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Old 14-05-2017, 00:52
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Default FS Mistral runs aground

During a multinational exercise off Guam, Mistral ran aground.

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/Mi...9ed619ac50b41e
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Old 14-05-2017, 10:48
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Default Re: French landing craft runs aground

This news report indicates that it was not the Mistral that ran aground but one its landing craft.
http://www.kuam.com/story/35411717/2...itary-training

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Old 14-05-2017, 12:53
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A landing craft ran aground?

Whatever next?
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Old 14-05-2017, 13:11
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

I thought the raison d'etre of a landing craft was to run aground.
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Old 14-05-2017, 13:57
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

I would have to assume she ran aground a good distance from the actual beach to the degree it has made the news, is a bit unusual.
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Old 14-05-2017, 14:32
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

I understand it was one of these :-

http://www.naval-technology.com/news...-landing-craft

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-sta...ndings-on-guam
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Old 14-05-2017, 21:22
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A landing craft ran aground?

Whatever next?
It was the un-planned nature of it that caused concern.
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Old 14-05-2017, 21:25
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

Word has it that this is the type of craft in question. Video of features.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TmEv6It-5fE

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Old 14-05-2017, 21:43
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Word has it that this is the type of craft in question.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TmEv6It-5fE
Isn't that what I said at 1532 in post #6
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Old 14-05-2017, 21:46
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It was the un-planned nature of it that caused concern.
Don't you think his post was made in jest
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Old 14-05-2017, 22:41
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

It's a shame that the UK only had 70 troops and a couple of helos as participants and not a surface unit.
I know people on this forum are concerned at the UKs inability to deploy to the Asia Pacific regularly and we can only hope the RN can at least match the French in future.
They have huge economic interests in this part of the world.

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Old 15-05-2017, 00:34
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Isn't that what I said at 1532 in post #6
Yes grunt that is where the "word" came from; but the video illustrates the vessels features, including its wet ride as the cargo deck sways and bangs into the exterior hull sections.
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Old 15-05-2017, 08:06
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It's a shame that the UK only had 70 troops and a couple of helos as participants and not a surface unit.
I know people on this forum are concerned at the UKs inability to deploy to the Asia Pacific regularly and we can only hope the RN can at least match the French in future.
They have huge economic interests in this part of the world.
Well if matching the French means running one of our craft aground, I would think we might take a rain check on that.

Seriously though, we also have huge economic interests in our own part of the world.I'm afraid we took the peace bonus at the end of the cold war, a little to seriously, which resulted in us emasculating much of our defence capability.

Now we have been caught on the hop again by Putins build up of Russia's military forces. The Baltic states in particular are very nervous in regards to what might happen, and it is forcing NATO to pay far more serious attention to their eastern borders. Hopefully it is having one good effect, in that it is also making European countries look to boosting their defence spending.

To be quite honest, if hostilities broke out anywhere, the UK's first priority would be the defence of it's Atlantic lifeline with the USA. That is critical, not only for the UK but for the rest of Europe. Without it the quantities of weapons, stores, supplies of food stuffs etc needed to fight a war wouldn't be possible.

So what I am saying (perhaps badly), is that once again our own back yard is coming under a perceived threat, which needs to be countered before anything else.

Sending a token force to the Asia Pacific area, might be a good PR exercise but with all the nations within that sphere building up the armed forces, that is all it would be. We will never again (even if we could afford it) have a far east fleet. It's not viable and I doubt would be appreciated by many former colonies.

No, we are once again focussed on our own sphere of influence as things stand.

Here is just one reason amongst many :-

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/...-spot-warming/
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Old 16-05-2017, 16:54
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

Hi All

Is SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) still operational in the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland — the so-called “GIUK Gap) gap?

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Old 16-05-2017, 22:00
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Hi All

Is SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) still operational in the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland — the so-called “GIUK Gap) gap?

Mitch Hinde
It would appear to be not only operational, but getting a major upgrade.


http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/us-na...ensor-network/
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Old 19-05-2017, 22:44
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Default Re: FS Mistral runs aground

Video: Mistral, RN helicopters and US Marines.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xaC0hn26158
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