The Carriers

For those wishing to get an opinion on the new carriers one of which is now at sea, I would point you to the article by Max Hastings in the Daily Mail...

There are opinions and opinions. His was but a diabilistic diatribe, probably penned with a major shitty on merely because he failed to blag a ride on that maiden-voyage-under-the-bridge-of-thighs.

I once had a certain admiration for some of Hasting's books, but after this - his cred is shred.

Recalling a Dolphin WR Mess Dinner post Corporate, with Sandy Woodward as our Guest of Honour, the Commander gathered us in an impromptu huddle beforehand, stating "Do NOT let X (another journo, formerly RN) get even within arms length of Sandy!"

" Otherwise..." was left unstated but understood, so I'd imagine Captain Jerry Kyd and his merry Crew will now be harbouring similar sentiments about Max H.
 
For those wishing to get an opinion on the new carriers one of which is now at sea, I would point you to the article by Max Hastings in the Daily Mail today who suggests that both should be scuttled, or mothballed, cancel the F35bs regardless of cost and build something something more suitable for fighting a war in 2017 onwards. If as it says that they have Windows XP on board we will need all the help we can get, never mind the 150 billion cost overrun the Americans are suffering.
I have expressed my opinion about this charlatan before:
That'll be the same blinkered pro-Army but rabidly anti-RN Max Hastings who sees no reason for having aircraft carriers or capable escorts and recently described the RN as cowardly (link) because he lacks any grasp of the constraints imposed on the conduct of maritime constabulary duties. This is the same Max Hastings who liberated Port Stanley single-handed but has since forgotten the debt he owes to the RN ships sunk, the FAA aircraft shot down and the sailors who died while delivering him so that he could file his 'exclusive'. He and Lewis Page certainly deserve each other.
 

SONAR-BENDER

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Bless him. Windows XP!

I see what has happened here. Either he or one of his know-nowt 'Defence Correspondents' have seen some or other pic taken of the SCC and figured the screen 'looks a bit like Windows XP'. If it looks like Windows XP then it must be Windows XP and if it therefore is Windows XP then it must be as vulnerable as the fucked-up, government-sponsored cratered NHS variant which has suffered from countless dismal attempts to upgrade or modify and therefore the nations flagship is susceptible to Ransomware attacks. FACT!

Things is, Mr Hastings, there are so many gaps in your logic there.

There's journalists and experts, then there's hermetically-sealed bags of semi-liquidised shite which are such as Max Hastings. Sits tapping away on vintage typewriters (or Word Perfect v1.2) and pushes out reams ... and reams, and reams of speculative dogshit for which he is paid lucratively, his brilliantined picture (taken in 1993) atop the masthead and almost Katie Hopkinesque stream-of-conscious drivel neatly paragraphed for dismal spotters who never packed the tackle to serve and find out to share and paste in their facebook feed like its the TRUTH! Only, it aint. Once, 'the man' feared the press. But these days, when you have ********* such as he who clearly have some sort of past-experience-fuelled-agenda against an (according to him) worthy target, and bingo. Just what does he figure the £6.2Bn should have been spent on then? Tanks? Soljurs? Here's a thing. Just how do you get them there, Max? How do you adopt poise off an area of political interest (like say, The Falklands, in 1982) and make the aim point of an expeditionary operation (like say, the invading forces occupying the Falklands in 1982) shit them selves, then, adopt the littoral manoeuvre and land the allied assets whilst maintaining a seaward prevention strategy to prevent counter attack ... without military ships and in particular, aircraft carriers. I mean, its not as though he wrote a ******* book about it, is it? I mean, its not as though the carriers are set to lie idle now that China is kicking up dust about Taiwan, North Korea fancies a shot at the title, the Middle East is bone dry and awaiting a discarded cigarette and our old mate Russia seems like it's back in the gym.

Take no notice of Hastings. He's yesterdays journalist, disconnected from the artery of in-the-know and plenty pissed off about it. Hence his woefully gash assumption about the Platform Management Systems on QEC


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Discovery5

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Apparently, as we have so few ships capable of going to sea the Russians have asked whether we will need them to assist in escorting the Queen Elizabeth when she sails to Portsmouth.
 

WreckerL

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Apparently, as we have so few ships capable of going to sea the Russians have asked whether we will need them to assist in escorting the Queen Elizabeth when she sails to Portsmouth.
Link? Or just the usual nay saying "in my day" rhetoric?
 
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guestm

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Apparently, as we have so few ships capable of going to sea the Russians have asked whether we will need them to assist in escorting the Queen Elizabeth when she sails to Portsmouth.

^ This bloke, talking about the Russian Navy like they have fewer problems than us........

Get him on at the fringe.
 
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Safeguard - XP is installed on a system onboard. Known since it was installed, carefully managed and will be replaced when the time is right.

I know it is. But as you say, it's pretty well managed and any vulnerabilities are known and have safeguards in place.

You hear that, Hastings?

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