispersals that once shored up four Vulcan Squadrons!

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Old 17th Mar 2017, 13:28
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I thought contracts had already been put in place for work at Lossie?
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 13:34
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Originally Posted by Martin the Martian View Post
I thought contracts had already been put in place for work at Lossie?
That proves it will be Waddington
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 13:57
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I concur with MPN11.
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not to mention the relocation of the IND to Devonport and obviously the refit and maintenance of the carriers somewhere south of the border............

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Old 17th Mar 2017, 16:04
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i was thinking more of infrastructure. The messes are both rammed, JR accommodation is, frankly, woeful and the infra on station is already very busy as it's not set up for the number of sqns that are actually there. So, unless they finance annexes to the messes and SLAM the JR accom, I think Waddo would be struggling...
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"not to mention the relocation of the IND to Devonport and obviously the refit and maintenance of the carriers somewhere south of the border............"

You'd be lucky - there isn't space at Devonport for the Successor boats and all the infrastructre that goes with them - they were looking at Falmouth a year so so back

And if the carriers need to be dry docked there isn't much capacity left anywhere south of the border unfortunatley
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"not to mention the relocation of the IND to Devonport and obviously the refit and maintenance of the carriers somewhere south of the border............"

You'd be lucky - there isn't space at Devonport for the Successor boats and all the infrastructre that goes with them - they were looking at Falmouth a year so so back

And if the carriers need to be dry docked there isn't much capacity left anywhere south of the border unfortunatley
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Originally Posted by Pure Pursuit View Post
i was thinking more of infrastructure. The messes are both rammed, JR accommodation is, frankly, woeful and the infra on station is already very busy as it's not set up for the number of sqns that are actually there. So, unless they finance annexes to the messes and SLAM the JR accom, I think Waddo would be struggling...
I'm obviously not current (Waddington 81-83), but we coped with 4 full Vulcan squadrons and all their associated support.

I know there's now a collection of Squadrons/Units (6 badged squadrons, the Stn website says) but they're surely not on the scale of a full-blooded Cold War Vulcan squadron. Or has too much effort been expended in creating a structure to preserve number-plates, with the concomitant manning issues?
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Old 17th Mar 2017, 18:04
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Originally Posted by Pure Pursuit View Post
i was thinking more of infrastructure. The messes are both rammed, JR accommodation is, frankly, woeful and the infra on station is already very busy as it's not set up for the number of sqns that are actually there. So, unless they finance annexes to the messes and SLAM the JR accom, I think Waddo would be struggling...
I'd agree that infrastructure is woeful and DIO would be first against the wall, but compared to what they rammed into Brize the folks at Waddington will have loads of space, with or without P-8.
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