shark bait wrote:
Jensy wrote:From my decidedly non-engineering background, I propose three ways of potentially going about providing enhanced aviation support, with costs and complexity rising massively with capability:
Aviation capacity is not the problem. The Navy has got more capacity, and fewer aircraft than it's had in decades. I expect the RN could fit all their serviceable aircraft on one ship!
All this does is spend money that doesn't exist on a problem that doesn't exist. Hooray!
To be simple, the LPD's are too resources intensive for a Navy that is more bothered about carrier operations, so the marines need a cheaper ride.
Just to clarify Shark Bait,
Was only proposing that as a 'cheaper alternative', to keeping the LDPs 'and' introducing specialist aviation support ships to accompany them.
Personally, moving forward, I think platforms designed for small-scale 'raiding' should be pretty much self-sustaining and only need perhaps one escort ship to keep them safe. Otherwise they're just a drain on carrier ops and other deployments.
With the size of the navy destined to keep shrinking, we need to find new ways of making do with less, not trying to do more with what we have.