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  • Originally posted by Ballistic View Post

    I actually wouldn't be surprised if the RNZN decided to go with a smaller frigate design, perhaps something like the RN's Type-31e (hopefully the Babcock Arrowhead 140 design - it looks very tidy). If they can keep costs to a minimum, it should provide a very capable frigate design and be much cheaper than the Type-26. Would come with a smaller crew requirement (100 personnel - but room for more), can take the same weapons fit as the T-26 (Mk 45 127mm gun, 32 VLS, CIWS etc.
    Not knowing bugger all about ships, that sounds like it would make bloody good sense. At the moment there's a push to go with kit already in-service locally, locally supportable and where possible some commonality. I can't see our Navy going for smaller ships after justifying all the recent purchases and risk loosing those manning numbers to the other services. They are struggling to crew ships but for some reason have a lot of "non essential" shore based personnel.

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    • Australian P-8A Poseidon fires first Harpoon missile during sinking exercise


      https://navaltoday.com/2018/07/23/au...king-exercise/

      The Australian P-8A Poseidon aircraft has achieved another milestone successfully firing its first Harpoon anti-ship missile during exercise RIMPAC 18 off Hawaii.


      Not the latest news, but for this who haven't followed RIMPAC.

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      • With Australia's 15 and NZ's 4 P8's, plus the 7 Triton's, we've got this area locked down.

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        • Originally posted by Ballistic View Post
          With Australia's 15 and NZ's 4 P8's, plus the 7 Triton's, we've got this area locked down.
          Chinese fishing fleets and Japanese whalers watch out!!!

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          • Damn right, there's a Harpoon waiting for each of them!

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            • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-0...scued/10069784

              Australian soldier Terry Harch rescued after being trapped on New Zealand's Mount Aspiring

              Updated yesterday at 8:14pm
              An Australian soldier who was trapped in sub-zero conditions on New Zealand's Mount Aspiring has been rescued in a "snatch and grab" mission involving three helicopters.

              Key Points:

              • The soldier, identified as Lt Terry Harch, was found by rescue teams on Thursday and rescued on Friday
              • He is said to be in a "reasonable" condition after being rescued
              • Lt Harch began his climb last Friday, and the alarm was raised on Monday

              Terry Harch had been stranded on the mountain, located on New Zealand's South Island, since a severe snowstorm hit the area last weekend.
              "It's a great result as we did not want the climber spending another night on the mountain. The aim now is to get him to hospital for immediate treatment," Neville Blakemore of the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand said.

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              • There's got to be a "Lost LT doing nav" joke in there somewhere.

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                • Apparently not the first time he has had to be rescued over here.
                  Climbers who met Australian soldier on Mt Cook say he was "an accident waiting to happen".

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                  • Originally posted by Divingengineer View Post

                    There's got to be a "Lost LT doing nav" joke in there somewhere.
                    How about the mighty 6th Battalion winning the DOG Cup? Good drills. Bob Varcoe had mentioned that they didn't have the best lead up prep either.

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                    • Originally posted by digrar View Post

                      How about the mighty 6th Battalion winning the DOG Cup? Good drills. Bob Varcoe had mentioned that they didn't have the best lead up prep either.

                      YTB! they did well. Also I believe the first the Battalion to win DOG cup whilst deployed...

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                      • Hopefully they get a go at Cambrian Patrol.

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                        • Rheinmetall announces the contract for its 8x8 Boxer by Australian Army

                          https://www.armyrecognition.com/augu...lian_army.html

                          The Boxer CRV was selected after rigorous trials conducted by the ADF. Under Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 selection process, the Boxer CRV was chosen in 2016 as one of two candidates for Risk Mitigation Activity trials where the 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle performed convincingly in the categories of survivability, mobility, firepower, and command & control. Rheinmetall is co-operating closely with Australian defence industry, having established a strong, highly effective team in the country. A significant share of the industrial value added during production of the Boxer will take place in country. More than 40 Australian companies will be included in the programme.

                          Another done deal.

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                          • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-1...e-off/10129180

                            Key points:

                            • An EA-18 Growler warplane was just about to take off when the engine "destroyed itself" before it caught fire
                            • High-pressure compressor in engine broke into three parts, one segment piercing bottom of the jet before taking a chunk out of the runway
                            • Aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million, has been assessed as "beyond economic repair"
                            The RAAF's newly delivered EA-18G Growler was taking part in military exercises and was just about to take off from the Nellis Air Force base outside Las Vegas when the emergency occurred on January 28.
                            Six months on from the fiery mishap, the Defence Department has confirmed the damaged Growler has since been "withdrawn from service" and the department has begun examining how it can recover the cost of the aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million.

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                            • "the damaged Growler has since been "withdrawn from service" and the department has begun examining how it can recover the cost of the aircraft, believed to be worth $120 million."
                              Crowd funding, a give a little page or pilot to pay?

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                              • Uncle Sugar's extended warranty.

                                Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post
                                Crowd funding, a give a little page or pilot to pay?
                                I reckon the failed part supplier will end up getting it in the neck, with GE and Boeing probably getting a whack on the way through.
                                Last edited by digrar; 19-08-2018, 02:16 PM.

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