• Hi Guest! Forum rules have been updated. All users please read here.

RN Concept Designs: LPD(R) Design

RP1

I see the truth in it.
Senior Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2006
Messages
468
Reaction score
249
Website
rp-one.net
Hi all,


A quick search seemed to indicate that I hadn't posted this before. Concept artwork of an LPD(R) design with somewhat different self-defence armament than the final version... (VLSW and 30mm)


This was one of the studies my boss (David Andrews) carried out as part of the future amphibious shipping studies when he was in the MoD.


- RP1


LPD_R_full_design_1k.jpg
 

JFC Fuller

ACCESS: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2012
Messages
2,611
Reaction score
919
Thanks for posting. Looks like a total of 32 VLSW; seems to have been something of a standard fit- its what the RFA Fort Victoria class got (or were meant to get should I say) as well as the T23. Perhaps not unsurprisingly the background is reminiscent of Norway.
 

Mike Pryce

BAe P.1216 book: harrier.org.uk/P1216.htm
Senior Member
Joined
Dec 21, 2006
Messages
1,058
Reaction score
150
Thanks for that Richard. Any date for it?
 

RLBH

ACCESS: Secret
Joined
May 5, 2007
Messages
369
Reaction score
227
Very interesting....

Obviously this is the version with a hangar (and Sea Wolf - that's new on me!), so presumably has the full complement of Senior Rates' accomodation and geared diesel drive? I've heard rumours, but hadn't seen any indication of the original design's characteristics. Do you (or Prof. Andrews) happen to know if the principal characteristics were substantially different than the ships that were built?
 

Abraham Gubler

ACCESS: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Mar 18, 2008
Messages
3,555
Reaction score
200
Is it just me or does that LCM/Mexefloat heading for shore look like it has capsized? Not good!
 

Jemiba

ACCESS: Above Top Secret
Staff member
Top Contributor
Senior Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
8,269
Reaction score
1,111
Had the same thoughts at first, but the thing, lying besides the LPD looks more or less the same. Maybe
a kind of mobile pier ?
 

RP1

I see the truth in it.
Senior Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2006
Messages
468
Reaction score
249
Website
rp-one.net
Hi all,


The thingy alongside the LPD is a Mexoflote transfer platform I think. The perspective was always a bit off in these paintings because they only had 2D drawings to work from.


I've put your questions to Prof. Let's see what he remembers.


Regarding the propulsion; I worked on a Design for Production project which used a *very* late version of the LPD(R) design which was still geared diesel drive. The switch to diesel electric propulsion occurred at an extremely late stage. This had a number of very undesirable consequences on the design, surprising no-one, which were brutally laid bare by the ex-MEO at an (unclassified) INEC conference in 2004. I would note that they were subsequently fixed in refit.


RP1
 

Grey Havoc

The path not taken.
Senior Member
Joined
Oct 9, 2009
Messages
12,800
Reaction score
2,810
On the subject of Mexeflotes: http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2011/04/a-trip-down-mexeflote-lane/
 

RP1

I see the truth in it.
Senior Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2006
Messages
468
Reaction score
249
Website
rp-one.net
@ Grey Havoc, thanks for that. I wondered where "mexe" came from...

Well, I had an interesting discussion with Prof. about this. Didn't quite get to the point of finding out exactly at which point in the design this represents however...

It seems that the story of the gestation of the LPD(R) is something of a tale of woe, and a tale that is only for telling at the appropriate point in time. :-X

Sticking to details, when Prof. took over as PM there was a well worked up spec for the ship, but the combat system was a bit woolly.
Three one year feasibility design contracts were then given to teams of NA and CSEs, with the idea that the cheapest solution compliant with the requirements would be selected. The teams were:

  • A JV of Swan Hunters & Ferranti
  • A JV of VSEL & CAP Scientific
  • Trafalgar House, who had subcontracted Govan and BAE Systems
As it turned out, none of the designs were completely compliant and after A Long Process About Which Something May Be Written When The Time Is Right :-X , a smaller design with reduced requirements was handed to VSEL / Barrow on a NAPNOC basis.


Now I know this isn't the VSEL design because I have an image of that from a VSEL brochure (I'll post it when I can find the paper version and the date) and that has Goalkeeper *AND* GWS-26, which makes my CSE parts happy. B)

We *think* that this is either the Govan/BAES design or the final indicative design handed to VSEL ??? . FWIW I can see it being either of those *or* the "Dream Team" design of Swan Hunter and Ferranti.

Perhaps I will be able to extract some more information later. I have the bright lights and hoses on standby. ;)

RP1
 

RLBH

ACCESS: Secret
Joined
May 5, 2007
Messages
369
Reaction score
227
RP1 said:
It seems that the story of the gestation of the LPD(R) is something of a tale of woe, and a tale that is only for telling at the appropriate point in time. :-X
Why does that not surprise me? :p
 

Triton

Donald McKelvy
Senior Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2009
Messages
9,719
Reaction score
663
Website
deeptowild.blogspot.com
According to Jane's Fighting Ships 1992-93:

This illustrative design shown in the picture dates back to 1987 and probably shows a more complex ship than the one which [sic] is likely to emerge from project definition. Two helicopter landing spots. Subtantial command and control facilities will be included.

Displacement, tons: 15,000 full load

Dimensions, feet, metres: 524.9 x 85.3 x 36.1 (160 x 26 x 11)

Main machinery: Diesel or diesel-electric. 2 shafts.

Speed, knots: 18

Complement: 350

Military lift: 400 troops; overload 1,100 troops; 80 support vehicles

Landing craft: 4 LCU (dock); 4 LCVP (davits)

Missile: SAM 2 lightweight Seawolf launchers

Guns: CIWS supported by close range weapons

Countermeasures: Decoys and ESM/ECM

Combat data systems: Action data automation

Radars: Air/surface search. Fire control.

Helicopters: Platform for 4
 

Grey Havoc

The path not taken.
Senior Member
Joined
Oct 9, 2009
Messages
12,800
Reaction score
2,810
Some pictures and description of mexeflote operation can be found here.

EDIT: From the article -
2579531676_10d42b9d89_z.jpg
 

JFC Fuller

ACCESS: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2012
Messages
2,611
Reaction score
919
A couple of things related to RN amphibious plans from the early 1990s:

Has anybody got any images of the Swan Hunter proposal for the LPH programme (that was won by VSEL with the design that became Ocean), Google Books suggests that an artists impression made it into some Jane's publications around 1992, it would be great to see such an image.

Also, RP1, you mentioned that you have an image of the VESL proposal for LPD(R), are you able to post it?
 

Thorvic

ACCESS: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2006
Messages
628
Reaction score
83
From what I recall at the time the LPD design was cut down to size to save costs which took a deck level from the superstructure and removed the hanger.

For artwork or the proposed designs I guess they would likely appear in the defence magazines at the time especially the alternative designs. Mainstream publications like Janes and Combat Fleets tended to only post up images once building was underway.
 

Similar threads

Top