Singapore might be seen as too much of an escalation in political circles. Maybe a Wave and an RB2 is seen as less controversial.Tempest414 wrote:I don't understand having a T-31 in India I would say it would be better to have one in the Gulf and one out of Singapore.
Plus a Bay and possibly a Wave and maybe even a FSS if we order three. In amongst all that lot is the Eastern LSG.Tempest414 wrote:Also with all the talk of ships being forward deployed East of Suez we will need a EoS command latest count is
1 x FLSS
2 x T-31
1 x B2 River
4 x MCM
The Ambition is great to see but based on what has been officially proposed so far I think we are looking at a minimum of eight up to possibly ten T31's if the T31's are to routinely conduct FRE.Lord Jim wrote:we will only have two FLSS and five T-31e, so that currently suggested availability goes against al current operating schedules and so on. FO example having two T-31e EoS means there would be a maximum of one available for everywhere else.
If this is credible and affordable going forward I think we are going to have to be a bit more careful with the design of the T31. Do we really want that many Rivers and Leanders?
I think the following would be a better mix even if it takes slightly longer to achieve it.
6x T26 lite
6x T31 (£250m Max)
With all these assets now going to be routinely based or deployed East of Suez with little or no ASW capability, what is RN's East of Suez ASW strategy going to be?