wargame_insomniac wrote: ↑19 Feb 2023, 22:45
dmereifield wrote: ↑19 Feb 2023, 16:48
Aren't we supposed to have 7 active SSN?
Did you miss the news back on 20 May 2022 when BOTH Trenchant and Talent were retired early on the same day, so that we could crew Anson before her commissioning three months later.....
So for the last 9 months we have been down to just five active SSN - Anson sailing from Barrow takes us closer to having six.
As said, I think Astute will be requiring a short refit soon, followed by boat 2, so operating more than 5 for any length of time is unlikely for a long while.
These boats are so technically complex that there are apparently considerable differences between Astute and Anson.
Technology approaches obsolescence so quickly ( it's generally considered obsolete and unsupportable after a10 year cycle) that refits to upgrade and refresh will be constant factors of life.
That's the problem with huge gaps between commissions I guess...