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ngatimozart

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From the original 13 type 23 frigates only 8 are operational, the fleet is overstretched in my opinion.

The fleet is overstretch but the civil servants in the MOD don't seem to care.I actually think that the largest problem with UK defence is the MOD, closely followed by the pollies.
 

swerve

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Some of the worst offenders are the officers in procurement, though from what I've heard, the system doesn't help. They move on (or are moved on) far too soon, so projects don't have continuity or consistency, & it seems that a lot of them try to make their mark by changing things when they take over. Perhaps every procurement project should have a pissing tree for new appointees to use, to distract them from screwing the project up with pointless changes.
 

Hone C

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Some of the worst offenders are the officers in procurement, though from what I've heard, the system doesn't help. They move on (or are moved on) far too soon, so projects don't have continuity or consistency, & it seems that a lot of them try to make their mark by changing things when they take over. Perhaps every procurement project should have a pissing tree for new appointees to use, to distract them from screwing the project up with pointless changes.
A sound idea. The system doesn't adequately prepare personnel for project management or negotiating contracts, combined with the lack of consistency and thrusting for reportable achievements it can be dire.

IMHO a ban or time bar on leaving the service and going to work with contractors, especially those who have been the beneficiaries of previous procurement decisions, would also help.

It's not just the RN, it's a problem across defence.
 

John Fedup

The Bunker Group
A sound idea. The system doesn't adequately prepare personnel for project management or negotiating contracts, combined with the lack of consistency and thrusting for reportable achievements it can be dire.

IMHO a ban or time bar on leaving the service and going to work with contractors, especially those who have been the beneficiaries of previous procurement decisions, would also help.

It's not just the RN, it's a problem across defence.
…nor is it just a UK problem. Canada has even worse procurement and there are certainly some senior officers joining contractors after service.
 

Musashi_kenshin

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Good news in my opinion. I recall there was criticism at the time the Batch 2s were ordered because they weren't an obvious priority for the Royal Navy with all the other things that needed to be built. An Indo-Pacific deployment seems perfect for them.
 

Systems Adict

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From the original 13 type 23 frigates only 8 are operational, the fleet is overstretched in my opinion.

I am sorry, but in my humble opinion, that 'article' is simply a form of click-bait !

Yes, the RN decommissioned x2 of them in quick succession this year (x1 of which had been stripped of most things to keep her sisters in the fight, add to that the x3 that UK PLC sold a number of years ago, that equals 5.

The school that taught me maths says that 13 minus 5 gives you 8. So they only have x8 & they are all 'active' - WHAT is the issue ??

If the article was about the lack of support for a class of ships, the relentless debacle of procurement & the subsequent mis-management of funds for the UK armed forces as a whole, then I could be more accepting. However the reality of a class of ships the the first vessel was commissioned in 1989 & the last was 2002, with the final ship expected to go out of service in 2035, I do think that UKPLC will have gotten their monies-worth out of a ship design that is always referred to as the quietest ASW resource of the cold war.

Having worked on them in build / been on trials with them, I do have a soft spot for them, their big cousins the Type-45's & am expectant that their replacements (Type-26) will be from a similar mold, given that there will be circa 32+ of them.

SA
 

Rob c

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Yes, the RN decommissioned x2 of them in quick succession this year (x1 of which had been stripped of most things to keep her sisters in the fight, add to that the x3 that UK PLC sold a number of years ago, that equals 5.

The school that taught me maths says that 13 minus 5 gives you 8. So they only have x8 & they are all 'active' - WHAT is the issue ??
If you look up the Type 23 on different web sites you will find that they actually built 16 Type 23's of which 3 went to Chile, leaving the RN with 13.
Type 23 Duke Class Frigate - Naval Technology
 

swerve

Super Moderator
I am sorry, but in my humble opinion, that 'article' is simply a form of click-bait !

Yes, the RN decommissioned x2 of them in quick succession this year (x1 of which had been stripped of most things to keep her sisters in the fight, add to that the x3 that UK PLC sold a number of years ago, that equals 5.

The school that taught me maths says that 13 minus 5 gives you 8. So they only have x8 & they are all 'active' - WHAT is the issue ??

SA
16 Type 23s were built, of which 3 were sold off in 2005-6, leaving the RN with 13. So we actually have 11, of which I think a couple are currently being updated.

Almost all got Sea Ceptor now. I think one of the Chilean ships is either waiting for it or in refit, & the last RN ships are now getting it.
 

StobieWan

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:eek::eek::eek::eek:

WHAT, could possibly go wrong.....?

FSS is a difficult thing to envisage.

At this time BAE is tied to T26. Babcock are tied to T31, so do they have scope to build, or will it simply be a management exercise, with work farmed out ?

Both companies have 'iron's in the fire' in someone else's backyard, so winning this contract means another carrier style 'hotchpotch of building elements across the Scotland/Northern England & then shipping to a central point for assembly.

Team UK will likely have the 'favourite' label against them, with Team Resolute being a close second. (BMT are a good design house & H&W have the facilities to either build completely, or be a 'staging yard' where the hull can be built from, component).

Secro/Damen is a bit of an odd-mix, in that while Damen have the ability / capability to build, Serco is effectively a shipping management company.

Navantia, could be a dark horse / outsider, but the drive to be 'Built in Britain' may put them to a low ranking 3rd place.

Are they to be built in Britain however ?


I'm reading the line that the winning bid must be led by a British company - that to me still leaves wide open the possibility the hulls will be built some where else and then some reasonably substantial fit-out in a UK facility could occur?
 
Good news to see the 2 Carriers totally operational at the same time, not only one as It was originally planned a few years ago with the Cameron administration.
Even it was discussed to be mothballed or sold 1 of them.

It,s a Big improvement in British defence .

 

FormerDirtDart

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HMS Severn sporting a subdued splash of color.
Not to be confused with the "dazzle" Tamer & Spey are wearing for their Indo-Pacific deployment.
I wonder if Tyne and Mersey will eventually gain a similar livery to Severn as they patrol UK waters.
For that matter, if Forth will get a specific paint job as the Falklands Patrol ship, as well Medway in the Caribbean and Trent for her basing in Gibraltar/Mediterranean

There is also a short video in the article linked thru the tweet.


A couple additional images of Severn in her new colors
Nice shot of Tamar in the fog. And Tamar & Spey sporting pierside their "Indo-Pac" dazzle
Both via twitter thread from Navy Lookout


 
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