Repulse wrote:Retasking the 14 P2000s that are attached to the universitys would be a good start and also keeping the 3 batch 1 Rivers with ScanEagle in addition the 3 new ones. Problem is money, but it would be chicken feed compared to the potential cost of an even greater flood of migrants.
As much as raiding the P2000 fleet to bolster EEZ protection seems attractive on the surface, having been aboard them first hand I can tell you that they're really not suitable for that sort of work. Sure, with the new engines they can go like the clappers but their sea state limitations are pretty severe and they can't carry enough people for an adequate boarding team. Nor can they carry a decent seaboat. Personally I wouldn't like to contemplate doing a bump transfer of a boarding team from a ship that rolls around like nobody's business in anything more than a sea state 2!
Better to leave them in the current navigation and command training role with flag flying and drumming up recruits through the URNUs as useful add-ons.