I do not think so. Most of the theaters LSG go have almost no "at sea" threat. I agree LSG shall include a "guard ship", but it can even be a River B2 OPV in many case (like Sierra Leone).shark bait wrote:If all the T31 can do is put a few CAMM silos next to an auxiliary is that good value? Wouldn't it be preferable to put the silos on the Auxiliary and save all that money?
For me, arming Auxiliary for self defense (e.g. now with 20mm CIWSs) is for self defense. Arming escorts is to fight. If the enemy appears, always the Auxiliary will retreat at speed. In the same occasion, the most capable escort in the theater will rush to the enemy to defeat it, or just to save time for Auxiliary to escape. Very different usage. A Point armed with 12 CAMM is completely different from a T31 armed with 12 CAMM.
If ASM threat is there, T45 shall go along with LSS. If ASW, T23/T26 shall. But, if such a severe threat exists, it is more than likely the LSS will not deploy, but a full spectrum of CVTF will be needed.
Thinking T31 and LSS combines is important, I agree. But, interestingly I came to different conclusions.If the RN/RFA is about to get to big new flexible platforms it massively reduces the need for patrol frigates. In light of that decision it is really important to get sub hunting abilities into the new frigates giving the RN the real escorts it needs to protect the Carriers and amphibious platforms.
With two new sea bases on the way can we drop the third FSS and use that money to add a sonar to the T31?
If coupled with LSS, a T31 can be more small ship. No need for "4 RHIB", nor "2 or more ISO containers". Plenty of them will be onboard LSS. This will enable "up arming" T31, including ASW, or increasing CAMM, ASM, or more. (not much different from Shark Bait-sans comment, I guess).
[ From here, a bit FANTASY, I agree] : In extreme, I think even an up-armed River B2 can do. No need for helo hangar, nor many RHIBs (LSS can do). Just add a gun and CAMMs to it, with Artisan 3D. No need for ASW either, because LSS will never reach a shore with SSK threat. This will make the T31 very simple but useful ship, while dramatically reducing the cost, which can be used for "a few more P-8A" or "one more T26" (may differ a lot from Shark Bait-sans comment).