RichardIC wrote:and you reckon you can get two for under 8 million quid?
At a rough guess, £9-10m each is more likely, but who knows?
Tempest414 wrote:96 hours at sea and sea state 7
I can see a 30m doing the 96 hours at sea (adequate fresh water would presumably be the limiting factor) and also handling sea state 7. Nine metre waves would be somewhat daunting, admittedly - not sure I'd want to be out in that, but I think it falls into the do-able category. I seem to recall a rule-of-thumb that wave height shouldn't exceed one third of length (something to do with potential for capsize in a following seas IIRC), though good design and skilled handling can increase that considerably.
I think the fact that they have specified sea state 7 effectively sets the minimum length at around 27-30m. Anything bigger would be a bonus.
Zealot wrote:The Gibraltar Squadron is expecting to receive two new warships which will be more “capable”, “faster” and have “bigger guns”, to replace HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar in the next two years.
"Bigger guns" - I suspect that one of the 20mm removed from the RFAs will adequately address that, though a 30mm would be even better
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