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Old 14th Jan 2020, 06:37
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Mil man

The SA schedule is done by one of the CAR A330 ac operated by Air Tanker-last time I looked.
Yes, you're quite right. Not military hours.
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Old 16th Jan 2020, 14:42
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I see a Space Force has gone on the list according to Defence News.
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Old 22nd Jan 2020, 07:52
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The latest news on Crowsnest problems isn't going to help the Navy's case.......................
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Todays Times:-A former military chief has warned ministers against launching an “excruciating and debilitating” exercise in overhauling the way the Ministry of Defence spends billions of pounds on equipment.

General Lord Houghton of Richmond suggested that enhancing international alliances was a better strategy to boost Britain’s hard power, as the government prepares to launch a Whitehall review of foreign policy, defence and security this month. The transformation of military procurement is expected to form part of the review and is thought to be a personal priority for Dominic Cummings.......

Lord Houghton declared that the military budget was over stretched but expressed caution over and the restructuring of purchases and acquisitions programmes...

Savings could be achieved by deepening co-operation with partner nations , advising against "national military nostalgia" over maintaining sovereign assets clouding"rational judgement" about polling resources......

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Old 3rd Feb 2020, 12:45
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Perhaps he was part of the problem, so of course he will object to his legacy being shamed and taken apart.
Nobody likes change, if itís for the right reasons (overspending every time) then whilst it wonít be comfortable it will bring progress.
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I'm thinking the Puma force is feeling a little vulnerable, hence the need to remind the good folks at the top of all the hard work they are currently doing - https://www.janes.com/article/93962/...-on-operations
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Old 4th Feb 2020, 07:39
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Things starting to warm up - Lord West, proponent of all things nautical , popped up in the letter pages today asking why if Houghton thought he last 2 defence reviews were so bad he hadn't done more about it as he was in charge at the time......................................
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Old 4th Feb 2020, 07:56
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Things starting to warm up - Lord West, proponent of all things nautical , popped up in the letter pages today asking why if Houghton thought he last 2 defence reviews were so bad he hadn't done more about it as he was in charge at the time......................................
My prediction is the armyís armoured cavalry units and larger non-spearhead infantry units are going to take an absolute hammering. If it isnít high tech or specialised, itís going to go.

This nonsense of every army unit having its own barber, admin, cook and bottle washer needs to go for cost saving too. They can easily do all that as a non formed unit when they deploy. How many army support personnel for each bayonet carrier again? Unfortunately fat useless little ex army twerps like Mark Francois will probably block it.
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bands ..... never understood why every unit has to have it's own musicians - stick a WIFI in a land rover and a couple of speakers and drive slowly in front or behind those marching................
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The British Army has 22 bands. I think is has a lot more than 22 units...
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Express today - Army spin on 'leasing a carrier to the US'
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I've looked in my crystal ball and I am predicting that we will be having a capability gap with the E-3's going early! They are struggling to get one in the air these days.
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Can't see them flogging a carrier to the USN or USMC - it would be very non-standard... but maybe some sort of "wet lease"? Like using an RAF airfield.......
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Originally Posted by pr00ne
The British Army has 22 bands. I think is has a lot more than 22 units...

I'm sure Mr Cummings will be asking how many it NEEDS...................
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Can't see them flogging a carrier to the USN or USMC - it would be very non-standard... but maybe some sort of "wet lease"? Like using an RAF airfield.......
Of course, the easier solution would be for the UK to provide a permanent carrier group in the NATO/Med area (ie Europeans providing for their own defence needs), thereby allowing the USN to rebalance between 2nd and 7th fleets. That group might host the odd USMC squadron from time to time to augment force levels, cater for other UK F35 force commitments.

But that wouldn't suit the conspiracy theorists.

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set up a NATO Carrier force with a couple of "Fords" on the same basis as the AWACS buy.... now we're talking!!!
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Notaboffin/Asturias56,

With one operational squadron with 9 jets, and the next squadron not due along for years, I don't think there is any way that the UK could set up a permanent anything anywhere with the Lightning.
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Notaboffin/Asturias56,

With one operational squadron with 9 jets, and the next squadron not due along for years, I don't think there is any way that the UK could set up a permanent anything anywhere with the Lightning.
Also, SoS response in the house yesterday : http://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons...picalQuestions
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Didn't say when though did he? When is the 3rd operational sqn due to form, 2033?
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I think it's 6-8 aircraft a year? Hardly Lord Beaverbrooke in charge is it..............
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