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    Finland : Squadrom 2020

    Finland has found itself facing a situation where its entire fleet needs to be replaced or upgraded. Undaunted, they have grasped the situation with both hands. Worth noting that their vessels were of similar vintage to many of our P20s, being built in the 70s and 80s. The main difference though is that instead of replacing their Large minelayer and smaller Guided missile patrol boats, instead they have decided to replace the 7 varied vessels with 4 Multi Role Corvettes. Construction is due to start in 2019 and ost somewhere in the region of €1.2bn.
    Then again, they are a former Russian colony, at a time when russia is again stretching its muscles towards its smaller neighbours. Their plans do not mention this fact however, as Finland seeks to maintain its neutrality.
    https://www.defmin.fi/files/3819/Squ...ic_project.pdf


    Combine this with an unrelated desire to replace their F/A-18s with Multi Role fighters by 2020.
    Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?

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    The advantage being that Finland has a viable ship building industry so there will be some sense of national identity by building ships at home, supporting jobs etc
    Just visiting

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    Yes and no. One of their yards has a packed order book between now and the target delivery date. Another is russian owned.... Much of the rest are more suited to the smaller Missile boats.
    Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?

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    Oops.
    His orangeness tells porkies, again.

    Trump says Finland is buying U.S. fighter jets; Finland disagrees
    08/30/17 09:21 AM—Updated 08/30/17 09:53 AM

    By Steve Benen
    At a White House press conference this week alongside President Sauli Niinisto of Finland, Donald Trump was asked about the United States’ commitment to support Finland in the event of a crisis. The American president said Americans are “always ready to help Finland,” before changing his focus to Finland protecting itself.
    “One of the things that is happening,” Trump said, gesturing towards Niinisto, “is you’re purchasing large amounts of our great F-18 aircraft from Boeing, and it’s one of the great planes, one of the great fighter jets, and you’re purchasing lots of other military equipment, and, I think, purchasing very wisely. I know all of the military equipment and I actually agree with everything you purchased.”
    Reuters reported that the Finnish leader “looked surprised” during Trump’s comments. Now we know why.
    President Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday denied that Finland was buying new fighter jets from American planemaker Boeing, following remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump. […]
    [Niinisto] later denied the deal with Boeing on his Twitter account and on Tuesday in Washington.
    It turns out, Finland is in the market for some new jets, and it’s begun the process of getting quotes from international manufacturers. But despite Trump’s boasts, Finland hasn’t “purchased” jets and military equipment from the United States, at least not recently, and a final decision is still years away.
    I’m beginning to think Trump should avoid this subject altogether, because he’s been caught repeating plane-related falsehoods a few too many times.

    Earlier this year, for example, the president was caught falsely boasting about lowering the price of a new Air Force One. Trump also claimed he saved taxpayers millions on F-35 fighter jets, and it wasn’t long before we learned that wasn’t true, either.
    Or put another way, when Trump starts making plane-related claims, be wary.
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...d=sm_fb_maddow
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    He is such a moron.

    Heads of foreign governments are avoiding having to deal with him and would rather deal with other rational sensible adults. Advanced Block III Shornets would be a sensible buy for Finland though.

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