Royal Navy unveils carrier training facility

#4
Shouldn't they use the term 'crew' instead of 'man'.

Just being fluffy, ya.
 
#5
Don't tell the RAF (it might spoil their golf)
 
#7
The RAF would never plot (but some of their senior officers might)... Innocent look...
 
#10
Does the Iron Duck think the massive cuts in the RN's surface fleet were a price worth paying to get a whole 6 planes to sea on HMS fitted for but not with a proper Carrier Air Group?
 
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#15
The first buy will be 48 F35B. I believe these will be split in squadron terms between the RAF and FAA with the RAF getting the lion's share. Since there shall have to be a OCU and for a time some a/c going to a OEU the RAF will probably 'own' all the aircraft with one NAS operating 12 RAF owned jets.

SofS has made a distinction between this buy of 48 Bs and a possible future buy to replace the GR4. It is quite possible the majority of UK F35s might be the A model as the B can in no way be construed as a direct GR4 replacement.
 
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#17
That is true but also not quite what I said. RAF crews will be carrier qualifying too and the official policy is that a joint air wing of 12 RAF/FAA F35B shall be 'routinely embarked'. No real change from JFH.
 
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The first buy will be 48 F35B. I believe these will be split in squadron terms between the RAF and FAA with the RAF getting the lion's share. Since there shall have to be a OCU and for a time some a/c going to a OEU the RAF will probably 'own' all the aircraft with one NAS operating 12 RAF owned jets.

SofS has made a distinction between this buy of 48 Bs and a possible future buy to replace the GR4. It is quite possible the majority of UK F35s might be the A model as the B can in no way be construed as a direct GR4 replacement.
Have they decided F35 force structure yet? I'd not be surprised to a see a totally joint force with it being badged 50/50, dunno mind, just wondering out loud. Are we going to have a dedicated OEU or is it all going to be done at Eglin? GR4 replacement will chop and change and we still haven't commited to the Taranis/Neuron beast yet have we? Can QE class launch UAS's without cats?
 
#19
That is true but also not quite what I said. RAF crews will be carrier qualifying too and the official policy is that a joint air wing of 12 RAF/FAA F35B shall be 'routinely embarked'. No real change from JFH.
No real change from JFH.

What, you mean the RAF will provide 75% of the aircrew, all of the real estate and other supporting functions (stand fast 3 "AET"s and a parrot - ah haaarr) and will then have to watch & cringe as the Navy News pumps out bilge about how Lt Crispin Captain's-Bum-Boy flew one sortie over Afghanistan in a "Navy Fighter".

Kiss Me Hardy, Days of Nelson, "We're-Still-Relevant-Honest-Sir" and all that s**te..........
 
#20
Oh for ffs what a complete and utter disaster
 

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