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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 10:45 p.m. PST

"In 2023, the Royal Navy hopes the first of its new Type 31 frigates will hit the waves to replace HMS Argyll, the first of 13 Type 23 frigates scheduled to begin retiring that year, with another to retire every year until 2035. The new vessels will add desperately needed modern warships to the United Kingdom's depleted fleet.

However, that's the hope. It's not realistic, according to program officials cited in a report from Defense News. The compressed timetable will likely delay the Type 31, and worse — tight budgets are forcing compromises with the vessel's weapons and capabilities. The result will be a Royal Navy adopting a smaller, less combat-capable ship than the Type 23, which has served since the 1980s as the backbone of Britain's submarine hunting fleet.

Keep in mind that the United Kingdom is not replacing all of its Type 23s with Type 31s. Britain plans to build five or six Type 31s — the number is not clear — along with eight new Type 26 frigates which will have dedicated anti-submarine warfare equipment. While the Royal Navy has not selected a final design for the Type 31, the preliminary proposals from British shipbuilders fall short…"
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Chokidar Inactive Member31 Aug 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

I wonder how long it would take the Royals to get down there in rigid raiders the next time you have a go Armand..

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 10:16 a.m. PST



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