December 10, 2009

Can’t Wait Till CDR Salamander Riffs On This

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:52 am

Brit ship is very capable as long as you don’t need to, uh, kill anything.

HMS Daring, first of the Type 45s, will have been in Navy hands for a year in eight days’ time. She is armed with nothing but a 4.5-inch “Kryten” gun turret and a pair of light 30mm cannon, suitable for shooting up pirate dhows and the like. This is an utterly pathetic amount of punch for a £1.1bn (at the latest estimate) warship with a crew of 200. Her first captain has already been and gone; the second, it now seems certain, will also depart before the ship is capable of achieving anything even vaguely in proportion to her cost or even vaguely worth his time commanding her. It won’t be at all surprising if the same thing happens with the second Type 45, Dauntless, which has just arrived in Portsmouth ahead of handover to the Navy tomorrow.

The whole saga is made even more depressing by the fact that it is very largely the vast expense of the Type 45s which has led to the swingeing cuts to the rest of the British fleet seen in recent years, and which is imperilling the future of the new carriers which would be so much more useful.

4 Responses to “Can’t Wait Till CDR Salamander Riffs On This”

  1. CDR Salamander Says:

    How much of this madness can one fella take?

  2. Justthisguy Says:

    Oh, good Lord! No anti-air to speak of, no serious anti-ship ability, no anti-sub it seems, not even any machine guns against boarders from those pirate dhows. Presumably it has a good sonar suite, so they can hear the Chicom submariners taunting them over the underwater telephone thingy while waiting to die.

  3. Justthisguy Says:

    P.s. We should ask Zoe what she knows about the sonar suite. I betcha they screwed that up, too.

    P.p.s. I got my blog working again. It took the final death of my Win95 box, and (sorta) figuring out how to use this here Ubuntu box, but I, as did the Phib, have finally gone over to New Blogger. And yes, Google is still evil, and Blogger is still free.

  4. Jon Says:

    Hmmm… maybe they’d be better off with a couple old Fletchers, if there are any anywhere to be had..

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