marktigger wrote:would the Dutch Karel Doorman be a good basis for the FSSS?
Yes. That would also be my suggestion.
Karel Doorman has capability for solids, fuel, aviation and roll on roll off. We wouldn't need the fuel capability so replace the tanks with additional solid stored. Add ,2 replenishment as sea heavy masts and I think we would have a great solid support ship that is multi roll capable.
Such a ship would be useful in many operations in my mind.
In a replenishment at sea role there is lots of space for stores, and without helicopters embarked there is even more room, plus deck space for containers.
The aviation capabilities are also great enough that the ship could act as a helicopter carrier and would be capable of sustained operations.
It could also act as a sea base, much like the bay class does at the moment, supporting smaller vessels such as MCM
Big stores and aviation capabilities has humanitarian aid written all over it, as well as options for a medical roll.
Lots of space for vehicles, a steel beach, some mexefloats and landing craft as well as the aviation facilities and you have a ship that can support amphibious operations as well.
Perhaps with some Merlin's embarked it could even be capable of sub hunting in the north sea (invincible class style) if we needed.
Pretty much its a well designed multi roll vessel that could be a good workhorse in support of the navy. It could also be built commercially in Korea , similarly to the tides, making it very affordable.