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Naval analysis, defence commentator. twitter peaks; Jabba the hut bag tweet and F35 leak. 🇬🇧⚓️
Aug 7, 2021 8 tweets 9 min read
Russian fire fighting aircraft thread!🇷🇺

The Beriev Be-200 Altair (Russian: Бериев Бе-200) is a utility amphibious aircraft designed and built by the Beriev Aircraft Company. Marketed as being designed for fire fighting, search and rescue, maritime patrol, cargo, and 1/ passenger transportation, it has a capacity of 12,000 litres (3,200 US gal) of water, or up to 72 passengers

The Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikaľno-Vzletayushchaya Amfibiya (vertical take-off amphibious aircraft) was a wing-in-ground-effect aircraft developed in the 2/
Aug 6, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
So the Russian submarine didn’t lose propulsion.

She snagged some fishing gear in one of her props.

As per communication on vhf ch 16 between Vitse-Admiral Kulakov and the Danish patrol vessel. Confirmed in a unclass after action report from the Danish Naval Command. All comms went through the Udaloy. The sub didnt communicate with the Danish unit directly.
Feb 20, 2021 35 tweets 10 min read
#OnThisDay #gulfwar30

Another quick snapshot of what life was like onboard a warship on this day in 1991, down the Gulf. A disclaimer. It’s been thirty years and my memory has doubtless failed me on some minor details. 1/ I might have one or two things a little off but the idea is to give non-naval types an idea of what it was like during those busy days we had

So HMS Exeter is in a swept box, about 10 miles East of Kuwait. USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri are conducting shoots at targets ashore 2/
Feb 18, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
#Onthisday1991 #gulfwar30

Today thirty years ago we had completed a swept lane transit through the minefield, followed by Wisconsin, Princeton, Tripoli and Jarrett as seen in this picture.

At about 0450 hrs USS Tripoli ran onto an Iraqi mine missed by the sweepers. 1/6 Image The blast created a hole sixteen by twenty five feet, flooded a pump space, dry stores compartment and auxiliary engine room. Fractured firemain flooded a magazine, with further shock damage throughout the ship. She remained immobilised for most of the day as allied ships 2/6 Image
Sep 5, 2020 9 tweets 11 min read
HMS Courageous info/appeal thread! 🇬🇧⚓️

For over 15 years the nuclear powered ‘hunter killer’ submarine HMS COURAGEOUS has been open to the public in Plymouth. Visitor numbers are relatively low as she remains within the Dockyard security perimeter. 1/6 However over 5,000 people visit her every year (by pre arrangement and minimum groups of four). In contrast, the only other nuclear submarines open to the public, USS NAUTILUS in the USA and FS REDOUTABLE in France, each receive over 125,000 visitors a year. 2/6
Jan 27, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
There was a plan for a DDG51 Flight III in late 1980s. In 1989, OPNAV directed NAVSEA to study an enhanced DDG51 that included a dual hangar/helicopter facilities (such as RAST that Flight I/II don't have). 1/7 ImageImageImageImage This would be achieved by inserting a 40-foot section to the aft-hull to accommodate the hangars. To minimise interference of the hanger, the two after SPY-1D radar antenna was raised. Apart from that, the torpedo magazine and VLS were expanded, Mk41 VLS was increased from 2/7