Thanks.Repulse wrote: ↑07 Jan 2022, 08:34Given the strategy of a larger number of dispersed amphibs with smaller RM units, then I cannot see how dedicated LSG escorts really make sense. Each amphib should be capable of operating at a threat level according to the expected common requirement IMO. I personally see no issue putting a dozen or two CAMM on the amphib itself if it's required, rather than prioritise money on an amphib and escort combination.
CAMM? It is a local-area air defense system, which needs a good situation awareness of ~50 km sphere around the ship (say, double the CAMM range). Thus, you need good 3D radar with good CMS (with good analysis power), which means expensive. It is a modern heavy-Corvette-level armament.
As it is precious, the system must be used in many tasks (to avoid wasting money), so the ship may be even called as a 3rd-tier escort in war time (for example, as an ASM "goalkeeper" in CSG). Of course, you need good damage control on the ship, making the ship "a large T32".
It cannot happen without killing many other assets (including T32 for sure) in budget point of view.
As such, for me the LSG amphibious ship shall be lightly armed (say, up to two 57 mm 3P/ALaMo guns, at most), and a few LMM (if needed). Both are self-defense simplistic weapons, and the "arc of fire" is only several km around the ship. So you do not need good 3D radar nor CMS. Thus, it will be cheap and hence easy to maintain. For higher threat tasks, just call for escort. No problem.
This is my viewpoint.
Just call a proper level of escort force. No problem, I see here?The key as you point out is still to have the scale and ability to customise a mission group, which would include forward based Rivers up to an escorting CSG. What I have trouble with is identifying the scenario where you need more than a River, but not a CSG - to me that is like kicking a honets nest but expecting to be okay with a fly swatter.
Putting a Marine company on land to "fight" is not a minor task, if any kind of at-sea threat is foreseeable. In that case, doing it "by your own" is not a good idea, and calling an escort is MUST, I think.