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CVF and Carrier Strike thread

Mattb

LE
Isn't that what 'working up' and sea trials are for anyway, finding snags and problems to fix before the tub goes off on a jolly?
No. Despite being mind-bogglingly complex with millions of parts, and inherently impractical to prototype all warships must work perfectly out of the box first time otherwise the entire project is a costly failure using money that would be better spent on a fleet of 2,000 P2000s to protect the UK from an immigrant invasion.

Unless an actual war happens of course, in which case "our lads" are the best of the best and the tabloids have always supported the military unwaveringly.
 
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Published by: Daily Aviation, on 27 OCTOBER 2020.

US Testing its Brand New $1 Billion Advanced Aircraft: X-47B Drone

 
Published by: US Military NEWS.

The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, which is now manufactured by Boeing following its merger with McDonnell Douglas in 1997, is produced as two distinct versions. The single-seat F/A-18/E and the dual-seat F/A-18/F.

The new Block III aircraft is a more modest proposition that is designed to support the rest of the air wing including the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the EA-18G Growler under the service Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air construct.


Posted on the "cvf and carrer strike thread", the F-35 thread, and the "All Inter-Web Video" thread.
 

Yokel

LE
Back on the topic of RN carriers:

Here is a link to a short article (PDF) about the role of escort carriers and their aircraft during the Arctic Convoys.

Typically they would carry fighters for air defence, protecting the convoy or other force beyond the range of the ships' guns, and Swordfish for an anti U boat role, working with long range aircraft and frigates and destroyers with ASDIC and weapons like Hedgehog or Squid. In the Atlantic the air threat was not from Stukas and the like, but from long range aircraft that could attack shipping and doing reece for the U boats. The escort carrier was indispensable in protecting both Atlantic and Arctic Convoys. Did they get enough publicity post war?

The need to protect shipping and naval forces with organic fighters and multiple ASW helicopters saved RN carrier aviation, and led to the Invincible with Sea Kings for ASW and Sea Harriers for dealing with Soviet Naval Aviation aircraft such as Bears. The larger US carriers could perform the same roles.

Why can people not accept our carriers will be able to provide defence for crisis response shipping or amphibious forces, with F-35B Lightning and Merlin HM2? In any operation with a major need for AAW or ASW capabilities, then you need a carrier.

When is NATO doing another Exercise Deep Blue? This time we can provide not only the flagship, ASW helicopters, frigates, and an SSN, but we will be able to intercept simulated hostile aircraft.
 
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lert

LE
That's some high quality pointing at a map right there!

Needs a bigger badge though.

5/10 Could do better.
 
The French Navy has just certified 12 new Rafale M pilots to operate from the CdG.

For those pilots, this is the end of a 5 year-long process including 2 in the USA.

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And the purchase of 3 E-2Ds for the Aéronavale has been approved

 
Proper WAFUing ;)

I would give up my house in Mayfair my villa in Tuscany, my apartment on 5th avenue. My ex model/ high class prostitute with a specialisation in blowjobs and my perceptive knowledge of lottery numbers just to have been a yellow jacket on a British carrier in the sixties or early seventies.
Honest gov.
 
Proper WAFUing ;)

Always good to watch them taxi in and fold wings, feckin' heads popping out from all over the shop at shutdown.
 
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Yokel

LE
For the last few years, some commentators have advocated that every year NATO should conduct an exercise of a reinforcement convoy crossing the Atlantic and being defended by a carrier group. This was often done during the Cold War, and I was hoping to hear of something like it this year. But I seem to have missed it - personal woes and the COVID-19 epidemic getting all the news coverage.

From February: USS Eisenhower Leads Exercise To Clear Atlantic Shipping Lanes

PENTAGON: Since its surprise deployment last week, the USS Eisenhower has been clearing a path for cargo ships full of Army equipment bound for major ground exercise in Europe, the first drill simulating a contested crossing of the Atlantic since 1986, Navy officials say.

The Ike, along with an unidentified submarine sweeping the depths of the ocean for unexpected Russian guests, is participating in an exercise that will throw simulated attacks at the convoy to stress test how prepared the Navy is to punch its way across the Atlantic. The path is being cleared for the roll-on/roll-off USNS Benavidez, along with US-flagged merchant vessels MV Resolve and MV Patriot, which departed Beaumont, Texas Feb. 24 to deliver equipment to the US Army DEFENDER 20 exercise in Europe. The ships are carrying gear for the 1st Armored Division, including Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other heavy armor.


Simulated air, missile, and submarine attacks.

“The Atlantic has changed dramatically over the last 20 years,” 2nd Fleet’s director of operations, Cmdr. Troy Denison told reporters Friday. “It’s not what it used to be. We treat it as contested waters now.”

I think we can safely say that both QE and POW will participate in NATO deterrent exercises like this, and French, Italian, and Spanish carriers will be important to our collective security and keeping the peace.

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Edited to add:

1. News of a major ASW exercise in September, with a US LHD acting as a platform with a large number of MH-60R.

2. RN personnel at NATO HQ preparing for another major exercise defending the Atlantic sea lines of communication.
 
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For the last few years, some commentators have advocated that every year NATO should conduct an exercise of a reinforcement convoy crossing the Atlantic and being defended by a carrier group. This was often done during the Cold War, and I was hoping to hear of something like it this year. But I seem to have missed it - personal woes and the COVID-19 epidemic getting all the news coverage.

From February: USS Eisenhower Leads Exercise To Clear Atlantic Shipping Lanes

PENTAGON: Since its surprise deployment last week, the USS Eisenhower has been clearing a path for cargo ships full of Army equipment bound for major ground exercise in Europe, the first drill simulating a contested crossing of the Atlantic since 1986, Navy officials say.

The Ike, along with an unidentified submarine sweeping the depths of the ocean for unexpected Russian guests, is participating in an exercise that will throw simulated attacks at the convoy to stress test how prepared the Navy is to punch its way across the Atlantic. The path is being cleared for the roll-on/roll-off USNS Benavidez, along with US-flagged merchant vessels MV Resolve and MV Patriot, which departed Beaumont, Texas Feb. 24 to deliver equipment to the US Army DEFENDER 20 exercise in Europe. The ships are carrying gear for the 1st Armored Division, including Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other heavy armor.


Simulated air, missile, and submarine attacks.

“The Atlantic has changed dramatically over the last 20 years,” 2nd Fleet’s director of operations, Cmdr. Troy Denison told reporters Friday. “It’s not what it used to be. We treat it as contested waters now.”

I think we can safely say that both QE and POW will participate in NATO deterrent exercises like this, and French, Italian, and Spanish carriers will be important to our collective security and keeping the peace.

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Report on some of the testing on the new Ford Class Carriers for the cousins.
 
On 13 June 1960, as PO Jean Legouhy of the French Aéronavale was completing his qualification with HMS Ark Royal off the coast of Hyères on the Riviera, contact was lost as he returned to base with his SNCASE Aquilon (licence built Sea Venom) # 203 belonging to Flottille 11F.

The wreck as only just been found, 60 years later, at a depth of over 2,400 meters by oceanographic ship « Pourquoi Pas? » on 20 November 2020 using a remote rover.

The site is now designated as a protected area.

RIP

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