Poiuytrewq wrote:The speed requirement is up for debate, I would like to see 21knts but the crucial part is the hanger.
A Venari 95 with a 57mm/76mm, Phalanx and embarked Wildcat would be a very very useful platform in the maritime security role. The ability to embark CB90's, LCVP's and LCAC's is just the icing on the cake.
MHC is primarily a mine counter measure asset. It must be evaluated as such. Patrol is primarily T31 and River B2s role. For example, I am not sure BOTH ciws and 57/76mm are needed. Either might be better, in view of less crew and more deployment. May be, FFBNW CIWS?
Apologies Donald, my fault for not being clear (again). The CIWS should be FFBNW along with the Wildcat. Some would argue that for a lot of patrol tasks even the 57mm/76mm is unnecessary but I believe a 57mm/76mm and 2x 30mm's is a basic requirement for patrolling outside the EEZ. The Phalanx and Wildcat can be added if necessary.
My comment above was based on a Black Sea deployment in the current climate. A Venari 95 with a 57mm/76mm, 2x 30mm's, Phalanx and a Wildcat would be a decent platform to send into such a situation. Sending a pair of Venari 95's with maybe a single Wildcat between them would be even better, especially if one was in a Combat MCMV configuration with 12 CAMM and Artisan.
We have to be realistic, these sort of standoff confrontations are going to become more and more common until one side backs down, and there is little sign of that. The days of trotting the globe with a 20mm or 30mm are coming to an end and RN/MOD/HMG need to realise that before a vessel gets into a situation it can't handle.
The Venari will never be an offensive asset but it should have the ability to upgrade its defensive capabilities if required. The Combat MCMV configuration is just an even more capable defensive package that can operate in conflict zones without additional escorts. Some argue that it isn't necessary because a T23/T26/T31 will always be on hand to escort the MCMV's. In that case what is going to escort Echo in the Black Sea? The answer is probably nothing hence the need for the new class of MHC vessels to be able to quickly upgrade their defensive cability if required.