Tempest414 wrote: ↑26 Jun 2022, 11:10
So when we talked about making the MRSS a flat top you were against it now you want to make the SSS a flat top.
I still like the idea of making the MRSS into a 200 x 30 meter flat top as it is its job to support troops both in getting over the Horizon and then backing them up these would not be LHD's as there would be no dedicated hangar just a lift to the lower deck
In short yes I would distinguish the two, though if the RN went back to the original MARS scope and were again looking at Joint Sea-Based Logistic ships, I would support them being flat-tops. In fact having 2 JSBLs (one at the core of each LRG) would IMO solve a number of gaps, including RFA Argus’s decommissioning.
The problem of the MRSS and any idea of LHDs is that we end up again focusing on a small number of larger vessels. Also, we are combining too many roles into one platform - making it sub optimal for them all.
The UK will never do an amphibious assault like D-Day without years of ramping up. What is needed is a fleet of more numerous and smaller / cheaper ships capable of operating close to shore with air and logistical support OTH.