Jake1992 wrote:we ended up with 1 x LPH 2 x larger LPDs and 4 x large LSDs ( this was still less than what deemed needed 2 x LPH 2 x LPD with hanger and 5 x LSD )
Correct but don't forget the 6 Points, they are crucial and often overlooked. Modified Points could be amazingly capable. For example, adding a single deck to a 200m Point could give an EMF capacity higher than an Albion or a Bay and also allow mexefloates to be flank mounted like the Bay's. A modified Point could embark up to 12 Merlins and still retain 3 Chinook capable landing spots. The potential is huge.
The downside is the very low commercial build standards, the increased procurement/operating costs and higher crew allocations than the current Points. It's all a question of balance.
Let's compare what was deemed necessary previously to what I am proposing and see how it stacks up.
If we leave the standard Points and Argus to one side (as they remain unchanged).
That would be,
2x Oceans, 2x Albion's with double Merlin hanger, and 5x Bays without hanger
1x 40,000t LHD, 2x 200m LPD's and 2x modified 200m Points2x Oceans, 2x Albion's with double Merlin hanger, and 5x Bays without hanger:
Max Hanger capacity: 40 Merlin sized helicopters
Max F35 capacity: 0
Landing Spots: 21
Non Overload Troop capacity: 4000
Max Vehicle/Cargo space: 7600 lm
Max LCU capacity: 13
Max Mexefloate capacity: 10
LCVP/CB90 capacity: 16 if all Well Docks carrying LCU's. More could be carried on deck.1x 40,000t LHD, 2x 200m LPD's and 2x modified 200m Points
Max Hanger capacity: 56 Merlin sized Helicopters
Max F35 capacity: 20
Landing Spots: 20
Non Overload Troop capacity: 3300
Max Vehicle/Cargo space: 9500 lm
Max LCU capacity: 12
Max Mexefloate capacity: 8
4 if all Well Docks carrying LCU's
14 if helicopters capacity reduced to 50
24 if helicopter capacity reduced to 44.
Surprising? It certainly surprised me when I ran the numbers a while ago.
I believe this fleet could be built with a £2bn budget and operated within the 2% GDP framework.
It's a lot of capability for the money.
As a comparison, this is what we have today,Albion and 3x Bays with hanger:
Max Hanger capacity: 3 Merlin sized helicopters
Max F35 capacity: 0
Landing Spots: 7
Non Overload Troop capacity: 1600
Max Vehicle/Cargo space: 4000lm
Max LCU capacity: 7
Max Mexefloate capacity: 6
LCVP/CB90 capacity: 4 if all Well Docks carrying LCU's. More could be carried on deck.