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  1. asif iqbal
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    RN has a big problem

    Every time they embark on a new warship platform they start from a clean sheet design

    Type 45, Type 26 and now Type 31e

    USN has stuck with the same design for over 3 decades with incremental increases

    Even they are thinking of using the same hull for LPX, LPD and others

    Common hull design is used by many navys Chinese are using Type 054 design for coast guard

    This reduces cost and brings down investment

    Prior to the Type 45 programme they should have fixed the hull specifications

    Then built 12 x DDG and 13 x FFG that’s 25 warships 6 more than they have planned
     
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    Breaking News: Gavin Williamson MP has been sacked as Defence Secretary over allegations he has been leaking what the 'inner circle' of the Cabinet has been saying about the Huawei 5g Phone network, which he denies. He was a rising star of the Conservative Party and unusually he was on top[ of his Ministerial Brief, being very pro-Defence and actually took the time to understand the state of and the needs of the Armed Forces rather than treating the job as a stepping stone to 'higher office'.

    Fortunately, his replacement, Penny Mordaunt MP for Portsmouth North, is also known to be pro the Armed Forces, being a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and the daughter of a Paratrooper. Her constituency includes Portsmouth dockyard and if she 'toes the expected Government line' of salami slicing the MOD she will probably find herself de selected and voted out of office. I expect her therefore to be like her predecessor, that is 'in' the corner of the Armed Forces for a change instead of a Government stooge just there to supervise asset stripping. We shall see...
     
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    Common hull design only makes sense if you steadily build ships of the same weight class. With all those gaps between types you can just start from zero and take adventage of technological advancement.
    The fact that the USA still uses the Burke-class is a typical result of the Bush adminstration in the 00s, with not getting a replacement ready. You can bet that the Navy would love to get a replacement for the Burke ready.
     
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    No they wouldn’t it’s called planning why have gaps in the first place, that was point of my post

    Arleigh Burke production has reached 67 units delivered with keel for the 70th laid last month

    10 are under construction and 22 on contract for Flight III

    The finally tally will likely exceed more than 100 units starting from 1989 or even up to 120 if production keeps going

    USN is sticking to AB
     
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    Flight III literally only happens because of the Zumwalt disaster. Ship is actually too small for the intended role. There was a 5 years gap between the last Flight II Burke and the Burke II Restart.

    If you aren't the USA or China with massive ship building programs there is no need nor budget left to produce more than a few ships of a type.
     
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    run-of-the-mill dated May 1, 2019
    Trouble ahead for the UK nuclear programme? https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/trouble-ahead-for-the-uk-nuclear-programme/
     
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    and now (dated May 8, 2019)
    MoD recognises the £250M price cap for Royal Navy Type 31e Frigate is unworkable. https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/mo...or-royal-navy-type-31e-frigate-is-unworkable/

    gee it'd be just 6k tin can costing a quarter of billion, something the Whitehall didn't know, they need to check https://www.sinodefenceforum.com/th...ps-entering-service.t8175/page-15#post-551353
     
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    Captain Nick has been removed from commanding the HMS Queen Elizabeth

    For driving his MOD car on the weekend???

    This is a gross over reaction seriously?

    While MP claim travel expenses when they don’t even travel

    British at their best

    Unless there is more to the story
     
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    and (dated 13 May, 2019)
    RAF to get second-hand jets as part of Wedgetail buy https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...nd-hand-jets-as-part-of-wedgetail-buy-458127/
     
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    Wow! I can't believe I beat Jura to this bombshell story;

    Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth Captain is 'sacked for misusing its official car'

    The captain of the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy has been sacked for misusing its official car, it has been reported.

    Nick Cooke-Priest is no longer in charge of the HMS Queen Elizabeth because he is believed to have driven the aircraft carrier's official car on weekends, according to The Sun.

    A Royal Navy spokesman said: "We can confirm Captain Nick Cooke-Priest has been reassigned to a new role. We can only say that management action is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further."

    Commodore Cooke-Priest, who joined the Royal Navy in 1990, had only been in command of the 280-metre, 65,000-tonne vessel, described by the Royal Navy as an "awe-inspiring warship" capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft, since last October.

    He was never warned that using the Ford Galaxy for personal journeys was in breach of rules, the paper reports.

    A former officer told The Sun: "Nick adores the Navy and has lost his career by doing what captains have done for decades - using the company car to get home. An innocent mistake has cost the Navy one of its best."

    It is believed that major Royal Navy warships and their captains are loaned a car for use on official duties. An investigation found he had used the Ford as if it was his own, and found him guilty of an "error of judgment", according to The Sun.
     
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