Numbers not everything.

onions

GCM
Well, there you have it straight from the horse's mouth. The C-in-C, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent has said that he has command of ONE HUNDRED ships! Can anyone name them? He also stated that "Numbers are not everything (where have I heard that before?) but capability is."
He was attending the launch of HMS Dauntless.

Keep Striving.
 

snorko

Lantern Swinger
From people that have served with him, he is a chimp of the highest order!!! One hundred ships. Must include URNU's picket boats, motor whalers, RIB's and Landing Craft
 

Not_a_boffin

War Hero
Not a sausage on anything other than BAeS and Sky websites. Disgracefully, the MOD's own website makes no mention whatsoever, although they do redeem themselves by mentioning that 800NAS are back from kandy and list some of the achievements. BZ lads & lasses
 
yes technically B-N may have 106 ships under his control but how can you say that 16 P2000 are ships is beyond me.

i think it is also a bit of a stretch for the head of the Royal Navy fighting force to include the survey ships.

i think you could take it a bit further and say that the ships in

"""""""extended readiness""""""""""

should count either.

so how many does that leave - definitely not over 100
 
letthecatoutofthebag said:
shag_shacker said:
yes technically B-N may have 106 ships under his control but how can you say that 16 P2000 are ships is beyond me.

i think it is also a bit of a stretch for the head of the Royal Navy fighting force to include the survey ships.

i think you could take it a bit further and say that the ships in

"""""""extended readiness""""""""""

should count either.

so how many does that leave - definitely not over 100

The P2000s techincally are ships (they carry a boat and have more than one deck above the waterline) and are considered very good jobs for Warfare Lts to help groom them for further command. They are tasked by CINCFLEET and are his ships. Would you say the two P2000s in Cyrpus and SABRE and SCIMITAR in Gib - armed with GPMGs and a gaggle of booties - don't count?

Similarly, the Survey Squadron do a fantastic job supporting the whole fleet and the rest of the world ensuring our charts are up to date and therefore ensuring the safety of our ships at sea. Did you know that as part of Op Aintree either one of the larger survey ships will be permanently based in the Gulf area directly contributing to operations in that theatre. To say that the Survey Squadron (which includes one of the Fleet's biggest ships - HMS SCOTT) shouls not be included in our tally of ships is as naive as it is ludirous.

Looking at your Bridge Card list and My copy of Janes Fighting Ships 2004/5 to make sure I had the ships class correct then I estimate we have 44 ships capable of fighting. This is of course discounting the 4 bombers who if they were at sea would hide until the time for Armageddon arrive.

Now if we are talking about who can take a non active part, a bit like they told us back in the days of yore that the Royal Yacht would, sadly missed in the South Atlantic, wrong fuel was it?, then yes over 100. But HMS Endevour, HMS Scott, RFA's various fighting ships? you are having a laugh are you not.

Yet another Admiral/Politician playing fast and loose with the truth of the matter.

Nutty

PS Karman I await your input with interest to find out the MOD line on this.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I agree with the header - Numbers are not Everything. For instance you wouldn't, sorry correction, shouldn't send a CVS into a warzone on its own. It needs escorts, an RFA, etc and we're getting thin on the ground with ships of the escort variety. Whilst I don't dispute the value of P Boats in terms of training aids and a little inshore patrolling, they would be more suited to the task of cannon fodder than escorts.

SF
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Nutty wrote with his quill

HMS Endevour,

When did you go outside?

If you mean HMS Endurance cast your mind back to the Falklands and the damage the previous Endurance did to Santa Fe. Have helo(s), have offensive weapon.

But HMS Endevour, HMS Scott, RFA's various fighting ships? you are having a laugh are you not.

The asymmetric warfare we face and will face doesn't include battlewagons on the high seas knocking lumps out of each other. RFAs have been Force Multipliers for a while and (I've said before here) quite capable of undertaking an independent op with booties and air assets embarked where there is no conventional threat or requirement for NGS. All the ships listed above are under Fleet Command so the Admiral is correct. He didn't say 'I have >100 warships'.

Yes, we should have more escorts ready to meet emerging threats and submarines for really sneaky stuff.


(There have been HMS Endevours since Captain Cook's command)
 
I find the whole argument of justifying a reduction in numbers by an increase in capability to be misleading and dangerous. For a start, we currently have no increase in capability, the 45s haven't been built yet. We're reducing numbers already, however.

Secondly, let's say a single Type 45 is as capable as two Type 42s, just for the sake of argument. Let's also say we have 10 Type 42s and we replace them with 5 Type 45s, again, just for the sake of argument. One well-aimed strike on a 42 takes out 10% of our capability. The same strike on a 45 takes out 20%. The whole argument works both ways. Not only that, but it's hard to see how the 5 Type 45s are going to cover the 10 jobs the old 42s were expected to cover, unless they have ship's boats with a hell of a lot more endurance than the current crop of RIBs.

No, numbers aren't everything. But they sure help.
 
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