HMS Tyne has been reactivated due to issues with the ships that are to replace her and her sisters.

On Monday 21st May 2018, HMS Tyne made what the Royal Navy called her final entry into Portsmouth Dockyard. However, photos taken in Portsmouth recently had shown her once again flying the White Ensign and now a video has shown her sailing once more.

The White Ensign is an ensign flown on commissioned Royal Navy ships and shore establishments. This is despite Tyne sailing into Portsmouth in May flying her paying-off pennant before her scheduled decommissioning.

In May, a Royal Navy spokesman said:

“HMS Tyne has been in service for 15 years and will bow of her active career on Thursday where a formal decommissioning ceremony will take place which will be witnessed by friends and families, official dignitaries and see the ensign lowered for the final time.”

Recently however, we reported that issues with new Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Forth meant that HMS Tyne would not decommission. According to a contact in the fleet earlier in the year:

“As Forth is a long way from being ready and with these new problems, Tyne is being reactivated and the other OPV which was decommissioned is going into refit. Safe to say its all very political and no quick way to solve the issues. The whole OPV Batch 2 project has now been delayed to the quality issues.”

HMS Forth had been found to have more than 100 defects, including electrical and safety issues. Forth was the first of the five new Offshore Patrol Vessels being built to replace the current River Class vessels. The vessels had been ordered to fill a gap in orders after the second carrier and before the Type 26 frigate build started.

Our contact, currently serving in the Royal Navy and involved with the programme told me about the range of issues facing the ship:

“For example bolt heads glued back on (thousands over tightened) high voltage switchboard very dangerous, life rafts failed to launch, wiring sub standard, galley not secured… list is huge. It’s much worse than what they released. 

Captain of the ship and higher rankers had a meeting with BAE, MoD etc. I’m surprised nothing has been said else where with it being first of class. They reckon 3 months to rectify, I reckon much more.”

We were also told by our contact that the entire Batch 2 River class programme has been set back due to this, with the second vessel in the class having supposed to have started sea trials in October last year but is currently still alongside at the BAE yard in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

A BAE spokesman said:

“We are actively supporting the Royal Navy to resolve issues around a limited number of bolt fastenings and the electrical system on HMS Forth. These are unrelated issues and investigations for each are now underway to ensure that we resolve any potential impact and establish the cause. We are committed to delivering equipment that meets rigorous safety and quality standards.”

An MoD spokesman added:

“It is normal for us to work with industry partners to make some rectifications to ships once they have been handed to the Royal Navy BAE Systems is already at work on some areas as we work together to ensure HMS Forth goes on to tackle piracy, safeguard our fishing stocks and protect our coastline.”

HMS Forth had been earmarked to replace half-sister HMS Clyde as the Falkland Islands guardship and is currently alongside in Portsmouth undergoing repair work.

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Nigel Collins
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Nigel Collins

Lets hope they use enough glue this time!

andy reeves
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andy reeves

should be fitted with a 76mm oto melara gun as has been done to thai river/ ship krabi

Bloke down the pub
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Bloke down the pub

Yet Scottish unions expect more work to be sent their way. Not a good advert for Clyde built.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Everyone will be familiar with the famous quality/money/speed triangle where you have to choose one or two corners and try and keep the dot in the middle.Bae seems to have misunderstood the aim of the exercise.

Ron5
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Ron5

I guess it’s interesting to hear gossip from some unnamed guy in Portsmouth. But hardy reliable.

I wonder if he’s one of the harbour tour guides. They always know the latest (eyes roll).

Mark Latchford
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Mark Latchford

Look a bit closer Ron – his names Steve Wenham. It’s on the photo in the article….

Ron5
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Ron5

I thought the gossiper and the photographer were two diff people.

David Taylor
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David Taylor

I have replied to the replies you made to my comments in the thread here titled,

“The future of British shipbuilding, marching towards a steady drumbeat?”

I would appreciate it if you took time to reply.

Bill
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Bill

Agreed. All we hear is the Clyde this and the Clyde that, Scottish shipbuilding blah blah blah. And then they turn out this complete piece of c***. Will heads roll? At BAE?
Dont hold your breath!

andy reeves
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andy reeves

should be fitted with a 76mm oto melara gun as has been done to thai river/ ship krabi

andy reeves
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andy reeves

pompey dockyard built the first battleship dreadnought in under a calendar year,using this logic, would it be unreasonable to expect the clyde to produce TWO ships per year?

Mr Bell
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Mr Bell

Shody workmanship. I guess the workers on the Clyde feel they do not have to take pride in their work. Gents you are supposed to be building vessels fit for OUR national, meaning UK navy.
Does this bode well for type 26 programme?

Paul.P
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Paul.P

‘Shoddy’ workmanship…..:-)

andy reeves
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andy reeves

i had a reply from the m.o.d to a question i posed about reverting to conventional submarines i was told there is not enough shipyard capacity or sufficiently skilled yard to undertake such work!i was also that the nation who produced some of the most effective and exportable submarines, the oberon, and upholder classes, apparently the u. k. hid not have the designs for new conventional submarines, this, if nothing else shows how incompetent the administration of the u.k shipbuilding industry has been allowed to whither away. a national disgrace.

AndyMed
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AndyMed

According to Wikipedia she was reactivated on 25th July. I have a pic of her on 24th and she looked ready to go.

Simon
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Simon

What makes me laugh is the mod paid well over the odds for ships the didn’t want or need how can shipbuilders expect more contracts after this clueing bolt heads on this is just blatant dishonest way of working and their complaining about not getting the rfa solid stores ships in my opinion they should cancel the type 26 builds and give the contract tjo another builder

David Steeper
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Well said.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

agreed, the work went to the clyde, a a sop to the SNP and the scottish unions.

Slaine
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Slaine

What is the general feeling as to the cause of this? incompetence? Corner cutting? Or perhaps even something more scandalous and corrupt than that?
Its breathtaking that someone thought that they might get away with these mistakes, particularly if the gluing on of bolt heads is true.
I’m not into this England vs. Scotland shipbuilding thing, I see us all as the UK but this does not put the Clyde in a good light. It will be even worse if it turns out to be a systemic problem running from shop floor to the board room.

Steve
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Steve

i would like to know how many bolts were glued on. 1 or 2 and who cares, it happens that you get a worker under pressure that cuts corners to get a job done when something goes wrong like a bolt breaking. If lots then it’s a different story. It makes the headlines since it’s an easy to understand fault but doesn’t mean it was a big issue. The overall build quality is a problem however. Yes you expect issues with 1 of kind but what level of issues are being hidden with the first of kind QE and let’s… Read more »

Slaine
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Slaine

Indeed. As you say the numbers of bodges are relevant and important. It has to be realised too that the customer, or the end user, whatever you want to call them often has so much time and money (and reputation if they project managed themselves) invested in such big ventures, and as such don’t like to admit serious failings. Even if they aren’t culpable themselves.

Gfor
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Gfor

Sorry Steve and Slaine, I strongly disagree.
Are we now saying that gluing even one damaged bolt head on a warship is okay?
I personally don’t think so.
When someones life is risked because a company justifies it as being public money, they need to cease being a government supplier.
Even one bodge is unacceptable, and in a complex piece of kit, operated in extreme situations, nearly everything can become safety critical.

4thwatch
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4thwatch

I agree. Any contractor who takes advantage as Bae seems to have done should be excluded from future work. This was a scandal from the beginning. Meaning these were as others have said, the most expensive under capable OPV in the World.

Bae should lose all their surface ship contracts and I mean this. They should concentrate on Submarines and get them right.

The work can be moved to the East coast after POW finished. Build a new yard there.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

weak leadership, no plan,indecision and a mistrust of the ability of u.k yards to deliver the ships needed

chris jones
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chris jones

This is why all the commercial ship yards went bust and why all merchant ships are built in the far east South Korea/Japan/China.

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Nicky
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Nicky

Maybe the Royal Navy should be asking the USCG if the can buy into the NSC. I would think the NCS would fit the Royal Navy for Presence and Maritime security missions.

David Taylor
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David Taylor

The Legend / Bertholf class are lovely ships; they are the ideal patrol frigate. In a balanced and properly funded Royal Navy they would make sense. But we don’t have that and I don’t think we will have. The Legends are expensive ships, more expensive than our T31 budget by some margine. If we had the funding for say 6 it would make more sense to buy a couple more T26. A better buy would be something like the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Holland class. These would come in at about £130 million-ish per copy. At 3750 tonnes they are large… Read more »

BB85
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BB85

I think the Holland class is an excellent ship, its Radar and EW suite is a bit overkill for an OPV so could be switched for something cheaper and still be far superior to the R2 for around the same price.
A stretched version to include 32 VLS Sea Ceptor and more multi-mission space to meet the £250mm target for type 31 would also be nice.

David Taylor
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David Taylor

The radar ‘mast’ can be lifted off. For me the main issue would be compatibility with RN’s current systems.

I am not a fan of ‘multi-mission spaces’ I think they are a fudge.

The only reason I would stretch it would be to increase speed. But if you were to do that you might as well choose one of Damen’s Sigma designs. The Holland is designed for lumpy water which suits the RN. And it has been successfully deployed to the Caribbean

David Steeper
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‘Lumpy water’ That’s a genius phrase. Will remember that thanks.

BB85
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BB85

True the multi mission space seems to be about fitting on containers for aid etc when we have the Bay class for that sort of activity and could ideally be paid from from the FA budget.
I actually forgot the Holland class had that hatch at the back for more boats. I know they are more expensive than the R2’s but they seriously beat the piss out of them in terms of quality.
A genuinely well thought out design I would happily swap our 5 R2’s for 4 Holland class OPV’s even if they are built in the Netherlands.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

i’m beginning to doubt if the t 31e will ever happen or just be another ‘white elephaNt in the ‘smoke and mirrors halls’ at the M.O.D

Nicky
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Nicky

I would think the NSC that the USCG is using would fit the Royal Navy for it’s presence and Maritime security Missions. On top of that Huntington has plans to up gun the NSC to a Frigate standards that includes 16 cell VLS, SEA RAM, Harpoon or Naval strike Missile, Hull mounted sonar and MK-48 ACAP torpedos. It would be like having a Leander class Frigate for places where you can’t get a DDG.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

SHOULD HAVE GONE BACK AND LOOKED AT A BATCH 2 TYPE 21

Sean
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Sean

In any kind of business to business contract, this kind of attempt to deliberately mask and pass off defective work would be called-out for what it is, fraud.
Hope the RN and MoD are all over BAE’s ass over this… and BAE should be looking to fire those responsible.

Fingers crossed this pushes F31e towards Babcock.

Slaine
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Slaine

Indeed. Moving us into the BAe ‘too big to fail’ senario. The ramifications would be seismic.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

ITS TIME TH m.o.d blinkers to bae were removed. SUBSTANDARD WORK WHEN YOUR’E TALKING ABOUT MULTI MILLION INVESTMENTS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, CONTRACTS FOR A COUPLE OF THE RIVERS SHOULD BE CANCELLED.

Helions
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Helions

The RN and BAE’s happy talk on the Forth is not only matched but totally surpassed by the USN’s take on the GRF’s year long maintenance availability – totally normal – nothing to see here – keep calm and ignore anything negative you might hear about these tiny problems – etc – etc – ad nauseum…

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106349

Cheers.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

That may be one of the most gushing articles I’ve read in ages, you would think the author/editor would propose marriage to the ship if it was not generally illegal and a bit inappropriate to um “you know” with items owned by a state

Helions
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Helions

“Quite”… However with the loonies running around these days…

Cheers!

Helions
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Helions

Totally OT by can I please just post a heartfelt “welcome home and thank you”…

http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/180727-A-AP391-527.JPG

RIP

SoleSurvivor
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SoleSurvivor

RIP indeed.

Long overdue.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

A few defects are expected in any complex build, but the expectation is the contractor should find and rectify most of them, hiding flaws ( as we seem to have here) shows a culture of hiding issues, you generally find this in organisations way down the quality improving scale that run on punitive type manage. Worrying indeed if true.

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

BAe….Bloody Awful Engineering …not much changes.

The issues with Forth are not just an issue with the spanner wa**kers breaking bolt heads but more importantly the QA Dept that is supposed to act independently of the Production staff to ensure stuff like that does not happen.
BAe has a whole raft of ISO compliance issues now that could and should affect its shipbuilding business.

Rfn_weston
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Rfn_weston

I now work in manufacturing Gunbuster with the operations/production side of the business and we have quite a significant ongoing contract for defence standard components (sub tier or course) and you’re 100% correct.

QA departments should operate completely independently of production teams to avoid the pressures of on time delivery weighing on them. Basic 9001 compliance.. if it ain’t right, it gets rejected… the above is shambolic.

I’d be very interested in seeing the results of someone submitting a FOI request for the full defects list…. and passing on to the Mail! Now there’s a thought!

Steve
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Steve

I’m not sure it’s BAe as a company, considering that they are now huge in America and have a substantial presence in a number of other countries. What makes the British arm of the company so poor is an interesting question. I don’t buy that it is the British skilled labour are just worse than their overseas counterparties, as it seems to be more wide spread than a few workers. I guess its probably a similar reason that the British built and owner cars had terrible build quality and yet foreign owned but British built have a reputation for quality.… Read more »

David Steeper
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Steve they defecate on us because thanks to their asset stripping their way through the UK defence industry in the 80’s and 90’s they’ve no competition. They haven’t been able to do the same in the US.

Lee1
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Lee1

British built cars had a bad reputation for a number of reasons. One was that the unions basically created a culture of work to rule so no one did anything that they were not explicitly meant to do. If there was a fault and it was not your job to fix it then it would carry on down the production line… Also at Longbridge the unions would effectively just press stop on the production line, go off for few days or weeks then come back and press start… Bodies that were in the wash cycle before being painted were now… Read more »

expat
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expat

Correct Lee, whilst the rest of the world was implementing practices developed by the likes of Demming the unions fought every single change. Only when it was too late did they wake up and change. Foreign ownership came after this change and the unions were weakened, no one in their right mind would have invested before this. I went to one of my company’s US sites in the 80’s, they had robots doing tasks already, in the UK this type of investment had been fought by the unions. Ultimate the UK site closed and work went to Germany, where they… Read more »

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

One interesting side note about British Leyland during the seventies, the current Dear Leader of the Labour party Corbyn worked as a trade union organiser for the National Union of Public Employees and Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union. That Union was approached by Tony Benn to produce a Blueprint promoting the idea of the workers controlling British Leyland. Luckily Benn was moved to another department and it didn’t get anywhere!

Lee1
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Lee1

This is still happening in teaching. My wife was head of department at a failing school after being at an outstanding school for many years. The school she came from had resisted all union activities as much as possible so the union had very little influence. One of the successful practices at that school had been the ability for any teacher to go and watch other teachers lessons when they had free periods. This led to various knowledge sharing and promotion of best practices. When my wife suggested this to the new school it was shot down as the union… Read more »

expat
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expat

I agree, I’m not against unions they are there to protect workers and their rights but in the UK they failed employees by not seeing the bigger picture. Look at RnD, its critical that companies spend money on this to ensure the company can compete and have new world beating products. No union has ever called for action if an RnD budget was cut and in many cases would happily had the RnD budget cut if it meant they had shorter hours or more pay. We’ve strayed off topic but not unrelated as to why industries can’t compete or quality… Read more »

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

ISO affects everything they do.
The same applies to ITAR issues in the past affected them. ITAR cost BAe over 400 mil and they are very very twitchy over anything that has ITAR issues attached to it.

andy reeves
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andy reeves

please don’t mention ‘comrade corbyn’ on here

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Sorting out sheared bolts can be a nightmare, this is why the builder’s didnt want to do it,but it seems to me that there’s a lot more wrong with this ship.What couldn’t you fix in a whole year?Electrical problems have been mentioned and my money would be on an electrical system redesign and total rewiring.Idon’t think we are getting the whole story about the type 45 either,they don’t seem need very hot conditions or need to get very far out of an English port to suffer a total meltdown. A warship should never totally shut down or any ship in… Read more »

expat
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expat

I think this rest with the employees. They overtighten the bolts simple, instead of reporting the problem they had some Loctite handy and stuck the heads back on. Very difficult for QA to track this kind of issue. Probably enough bolts to hold the equipment in benign conditions, These were probably overtightened and would fail if stressed. Visually looked OK. Now BAe has TOBA which is supposed to maintain a skilled work force. As a time serve apprentice myself no trained person I have ever worked with would have done this. It could be the equipment was fitted by a… Read more »

andy reeves
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andy reeves

this design issues and should have been noted in the selection of designs

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

The quality of the build appears very bad, on the evidence presented the faults identified are serious and costly to rectify.

The problem appear related to the specific BAE site where the ships were built rather than a company wide issue.

The not sure how the management at the site can have permitted such poor working practices and procedures to have occurred.

Why we should have any confidence in them building the type 26?

An urgent investigation is required to identify the causes and rectify the issues, hopefully name those responsible for this calamity.

Julian
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Julian

Agreed. It would be so much better if this had never happened (obviously) but in a perverse way if it was going to happen then thank goodness what seem to be some or all of bad workmanship, bad oversight and/or bad QA procedures came to light on a River B2 (which ironically quite a few people didn’t want) rather than on the first T26 build. At least now we do have the opportunity to do, I hope, an extremely thorough investigation of what went wrong and put procedures/training/staff-replacements in place as necessary to stop it happening again. Had this happened… Read more »

andy reeves
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andy reeves

a public enquiry wouldn’t be a bad idea

Arthur Butterfield
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Arthur Butterfield

Has it been revealed where the bolts were made?

expat
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expat

So will BAe pay for reactivation of Tyne and any other associated costs, its an older ship so running costs would be higher. Commercial organisation would go after suppliers for associated costs of not having the asset.

David Stephen
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David Stephen

It might cost less to run Tyne as she has 1/2 the crew requirement, 30 instead of 58. In fact we seem to be going from needing 90 crew for 3 OPVs to needing 282 crew for 5 OPVs whilst having a Type 45 and a Type 23 laid up from lack of crew. The only ship class we can get built quickly increases our crew requirements while replacing the Type 23s with smaller crewed ships (26/31) seems to take ever longer. We sometimes really don’t help ourselves.

Julian
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Julian

That is very strange. At first I thought you must have seen bad info or misinterpreted something because an increased crew requirement seems so against the general trend of what the RN is trying to do but I see that what you say about crew numbers tallies with the Wikipedia data. For completeness though, the RN reference (reference 6) that the Wikipedia article quotes says… “Instead of a crew of around 45, Forth and her sisters will go to sea with 58 souls aboard (although they can operate with just 36 crew…and have space for 70)” Still an increase in… Read more »

David Stephen
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David Stephen

Hey Julian, my assumption was HMS Clyde was 45 as she is a modified Batch 1 and the other 3 are 30. I could be wrong on that but either way it doesn’t help with manpower. In an ideal world I would want to retain Clyde for FIGS alongside all 5 Batch 2s but that’s only viable if we speed up construction and delivery of Type 26 as well as keeping the timetable for Type 31. More likely though we will end up scrapping Clyde and dropping to 5 OPVs and maybe loosing another Type 23 to manpower in the… Read more »

andy reeves
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andy reeves

the recent warship series on hms duncan was interesting, when it was said there was insufficient bunk space.so much or manpower shortages which is an overstated issue.

PapaGolf
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PapaGolf

A few emotionally charged comments above…as usual, the answers is probably somewhat dull… The government delayed the T26 build leading to a stagnant workforce. TOBA kicked in and we had to build something…anything that we had a semi decent design for and could be built quickly. A modified Batch 2 River was chosen. Remember, the BAE design team were busy making the relevant changes to T26 so they had to divert some design engineers to the B2 design changes…probably not the most experienced designers as they were all tied up on T26. and remember, we need the workforce starting pronto… Read more »

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

No that is pretty much what I have heard, also BAE Systems having been transferring experienced people to Barrow from the Clyde.

This has two affects:

1) Those experienced people are not in the Clyde to work on the River batch 2
2) The workforce is even further demoralised as they are being asked to go live out of a hotel to work at a yard nowhere near their homes

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

Should say “Yes that is pretty much what I heard…”

Don’t know what came over me

Grubbie
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Grubbie

You must be joking. Massive subsistence allowances.I suppose you are going to argue that the lads are tried out from all the overtime they’ve managed to organise for themselves and the high levels of sick leave are caused by “stress”.

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

No

I have spent whole months away from home and family on business work it is no fun whatsoever regardless of the scale of subsistence allowances.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

An astonishingly convoluted argument, you seem to be trying to suggest that the cause is not enough work,that they had too much time and money to do a good job.The navy didn’t need hulls in the water sharpish, in fact they didn’t need the B2s at all,they were supposed to be keeping the yard busy.
Don’t forget that some of us have actually worked at these places,it has to be seen to be believed. Completely rotten throughout.As always the blame starts at the top but the ordinary bods and in particular the unions are responsible for plenty of the mess.

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

Not enough consistent work is a very important factor. British yards have been alternating between periods of plenty followed by famine, that has a significant knock through affect on quality. British yards producing vessels over 100 Gross Tons pretty much entirely on military work. I was doing some research yesterday about global production of vessels over 100 Gross Tons, if you exclude military and Oil/Gas industry platform work Japan produced in 2017 over 13 million Gross tons of vessels mainly bulk carriers. The UK produced Zero Gross Tons in the same year. Japanese yards have the cushion of civilian work… Read more »

expat
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expat

Torqueing up of bolts has nothing to do with feast or famine, its something you learn on you first week of the job as after health and safe inductions. Covering up the mistake by gluing the heads back on is shocking.

Japanese yard have commercial work because they don’t make excuses for this type of shoddy work.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Japanese ships are regarded as the best quality you can get but expensive compared to China and Korea.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

I wonder why they don’t get any civilian or export orders?

David Taylor
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David Taylor

Weren’t these B2 Rivers an ‘off the shelf’ design? How much detailed work there was done who knows? But they certainly weren’t working from a fresh sheet piece of paper. Thinking about it, wasn’t one of the drivers for the scheme, that BAE had a design they could just start building without much ‘hassle’?

There are better 80m ship designs out there, and I say that as somebody who thinks the B1 Rivers have been very good value. I always enjoyed visiting them.

PapaGolf
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PapaGolf

Take a look at the thinkdefence article that shows the extent of the changes
https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2016/06/thoughts-batch-2-river-class/

David Taylor
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David Taylor

It was a mystery back in the day while the MoD didn’t build the Rivers with flightdecks. I remember the Castles with their (for their size) fantastic aviation capability.

Considering Brexit I am hoping that HMG isn’t too quick to sell off the B1 Rivers.

Lastly I am not saying B2 Rivers will be bad when I say their are better designs out there.

Steve Salt
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Steve Salt

No one at BAE`Clyde yard ever heard of a torque wrench or do they just cream everything up as tight as it will (or in this case,won`t ) go ?

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

Going on when this was first leaked as an issue the problem was tracked to one person who was a contractor on a fixed term contract.

Not that should excuse BAE Systems their QA should have picked it up before the vessel was handed over.

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

Two white knuckles tight….good enough for government work…

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

There is no excuse for poor quality control so would people stop coming up with reasons for this fiasco.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Not really a QA problem, shoddy workmanship through every level.

David E Flandry
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David E Flandry

Isn’t this old news? I thought this was reported and commented on a while back. The glued-on bolts sound familiar. In any case, for a little more money these ships could have had a deck & hangar for a Wildcat ASW copter, a 57 or 76 mm gun, and a better sensor suite. And coulda woulda shoulda.

G
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G

For the same money -fixed

Steve
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Steve

My guess on the reason they didn’t, is a combination of factors resulting in it not being economical to do so. 1. contract to keep work in the Clyde 2. year of navy and desire to publish stories about growing fleet 3. navy didn’t really need any more OPV as batch1 were good enough for the role 4. general lack of sailors 5. 2 carriers announced would go into service My guess is the thought process went, ok we need to build more ships on clyde, we could either invest in a new design and have maybe 2 ships or… Read more »

John Clark
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John Clark

They should use the same cross checking systems used in the aviation world to ensure safety and quality.

As has been said, taking the modifications into account, it’s not like the River class is an unknown quantity, no excuse for poor quality work what so ever.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Why did the RN accept delivery when they already knew the ship was seriously defective?Sounds like work has virtually stopped on rest of batch 2 while this is sorted out, what are staff doing?

Steve
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Steve

I wonder why there hasn’t been a call for an enquiry into what went wrong.

It would appear there is some blame to be had within the Navy for accepting the vessel into service in the first place. There isn’t a lot that can be done about BAe internal quality control, but you would think such serious list of problems should have been spotted much earlier on by the Navy. Surely it must do regular QA assessments during the build, to ensure targets have been met before interim payments made.

John Clark
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John Clark

“Surely it must do regular QA assessments during the build, to ensure targets have been met before interim payments made.” The above point, made by Steve really hits the nail on the head! What’s going on here, is the tax payer picking up the tap for this totally avoidable bodge job? The aviation industry has had refined quality and safety checks for decades, a complete system of cross checking and accountability, refined over many years… Good grief, even the Land Rover plant at Solihull has a similar system in place! Yet BAE Systems don’t …. Still why bother, when good… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I certainly hope that the tax payer is not picking up the bill. Although i assume there will be some cost involved in reactivating the old ship, but i assume this should be minimal, although not zero.

4thwatch
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4thwatch

Back in the day I worked with someone who had worked at Rover when it was a JV: Bae with Honda. The situation was that Honda did more or less everything that went right; and much did. Bae were completely out of their depth.

Apart from aerospace and 30 years on Bae need to get a grip.

Graham
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Graham

BAE has a reputation for designing and building ‘gold plated’ ships. No doubt the ‘gold plate’ is glued on.

David Taylor
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David Taylor

TO KNOCK THE GILT OFF THE GINGERBREAD A common expression of nautical origin meaning to spoil the best part of a thing or story. In the old days in Germany, gingerbread was always on sale at the country fairs and traditionally was splashed with gilt to make its appearance more attractive. From this custom, the gilded and painted carvings at the bows, stern and entrance ports of sailing ships of war came to be known as “gingerbread work”. To knock the gilt off this gingerbread not only incurred the displeasure of the ship’s captain but often, owing to the age… Read more »

Richard
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Richard

If it is sabotage or hopefully just poor workmanship then you are putting lives at risk. Hope you can sleep well. Ever take a pride in your work and what your work is going toward or get another job, please

Helions
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Helions

Meanwhile on the other side of the world…

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/07/30/japan-launches-first-ship-of-new-destroyer-class/

The JMSDF is building like the nation’s survival depends on it… Oh – wait – It does… Full sized CV is next. These are strike group escort leaders plain and simple…

Cheers!

Helions
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Helions
expat
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expat

China will go after Taiwan at some point, once they feel they can make it costly enough for the US not to contest it. It may not happen militarily in Taiwan no US will not come to there aid they may just decide its better to rejoin China.

Helions
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Helions

Interestingly enough expat, I’ve had mixed thoughts along those lines as well, but I’ve come to the conclusion that we would have no choice if we wish to continue as regional hegemon. For a variety of reasons – this poll ( and other studies) shows that the Taiwanese feel strongly about their independence and democracy. I believe it would be much harder than the PRC expects to take the island and the sight of a bloody, determined, and unified resistance to an invasion with pleas from the Taiwanese to help them very well could tip the scales in terms of… Read more »

Helions
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Helions
Elliott
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Elliott

The other question is would the Chinese simply attack Taiwan and attempt to take to fast for American intervention? Thus presenting the US with a fait accompli.
Or would they try to emulate Japan in spirit and attempt a surprise attack on Yokosuka and Guam? In order to disable as many 7th Fleet and USAF units as possible. Gambling that the US wouldn’t continue the war.

Helions
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Helions

The former is the most probable route in that scenario Elliott IMO. Any attack on U.S. territory during a PRC invasion of Taiwan would be seen as a Pearl Harbor level provocation with a corresponding military response. Japan would probably join in limited fashion in it’s territorial waters by denying the PRC free access across its SLOCs by bottlenecking the PLAN at the first island chain, conducting ASW and CAP patrols with authorization for release of armaments, and allowing use of its military facilities by the U.S. among other actions. They would probably aid Taiwan as well. There would be… Read more »

Helions
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Helions

I wrote a fairly lengthy response to you Elliot but it’s never appeared so I assume it ran afoul of the PTB.

Here’s an interesting article on that subject.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-the-u-s-go-to-war-with-china-over-taiwan/

Any Pearl Harbor style attack on U.S. territory would trigger a full scale military response by the U.S. Remember, we still preserve the bullet holes in building at Hickam, Wheeler, and Pearl to remind ourselves: “Never again”. Your first scenario is more problematic and goes back to the political question I referred to above…

Cheers!

Elliott
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Elliott

I know it would and I am pretty sure every American knows it would. The question is do the Chinese? Last year th Remember Mao and the Politburo gambled in the Korean War thinking that it would be a quick victory. What he got was a bloody stalemate on the 38th parallel. Personally I think if we allow Taiwan to fall, we would be reading about either the fall or some treaty that means the same for Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Within a matter of years at best months at worst. Not to mention Japan in all likelihood… Read more »

Elliott
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Elliott

That should be “Last year Xi Jinping caused a armed standoff over the Chinese border with India and Bhutan, because he thought he could act without a response from New Delhi. So clearly a gambler.
I really need to replace my reading glasses.

Helions
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Helions

Conditions may get even dicier in the region at the macro level if this projection comes to pass even partially. Saving face is everything to Asians. I know.

https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/the-unintended-consequences-of-a-trade-war-with-china/

Cheers

Helions
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Helions

I see my previous post has passed muster!

Cheers!

expat
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expat

For China its a waiting game, continue to build their armed forces. As China becomes more powerful both militarily and economically Taiwanese opinion may be swayed. When they see that a military conflict would be bloody with little chance of winning and the there is question over who would come to their aid. China economically is strong then Taiwan may feel its the best option, China will initially offer a deal with limited oversight from Beijing.

China certainly has a long term plan and they have the advantage of a single party rule to be able to make it happen.

Helions
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Helions

Very viable scenario expat. China doesn’t have to go through the chaos of conflicting administrations every 4 – 8 years. But one misstep on the part of the unelected and unaccountable CCP could have severe consequences. Like a bully who has never really had to fight – The PRC has all the shiny new toys (stolen mostly), a large military, and a great propaganda machine but no warfighting experience ex Vietnam 4 decades ago (which went badly for them). One disastrous engagement with the USN or even worse – Japan would have enormous repercussions because, to save face with their… Read more »

Peter french
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Peter french

So much for the build quality of the Magnificent Clyde workers. The Unions will no doubt blame management if they can get away with it, and then scream for more work citing betrayal if they dont get it . Thank God the Carriers were unit built elsewhere and only assembled in the Clyde.

SoleSurvivor
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SoleSurvivor

STRN said in an article last night this has nothing to do with the repair of HMS Forth.

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

BAE has taken on a £15m charge to correct the faults on this ship.

expat
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expat

Yep there clearly some big problems, but this will have cost the MoD also and will do for some time to come as they will have to up inspections of the remaining Rivers and T26 until confidence is restored. That’s money the budget doesn’t have.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

What happened to the special taking the piss fine?

Steve
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Steve

What is going on with the mini defence review. it feels like Williams is starting fights left right and centre for it seems PR purposes, but not actually getting anywhere. The armed forces need some certainty over budget so that equipment can be ordered and/or replaced.

Helions
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Helions

Some movement on the USN’s frigate program.

https://news.usni.org/2018/07/31/35430

Cheers

Grubbie
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Grubbie

Issues with HMS Forth” will be resolved within weeks “states BAE systems in post on UK defence journal 2 months ago. How many weeks?

Grubbie
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Grubbie

BAE have increased their dividend, not nearly enough pain has been inflicted.

4thwatch
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4thwatch

Simple. The whole contract should be subject of a public enquiry.

Grubbie
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Grubbie

No chance, politicians would be exposed.

dadsarmy
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dadsarmy

It seems to me more likely there’s some connection with THIS story:

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/type-31e-frigate-programme-to-be-restarted/

“Type 31e Frigate programme to be restarted”

or to put it another way, delayed.

Frank62
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Frank62

And we wonder why we struggle to get foriegn orders? I hope this is an aberration, but it is disgusting from our main defence contractor. I think we need a public enquiry into UK defence shipbuilding as what we have seems far from value for money or fit for purpose. Too many vested interests in high places which are loyal to their own wealth & not to the good of the country or the services that rely on the kit. We’ve paid over the odds for shoddy equipment for too long. If you’re a defence supplier that does the job… Read more »

jon agar
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jon agar

BAEs Built on shafting the British tax payer as quickly and as often as possible. its why all BAEs tenders come with a health warning…..

Mike Cunningham
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As I wrote a while back,

We have to accept that the bulk of our present homegrown workforce are ill-educated, ill-motivated, technically semi-literate and broadly; bloody near useless.

A close acquaintance does acceptance tests for rail way work, and the tales he tell me are literally hair-raising

https://mikecunningham.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/when-i-nod-my-head-hit-it/

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