The Royal Marines no longer needed?

Will the LHD be manned by Andrew or RFA and as we have ordered new Frigates (I think) will we need more or can we make do as we probably wont have the crews anyway?
I would imagine that it would be RN. LHDs are more first/second wave so more likely to be in danger. They have the crew and redundancy to deal with damage and stay at a higher tempo for longer. When the area is secured is when an LSD(A) is meant to rock up and discharge logs and follow up forces onto the beach.

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Cheers mucker, you may yet need those bayonets!
 
Cheers mucker, you may yet need those bayonets!
They are sadly left at home. Its a genuinely curious question what will happen with RN/RFA numbers and operating models in the future.

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I would imagine that it would be RN. LHDs are more first/second wave so more likely to be in danger
Hang on, second wave? have we got enough for a second wave?
 
LHDs are the worst of both worlds.


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LHDs are the worst of both worlds.


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The USN/USMC seem keen on then - surely docking down causes problems with regards to aviation? Also a ship only has a finite internal volume, so the well dock competes with the hangar?

Better to build LPDs with a large hangar - like Albion and Bulwark were originally meant to have?
 

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