shark bait wrote:
Poiuytrewq wrote:Why not build another 2 or 3 AAW Destroyers based on Iver Huitfeldt/Arrowhead140?
When would a RN task group need more than three destroyers? Our american friends typically assign a destroyer squadron of three Burkes to a carrier group, I doubt the RN need more.
Yes but it's 3 Burkes plus a Tico.
It's up for debate as to how to best configure the UK CSG but it needs to be made up of four escorts plus a SSN in my view. If a single T45 is all that can be realistically provided then what should provide of the rest of the escort screen?
If the T45 has a problem, is 2 or 3 Artisan/CAMM equipped frigates good enough to protect the CSG? I don't think so.
A lot of attention has been given to an ASW T31, maybe a AAW version should also be considered to work in tandem with a T45 within the CSG.
The idea that we just gather up any random NATO AAW frigate to fill in for a T45 because we didn't build enough of them is not acceptable in my opinion. Britain must be able to provide a full CSG if necessary on its own.
Allies supporting our CSG is one thing. Allies having to form the core of it is simply not good enough.