History UsefulNotes / UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm

18th May '18 10:50:41 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but by that time the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).

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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but but, by that time time, the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 weapons, and, the same year, the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).
5th Jan '18 5:11:39 AM SonofAkatosh
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The current system is getting a bit old and creaky and is due to be replaced around 2020. There is some Parliamentary support for the policy, although not as much as several years ago. Before the 2010 election, both [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem the Conservatives and Labour]] planned to replace Trident; the existence of the anti-deterrent Liberal Democrats in the current coalition government means that other alternatives are being looked at, such as deferring the decision another few years, or even sharing the weapons with [[UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance the French]].

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The current system is getting a bit old and creaky and is due to be replaced around 2020. There is some Parliamentary support for the policy, although not as much as several years ago. Before the 2010 election, both [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem the Conservatives and Labour]] planned to replace Trident; the existence of the anti-deterrent Liberal Democrats in the current resultant coalition government means meant that other alternatives are were being looked at, such as deferring the decision another few years, or even sharing the weapons with [[UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance the French]].
3rd Dec '17 5:40:31 AM valar55
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Many of the weapons are referred to by their Rainbow Codes, a UK CodeName system.[[labelnote:*]]A colour and a noun are randomly combined to make a code name, such as 'Blue Streak', to ensure there is no logical connection between weapon and name. This was instituted after Britain's experience fighting the Nazis in World War 2, when Nazi code names were incredibly obvious. For example, a radar system was codenamed 'Wotan', after a one-eyed god in Germanic mythology, meaning British scientists worked out that it was based around a single radar beam and actually developed a countermeasure before the Germans deployed Wotan itself![[/labelnote]]

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Many of the weapons are referred to by their Rainbow Codes, a UK CodeName system.[[labelnote:*]]A [[note]]A colour and a noun are randomly combined to make a code name, such as 'Blue Streak', to ensure there is no logical connection between weapon and name. This was instituted after Britain's experience fighting the Nazis in World War 2, when Nazi code names were incredibly obvious. For example, a radar system was codenamed 'Wotan', after a one-eyed god in Germanic mythology, meaning British scientists worked out that it was based around a single radar beam and actually developed a countermeasure before the Germans deployed Wotan itself![[/labelnote]]
itself![[/note]]
17th Sep '17 11:15:55 AM nombretomado
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The missiles- Polaris and Trident are of American design and are discussed under PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower.

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The missiles- Polaris and Trident are of American design and are discussed under PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower.
UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower.



Not much more needs to be said that is not in SuperiorFirepower. Carrier and land-based versions. The former had the problem that the ''Ark Royal'' was just a bit smaller than the US carriers and was retired with that carrier in 1978 as the Fleet Air Arm (the Royal Navy's aircraft section) went STOVL.

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Not much more needs to be said that is not in SuperiorFirepower.UsefulNotes/SuperiorFirepower. Carrier and land-based versions. The former had the problem that the ''Ark Royal'' was just a bit smaller than the US carriers and was retired with that carrier in 1978 as the Fleet Air Arm (the Royal Navy's aircraft section) went STOVL.
16th Sep '17 5:31:11 PM nombretomado
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These fighters, although still in Indian service, were retired from British service in 2006, it not being deemed cost-effective to upgrade for only six years' more service (i.e. until the YanksWithTanks finally delivered the F-35. Now that it's 2016 and the thing hardly any nearer to getting off the ground than it was five years ago, Parliament may be regretting this decision, as well as their rejection of the proposal for retrofitting the Sea Harriers' radar nosecones onto the Harrier GR.9 fleet). The remaining Harriers are of the GR.7/GR.9 variety.

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These fighters, although still in Indian service, were retired from British service in 2006, it not being deemed cost-effective to upgrade for only six years' more service (i.e. until the YanksWithTanks UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks finally delivered the F-35. Now that it's 2016 and the thing hardly any nearer to getting off the ground than it was five years ago, Parliament may be regretting this decision, as well as their rejection of the proposal for retrofitting the Sea Harriers' radar nosecones onto the Harrier GR.9 fleet). The remaining Harriers are of the GR.7/GR.9 variety.
16th Jul '17 11:15:55 AM CV12Hornet
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Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.

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Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements (the below-mentioned CVA-01) strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.
16th Jul '17 11:15:12 AM CV12Hornet
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!!HMS ''Victorious''

A WWII-era ''Illustrious''-class aircraft carrier, she was selected for a full modernization in 1950, a modernization that took eight years due to a combination of rapidly advancing technology and [[WhatAnIdiot a major cock-up on the Royal Navy's part]]: namely, realizing that her machinery needed to be replaced ''after'' rebuilding much of her upperworks, which necessitated tearing it all down and starting over.

In many respects a completely new ship afterward, she operated first Scimitars and then Buccaneers, before a minor fire and cuts to the defense budget conspired to retire her early.

Appears as both herself and HMS ''Ark Royal'' for the movie ''Film/SinkTheBismarck''.

!!''Audacious'' class aircraft carriers (''Eagle'', ''Ark Royal'')

Armored carriers designed during WWII to carry both a full airgroup and the most modern of carrier aircraft [[note]]The preceding Illustrious class lacked the capacity of a full fleet carrier, while the Implacable class, which did, were limited by low hangar height in what aircraft they could carry.[[/note]], making them the Royal Navy equivalent of the American ''Midway'' class, albeit a fair bit smaller. Their construction was protracted, and they both had to be modernized shortly after commissioning, but for many years they were the best carriers not part of the US Navy.

Both carried Buccaneer strike planes and Sea Vixen fighters, and Ark Royal was modified to carry Phantoms. By the 1970s, however, their age and relatively small size were finally catching up to them, and with their replacements strangled in the crib first Eagle and then Ark Royal were retired and scrapped.
9th Jul '17 10:46:15 AM nombretomado
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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during WorldWarTwo, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after WorldWarTwo as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but by that time the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).

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Despite the critical contribution of many British scientists to the USA's ''Manhattan Project'' to develop atomic weapons during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the United Kingdom was refused US technical assistance to develop their own atomic weapons after WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as the USA wanted to maintain a monopoly on atomic weaponry. In order to shore up Britain's Great Power status, Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill's governments recognised the need to continue substituting military for economic power; Britain had not had the largest economy of the Great Powers since the 1890s (having surpassed the Empire of the Qing in the 1850s), but she had nonetheless continued to play a significant role on the world stage by virtue of her fleet and alliance with France. Despite being totally broke after the debts of the war and the colossal costs of establishing a modern 'Welfare State', Britain pursued her own atomic bomb project alone (not even collaborating with the French!) and at great cost. She managed to detonate her first atomic bomb in the Australian state of Western Australia in 1952, but by that time the USA had already developed 'nuclear' weapons and in 1954 the USA detonated her first 'hydrogen' thermonuclear device (the latter being several thousand times more powerful again than a roughly equivalent atomic weapon).
8th Jul '17 4:39:32 PM nombretomado
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3rd Dec '16 9:56:16 AM GojiBiscuits
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!Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

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