Royal Brunei BAe Corvettes

I believe that these are still sitting alongside at Scotstoun next to the Type 45s being kitted out. Is there any news on the case of the Brunei Government paying up for them?

If the Brunei Navy doesn't take them, should the Royal Navy acquire them?Would the the Royal Navy acquire them? Despite being classed as Corvettes they seem to be quite capable, and in my mind might be well suited to Anti-Piracy and ship protection operations in the Med, or am I talking gash there?

Either way, opinions on the Navy and Corvettes, perhaps we should had a BAe F2000 instead of a River Class for the Falklands tasking?
 

dunkers

War Hero
If you can find the money in the budget to buy and maintain them, if Brunei doesn't, then perhaps the RN might buy them. Otherwise not.
 

trehorn2

Lantern Swinger
I'll start passing the hat around.

I have 25p, a button and a key which i have no idea what it fits.

Anyone else care to contribute?
 

Not_a_boffin

War Hero
Ho ho ho. Anybody thought to enquire why the Sultan of Brunei (among the richest men in the world) hasn't paid up for them? Perhaps it might be something to do with a number of "alleged" faults including severe aft end vibration, being 400 tonnes overweight (on a 2000te tonne target displacement!), not meeting speed, endurance, stability etc.....

AIUI, it has been talked about in MoD and we have had a very lucky escape. What precisely would we use a ship with very limited range for these days - permanent perisher target?
 

trehorn

War Hero
Not_a_boffin said:
Ho ho ho. Anybody thought to enquire why the Sultan of Brunei (among the richest men in the world) hasn't paid up for them? Perhaps it might be something to do with a number of "alleged" faults including severe aft end vibration, being 400 tonnes overweight (on a 2000te tonne target displacement!), not meeting speed, endurance, stability etc.....

Sounds perfect if you ask me?
 
I'll take that as a no then?

Anyone know what these "faults" are? The Government has already backed the sale, for export, so they should have been aware that they may have had to pay for them. Is it more likely then that we will see it sold to a different country, would that be the best option for the UK, despite the fact that many countries are beginning to build more Corvettes?
 

stumpy

War Hero
http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/nakhoda/

The above link has some interesting details of these ships. A point to bear in mind is that (and I stand by to be corrected) as usual the order for these ships would have been guaranteed by the government, so if Brunei walks away then we will pay for them anyway. So, as long as it does not come out of the defence buget but out of trade or whatever, why not use them? Didn't we do the same thing with the Type 21s?

Are these shps as capable as a Type 23? No. But they have a ship's company of 79. Why not permanently base one in the Caribbean alongside the RFA tanker. You could maintian her under contract (like the River Class) and leave her there permanently. Also, why not leave one in Gibralter to provide security for that vital chokepoint and the western Med, North Africa etc. And while we are at it, leave one in the Gulf as well. Not to replace frigates/destroyer deployments, but as a low cost supplement that will be there year in year out, revolving the crews back to the UK.

Just an idea. It seems crazy to waste these, especially if the government is going to pay for them anyway, as I expect.
 

F169

War Hero
stumpy said:
http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/nakhoda/

Didn't we do the same thing with the Type 21s?

Er...no! AS wikipedia says: The class was designed to fulfil a requirement for a relatively cheap yet modern general purpose escort vessel to fill a projected gap in the number of escort hulls in the fleet. Many older vessels were rapidly approaching the end of their useful lives yet their replacements, the Type 42 destroyer and Type 22 frigate, would not be ready until the mid-to-late 1970s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_21_frigate

The type 21 was a superb design (except for its aluminium superstructure) which served the RN superbly well. They were in reality the first lean manned ships I reckon. I think the only time the RN has done what you describe was with the old HMS Mermaid, a ship originally built for Ghana.
 

Not_a_boffin

War Hero
Having been aboard the lead ship, I can guarantee you that no "waste" would be involved. I'm with Amazon's comment, these ain't 21-style vessels, they're much more like Mermaid. Anyone care to hazard a guess on the messing arrangements and the noise levels therein? You'd also need a tanker just to get the thing over to WIGS station with acceptable stability (allegedly).

I know HMG likes nothing better than paying BAES money for old rope, but I'm not entirely sure they're contractually liable to bail them out this time. Still, once British Shipbuilders (Warship Division) stands up again (rumour says next week), then I'm sure this power house of design excellence will have no problem producing world-class designs for export.....Or should they just have left that to VT who know what they're doing?
 

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