Jake1992 wrote:IMO the RN have 2 paths to choose from cut numbers to match today’s manning levels this in turn will increase sea going days whiles also investing to get the most out of each vessel. Option 2 is to keep numbers with the hope and planing of upgrading them down the line to get kore out of them and try to improve recruitment and retention.
To me planning a fleet solely on today’s personal numbers makes no sense as personal numbers will change massively in both directions over the duration of the fleets life.
When it comes to upgrade later or reduce and get the most out of each now, we’ll its a lot easier to upgrade a vessel when the sh**t hits the fan than it is to build extra.
I think the RN are looking at it as it’s better to have the vessel sitting waiting for man power to improve than cutting numbers never to get those numbers back.
Don’t get me wrong I’m all for getting the most out of what we have but not by cutting what we have.
Thanks, I understand your point. Just continuing discussion.
Your idea makes sense "a little" (not meaning "little sense"
), but clearly that strategy was not the strategy RN took when they see escort cuts from 44 to 32, and 31 to 25, then 23. I think, it was the first time RN chose to significantly degrade (40%!!) availability just to save number. I am not supporting it.
In the world, there are many navies "better" than RN on paper. But, RN with is high professionalism, good training, high morale, and realistic approach to military issue was the big difference to "others". I'm very sad RN is going to lose those merits. Sad. Must be corrected, I think.