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by hammy
Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The future of Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 9176

Re: The future of Europe

The leading lights of the UKIP may be thinking people but many , if not a majority , of their supporters aren't , so no thank you , i dont want to talk to them . Our local UKIP candidate here in Norwich North , Mr Glen Tingle , lost no time during the recent by-election period here a few months ago ...
by hammy
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Top ten most powerful navies in the world
Replies: 131
Views: 284657

Re: Top ten most powerful navies in the world

Quod Erat Demonstrandum ................
by hammy
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Top ten most powerful navies in the world
Replies: 131
Views: 284657

Re: Top ten most powerful navies in the world

? ? ? ? ? Who is comparing any one to anyone ? Or insulting anyone ? All I said was they have seperate situations to deal with in opposite directions , " AS IF ....... " Why is it every post in this forum , no matter what the subject , is inevitably followed by some spam-addition from you ...
by hammy
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The future of Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 9176

Re: The future of Europe

I can remember that too . Then , we had close relationships with most of the old commonwealth countries , so Canada , New Zealand , Australia were closely linked with tarrif free trading arrangements . Britain coming into the E E C meant that everything they sent here as exports then became subject ...
by hammy
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The future of Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 9176

Re: The future of Europe

Having returned ( Like General Macarthur ! ) from the perils of the Levant , and quenched various domestic "Fires" I am now free to continue our vexed discussion regarding the entry of Turkey into the E U . It would be silly of me to judge the whole nation from an airborne glimpse of easte...
by hammy
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What if Hood hadn't blown up?
Replies: 172
Views: 29916

Re: What if Hood hadn't blown up?

Returning to the original post , if Hood hadn't blown up then she completes her turn to port , as does PoW , and with all the main guns able to bear , and the target identification error corrected , there commences an old fashioned gunnery duel . At 16,000 yards or so there are hits made by both sid...
by hammy
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Top ten most powerful navies in the world
Replies: 131
Views: 284657

Re: Top ten most powerful navies in the world

Merhaba ! The rating is rather affected by the particular ROLE that the country assigns it's navy . While historically the old Ottoman fleet was a seapower to reckon with , for the last hundred years or so the Turkish Fleet has been confined to coastal and local sea area control , rather than blue w...
by hammy
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What if Hood hadn't blown up?
Replies: 172
Views: 29916

Re: What if Hood hadn't blown up?

I dont think he was being too aggressive , more a case of reducing the range as fast as possible to get Hood into her "Zone of Immunity" where hostile incoming projectiles are most unlikely to penetrate the Armoured deck(s) due to their flattened trajectory at shorter ranges , yet are equa...
by hammy
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: German victory at Jutland
Replies: 57
Views: 9520

Re: German victory at Jutland

I love the idea of the Kaisers Legions landing at Cromer , half an hour up the road from me .. You cant get big ships close in because the beach is as gentle a gradient as Normandy , except its covered with bloody great flint rocks about the size of footballs when the tide is out , and the beach abo...
by hammy
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: A surviving Ironclad
Replies: 9
Views: 3659

Re: A surviving Ironclad

The only reason Warrior survived is that the hull is just about indestructible , and was stripped for use as a floating fuel oil bunkering pontoon in Pembroke dock ( or was it Milford haven ? ) . Come Mrs Thatchers Great Recession of the 1980s ( " A price worth paying " ) and they towed he...
by hammy
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest Warship Name Ever
Replies: 98
Views: 15905

Re: Greatest Warship Name Ever

Most of those " Good " names are those from the War of Independence , and that of 1812 , Thereafter they get a bit boring . Britain had a long tradition of using the classical Greek and Roman mythological names , but the Leander class frigates appear to have been the last of those , and no...
by hammy
Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 74
Views: 33111

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Well you know that already , Lexington and Saratoga battlecruisers and the planned battleship classes for the 1920s , and Kaga and Akagi battleship and battlecruiser types, and both those nation's other paper designs for yet more super-super-super-dreadnoughts , 80,000 tonners with 20 inch guns , an...
by hammy
Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: A surviving Ironclad
Replies: 9
Views: 3659

Re: A surviving Ironclad

She's an awful mess though , it'dd almost be easier to build a new one , probably cheaper too . The turrets , being armoured , are fairly intact , but the hull is in rags in places . I mean I'm a ship lover too , but there are occasions when you have to just turn away , or show people a reconstructi...
by hammy
Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest Warship Name Ever
Replies: 98
Views: 15905

Re: Greatest Warship Name Ever

USS England wasn't named for the that bit of Britain , but for a serviceman . US Destroyers are all named after previous meritorius servicemen , just like the Arliegh Burke class of today is named after the famous WW2 destroyerman . Occasionally , that habit can give rather pretty names to the ships...
by hammy
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What if Hood hadn't blown up?
Replies: 172
Views: 29916

Re: What if Hood hadn't blown up?

I dont understand this business about Hood having her Fire control "knocked out" . :think: There are (were) three seperate main director positions , just as in Bismark , plus Anti aircraft director positions with surface action capability , plus torpedo and pompom control equipments plus n...

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