Jake1992 wrote:Wouldn’t the new USN Mk6 patrol boat fit this role and be a nice fit
Yes it would. I do like that type of craft and it is something we lack especially if we looking at focusing on littoral strike/maritime security/choke point protection role. I would wrap it into a more strategic outlook both industrially and military wise. As mentioned such vessel could replace the archer patrol vessels as well. So order them in numbers allows for them to provide training and to be distributed around the uk, in for example the Clyde out to the north west approaches, perhaps from roysth out to the North Sea and along the channel coast and indeed Gibraltar the RNs traditional areas of choke point for training and presence.
Taking it a step further this is imo the ideal starting platform for uk developing its unmanned systems capability, I would like to see the mine warfare, asw, ew, force protection, hydrographic options being integrated onto such a vessel in a unmanned and optionally manned format. If like the US have they’re designed to be deployable from a well dock then they become a really deployable capability able to undertake a wide number of roles.
Could be build in yard in England as working with ours specialist sensor providers offer a very capable solution to many including countries who just wish to operate such vessels from shore in say west Africa or the Caribbean specially in the optionally manned role. We have some suitable start points in the Shannon or Severn class lifeboat hulls.
Ultimate thought even if you bought straight from the US it’s would be a great starting point for a littoral strike group a bay, 4 such patrol vessels, 2 wildcat, 5 scan eagles air vehicles and 80 RM. would require considerable investment to make it happen.