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    Passing Whitegate now if anyone has a spot to get a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky42 View Post
    Passing Whitegate now if anyone has a spot to get a look.
    Got dark here at 1930. All you'll see is 2 white mast lights and a green light. Later, you'll only see a white stern light
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    Whoever is running the twitter account has done great work this week.










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    the weather was not helpful this morning.




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    Quote Originally Posted by pilatus View Post
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    Is that an IR camera on top of the bridge?
    'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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    Quote Originally Posted by spider View Post
    Is that an IR camera on top of the bridge?
    May be optronic FCS including IR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    May be optronic FCS including IR.
    It is the optical FCS fitted to all ships in the class, although I do notice she has a new Kelvin Hughes Sharpeye X-band radar fitted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    It is the optical FCS fitted to all ships in the class, although I do notice she has a new Kelvin Hughes Sharpeye X-band radar fitted.
    Kelvin Hughes radars were always a UK choice. This one has a lot of innovation being magnetron and waveguide free. Built in target analysis at operational ranges is said to remove need for transponders for Helicopter tracking. The transceiver is in the rotator housing at mast height . More than one PPI can be used simultaneously at different ranges and mode. Given that it is solid state, let's hope all the bits are from secure sources or have bee adequately tested before integration in the system

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    zoom! enhance!



    One of the Customs cutters heading downriver.

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    Just a random question, but will the P50's midlife work be done in Cobh or somewhere else and how long is it likely to take for each? Though I suppose that depends on how much work is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky42 View Post
    Just a random question, but will the P50's midlife work be done in Cobh or somewhere else and how long is it likely to take for each? Though I suppose that depends on how much work is done.
    It goes to tender. Whoever wins the tender gets the work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmit� View Post
    It goes to tender. Whoever wins the tender gets the work.
    Mid-life refit aka half-life refit is a mixed bag of updating and repair subject to survey . Elements of it are done , if required at a drydock to repair or replace hull steel work, followed by a hull paint system. Parts of the work is carried out by the Naval Dockyard at a price per job and some is done by service personnel. Certain equipments may be replaced eg radars and others could be added. The refit is probably NOT done by one entity but currently it can be done entirely in Cobh. A number of outside contractors could do the steel/ pipework work, but will do so at the sole national drydock which is privately owned.
    The amount of money allocated will determine the quality of the refit . The P50's will be 18 and 19 years old in 2019 and deserve a refit ++.

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    P31 got a major refit in 2006. (one of many) Everything not steel was removed. Everything steel was gritblasted down to bare metal and repainted. Most if not all of her internal wiring was replaced. The drydocking was a minor part of the work, and would be done on a regular basis anyway. The current Searider launching arrangement was fitted.
    Between her launch and this point, most of her Navaids had been modernised. Aircrew accomodation had been repurposed (into a cadets mess, in one instance).
    On other vessels, the flooring below deck would be replaced as necessary. This is also relatively major work, but has been carried out at Haulbowline. Main armaments have been removed for maintenance. Secondary armaments have been replaced. (on the P20 class, on 3 occasions during their service).
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