RichardIC wrote:You're confusing "concept art" with detailed design
Who produced the 'concept art'? Are you suggesting a floodable well dock isn't possible? I don't really understand your point.
shark bait wrote:The FSS should bollw the Tides by becoming lean ships fully focused on the huge task of sustaining the carrier groups.
It sounds like you are suggesting building the entire RFA fleet around servicing a single CVF with around 24 F35's? If so expect further cuts.
What about sustaining the LiTM group over an extended period? A small well dock could be an extremely useful feature and take the pressure off the rest of the Amphibious logistic fleet.
Three FSS vessels each with 2 LCM's in a side by side configuration would really help with versatility and remove the risk of the loss of a single vessel ending an entire operation. We must remember that the FSS vessels are there support Amphibious ops as well as the CSG.
shark bait wrote:If the FSS has to be common with anything it should be the Tides, not an LPD.
Who mentioned LPD's? I suggested the LSD(A)'s not the LPD's.
Commonality with the Tides could very well have been a good idea but the time line was wrong with the CVF builds, at least in the context of a wider NSS strategy.
Well docks aside, my main point is about the lack of a sustainable industrial strategy. The MOD seem to lurch from one idea to the next without fully considering the consequences down the line. As far as UK shipbuilding is concerned it is use it or lose it
and if the FSS contracts go abroad and the FSS vessels are simple RoRo conversions the UK is really to struggle to resurrect enough of a shipbuilding capacity to replace the Amphibs in the 2030's. But maybe that's HMG's long term planning anyway.....