Escort numbers are clearly far too low and a target of around 24 escort/patrol vessels (blue water) looks like an achievable goal.NickC wrote:"At 19 ships, compared with 35 in 1997, the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer fleet is way below the critical mass required for the many tasks which could confront it." The House of Commons Defence Committee Restoring the Fleet: Naval Procurement and the National Shipbuilding Strategy Third Report of Session 2016–17 Report,15 November 2016
12x ASW Frigates
6x Global Patrol Vessels
10x MHC vessels
Around 40 vessels in total is pretty realistic and affordable in my opinion.
Leander may have OPV heritage via the VT Corvette design but it isn't an OPV.The other main point they made in the report was the RN needed fully capable warships, not a downgraded T31 OPV.
The Global Patrol Vessels mentioned above could be great assets, even if built within a £250m unit cost. I see these GPV's as being large and versatile vessels with lots of hanger and garage space, a vehicle deck, EMF accommodation for 200+, extensive medical facilities and a flight deck large enough to operate 2 Chinooks simultaneously. True multipurpose vessels with a defensive armament that can be tailored for differing threat environments.
Couldn't agree more, it's a joke. How much money is being wasted building them at such a ridiculously slow pace?so from cutting first steel to in operational service is 10 years, just pathetic.
As a good comparison, look at what the Italians are aiming to achieve in the next 10 to 15 years. The difference is stark.
This is the obvious gap in current planning. A class of escorts is planned at £250m and £750m but nothing at £500m. A way must be found to build a Frigate class at around the £500m mark. Ideally I would like to see the T26 hull used.Question where does the money come from, so its back to my mantra the T26 is just too costly and class should be terminated after the first three ships as its cost crippling fleet numbers and make a new start, we could all make suggestions and think of what's possible for maybe £400M to £500M ? per ship.
The T26 will certainly carry on and so it should but they are very expensive and a balance has to be found between quality and quantity. This idea that Allies will supply the escorts to protect the CVF's is bonkers and should not be tolerated.I don't think it will happen and T26 will carry on soaking up the majority of available funding and the numbers of RN fully capable frigate and destroyer fleet will become ever smaller.
Just my opinion.