I think it's a case of what can we put to sea with radar and comms. We are not exactly flush with destroyers and frigates these days. Hence the OPV's being used to intercept the Russian Navy. Those bloody Russians do pick the most inconvenient of times to do things like this.Interesting that we need two tankers to support our ships. Unless the main job is to keep the OPV's on station?
Unlikely, given that the 'breaking news' was about a series of events 10 days previously.Are there really any Russian warships sailing in the North Sea, or the English Channel?
Exercising free right of passage in international waters, like every other navy.What are Russian warships even doing sailing around Europe?
Why bob around the frozen waters of the Arctic when you can go to warmer climes, particularly if you're potentially coming out of, or going into, the Baltic rather than the Kara Sea?Haven't the Russians got their "Northern Fleet" so they don't need to sail south.
I was slightly surprised that we still have nine effective vessels in the right area , at the quoted time.Is it 'unusual' activity because none of the seven Russians has broken down yet?
It depends what you want to do. If it's just "shadow the Russians as they drive down the Channel slowly burning their rubbish in Quarterdeck bonfires and leaking oil everywhere", an MPA doesn't really have the endurance.‘Scuse me for the bone Pongo question, but isn’t this type of thing what Maritime Patrol Aircraft are for?
Ha, even if there were so what? if the Navy wants a proper job they need to station themselves between Ramsgate and Calais, but they won't...this is a fig leaf and a distraction, no one in England cares what the Russian Navy is doing off our coast. nowAre there really any Russian warships sailing in the North Sea, or the English Channel?
Further update on USS Theodore Roosevelt.It does at least increase your chances of spotting the infected.
It has been "business as usual" for us, admittedly with more gapping than usual for a high-priority unit. This doesn't matter very much when you're short a random grab bag of ABs and ETs but becomes a bore quite quickly when you start losing watchkeepers or key bods (thankfully none of the Officers of the Watch have had to self-isolate yet). Measures are in place but with 85% recirculated air and no realistic means to socially distance, there is only so much one can reduce the risk on board.
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