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June 18, 2009
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Today’s Post “Changing the Face of Naval Warfare” subject on Q-ships was presented in Navy Time’s the Scoop  Deck, another excellent new blog we encourage naval enthusiasts to check out daily!

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  1. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 18, 2009 7:29 pm

    “A story about Q ships without further details could alternatively serve as deterrence.”

    I agree Sven. I think you could use the same tactics with missiles submarines in place of a carrier. Who would know whether its there or not?

    Scott said “Unrated maxi-mothership of the flotilla !”

    I love this! The possibilities are limitless for these off the shelf platforms. Not warships so much but force enablers of small attack craft, UAVs, unmanned mini-subs, Marine raiders, ect. Meanwhile, the choices we get from the traditional warships grow increasingly limited as prices reach epic proportions!

  2. June 18, 2009 6:09 pm

    There may be Q ships, and I would be surprised if anybody told us.

    A story about Q ships without further details could alternatively serve as deterrence.

    I was very surprised to see a photo on that link – it makes ABSOLUTELY ZERO sense (except if it’s totally wrong).

  3. Scott B. permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:16 pm

    Unrated maxi-mothership of the flottila !

  4. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:13 pm

    Mothership!

  5. Scott B. permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:04 pm

    According to the shipyard (MMHE) that carried out the conversion, modification included “fabrication and installation of new items such as accommodation container cabin, mess room container cabin, armory storage container cabin, helicopter hangar and upgrading of sewage system, accommodation cabins, PAGA System, life saving equipment and fire fighting system. Crane no.1 was removed and she took a new Naval Grey colour.”

  6. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 18, 2009 4:04 pm

    Galrahn-that might explain why Marine News edited the reference to Q-ships out. Of course, if you were going to send a ship out in disguise, you wouldn’t want to advertise that act. Loose lips and all…

    Oh, and nice new website you have there!

  7. Scott B. permalink
    June 18, 2009 3:54 pm

    According to the shipowner MISC Berhad, Bunga Mas Lima has been modified “into a RMN Auxiliary Vessel for the purpose of escorting and protecting MISC’s ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden.”

  8. June 18, 2009 3:10 pm

    According to local news in Malaysia a few weeks ago, the ship is being outfitted for logistics, not Q ship.

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