SW1 wrote: with 45 days endurance for a crew of 50 persons, augmented by a surge of up to 159 additional government personnel, and able to be refueled and re-provisioned underway for an additional 45 days' endurance for all 209 personnel.
I see this exactly right as for capacity:
29 helo manning, incl. ground crew
130 RM* (3 platoons, HQ/ recce, boat handling; with two Chinooks onboard 2 of those three platoons could be landed simultaneously, one for the task and one to secure the LZ)
SW1 wrote:and emergency medical/surgical suite capable of accommodating at least 10 battle casualties.
which, while sitting idle, would still need a specialist 'crew'
And, as we are talking about the same base design, this can't be too far off (if we don't end up buying something else than two of the Points)
* Let's assume 90 days on ship, 90 days off (
like in civvystreet) and that kind of force rotating through the two ships. Further take what UK Elite Forces wrote about the new MOC:
"42 Commando's restructuring will leave only 40 Commando and 45 Commando in the traditional amphibious assault role. Currently, one commando within 3 Commando Brigade is tasked as the core of the Lead Commando Group in the high readiness role, one is in training and the other assigned to 'standing tasks', which includes providing on-ship force protection teams. The restructuring will see 42 Commando dedicated to ships force protection and other maritime tasks
, while 40 and 45 Commando rotate into the Lead Commando role.The MOC [Maritime Operations Commando] will also have a counter terrorism role
. In a leaked memo, Major General Robert Magowan, Commandant General Royal Marines, says, "[the MOC] will also provide our core contribution to UK domestic operations in response to a terrorist event." Liaison officers from the SAS and SBS will be attached to the unit. "
- they also (only) speculate that S Sqdrn from 43 Commando might now be tasked as part of the MOC (no announcements on that aspect?)