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  1. covert_shores

    RN warship 2050: project Startpoint

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34077719 :)
  2. uk 75

    Royal Navy Diving Support ships RECLAIM and CHALLENGER

    Not sure where to put this one. Caught an old 70s episode of Dr Who on the HORROR channel last night (SEA DEVILS I think). The HMS RECLAIM was featured using a diving cannister to deliver the Dr to his fate. I remember the RN managed to get a replacement called CHALLENGER in the 80s. But it...
  3. covert_shores

    Really old secret projects (1800s and earlier)

    Thinking that we need a thread for all old (pre-1880s?) projects. Came across HMS Duke of Kent design for a four-deck ship of the line on Reddit. c1809. Never built. Original source http://collections.rmg.co.uk/
  4. Triton

    RFA Fleet Solid Support Ship

    Artist's impression of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fleet Solid Support Ship. Source: http://www.rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/index.php/RFA-DRY-CARGO/Future-Solid-Support/NDP_FSS
  5. J

    SARO P.108 Lifeboat and P.147 Sea Raider glider concepts ...

    SARO projects for rescue lifeboat and Sea Raider commando attack gliders. Descriptions and small 3-views from Tagg-Wheeler From Sea to Air; larger drawings from Wheeler From River to Sea. P.108 1949 Two versions of a glider, the hull of which detached to serve as a lifeboat. The Mk.II version...
  6. Arjen

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier costs 'to double'

    From BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24801942
  7. Triton

    Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) concepts

    Artist's concept of Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS)-derived Solid Support Ship (SSS). Source: http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-uks-solid-support-ships-ssstoo-much.html http://ukarmedforcescommentary.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html
  8. Grey Havoc

    Operation Cudgel

    Stickleback Class Midge XPW Minnow (X54) Stickleback (X51) Shrimp (X52) Sprat (X53) Stickleback Class 1954 - 1958 The Stickleback class submarines were midget submarines of the Royal Navy initially ordered as improved versions of the older XE class submarines. The Royal Navy may have...
  9. RP1

    RN Concept Designs: HMY(R), Replacement Royal Yacht

    So, another one from the depths of Profs' acetates (he still uses the OHP! :o ) This time, it's a replacement for HMY Britannia, which was studied on-and-off for a while in FBG before finally being nixed by the New Labour government in 1997. Annoyingly I can't make out the signature...
  10. Grey Havoc

    ‘BLACK SWAN’ Class Sloop-Of-War

    Via HP&CA, a new MOD concept for the Royal Navy: Detailed specs Joint Concept Note 1/12 This concept is probably DOA. Someone should have told the MOD that Transformation and the like is dead and buried. 'Systems not platforms' is what brought about such disasters as the LCS.
  11. Hood

    British Sigint Ship Programme

    Richard J. Aldrich’s recent book ‘GCHQ: An uncensored story of Britain’s most secret intelligence agency’ features some information on the planned Sigint ship of the 1960s. He gives a history elsewhere in the book about the operations of HMS Totem and Turpin in the 1950s. He goes on to say...
  12. Triton

    Vickers Armstrong Hovercraft Designs

    Artist's impression of Vickers Armstrong VA-4. 115 ton concept hovercraft - intended to carry about 500 passengers or 140 passengers plus 28 cars at 65 kts. At the time seen as direct competition to the Saunders-Roe SR-N4 hovercraft. Source: http://www.bartiesworld.co.uk/hovercraft/vickers.htm
  13. uk 75

    1969 plans to fit Exocet: Details of Ships

    In his excellent Royal Navy Destroyers and Frigates, Norman Friedman gives details of original plans for fitting Excocets to the Royal Navy surface fleet. Shipbucket enthusiasts may already have seen this, but if not it may be of interest. In 1969 the RN decided to buy 300 Exocets to fit 37...
  14. uk 75

    Fifth RN Polaris: Source for the name "Ramillies"

    I know this general subject has come up before, but with the growing access to documents in the NAO and elsewhere I thought I would just check this one again. I first saw "Ramillies" listed as the cancelled fifth RN Polaris submarine in Conway's fighting ships when it appeared in the 80s...
  15. uk 75

    Saunders Roe Hovercraft Aircraft Carrier

    On page 241 of "The Decline of British Seapower" by Desmond Wettern, the then Minister of Aviation (Julian Amery) told a Business Dinner on 9 September 1964 that the Government were considering building an ocean-going "hovership" for the RN. His Ministry and the MOD would make preliminary...
  16. Grey Havoc

    How would you convert the CVF class Carriers into Arsenal ships?

    This thread was inspired by a brief exchange on the 'New British Carriers...' thread, over in Military. It's where members can post suggestions, paper napkin designs, drawings, etc., and discuss the pros and cons of converting the CVF's [CVA - Aircraft Carrier (Attack) as they are now formally...
  17. Graham1973

    Ethen Allen Polaris Submarines for the Royal Navy?

    Author Anthony Trew's first novel 'Two Hours to Darkness' (1963) is the first novel I know of that features the idea of a SSBN commander suffering a mental breakdown and deciding to carry out a live fire test of the missiles under his control. But what is truly interesting about the novel is...
  18. Triton

    SRN4 Hovercraft concepts

    SRN4 Hovercraft concepts Source: http://www.tboverse.us/HPCAFORUM/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=959&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
  19. Thorvic

    CVF - Future Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier

    (Surprisingly there are no dedicated topics to this project within the Naval Projects, which was a surprise to me, plenty of references across the forum and movie posted in The Bar, but no specific project thread. :-\) The prime source for the CVF program was Richard Breedals Navymatters.com...
  20. Triton

    UK replenishment ship/helicopter carrier studies circa 1980

    About 1980, there was a considerable number of design studies into ships that combined the role of replenishment and helicopter carrier in different proportions to create a "cheap" carrier. The simplest variants had a box hanger forward and a big deck with three landing spots aft. This...