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Royal Navy reveal visions of future fleet

Old 14th Sep 2021, 09:41
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
Well, as previously said, and as demonstrated repeatedly, they do have this thing for chasing air power at the expense of the surface and sub-surface fleet…. Even if it’s just at the level of utilising the time and efforts if their youngest and brightest.
Demonstrated repeatedly? Evidence please.
Chasing air power? Despite the pretensions of the 103 year experiment, the RN has always embraced airpower since inception, understands its value and wants to ensure that it is available when required.
Expense of surface and sub-surface fleets? A cursory examination of budgets shows you where the money actually goes....

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Old 14th Sep 2021, 09:49
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
" the Royal Navy isnít QUITE ready to place any orders based on it without staffing and submitting the usual threat assessments, capability definition studies, identification of key user requirements, feasibility studies, fleet trials, cost & operational effectiveness investment appraisals, balance of investment studies, pain & grief statements, concept of operations, etc."

Ahh thanks for that - makes sense - its a cunning scheme to keep people busy behind their desks for the next 10 years !!
You might have noticed that there's been a bonfire of staff billets in NCHQ over the last couple of years. This isn't a back door attempt to recreate them!
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 18:14
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A more realistic, less sensationalised version of the conceptual thinking:
Originally Posted by RN website

The future of the Royal Navy and how it could further embrace autonomous technology, including drones, has been unveiled. Led by a design challenge for young engineers from UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology (UKNEST), the Royal Navy will develop a Future Autonomous Fleet programme that could shape how it operates over the next 50 years…

Although in the conceptual phase, the Royal Navy is on track to implement one of these futuristic visions into reality over the coming decade – The Persistent Operational Deployment Systems (PODS). PODS are interchangeable modules that can be fitted to the surface fleet. Similar in design to a shipping container, the PODS create the idea of a ‘plug and play’ warship and will enable Royal Navy ships of all sizes to be more adaptable and versatile when deployed. Delivered using innovative technology such as heavy-lift drones or autonomous boats, a ship will be able to receive the equipment it needs to be re-tasked quicker without the need to go into a port to collect it…
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 18:26
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Sounds like Thunderbird 2.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 19:08
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SciFi pie in the sky, a helium balloon would be far too vulnerable to attack, in the same way large surface ships would also be very difficulty to defend from a determined large scale attack. Very few ships have been sunk by enemy action since WW2, those that were showed how vulnerable they are to modern missiles.
Underwater craft deploying drones are much more likely to effective both in deterrent as well as attack.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 19:53
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A bit more meat on the bones:
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 23:42
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I am delighted that we are getting after this: we have launched the 1SL Fellowship to deepen our critical thinking across all our workforce; we have established the Percy Hobart Fellowship to promote digital innovation throughout all levels of the Service; we are about to commence the updated junior staff course that promotes critical-thinking and business skills; we have opened recruitment to consider personnel on the Autistic Spectrum; and we are building a tool to capture the hidden skills of our people – a true digital profile. Small steps in refreshing our approach and harnessing the talent of all our people.
What an excellent choice of name for the Fellowship, for those that do not know Percy Hobart was the innovator who developed the funnies used during the landings on DDay.


One other thing in the paragraph that caught my eye was looking at recruiting people with Autism.
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