Ron5 wrote:Kinda like having supply trucks right with the Challengers eh?
Obviously it totally depends on situation but RFA type supply ships are typically kept well down threat and away from the carriers. Just like supply trucks are kept well back from the tanks.
While you are right and supply ships are usually placed down threat it doesn't mean they are secure, they will need protecting. In the Falklands War the RN got away with providing very limited protection to the TRALA, against a better equiped and competent opponent they may not get away with it in the future. Any escorts you provide for your logistis shipping obviosly reduces the numbers available for offensive action
or protecting your Carriers. You also have the problem that at some point your resupply ships have to meet up with your combat ships, which means either withdrawing your combat ships or moving your resupply ships forward, with of course the necessary escorts. Much better to keep your logistics shipping close at hand where they can be properly protected and can supply the needs of the Task Force when ever convinent.
As far as operations on land are concered, their will often be a front line, so to reach your logitics elements an enemy must first get passed your combat troops so they are relativly secure. Its also worth pointing out that first line logistis elements are not very far from the combat units they are supporting. In situations where their is effectivly no front line, considerable effort has to go into protecting lines of comunications. Afganistan for instance. It would not be unusally to have your supply trucks right with the Challengers. Just as the US Army took supply trucks along with them when they first entered Bagdad.