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- 25-04-12, 13:37 #251
It's not often we see a 'Victory Parade' through L0ndon these days so here's another entry for the log courtesy of Soleil:
Navy News photo by LA(Phot) Abbie Herron, RNAS Yeovilton
Originally Posted by Navy News 25 Apr 2012
07-08-12, 08:25 #252
Nice follow-up story:
Originally Posted by Navy News 6 Aug 2012
08-08-12, 19:57 #253
13-08-12, 21:48 #254
Last edited by Naval_Gazer; 13-08-12 at 21:50.
15-08-12, 16:59 #255
The Royal Aeronatical Society has just published a report titled Lessons Offered from the Libya Air Campaign. I thought the following observations were particularly pertinent:
...The sustainability of complex aircraft when deployed remains a challenge despite the years over which GR4 (and Harrier GR9) has operated in Afghanistan. Operating from a well found base such as Gioia del Colle is one thing; an austere base is more difficult while a bare base will be very challenging. In this respect, carrier aviation has much to offer. The carrier itself is a well found base and one that can be deployed to any scenario with a coastline. While expensive to buy and to operate, that must be compared to the cost of deploying land based air to a host nation and sustaining it there. While a carrier can scale the degree of its presence in theatre and withdraw readily, deploying an air wing to another country arguably involves greater overt political commitment. The decision to deploy will be made more reluctantly but once made the decision to withdraw may be delayed owing to the possible connotation of retreat...
The Royal Navy was involved through the provision of HMS Ocean for Apache operations and the firing of Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Trafalgar class submarine HMS Triumph. Interest in land attack capabilities from surface vessels has, unsurprisingly, been spurred by the Libyan experience. The Royal Navy are investigating options of embarked precision attack systems and UAV. One possible option is that of the Lockheed Martin Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) which can deliver a 500lb (225kg) warhead around 180 miles (300km).
Naval platforms have much to offer in terms of air power capability. Surface ships and submarines have far greater endurance than aircraft; they can adopt the ‘poise’ role for weeks on end off a coastline or other operational area such as a communications bottleneck. The former can be either covert (over the horizon) or overt for a more direct presence and hence influence. The latter, by their nature, add a considerable degree of uncertainty to the opposition in terms of presence, location and intention.
Operating rotary and fixed wing aircraft from carriers offers considerable capability and flexibility. The need for host nation support is much reduced or even eliminated. Transit time to theatre may appear slow (20 knots compared to an aircraft’s cruising speed of 400kt) but a carrier’s aircraft are ready for action immediately it arrives in theatre. Sending fast jets to a host nation may be ‘fast’ but the support tail can take time to deploy and then prepare so delaying the start of actual operations. An ‘airfield’ in the littoral (such as Charles de Gaulle and its Rafales) may also offer shorter reaction times than land based aircraft in a host nation.
The reach of systems such as Tomahawk (between 700nm (1,300km) to 1,350nm (2,500km)) also compares favourably with aircraft carried weapons. The drawback is the relatively small weapon load and the specialist facilities required for reloading. As has long been the case, air and naval systems are complementary and together can offer great flexibility and capability in many cases...
Air power was central to and essential for success in Libya. Highly capable air assets enabled the anti-regime ground forces to overcome an opponent that otherwise greatly outmatched them. The Libyan campaign was markedly different from the COIN stabilisation operations of Iraq and Afghanistan. While it may not be a blueprint for all future use of force it serves to prove that we are highly like to face a challenge we have not anticipated. Moreover, OUP was pivotal for NATO. The US role in NATO has changed and will continue to change as the focus of America shifts from Europe to Asia-Pacific. The European members must be more ready and more able in future to take the lead and provide the weight of effort required.
Despite the declaration of “Let’s play Libya at arm’s length”, the USA did provide substantial support to OUP though not to the same scale as on previous occasions. In both the 1995 Bosnian and 1999 Kosovan campaigns, Europe was in the embarrassing position of having little ability to project power in Europe such that the USA had to supply the bulk of the combat power and support functions.
Sending forces around the world is one thing, but dealing with trouble in your own back yard is quite another. Though located in another continent, Libya is still relatively close to Europe with all the facilities of the southern NATO countries to hand. Should Europe have to project military power to a truly out of area location then this will be a very significant challenge indeed. Britain will not have fixed-wing carrier aircraft until 2020 at the earliest. In the interim, Europe’s capability in this area will be limited to the Rafales of the Charles de Gaulle and the Harriers of the Italian and Spanish navies. Both of those countries face major financial difficulties so the readiness and even the continuance of those assets is somewhat uncertain.
29-09-12, 10:08 #256Originally Posted by Portsmouth News 29 Sep 2012
Both Lt Cdr Hutchison RAN and Lt Joel Roberts RN, the ship's Navigating Officer, had previously been awarded CINCFLEET commendations. Lt Cdr Jim Byron RN, the ship's CO, was awarded the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross) and PO(D) Mark 'Jan' Cocking, the ship's Cox'n, was awarded the QCVS in the List of Operational Honours & Awards published in March this year. Lt Andy Penfold RN, the ship's Ops Officer, was awarded a Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Commendation.
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29-09-12, 10:28 #257
- Join Date
- Apr 2008
- Watching the Boats going backwards and forwards
ooh, another gong for me!
I knew they were looking into it but didn't think it would be sanctioned.Give a man a fish and he'll feed his family for a day,
teach a man to fish and he'll sit round on a boat all day drinking beer.
16-10-12, 16:42 #258
05-12-12, 11:23 #259
The Sun Miltary Awards (Millies) ceremony will take place tomorrow night at the Imperial War Museum in London and highlights will be broadcast by ITV1 at 2100 on Friday 14 December. Among the many Naval Service (RN & RM) units and individuals nominated for awards is the nuclear submarine HMS Triumph, commanded by Cdr Dan Clarke RN, for its clandestine work close to the shore of Libya during Operation ELLAMY:
It is sobering to note that our SSN force is being reduced to seven hulls, only four or five of which will be operationally available at any time. This is why they are currently having to conduct 10-month long deployements.
05-12-12, 11:25 #260
- Join Date
- Feb 2006