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    ST, British heavy cruisers

    Not sure on the Paper ship names tbh, Neither Drake of Goliath have a strong history of being used as names for cruisers, neither does Bedford tbh. Drake looks loosely based on a 'Churchill' design studies, in fact Churchill seems like a more suitable name for the Tier IX. Surrey seems all wrong too, considering when the RN were going to build the next batch of the County class cruisers it's seems more plausible she would of had a similar bridge layout to Exeter rather than that odd shaped monstrosity of a superstructure. No offence to WG but the devs should of put a bit more effort into this, considering the RN's long history and large number of armoured and protected cruisers it had i feel they could elected to use more suitable names than the ones currently selected. In addition the Surrey sub group were so very nearly built and the designs for this ship were more or less completed so i don't understand why we have this ship with such a strange superstructure.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Going to hazard a guess that at least some of the the ships shown near the Reagan are likely to be her escorting battle group. No way the PLAN would be able to get that close without the ensuing s***storm filtering through the mainstream media. Given the quality of the images I'd love to know how a layman would be able to tell the difference between a Type 052/55 or Burke destroyers.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    It was just announced this morning. Link Here. Arrowhead was always the favourite being that the design had the best scope for future development being larger and faster than the other proposals. BAEs offering was just a stretched River and there was no way they were gonna pick the Germans MEKO either.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    I think for the Falklands conflict they managed to just about squeeze 21 Sea Harrier and Harrier GR3s on Hermes but I think Invincible only deployed with 8 plus 12 helicopters. But it's worth mentioning to do this they had to park aircraft on the ship's decks which is normally a big no no for the RN and to my knowledge it only happened in the Pacific theatre of WW2 and the Falklands. The 36 aircraft capacity given for the QE class once again is to do with the RN's long standing policy that aircraft should be stowed in the hangers, there was a discussion about this on a UK defence forum and someone worked out you could probably at a push get over 50 aircraft if not 60 on board if s*** really hit the fan in a wartime scenario.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    I'd like us to reuse some historical names that were used on frigates in the past such as the Indefatigable or Galatea.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Another factor is that China has a decent number of well armed Corvettes and Frigates which they can use as general purpose workhorses. It is something that the USN for the moment at least, lack. So even if the Chinese don't match the USN in destroyer numbers they can churn out enough frigates and corvettes to cause the US Navy some serious headaches.
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    Shipyard that built HMS Belfast is in trouble

    H&W haven't built a ship in years and were/are mainly involved in offshore wind turbines and oil rig maintenance. It will probably close, the UK government has shown it's more than willing to allow strategically important industrial assets to close and I doubt this will be any different.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Doesn't look like a Type 45, comments in the article suggest it wasn't even an RN vessel.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Turns out it was a burst seawater pipe that was the problem, minor damage to a set of stairs and a bulkhead. Should be repaired in time for her WESTLANT '19 deployment to the US later this year.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Not sure how any rational person could come to that kind of conclusion? Gotta love em for trying though.. I think if a USN sub had been lost, accident or not you would probably know by now. Stuff like that rarely stays secret for long.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    That article is over 2 months old... And it's the Sun.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    That's an assessment I can agree with. Also I think that like the Iraq/Iran conflict the Pakistanis and Indians have some serious history and often emotions flare, which is partly the reason you see a lot of misinformation in the news and social media. A recent example being when there were claims that two Indian pilots had been captured rather than one.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    I know you didn't, however the post you quoted did. I'm just skeptical of that claim and in any normal circumstances a JF-17, a fighter that barely qualifies as gen 4 could beat a SU-30MKI in a dogfight or in a beyond visual range combat. Of course their are exceptional circumstances in which an aircraft could defeat a superior opponent but it's not something that should be taken seriously everytime somebody makes a claim and there is no corroborating evidence.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Still not convinced, the JF17 pilot would of had to have the luck of the gods to have the upper hand against an SU-30. But look at the video, the distance between the aircraft and the altitude. It all seems very wrong for an interception. Looking at the shape of the rear aircraft I'm more inclined to believe its probably a pair of Indian MIG-29s. The fact the Pakistanis haven't released any images of a downed flanker like they did with the MIG-21 only raises further doubts to the credibility to their claim.
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    Naval and Defense News 2019 (con't)

    Can't make out the first plane. but the second looks more like a MIG-29 not a JF17, but I find it doubtful that aircraft type could down an SU-30MKI anyway.
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