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Seen being moved onto Victor Trot (South), Fareham Creek (Portsmouth) today 15/11/12.

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Six ships out on the trots now, it has not been this busy off Fareham since the early 1990s. It is unlikely that any other warships will join the mothball fleet moorings as the stretched 42s should be sold off soon. The Type 23s will be next in a decade!!
 

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With 3 of the T23's already the wrong side of 20 and two more have their 20th next year, are you sure they will all last another decade?
 

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Morning Jock, I suppose that is a valid point and in this current political climate nothing is certain however the 23s are due to recieve a Sea Wolf replacement in 2016 by the name of Sea Ceptor http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Anti-Air_Modular_Missile
The 23 is an excellent design which is still performing as a first rate unit. One only needs to Look at the Type 42s to acknowledge that the RN is prepared to run ships up to and beyond 30 years of age. The real concern is future 'security' reviews (the next on in 2015) and wether the government of the day deems the amount of escorts necessary to this nation's security (note- not defence.)
 

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Quite a fleet of discarded ships at Pompey, at least 10 when Ark Royal, Gloucester, York, Endurance are included with the 6 on the trots. Are there any discarded MCMVs and SRMHs also skulking in the Yard?
 

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A depressing state of affairs Stevo, when we are rapidly approaching the time when we will have more escort or similar ships for disposal than the Navy has operating! If you take into account the former SSBN's and SSN's our dockyards are beginning to take on the image of the former Soviet bases.
 

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There is indeed quite a surplus of ships but I do think this is as bad as it will get. Once this lot goes the cut backs of the future can't cut as deep.
Alex, tucked away in number 1 basin behind Victory is the mine hunter Walney which has befn out of circulation since Oct 2010. She is supposedly for sale on the commercial market.
 

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Thanks Stevo. I had forgotten about Walney; posted a pic of her in No1 last year.
 

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