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Subject: RAN to buy RN ships?
DropBear    1/19/2011 12:38:11 AM
Saw this and wondered how serious this might be? http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/interest-in-british-ships-20110118-19vd0.html Curious.
 
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DropBear       1/19/2011 12:42:00 AM
 
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AUSTRALIA might buy Royal Navy ships mothballed due to savage defence spending cuts announced in Britain last year.

The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, said he would discuss the decommissioned ships with his British counterpart, the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox. He is in Australia with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, for talks with Mr Smith and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd.

''That is one thing that I will have a conversation with Liam Fox about,'' Mr Smith said. ''There is a prospect that that may be of some interest to Australia, but we'll take that step by step.''

The British government said in October it would cut its defence budget by 8 per cent, scrapping key assets such as its flagship, the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.

Andrew Davies, of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said yesterday that if the Australian government did buy a British ship, it would be more likely to be a landing ship or landing platform dock rather than a frigate or aircraft carrier.
 
Maybe a Bay Class vessel?
 
Thoughts...
 
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heraldabc       1/19/2011 5:31:02 AM
An Invincible (if the price is right and it can be manned) would be a dandy intervention ship. (LPH)
 
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hairy man       1/19/2011 5:50:47 PM
A Bay class ship would be ideal for our needs.  Have they moth-balled anything else that we may be interested in?
 
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Kirkzzy       1/19/2011 9:24:48 PM
Certainly not a frigate I would hope, no point in buying an old 30 year old frigate, we would be better off working with Britain on the ANZAC 2s maybe they could be modified Type 26s?
 
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DropBear    grandlogistics blogspot   1/19/2011 9:52:05 PM
 
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DropBear    grandlogistics blogspot   1/19/2011 9:54:22 PM
 
Gawd I hate this software!!
 
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If the link doesn't work, type h##p://grandlogistics.blogspot.com/2010/royal-navy-cuts-announced.html
 
 
Curious.
 
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heraldabc    Try this.   1/19/2011 10:22:45 PM

 

Gawd I hate this software!!

 

Try again...

 

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If the link doesn't work, type h##p://grandlogistics.blogspot.com/2010/royal-navy-cuts-announced.html

 

 

Curious.


Cited Source is Grand Logistics
 
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Aussiegunneragain       1/19/2011 11:09:22 PM
A Bay Class would fit the spec for the strategic sealift ship requirement perfectly, the oldest is only 4 years old! That would be frickin' awesome if we got one, otherwise I doubt the requirement will be met by this government.
 
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DropBear       1/20/2011 12:30:58 AM
 
That would be a Toobruk replacement, yeah?
 
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Kirkzzy       1/20/2011 4:02:05 AM

A Bay Class would fit the spec for the strategic sealift ship requirement perfectly, the oldest is only 4 years old! That would be frickin' awesome if we got one, otherwise I doubt the requirement will be met by this government.

That's exactly what I was thinking, it weighs only about 1000 tons over the 10000 -15000 tons range specification the government set the requirement to, but we could probably be able to get it cheaper then something in that range (10000 - 15000) as Britain is serious about cutting defence spending. (Just like the invincible deal where it was super cheap but hopefully not so sour)
 
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