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Paul Swainson

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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2015, 06:05:21 PM »

Please note that the type 26 had a sister designed being worked on the type 27, which with the review in 2010 was amalgamated to the type 26.   Well all they have to do is reconstituted this designed and build it for the role it was meant for General duties and protection of cost and internal duties.  If its good then it could be sold to other Navy's and then maybe we get some building work with jobs and money to build more ships of design best suited to what we need and in smaller quantity.   Big and lots of is not always best.
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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2015, 10:52:42 PM »

HMS ocean I was told reliably had the end in sight along time ago.
It wasn't built to naval standards and to be blunt it wasn't built to any electrical standards
As I knew and had sacked a good number of the electricians working in her being built.

The reason she was kept at the last SDR was very simple her flight deck lift...
It was bigger than the illustrious or ark Royal so could handle the Apache helicopters,
Which the others could not, if they could then ocean would of been long gone.

2018 will see the Queen Elizabeth commissioned about a year (albeit) not fully operational
But able to take over.

I'm unsure just what she will be taking over. Unfortunately, the two carriers will have to share only about 24 VTO fighters with a range of about 450 miles arriving in 2020. Superior fixed-wing aircraft are out because of the lack of catapults.  'Strike' Carriers which, with top cover up, can only launch a token, local force.

As for the maritime patrols, when Kinross became an Army base and the Nimrods were scrapped, so were the specialist base facilities. These will have to be rebuilt from scratch at Lossie. I haven't heard any cost for that.

Should we be checking the inventory of the Imperial War Museum for a spare Swordfish or two?
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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #27 on: November 26, 2015, 09:00:50 PM »

Trouble with the RN/MoD is that the Politicians have for a number of years have been cutting the budget and assist stripping. The Naval Bases Ex Dockyards no longer have the expertise/resources to rebuild warships with updated equipment (possible civvy shipyards have also long gone down the swanny), so as the modern boats start to show their age in tech etc, there is no where to up grade them. To save money on personnel the older trained staff where encouraged to take redundancy, so now there is real shortages in certain trades ( old artificers I hear are being =offered 50,000 to re-enlist ). But then we do not build ships much, in fact it is virtually extinct in the UK, we do not make steel now or have any heavy industry , except for service centres, clothes shops and investment banks. Am 65 now and boy has this country changed.
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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #28 on: November 27, 2015, 08:35:00 PM »

Just had a thought the type 23's when in design stage were supposed to be cheap throw away boats of 1900tons displacement, but between design board and actual build they grew in substantial size and capability, though in reduced numbers from the envisaged 18 in number. Off course their designated mothership the Fort George and Victoria where not adjusted at build to deal with the larger craft and with their poor structural designed where scrapped early.
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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2015, 01:30:10 AM »

Fort Victoria is still commission and is currently "East of Suez".

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Re: Type 26 Lite Frigates
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2015, 08:53:16 AM »

Hi,
 
The Type 26 I believed to be littorial combat platforms and from what i have seen of the design are very compact and highly capable. Working on the Type 23's although aged and tired are still highly capable and undergoing significant capability upgrades to last another 10 years.
I wouldnt like to get into a brawl with one on a dark night at sea!
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