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Colin Bishop

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Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« on: October 06, 2021, 07:53:07 pm »

As it was a nice sunny day, I visited Portsmouth Dockyard using my annual ticket and took the harbour cruise. As is often the case there was a variety of shipping on view including HMS Prince of Wales testing her emergency evacuation chutes. A selection of photos can be seen on the Model Boats website Definitely 'a good day out'.

https://www.modelboats.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=175004&p=1

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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2021, 12:38:53 pm »

From Saturday there will be a new exhibition at Gosport at the Explosion museum. This will be about the Coastal forces and includes CMB331 and MTB71.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-58826100
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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2021, 10:49:38 pm »

Nice to see that the PofW has been fitted with her two Fwd Phalanx CIWS..........and when I checked the QE in Japan, she has had her second, Stdb Phalanx CWIS installed


I think most if not all RN vessels [of defensive size] now have the same CIWS installed  :-)) ....amazing weaponry

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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2021, 10:30:23 am »

As an addition to the CMB reference, anybody else notice the CMB in the shed with the bomb in the episode of "Foyles war"?


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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2021, 04:51:18 pm »

On the CMB reference the professor could have said that the boats were literally floating bombs with all the petrol on board and a thin wooden hull . The E boats they often engaged with had explosive shells for their weapons and their engines ran on Diesel.........In my youth I was friendly with Peter Danby who commanded one of the 110Ft(?) ML's in WW2 - was told they scrounged every extra weapon they could find and added a bit of sheet steel on the sides of the fuel tanks...........
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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2021, 10:02:14 am »

So will the RN ever change the CIWS phalanx to the same as the USN missile version do you think?
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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2021, 10:26:24 am »

It is so many years since I left the Trade  ;)  ...but  :-X


The Raytheon 'Phalanx' [CIWS] is a Close in Weapons System which is modular ......... literally 'plug & play'


The evolution by Raytheon on a modular 'plug & play'  system is the 'Sea Ram'


The former is a computer guided 'gattling type' machine gun, the latter a computer guided missile launcher. but both modular or 'plug & play' ....as below

Totally different defensive systems for totally differing incoming threat scenarios

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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2021, 12:38:04 pm »

I think a swarm of Lead would be more effective (granted, last resort) than a single shot.


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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2021, 12:43:21 pm »

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I think a swarm of Lead would be more effective (granted, last resort) than a single shot.

I may be wrong but I think the missile detonates in front of the target and projects a cone of fragments intended to shred it.

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Re: Portsmouth Dockyard October 2021
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2021, 01:27:27 pm »

This makes sense, as if the target is oblique to the Sea ram then the target will be raked by shrapnel as you can only armour a small part of the target missile (the nose) or it will be too heavy to fly! 
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