Repulse wrote:I have to tend to agree with this statement. The original FLSS concept was for 2 ships, one East of Suez the other West - having the ability to refuel forward based ships is I think a good one, and with the four Tides allocated to the CSG then this is then the death nail for the two Waves. I can see the argument for another one if a Hospital ship is not forthcoming, but three would be the maximum.
It really depends if the FLSS/LSG concept is now dead too, I suspect it isn't. It's just that the Albions don't fit into the change in doctrine so solutions need to be found to fulfil requirements within the budget constraints. The crucial question remains, what will an LSG be comprised of? Little clarity on that as of yet.
A FLSS in whatever form it takes plus a Wave/Tide and a T31 and/or RB2 is probably the best that could be realistically hoped for. It all depends what RN is prepared to delete to achieve it. Probably more than many of us would like.
Repulse wrote:The ship that the Elida does start to put into question in the longer term is actually the Bay Class
Agreed but possibly more as a replacement than an alternative. Jensy's suggestion of a two variant design based on a common hull has merit but would result in a lack of efficiency for the SSS variant even if the well dock was replaced by a steel beach. A common hull form would be better shared between the A140 and a British Absalon variant.
It should also be remembered that the Points future/replacment also requires consideration. Perhaps this is where the MSS concept could find some economy of scale.