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    HMS Agincourt

    Probably more relieved than happy, although happy too. https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-nuclear-submarine-hms-agincourt-to-be-funded/
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    Cometh the hour.

    Apparently, Tuesday may see the small matter of the F-35 arriving at it`s new home in Dear Old Blighty. Hurrah and huzzah/gloom and despondencey* * delete as applicable Edit- Anyone local, please post pics.
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    Cometh the hour.

    Forces TV did a nice piece on the F-35 arrival at Marham at 9pm, which they are repeating at midnight. Tomorrow, they are promising interviews with pilots, and further coverage of RAF Marham and the F-35. https://www.forces.net/
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    Cometh the hour.

    And touchdown.... http://www.itv.com/news/2018-06-06/formidable-f-35-jets-touch-down-at-raf-marham/
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    Cometh the hour.

    Landing at Marham soon after 1900 (about now). https://www.forces.net/news/f-35-fighter-jets-their-way-uk EDIT- above link now carrying video footage of landing at Marham.
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    Cometh the hour.

    Dangnabbit! https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/f-35-arrival-in-the-uk-postponed-wait-for-the-silly-tabloid-headlines/
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    HMS Cardiff 3rd Name for T26

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-type-26-frigate-named-hms-cardiff/ St David`s Day announcement to rank alongside the city names of Glasgow and Belfast.
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    IWM London Visit - is it me? Or what is the point..

    I made the effort to go to NAM Chelsea and was bitterly disappointed, for exactly the same reasons as people have flagged over other museum makeover. Imagine the unpopular IWM makeover, but done with even less regard for what went before. It must be some kind of `group-think` thing for military-themed museums: lot`s of space, touch screens instead of exhibits, inclusivity buzz-words instead of factual history. And if the purpose was to be a PR exercise, then this too was a failure as the majority of those who took part in a rolling poll when I visited last summer, left NAM Chelsea with a negative, or strongly negative view of the army. Didn`t really think that was the point in a national army museum. As for the mini-sub and cut-away Jagdpanther, are they not both at Duxford? There is a mini-sub there and I assume it`s the same one, as, I believe, is the Jagdpanther, but I stand to be corrected if I`m wrong. Agree with others that if Duxford can get it mostly right (touch screens exist to describe actual exhibits), what are the excuses for some really bad museum makeovers elsewhere? Cheers, Ian
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    ASTUTE class build

    `How to Build a Nuclear Submarine` on BBC 4 in eight minutes. (Short warning- apologies) Took a minute to find emoji- you now have seven minutes
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

    So, scuttlebuck has it that HMS Queen Elizabeth will depart sometime between today and Saturday 24th. Same rumour mill says that the carrier will depart around noon, anchor off Rosyth, then sail under the bridges at optimal tide which is around 1800 hours. I`m going on pure speculation in the media and on t`interweb so am happy to be corrected on any and all details. Cheers, Ian
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    Britain`s Biggest Warship

    Chris Terrill`s three-part documentary on the building and commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth starts on BBC2, Sunday 15th April, at 8pm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/16/britains-biggest-warship Snacks ready, `phone off hook.
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    Britain`s Biggest Warship

    I was happily impressed with last night`s `Warship` showing, didn`t realise we still had Sea Harriers operating under their own power. But, right enough..... https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2017/june/28/170628-replica-training-jets-ensure-aircraft-carrier-ready-for-safe-aviation
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    Britain`s Biggest Warship

    No problem, happy to spread the good word. Three years to make for the BBC, and only Forces TV is plugging it. I would have missed it too if I hadn`t been watching Forces News yesterday. Cheers, Ian
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth Sea Trials

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    Forces TV's Dogfights Programme

    Agree, Dogfights is top notch. A lot of good stuff on Forces TV, especially Forces News on at 1300, 1730 and 1830 weekdays. Politically impartial, and informative; like TV news should be. They`ve broadcast a lot of military history and tech shows from the vaults, worth a look at their schedule each day. Cheers, Ian
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    12 Sqn Next for Typhoon

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    Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    Second this: Regular trains from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, just over an hour journey, and your ticket into the Historic Dockyard is valid for multiple visits; required as you won`t see everything even over two days. Portsmouth Harbour station overlooks the Historic Dockyard so it`s a hassle-free trip, and well worth it. It is really several museums in one and waterbus trips included. Cheers, Ian Edit- The entry ticket is valid for a year; to my amazement, I returned to Portsmouth a year to the day after my first visit and got in for free- TOP BANANA!
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    Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    On reflection, I can confirm that the best way to Duxford is to get the train from London, Liverpool street to Whittlesford. The buses seem to be every hour or so, but as the walk is only 30 minutes I opted for that option. Duxford is worth the effort, get there as early as you can as there is a lot to see. Not many model shops in the London area anymore. And I wouldn`t make the effort to go to Hannants if it were not for the fact that it`s almost right next door to the RAF Museum. RAF Museum has a lot of books, both new and second-hand, plus a few Airfix and Revell kits. Cheers, Ian
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    Visiting London... what do do? where to shop?

    Hi Anthony The RAF Museum at Hendon is free and well worth a visit. Although it is getting renovated right now, it still has most exhibits on show. The small Hannants shop is about 100 metres down the road but is only open on certain days. Best use the tube; go by the Northern Line (the black coloured line on the underground map) and get off at Colindale. Duxford is a pain to get to by public transport. The trip is fine from London to Cambridge but gets tricky thereafter. A taxi may be best. You can get a train directly to Whittlesford from London and walk the last 2km. I think the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth is worth a visit. Some complain that it is too politically correct, but that doesn`t stop the fact that it has a large range of exhibits from 20th Century warfare. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich is free entry and has a large number of military ship models. It also boasts the preserved Cutty Sark and the Meridian. The National Army Museum is not worth a visit in my humble opinion. Beyond that, London is a city that never sleeps...enjoy. Cheers, Ian
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    12 Sqn Next for Typhoon

    I can remember the halcyon days when we thought it was a shoe-in that 43 and 111 would be reforming at Leuchars. `But that was before the dark times......` 12 Squadron has a fine heritage though, Cheers, Ian
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    Qatar Buys 24 Typhoon

    6 billion quids buys..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42302767 Cheers, Ian Edit- unless I miss my guess, that is now the four core participants and five export customers; Austria, Saudi, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. Today`s announcement being the confirmation of an earlier `declaration of intent`.
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    Qatar Buys 24 Typhoon

    The BBC online article says it is a package that includes training and support, along with unknown quantities of Brimstone missiles, Meteor missiles, Paveway IV, whiles tele land BBC talked of other elements including radar systems. Cheers, Ian
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    Avro Heritage Museum

    Interesting piece, apart from the court fool of course. Antiques Roadtrip and Flog It have been serial visitors to military museums. Flog It has visited Yeovilton three times IIRC and in two of those shows they did extensive pieces on the FAA operations side, as well as the FAA museum. This included an item on the restoration of the FAA Corsair back to it`s original paintwork. All good stuff it were. Cheers, Ian
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    HMS Belfast : 2nd T26

    First Sea Lord announces name of second Type 26 frigate: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-type-26-frigate-named-hms-belfast/ Cheers, Ian
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    Bit of a pyrrhic victory to get two new carriers at the expense of everything else (contrary to what was promised- `RN getting bigger` etc.) --------------- I scrubbed the rest of my original post when I felt the veins on the side of my head expanding and contracting at an unhealthy tempo.