donald_of_tokyo wrote:Just personal thought.
- UK is introducing two LSSs, which partly overlaps with Bays (like HADR = WIGS summer).
- With River B2 "forward deployed", even one Wave (or Tide) become "redundant" (WIGS winter).
If Bays can be "re-rolled" to MHC mother ship tasks, it could be interesting. French is building 3000t class "MHC", Belgium/Dutch looks as well. If UK are to build "16000t MHC", it is interesting. But, if so, how many MCMVs will a Bay replace?
- 3 to 1?
- Or even 4 to 1?
Arguably the bays and indeed the ponce trials show what the littoral combat ship should of been and mothership for maritime security. The technology now is at a stage to allow independent systems not ships for a great part equation below full on war fighting. I’ve bored everyone enough with the fact that the 2 lpd and 3 bays are what should be, the presence/ maritime security vessels.