shark bait wrote:It sure does need to consolidate it's resources, in the hands of a civilian organisation they could be spread further.
shark bait wrote:I would still advocate forward deployed OPV's, much like the French.
marktigger wrote:the rivers are fairly close to the size of the floreals which the french classify as a light frigate built to commercial standards to the SOLAS regulations.
marktigger wrote:looks like border force needs cutters closer to home with more RN OPV's
Repulse wrote:marktigger wrote:looks like border force needs cutters closer to home with more RN OPV's
Agreed, it's just the start. With an increase in illegal migration, terrorism and Russian sub incursions it's time the UK got serious about its EEZ. It will also need to contend with friction over fisheries when we vote to leave.
I'd personally scrap the cutters and have custom boarding parties on RN ships.
What the RN needs is the next generation sloops (OPV/Survey/MCM replacements) and modern day small fast interceptor Patrol craft (of the MGB/MTB ilk).
Repulse wrote:Retasking the 14 P2000s that are attached to the universitys would be a good start and also keeping the 3 batch 1 Rivers with ScanEagle in addition the 3 new ones. Problem is money, but it would be chicken feed compared to the potential cost of an even greater flood of migrants.
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