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Old 26-11-2017, 21:19
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New home port for Type 23s.

(From BBC News)

Royal Navy frigates at Portsmouth and Devonport reorganised

"The Royal Navy is to shuffle the home bases of its Type 23 Frigates based at Portsmouth and Devonport.

The changes, announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, aim to bring ships of the same purpose together in one place by 2018.

Devonport will become home to eight anti-submarine warfare frigates, while the five general-purpose ships will be at Portsmouth.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-42118925
Sounds like they're setting it up for the T26s to be in Plymouth and T31s in Portsmouth.
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Old 27-11-2017, 09:17
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Sounds like they're setting it up for the T26s to be in Plymouth and T31s in Portsmouth.
Rather a coincidence that the defence secretary was in Plymouth last week, discussing the future of amphibious forces amongst other things.

So this may be a way of placating the interested party's in Plymouth, if the decision is taken to bin the Albion and Bulwark.

I'm sure some use will be found for the new 30m ampbibious centre, it would make a nice yacht marina, it's not like the MOD usually waste money is it ?

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-an...centre-opening

Not to mention the 90m upgrade HMS Albion has just completed :-

http://www.forces.net/news/hms-albio...ss-after-refit

Also the fact Plymouth will be losing HMS Ocean, when she decommissions next year.

Any more good news on the horizon.
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Old 27-11-2017, 14:57
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Any more good news on the horizon.
You forgot HMS Scott being decommissioned within the next 5 years.
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Old 27-11-2017, 16:11
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Sounds like they're setting it up for the T26s to be in Plymouth and T31s in Portsmouth.
What really seems odd if this happens is that the FRC (Frigate Refit Complex) in Devonport is too small for the T26 so it would be likely that the Portsmouth home based T31s would refit there and the Plymouth home based T26s would refit in Portsmouth, a bit like a Monty Python Department of Silly Walks sketch really
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Old 28-11-2017, 13:48
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What really seems odd if this happens is that the FRC (Frigate Refit Complex) in Devonport is too small for the T26 so it would be likely that the Portsmouth home based T31s would refit there and the Plymouth home based T26s would refit in Portsmouth, a bit like a Monty Python Department of Silly Walks sketch really
Well at least the MOD are consistant in their unfathomable logic
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Old 28-11-2017, 13:51
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Defence Secretary gives more details on HMS Sutherlands deployment to the Far East.

Working with the Aussie CEAFAR fitted ships, will give them the opportunity to compare it with Artisan in realistic conditions. No doubt that will be on the cards.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/r...retary-reveals
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Old 19-12-2017, 00:12
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Type 23 - Duke Class Frigates

Continuing the theme of feature(s) projecting outboard of safety nets on both port and stbd sides of the flightdeck.

Seems that these 'stanchions' should more correctly be described as port and stbd extensions to the flight deck marking/lighting system.

In the 3rd attachment (resized to comply with forum) below, it will be seen that the 'stanchions' in their upright configuration are mounted in line with (and outboard of), the interrupted white deck marking line that is situated fwd of the 'bum-(on)-line'. Just as for the interrupted line (arrowed in green), the lower portion of the 'U' or 'H' form 'stanchion' (arrowed in green) also seems to be painted white, whilst the top portion is comprised of a group of four 'deck edge' lights (as arrowed in red), similar to or the same as those located around the deck edge of the flight deck and also those within the 'bum-line' as outlined in red. (the 'discs' outlined/arrowed in dark red are only highlighted to show their apparent flimsy jury-rig appearance)

Much reading has been undertaken since the 'moritorium' a week ago, but nothing has been uncovered that clearly identifies the purpose of these extensions to the flight deck marking/lighting system. However, there might be a clue somewhere (see 4th attachment), that relates to the flight-deck width difference (est. 5 metres), between the T45 destroyers and T23 frigates.


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The Use of Manned Flight Simulation and an Active Quiescent Ship Motion Monitor to Better Define NATOPS/SHOL All Weather Shipboard Helicopter Deck Safety Limits
HMS St Albans (F83) 'stanchions' supporting port and stbd extensions to the flight deck marking/lighting system.

Following attachment shows the port stanchion folded outboard, showing the continuity of white 'bumline' (indicated by orange arrow and bracketed outline) extending outboard over the safety nets; and the with attached deck edge lighting strip extension illuminated (indicated by red arrow).

Source and/or Attribution derived from an RNAS Culdrose image on Twitter


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Old 20-12-2017, 14:42
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HMS Argyle completes successful SeaCeptor trials :-

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...ng-trials.html
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Old 06-02-2018, 16:53
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HMS Westminster made a call at Loch Ewe today and laid a wreath on the memorial there before visiting the Arctic Convoy Museum; I hope to have some pictures for you in a day or two.
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