USS Bonhomme Richard on Fire

Obviously not been paying attention. Had not clocked one of the reasons ship been undergoing such an extensive refit:

"...loss of Bonhomme Richard, whether a total loss or just lost for extensive repairs, deals a significant blow to the Navy’s plans to have F-35Bs continually deployed in the Pacific. "


Hence the mutterings about a certain country with one too many F35B capable aircraft carriers possibly, well maybe.....
I guess one argument being, the USN can fund operation of one carrier, thus enabling both to be kept in the face of defence cuts? Potentially freeing crew and £ for other ships, even new vessels?
 
All DCs now use Inergen or FM200 for fire suppression (and one ore two DCs I've seen maintain an oxygen level around the 15% mark, making a continuous fire suppression environment). Adding the GTFO piece, there's also a hold off button to stop the gas dump if people are stuck, but the entire experience does require a backup underpants supply
 

Yokel

LE
Yes, but with the Marine Corps trying their Littoral Strike concept, the QE can carry a reinforced company size landing team that can be inserted by MV-22’s. They won’t have heavy kit, but they can plant the flag. Whilst still having a sizable air wing, and acting as a CVL.

Thinking outside the box will be required, but paired up with an LPD and a decent escort it can still deter the Chinese. As those folks are now your problem as well.
Russia has not gone away. Any crisis in Europe will mean trans Atlantic resupply and reinforcement. Crisis response shipping will need defending, particularly from an increasingly active Russian submarine for and long range aircraft. Amphibious capabilities may well be needed in the NATO theatre.

Vlad, Xi, and the Iranians are allies and need to be deterred concurrently.
 
The problem is that the QE are not LHDs, they are CVs; the closest comparison would be with a Flight 0 America-Class, which is optimised for F-35B operations.

Which be why the USMC is so keen to be aboard QE. Its a very close fit to how they will operate their Flight 0 LHA's, and as they can't deploy to F-35B's to CVN's, 'Fleet Carrier' training will be with us.
 
"We" call them "dicked for duty" to "pull fire watch."

Our crayon eaters "Marines" just call them, and the duty, "fire watch." Most of them also think that their National Defense Medal ribbon is for "fire watch" and will call it their "fire watch ribbon"
The medal ribbon for the Queens Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is the same as the Order of Lenin.

Not many people know that.
 
In fairness, the FBU have always been fairly militant... Comrade.
Yes, not something I admired during my membership.

On the other hand they were absolute gode stuffing it up management bullshitting liars, which was very admirable.
 
Ain't their ships dry any more?
I thought that they were rationed to two cans per 180 days or something ridiculous like that?

The USMC KC-130 Sqn that I once worked with were rationed to two cans per 30 mins from what I could work out; they were of course land-based at the time.
 
Russia has not gone away. Any crisis in Europe will mean trans Atlantic resupply and reinforcement. Crisis response shipping will need defending, particularly from an increasingly active Russian submarine for and long range aircraft. Amphibious capabilities may well be needed in the NATO theatre.

Vlad, Xi, and the Iranians are allies and need to be deterred concurrently.
It also appears that Russia is number 2 and NATO is being bumped down a peg on the priority list.
 

NSP

LE
Before anyone who knows what I do for a living asks, every ship I've been on has CO2 flood for the engine room and, latterly on newer builds, the galley. I don't think I've ever seen signage or had an induction briefing that mentioned Halon anywhere onboard, and that's with twenty-two years of riding around on survey/IRM/construction vessels. It's not even covered on the survival refresher - although it was mentioned on my BOSIET back in 1998.
 

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