RetroSicotte wrote: Repulse wrote:
Pongoglo wrote:Not if we go for Leander they won't !
I’m no defender of the T31e, but if the RN thought it was a must-have they would have put it on the RFI?
The RFI was not designed by military needs. It was designed by the measure of "what is the minimum possible thing we can still call a frigate in PMQs".
Never forget that is the largest driving goal behind this project. Any "success" is in spite of that. It's a checkbox military project.
These lightly armed, forward deployed maritime security vessels have a role to play due to their cost-effective operating costs but HMG really need to stop calling them Frigates.
Once that happens RN can set about building the 12 or 13 credible Frigates that is really needed to properly align the UK's military capability with the politicians global ambitions.