Tempest414k wrote:You beat me to it I was about to say all the Bay were deployed right now top effort from the RFA
Caribbean wrote:I think that we should not lose sight of the fact that we will still need warships, in our enthusiasm for the flexibility offered by other hullforms
SW1 wrote:we’re building type 26
Uhm, not clear for me.Scimitar54 wrote:... to expand the Tier 2 class to have the numbers (and capability) to perform this role. Not less than 10-12, I would say. ...
You may say, ah but we will have the MPAs. We will, but even if their number was doubled they would not be able to cover all of the areas that may be required.
No objection, T26 and MPA are complementary. I'm also thinking so.Repulse wrote:We are getting far off topic but a Boeing Orca XLUUV costs about £10mn each, so something similar for the RN for ASW protection operating from a mothership/OPV/Sloop would be a good option, though I’m very much in favour of 10 T26s and would see these (and MPAs) as complimentary.
donald_of_tokyo wrote:Boeing Orca XLUUV will not be able to be operated from a Bay.
Is the draught enough?Caribbean wrote:donald_of_tokyo wrote:Boeing Orca XLUUV will not be able to be operated from a Bay.
The Orca would fit in the Bay's dock - it's only 15m (51ft) long. They are most likely to be operated from shore bases, agreed, but at a pinch, a Bay-class should be able to transport/ launch multiple Orcas (and effectively operate as a submarine tender).
Caribbean wrote:SW1 wrote:we’re building type 26
I would contend that, by building just eight, we are losing sight of that fact. The old yardstick of 10 C1 and 8 C2 frigates is closer to the mark, especially since we now have the carriers for the C1s (and destroyers) to looks after.
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