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28th Feb 2021, 18:31
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

No. I have rubbished the idea of axing core...

No. I have rubbished the idea of axing core capabilities to free up manpower, and I have consistently said that the RN (and presumably the RAF) neds more people. The politicians may not have...
28th Feb 2021, 12:23
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

You do have a been in your bonnet about that? The...

You do have a been in your bonnet about that? The story goes that in 2015 both the RN and RAF expected a manpower uplift, but doing this would have involved cutting 'troop' ie Army personnel numbers,...
27th Feb 2021, 19:34
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Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

The mighty Sea Harrier, although long retired, is...

The mighty Sea Harrier, although long retired, is still key to teaching young men and women the basics of handling live jet aircraft in the confines of a carrier deck.
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27th Feb 2021, 19:20
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Views: 277,541
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I wonder if these proxy forces being though about...

I wonder if these proxy forces being though about will include thing such as attacks on international shipping - such as these...
24th Feb 2021, 20:31
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Views: 191,224
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

The naval leadership made a case in 2015 to have...

The naval leadership made a case in 2015 to have a manpower uplift of something like 1500 personnel. Unfortunately it never happened as Cameron was scared of cutting 'troop' ie Army numbers.

Since...
20th Feb 2021, 18:40
Replies: 6,088
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Just as I predicted, before the CSG21 deployment,...

Just as I predicted, before the CSG21 deployment, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her aircraft and task group will undertake a mission of the greatest importance - both nationally and to the NATO alliance....
14th Feb 2021, 16:09
Replies: 12
Views: 4,701
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

That would be concerning, but since last March...

That would be concerning, but since last March SSBN crews have self isolated prior to patrol....
10th Feb 2021, 17:54
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I was thinking more of the reinforcements moving...

I was thinking more of the reinforcements moving by sea across the Atlantic, or amphibious operations. See the scenario in the Fire and Ice paper...
30th Jan 2021, 12:44
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Why would the SSN need a carrier (or any other)...

Why would the SSN need a carrier (or any other) escort?

In the face of massed air and submarine threats, can the amphibious force or reinforcement/resupply convoy survive without a carrier with...
29th Jan 2021, 08:50
Replies: 6,088
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Nonsense A56 - I think what you meant to say was...

Nonsense A56 - I think what you meant to say was that operating carriers and SSNs together is essential if you are involved in things like protecting SLOCs over oceanic distances.

This 1978...
28th Jan 2021, 22:59
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I once heard the phrase "less war - less peace" -...

I once heard the phrase "less war - less peace" - very appropriate for these odd times.

From last December: New MI5 chief says UK facing 'nasty mix' of threats...
25th Jan 2021, 08:38
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I was not crowing - why would I? I was actually...

I was not crowing - why would I? I was actually making the point that even with problems launching and recovering jets, the carrier is still a vital platform for ASW, Command and Control, and if you...
10th Jan 2021, 17:30
Replies: 6,088
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Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

USS Gerald R Ford still experiencing problems -...

USS Gerald R Ford still experiencing problems - New York Post (https://nypost.com/2021/01/10/uss-gerald-r-ford-still-experiencing-problems/)

The issues on the USS Gerald R. Ford “remain...
10th Jan 2021, 13:39
Replies: 8
Views: 4,096
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Why does the Times article forget about the...

Why does the Times article forget about the increased commitment to NATO and the European/Atlantic theatre?
4th Jan 2021, 23:11
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Happy New Year! Carrier Strike Group hits...

Happy New Year!

Carrier Strike Group hits important milestone - hot off the press today! (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/carrier-strike-group-hits-important-milestone)

Both the air and...
23rd Dec 2020, 20:19
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Regarding your middle bubble - I think the middle...

Regarding your middle bubble - I think the middle and outer bubbles may well be the same thing. I am thinking of things such as protecting an amphibious force from the enemy, or defending resupply...
23rd Dec 2020, 11:26
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I believe the plan is that when one carrier is in...

I believe the plan is that when one carrier is in the Carrier Strike role the other will be in refit, working up, or operating in the Littoral Maneuvere role. I am not not sure there will be a fixed...
11th Dec 2020, 12:24
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

The slow build up of the F-35B force is...

The slow build up of the F-35B force is disappointing - but hopefully the new settlement for defence announced a few weeks ago might help. Perhaps a few quid could be spent on ASW helicopters -...
11th Dec 2020, 11:08
Replies: 36
Views: 7,830
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

The flexible deck experiment contributed to the...

The flexible deck experiment contributed to the invention of the angled flight deck by Captain Dennis Campbell. As for the bulb - surely reducing pitch motion aids flying operations?
10th Dec 2020, 22:44
Replies: 36
Views: 7,830
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Not_a_boffin Winkle Brown was probably...

Not_a_boffin

Winkle Brown was probably influenced by his wartime experience of teaching pilots to land on carriers and doing carrier trials. The flexible deck was was an attempt to deal with the...
1st Dec 2020, 19:14
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

SLXOwft I think the big thing is the...

SLXOwft

I think the big thing is the commitment to maintaining an amphibious capability. A number of NATO countries have significant amphibious capabilities, in the same way that France, Italy,...
26th Nov 2020, 09:21
Replies: 6,088
Views: 1,712,477
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I was expecting there to be a NATO exercise this...

I was expecting there to be a NATO exercise this year that involved simulating a transatlantic convoy, but I must have missed it when it took place in February. Mea culpa!

USS Eisenhower Leads...
25th Nov 2020, 23:40
Replies: 48
Views: 14,656
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

Did any USN Tomcat or Hornet drivers do exchanges...

Did any USN Tomcat or Hornet drivers do exchanges with the RN Sea Harrier force, or was that limited to the USMC AV-8A/B community?
23rd Nov 2020, 08:26
Replies: 966
Views: 277,541
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

One of the underlying themes of this thread has...

One of the underlying themes of this thread has been the question of whether defence and security planning should be based on known threats or known vulnerabilities. I hope that the unexpected good...
23rd Nov 2020, 00:13
Replies: 60
Views: 11,682
Posted By WE Branch Fanatic

I was talking about building supply chain...

I was talking about building supply chain resilience and protecting intellectual property.
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