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tybarious  asked:

Current British Navy vs Current French Navy?

Ah, now that’s more like it!

Before we begin, I’ll only be accounting ACTIVE ships, so planned or under constructions won’t be mentioned, while ships close to retiring but still active will. Also amphibious ships won’t be accounted for as well, as in case of a naval clash they can’t provide any form of assistance, as this is a Jutland-type scenario.  

With this said, let’s begin with the ruler of the waves for over 200 years, the Royal Navy.

77 active ships, of which her main combatants are:

4 Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines

3 Astute-class nuclear attack submarines

4 Trafalgar-class nuclear attack submarines

6 Type 45 air-defense destroyers

13 Type 23 multipurpose frigates.

Now, let’s move to the French navy, the Marine Nationale.

96 active ships, of which her main combatants are:

The Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered, catapult-equipped aircraft carrier, which carries the superb Rafale M naval multirole 4.5 generation fighter jet, alongside a small AEW&C detachment of E-2 aircraft

(Plus varios ASW helicopters, deadly to any submarine.)

4 Le Triomphant-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines 

6 Rubis-class nuclear attack submarines

2 Horizon-class air defense destroyers 

2 Jean Bart-class air defense destroyers 

3 FREMM ASW frigates

5 Georges Leygues-class ASW frigates

5 La Fayette-class general purpose (anti-surface with very limited ASW and AA capabilities) frigates

Alright, so lets break it down:

The French have a (true) carrier, while the brits have none

Both navies have equal numbers of ballistic missile subs, but the French ones are younger, more modern, and with better anti-surface capabilities, although both are equally quiet, as confirmed when two subs of both classes accidentally collided while underwater after neither managed to detect the other.

Britain has 7 attack subs, while France has 6, and France’s fleet is far older and less capable than her British counterparts overall, being their first generation of this type of subs, with all 6 vessels being close to decommissioning, while in Britain’s case only the Trafalgar boats share a similar situation.  

In surface combatants, Britain has the numerical advantage with 19 vessels vs 17 french ones, and overall hers are of superior quality, specially compared to the older George Leygues and Jean Bart classes, the FREMMs being basic frigates with Stealth characteristics and piss-poor AA systems, and the 2 Horizons being slightly inferior to their Type 45 counterparts, both classes sharing somewhat similar requirements as both were originally envisioned as a single multi-national class. 

So, all in all, a very tough choice, but the French carrier, the world’s sole non-america fully-fledged vessel of her kind, is a big game changer, and that coupled with the slightly superior french ballistic missile subs and adequate surface fleet, has to make France the winner, if only by a small margin.

NASA and Veterans

November 11 each year is a day we honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. 

Discover how we have close ties to the military, even to this day, and see who has traded in their camouflage uniform for an astronaut flight suit.

There have been veterans working for us since the beginning, even when it was still called the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). 

Additionally, there are several active duty military members working at NASA facilities through special government programs.

Today, there are more than 1500 veterans currently employed with us. Their experiences in the military make their expertise invaluable around the agency. We value the unique leadership style they bring to the work place.  Above and below are some astronaut veterans.

A Partnership for the Space Age

Since the early days of NASA, we’ve partnered with all branches of the military. We still work closely with the military today and rely on the expertise of our service members to support our missions both while in active duty and in the civilian workforce. Here are some examples of this close partnership:

The Marines helped with recovery efforts of Astronaut Alan Shepard at the end of his sub-orbital flight on May 5, 1961…a task performed across several of our missions.

Today, the Navy helps us recover spacecraft, just like the Orion space capsule…which will one day carry astronauts into deep space and eventually on our journey to Mars. 

…and the Air Force has traditionally and continues to help us transport sensitive and critical space hardware around the globe. 

The Coast Guard has even helped us access remote locations to collect oceanographic data as part of our efforts to study and learn more about the Earth. 

We’ve partnered with the Army to use their unique capabilities at the Yuma Proving Ground to test the entry, descent and landing of our spacecraft systems.

To all the Veteran’s out there, we thank you for your service to America and your continued support of America’s space program.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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