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Mikey wrote:From Street to Fleet:http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/766183/Royal-Navy-plug-staff-shortage-urgent-plea-ex-sailors
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Bledlow wrote:Mikey wrote:From Street to Fleet:http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/766183/Royal-Navy-plug-staff-shortage-urgent-plea-ex-sailorsWasn't it a great idea to sack all those skilled, experienced sailors & shore staff? It was just what was needed to encourage recruitment & retention. Overwork all round, too much time deployed (do not expect to see your family this year - & maybe not next year), fear of being the next one for the chop. Exactly what's needed to encourage new recruits, & keep those still serving to stay on!Isn't it amazing that the result of the lay-offs has been exactly what was predicted?
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Bledlow wrote:Yes, but it's not always taken into account here. E.g. there are debates where shortages of naval personnel & recruitment difficulties are mentioned as if they're laws of nature which have to be accepted, instead of being things for which at least part of the cause is directly due to specific government actions, & thus subject to change.
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A Royal Navy Lynx Mk 8 helicopter recently performed air carriage and jettison trials of the MBDA-made Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile.
According to the missile manufacturer, the trials proved that the missile can be integrated onto the Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters.
Sea Venom/ANL has been developed to deliver an enhanced capability to replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.
Working together through the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative, the trials were conducted by MBDA, the UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC), the Royal Navy and QinetiQ.
The trials were undertaken in March at the Larkhill Range at Boscombe Down, and saw a Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 successfully conduct a series of air carriage trials prior to jettisoning two Sea Venom missiles fitted with telemetry kits.
The 100 kg-class Sea Venom missile is one of the products of France and the United Kingdom’s collaboration on missile technologies. In UK service the missile is planned to be used from the AW159 Wildcat helicopter, while in France the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement – the French defence procurement agency) is currently conducting the development flight campaign for the missile on a Panther test bed helicopter.
Sea Venom is a primarily anti-ship missile designed to destroy vessels ranging from FIAC (Fast Inshore Attack Craft), through medium sized FAC (Fast Attack Craft) up to large vessels such as Corvettes from safe stand-off ranges.
According to MBDA, this missile also has a surface attack capability against coastal and land targets. Unlike legacy semi-active radar guided missiles, Sea Venom uses an imaging infrared seeker that offers ‘fire-and-forget’ capabilities in even the most complex littoral environments.
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shaun wrote:I can't remember where I read it - or if, indeed, I even did - and am making it up, but is there any info on quad-packing Sea Venom into Mk41?
Would be a handy capability for deploying ships into the littorals.
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For the first time in at least a decade all 14 P2000s of the 1st Patrol Boat Squadron took to the water in unison.
The newly-upgraded fast patrol craft performed two days of combined manoeuvres in the Solent for the annual squadron exercise.
Pictures: LPhots Louise George, Nobby Hall and Dan Rosenbaum
SPECTATORS in the Solent were treated to the rare sight of all 14 vessels of the Royal Navy’s 1st Patrol Boat Squadron performing manoeuvres.
For the first time in at least a decade every one of the Archer-class ships staged a series of close, impressive formations, churning the waters of the eastern Solent white as they raced along at speeds of over 20kts.
The boats, which joined the Navy in the late 1980s, have just completed a five-year revamp which has added ten knots to their top speed and will help keep them in service into the mid-2030s.
A handful of spectactors observe the patrol boats leaving harbour from the vantage point of Old Portsmouth's Victoria Pier.
The P2000s are scattered across nine locations in the UK from Faslane and Leith in Scotland, to Penarth near Cardiff, and Plymouth and Portsmouth on the south coast.
As a result, getting all 14 together for an annual squadron exercise has proved tricky. But with the end of the crafts’ Easter deployments – which took some to Dublin and the Isle of Man, others to Hamburg – there was the rare chance for every vessel to converge on Portsmouth for a few days.
The ships are attached to University Royal Navy Units across the UK, giving students a taste of what the Senior Service does: HMS Blazer serves the universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, HMS Smiter for Oxford, and Pursuer for Glasgow and Strathclyde.
HMS Dasher performs a sharp turn to starboard during the combined manoeuvres
But increasingly they are being used by the rest of the Royal Navy for training junior officers and ratings – especially the commanding officers of tomorrow –specialist navigators, test the responses of gun crews on larger warships by pretending to attack them and perform security duties such as during the 2012 London Olympics.
Lieutenant Jonathan Eastburn, in charge of HMS Ranger, who devised the various manoeuvres performed at speed off Hayling Island and Portsmouth – some conducted with fewer than 50ft separating the 66ft-long patrol boats – said that though small, commanding an Archer-class craft was both enjoyable and insightful.
He said that commanding a P2000 after just seven years and one previous job in the RN was an opportunity second to none and it was great that the Royal Navy gave junior officers a taste of command, helping to forget the naval leaders of tomorrow.
Getting all 14 boats together was pretty hard work, but Ranger’s CO said seeing them all come together made for an impressive sight.
Joining Ranger to observe the three hours of intense manoeuvres – which also involved wartime vintage gunboat MGB81 and HMS Medusa, used in WW2 to protect harbours and the D-Day landings from U-boat attacks – was 1st Patrol Boat Squadron Commanding Officer Cdr Mark Hammon.
He said his squadron did a cracking job for the Navy and for the country as they were now being for much more than university training boats.
Last year, the squadron mustered seven boats together in Leith and personnel thought it would be fantastic to see all 14 boats in the water. With all the refits complete, the opportunity presented itself the first time since at least 2004.
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