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sparky42 wrote:Actually I'm wondering if Ireland will have to see if it can find some more money to deal with fishing issues now from the UK.
Jun 30 16 12:46 PM
HMS Pinafore wrote:The SNP stance on NATO (and most other things) stems from a series of surveys that they carried out in 2012. It found that the Scottish population would heavily oppose independence if it meant:
1) Losing the Pound,
2) Leaving the EU,
3) Leaving NATO.
As a result they reversed their then policies of dropping the Pound in exchange for the Euro, and leaving NATO completely.
Current news from Brussels is that the EU will not negotiate with the Scottish Government as its only a 'regional' assembly. The EU insists on only talking to the national UK Government (which will include representatives from Scotland, Wales & NI).
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HMS Pinafore wrote:Having anothet look at Janes' I discover that I am indeed wrong and the earlier corrections in other posts are right!
The Italian NAVY have 14 patrol boats (rather large vessels).
The Italian Customs (Servizio Navale Guardia Di Finanza) have 209 patrol boats (most are armed, and are used to combat drug smuggling etc.).
The Italian Coastguard have 287 patrol boats (ranging from very large to very small).
That's still a lot more than the equivalent UK force of c.30 boats.
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HMS Pinafore wrote:The Peacock class were built for Hong Kong in the 1980s, and later all sold off (some to Eire).There were about 750 tons and could do 25 knots. The armament was originally a 76-mm QF forwards and a 20-mm on each beam. Crew was about 40 officers & ratings in RN service. Later upgrades have given the boats a good armament on such a small hull (although combat would not be a major role for the RN patrol role).Bit be a bit too heavily armed for a Channel patrol boat, and the crew is quite large. Otherwise not a bad design.
I see that the boats are still doing quite well in Irish and Philippine service.
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HMS Pinafore wrote:The idea of something that is capable of doing a range of tasks adds much needed flexibility to any design, but also potentially compromises it.
However, having a 'swing-role' ship would be easier to justify financially.
I still like the Danish Flying-fish design for something to operate in the Channel.
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