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...
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/
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.
Two versions of a glider, the hull of which detached to serve as a lifeboat. The Mk.II version...
Artist's concept of Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS)-derived Solid Support Ship (SSS).
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...
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...
Via HP&CA, a new MOD concept for the Royal Navy:
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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...