ArmChairCivvy wrote:AKA submarine tender, of the old.
- now that the SSNs don't (in the main) need one
"Need" no, though they sure could benefit from them.
I'll try to reword it: A less diminished need, that is now coming back?
Sorry I didn't mean for my reply to seem sharp. An nuke can operate effectively without a tender thanks to it's reactor, unlike an SSK/P which is operationally crippled if it has to be tied to accessible ports. However, the crew and payload of a nuke have limits which a tender can extend and thus make the best even better. There's increasing calls in the USN for new tenders to replace the last 2 Land class, part of the hesitation has been that it's a lot of money for a specialized class. It's possible the RN and USN might have similar lines of thinking going forward: that if sub tenders take on UUV-tending as well as their SSN/SSBN tending role, it makes the investment a lot more attractive.