Aren't you contradicting yourself? Sailing a T31 (or two ) closer to the shoreline for NGFS would maintain the freedom of manoeuvre - well away - for the rest of the CSG.ArmChairCivvy wrote:Repulse wrote:personally don’t see the T31 as an answer to this question as their primary role is stated as freeing up the T45s/T26s for CSG duties.
Absolutely agree and this is exactly the way that the Type 21 was employed in the Falklands, close inshore in support of the amphibious force and freeing up the more complex and specialist vessels to stay over the horizon and in suport of the CTF. To me the T31 is the modern equivalent and it is no coincidence that in the case of Leander and the Meko', almost exactly the same tonnage and size. Sure it could be argued that the T21's paid a very heavy price with the loss of Antelope and Ardent, but this was down to their woefully inadequate AAW, a quad Seacat ( a useless system) a lot of GPMG hastilly bolted on and a couple of WW2 vintage 20mm guns.
Clearly a Leander with CAMM, a Phalanx and DS30's would fare much better and if armed with a Mk 8 Mod 1 could still provide the vital NGS. Indeed it is argued by some and particularly 148 Battery, that of all other factors apart from the fighting prowess of our Infantry our success in the land battle was largely own to the 4.5inch gun, with most barrels being provided by the T21. To me the advent of the LSS and LSG is prob a game changer here with the key role of the escort being to provide heavy indirect fires, particularly as the raiding force itself is unlikely to be large enough to have any integral fired support of its own except possibly a section of 81mm.
For those interested the below makes a very good read;
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