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  • #31
    Dublin.

    Looked like they were on the piss for the weekend; the rating left minding the gangway did not look happy.

    Such is life.
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    • #32
      HMS Tyne

      Hms Tyne was in Galway as part of the "Hands across the Border" initiative. Splendid ship, just launched this July, in fact it was launched the Day of the Salthill Airshow this year!!!

      It was in Galway last weekend.

      Some of you may remember it for being in the News for having been the first UK Naval ship to dock alongside LE Eithne in Belfast....History in the Making!

      There was a heavily Armed Gardai presence for it's arrival and it's stay. The crew loved Galway and there is talks of it returning to Salthill for the 2004 Airshow! Most crew members bought Claddagh Rings.

      The crew also stayed in Dun Ui Mhaoiliosa Barracks (Renmore) and played soccer with the 1st Bn (An Chead Chath) and they lost to the 1st Bn by 12 to 1!

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      • #33
        New River Class Patrol Vessel launched

        The new RN River Class PV launched last week. The main difference between her & the three other River Class will be:

        Helipad capable of takeing Merlin sized Helos
        Air Surveillance Radar
        Extra accomodation for embarked troops / staff
        Operate in the Falkland Islands for 282 days per year.

        This one hull is replacing the two Castle Class OPV(H)'s
        Attached Files

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        • #34
          We'll take 4 please.

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          • #35
            Compared to Niamh - These are slightly larger, slower, have longer range and are poorly armed.

            Although they have a larger stern deck and a crane (capable of 25 tonne lift) making it more versatile.

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            • #36
              HMS Clyde on sea trials & handed over to UKRN







              HMS Clyde (the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel) completed sea trials in Dec 2006 & was handed over to the RN on 30 January 2007.

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              • #37
                Fine looking ship.


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • #38
                  RN extended River Class proceeding to sea

                  HMS Clyde proceeding to sea on 01 Mar 2007, under the White Ensign. Nice compact air search radar. Wonder if one of those type could be retrofitted onto an LPV??!

                  Nice sized tug aswell, nice replacement for Seabhac??




                  Long haul to the Falkland Islands!!

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                  • #39
                    Air search radar is vital if you have a Helipad. You need to be able to accurately vector the aircraft to your position. No real point putting them on an LPV.

                    Seabhac was never a tug...she is a "rope boat".

                    That said, I did see one of the MoD tugs for sale recently. How old is Seabhac? More Importantly, is the paint thicker than the steel at this stage of its life, and how does one pronounce it correctly?

                    showak or sha-vok?


                    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                    • #40
                      Our Tug was bulit in 1958, when we sold her to her new owner last year he got an x-ray of the hull. She had lost only couple of mm max at the keel. Still had 1" left. Not bad for the amount of time, work, sinkings she went through.

                      The Hull will rust from the inside out anyway.

                      Corrosion will hit the sharpest, pointest bits on the outside first. As we learned with the fathers new/old motorboat project
                      "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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                      • #41
                        Like the Big PVs..as for the rusty tug rope boat in Cork....there was interest placed in the used of inshore tugs in a post here passed..have to say I never saw them used as as such way back then..but times and attitudes change..or maybe its just me...
                        Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
                          Air search radar is vital if you have a Helipad. You need to be able to accurately vector the aircraft to your position. No real point putting them on an LPV.
                          No real point??
                          No point in having the capability to track aircraft during embargo operations (i.e. Shannon ops for the past few years)?
                          No real point to be able to use the air search radar to direct your FCS onto a target?
                          No real point to give the state it's only truly mobile long range air search capability?
                          No real point to be able to control SAR air assets when a ship is On Scene Co-Ordinator in SAR Ops?

                          I would argue that having an air search radar is another asset that (in relative terms) is quite cheap for the long term benefit and capability it gives (not the navy) the PDF.

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                          • #43
                            Thats what the HPV is for. Perhaps it would be a useful asset on the future Larger Multi Role Vessel, which would be designed specifically for the roles you suggest above. However retro fitting them on a mast designed only to carry the basic Navigation radar, and on a ship designed only for Long distance EEZ protection would be excessive.

                            Retro fitting could prove more costly than fitting them from the start. To do it properly you need to tie it into your FCS. Then you need an ops room like Eithne sort of has(when all the equipment is operational). Better off to include it as standard equipment on all future vessels. Maybe if the LPVs are in a mid life major refit it could be considered, as you would be ripping everything out anyway, but not just to add the Air Search Radar.


                            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                            • #44
                              River class for Trinidad and Tobago




                              VT Group has been contracted to build and manage three (3) Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), including associated training and long-term maintenance support, that are to be supplied to Trinidad. The programme is valued at more than £150 million. Contracts were signed in Trinidad on Thursday April 5.

                              Design work will start immediately on the 90 metre long ships, which will be used for a range of Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) management, special operations and maritime law enforcement tasks. They will be operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coastguard and the first ship will be handed over in 2009.

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                              • #45
                                OPVH departs for Falklands



                                Slightly old news! (20/08/2007)

                                NEW patrol ship HMS Clyde today bids farewell to Portsmouth – possibly for good – as she sails south to begin work.
                                The souped-up River-class vessel takes over from HMS Dumbarton Castle as the Falklands guardship.
                                Clyde will be on duty in the South Atlantic for at least five years under a lease deal with Portsmouth-based shipbuilders VT Group who own and built the warship.
                                The aim is to carry out maintenance on Clyde in the Southern Hemisphere, rather than bringing her back to Blighty sporadically for an overhaul.
                                The ship commissioned last month, since when she has been conducting aviation trials and training around the UK before today’s departure for the south.
                                Over three weeks off the Cornish and Devon coasts, a Sea King from 771 NAS at Culdrose set down 300 times on Clyde to hone the skills of the flight deck crew and provide vital data for the rest of the Fleet (Clyde is the only River-class warship with a flight deck).
                                Once in the Falklands, she will be available for missions on 282 days a year, with her 40 or so crew being rotated every six months.
                                “It is a great honour to be deploying the ship for the first time. The ship’s company are looking forward to sailing in the southern hemisphere and are full of enthusiasm for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Clyde’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Paul Pitcher.
                                Her predecessor will conduct a handover before returning to Portsmouth for decommissioning in November.
                                http://www.navynews.co.uk/articles/2...0007082001.asp

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