And if the enemy decides to do something dastardly like going after merchant shipping WW2 style what then? Your super duper Frigates, existing only on the drawing board due to cost and build rate, are going to be a lot less useful than something which is actually floating.
That is an area of weakness that has already been picked up by the USN, HMS Death Star wont be doing anything with no fuel or ammo when its unescorted supply ships get picked off.
In a major war, the U.S. Navy would likely have its hands full with combat operations, forcing the nation's civilian mariners to confront the possibility of transporting weapons of war unescorted in contested waters.www.defensenews.com
Arrowhead 140 bears little resemblance to what T31 was meant to be.
It’s all grown up now, a proper big warfighting general purpose Frigate.
It was inevitable, after all, with 13 x T23 becoming 8 x T26, the Navy was bound to want to grow T31 to make up the proper Frigate numbers.
What T31 was meant to be will become up armed B2 OPVs