Poiuytrewq wrote:Doesn't sound like an entirely Gavin Williamson inspired idea then. Perhaps RN/RM want the capability and the DS wants to provide it but there is only enough money for 2 Point class conversions to make it happen anytime soon.
They would host 300 Royal Marine commandos
I don't think Prevail MRV concept as it stands could handle an EMF of 300 without going into overload.
The MDP progress piece that received criticism for its brewity (compensated for with loadsa photos
) had an interesting leading-in part:
" a central ‘planning assumption’ for Defence, that if called upon by Government the Armed Forces should be able to deploy a highly capable expeditionary force of around 50,000, including:
A maritime task group centred on a Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier with F35 Lightning aircraft
A land division with three brigades including a new Strike Force
An air group of combat, transport and surveillance aircraft
A Special Forces task group.
This planning assumption remains unchanged,"
and where I read it differently in the 2015 SDSR was that a maximum effort, single force was to be behind the stated total number of bods.
Putting it the way it has now been done,
- the air group is what has covered the M. East (lately)
- the first two element may be in Europe, on its flanks ... or elsewhere
- but the Special Forces task group, for bush fires in some other spot, will need to be provided with perseverance, for a quick first reaction and an "afloat" solution is the most flexible one for that - put the two ships together to get to "300" if and when needed
Over and above that it will fall into the LitM category of tasks