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    If you want a light multipurpose ship with...

    If you want a light multipurpose ship with limited self-defense, ASW focus to replace the OHP and the capability to slot into a carrier group - look at the French Admiral Ronarc'h class aka FTI/FDI...
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    To be fair it's not like programmes of the time...

    To be fair it's not like programmes of the time went any better over here.

    The German K130 corvettes are basically our version of the LCS ASuW package - built for the same purpose, designed...
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    The real question is what the USN would do with...

    The real question is what the USN would do with the ships. Realistically, the carrier escort role is fulfilled entirely with Burkes (incl. Flight III replacing Ticos). The USN - offhand from memory -...
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    The Legend-class Cutters were designed a...

    The Legend-class Cutters were designed a generation ago ship-wise, carry a variety of systems not even remotely relevant to their role (but relevant in their role as "auxiliary frigates"), and have...
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    For most Western coastguards by modern standards...

    For most Western coastguards by modern standards LCS would be considerably overmanned, including for its carried equipment and weapons. You can easily get ships with that size and capability set...
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    The primary one maybe. The full-on second blast...

    The primary one maybe. The full-on second blast that took out half the city was probably the grain silo though.
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    Phew, they at least managed to avoid the word...

    Phew, they at least managed to avoid the word "permanent" that was previously used (in the US) with regard to the planned agreement - and that would have violated the NATO-Russia Founding Act by some...
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    The infographic is NATO's official placement map...

    The infographic is NATO's official placement map for EFP, i.e. for the four battlegroups agreed upon and supported by NATO and by the host nations, and for those troops that NATO considers an actual...
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    I remember when HQUSAREUR moved from Heidelberg...

    I remember when HQUSAREUR moved from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden. It took basically four years of planning and two years of execution along with over one billion USD. And that was for moving a few...
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    I'm not seeing all that much Star-Spangled...

    I'm not seeing all that much Star-Spangled Banner.
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    Rotations into Romania (not Slovakia) are not part of NATO EFP, but a separate programme called "Tailored Forward Presence" (TFP).
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    To be fair it's pretty stretched out...

    To be fair it's pretty stretched out east-to-west. It's pretty much only Ramstein where you have 5 km north-south extent. And there's 10 km of city with Kaiserslautern as well as 7-8 km of forest...
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    She can't do that, that'd be appeasing...

    She can't do that, that'd be appeasing non-conservative parties. Left and Greens call for closing Ramstein about once per year traditionally citing a variety of reasons. Last Federal Parliament...
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    Full transcript of press conference:...

    Full transcript of press conference: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Transcripts/Transcript/Article/2292996/department-of-defense-senior-leaders-brief-reporters-on-european-force-posture/


    And...
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    Esper has announced the plans in detail, and to...

    Esper has announced the plans in detail, and to phrase it a bit differently:
    move all combat jets from Germany to Italy
    move all combat helicopters from Germany to Belgium
    move all combat...
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    Visualization: 48895 Role of these ships is...

    Visualization:
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    Role of these ships is to respond to maritime emergencies, in particular with oil spills, anywhere within German territorial waters within two hours.

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    equipped...
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    Was repaired during yard time in the first half...

    Was repaired during yard time in the first half of 2019 which had been scheduled to refurbish interiors of the ship anyway.


    In the sense of firing on hostile missiles? Don't think so.

    Offhand...
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    We have a proper visualization for MKS180...

    We have a proper visualization for MKS180 finally:

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    Main change from 2017 stats post is the official "10,000 tons displacement".
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    Effective Corona Stimulus Package for smaller...

    Effective Corona Stimulus Package for smaller German shipyards, with the government planning to buy:


    three new multi-purpose boats for the Navy "Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons",...
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    Since we still need a replacement for the A404...

    Since we still need a replacement for the A404 tenders by the end of this decade MZES is back on in modified form as MUsE - "Medium Support Unit for Floating Units".

    Requirements are to basically...
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    They got unarmoured Bv-206D starting in 1989...

    They got unarmoured Bv-206D starting in 1989 (first tests in 1984), with most Gebirgsjäger units switching to armoured Bv-206S starting in 2006. I think 231st was switched over to Fuchs APCs at that...
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