Type 32 frigate

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LE
Book Reviewer
First mentioned in November, and widely considered at the time to be a typo, it seems that the Type 32 is a real project.

Very little released about it except it's role will be to support the Littoral Strike Groups, be a general purpose design, and be a platform for autonomous systems.

The latter is generally taken as meaning mine countermeansures, though it appears that most of our fleet will be able to deploy and use these. Other autonomous systems could be anything from helicopters, drones to tooled up transvestites in row boats.

We do now know that the LSG will centre around a modified Bay class, likely one with enhanced aviation facilities. Posh speak for a hangar. So what does a GP 'frigate' designed to support raiding operations look like?

I suspect not necessarily much like a frigate at all, unless it is merely meant to be an escort for such. Various nations have modified commercial vessels as off shore bases or one type or another. Everything from ad hoc Iranian vessels, the modified cross channel ferry Ocrean Trader to the purpose built 78,000 tonne Lewis Puller.

Hitting the history books I don't see many ships, rather than boats, which have been specifically designed for raiding purposes. Rather where raids have been launched they tend to use civilian vessels, or whatever happens to be available. The Soviets for instance conducted many raids against the German positions in the high north of Norway using sub chasers, torpedo boats and... a plank to get them ashore. Rather than being conducted by specialist troops these were rather spare submarine crews who wanted some action.

One class of ship which I'm surprised has yet to make an appearance in any navy is a specialist drone carrier. A bit like the old seaplane tenders I suppose with various methods of bringing drones back aboard being possible.

Overall one wonders whether it will end up being something the gubbermint can loosely term a frigate rather than a truly pointy war fighting canoe.
 
T32 is (at the moment) an evolved T31.
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
First mentioned in November, and widely considered at the time to be a typo, it seems that the Type 32 is a real project.

Very little released about it except it's role will be to support the Littoral Strike Groups, be a general purpose design, and be a platform for autonomous systems.

The latter is generally taken as meaning mine countermeansures, though it appears that most of our fleet will be able to deploy and use these. Other autonomous systems could be anything from helicopters, drones to tooled up transvestites in row boats.

We do now know that the LSG will centre around a modified Bay class, likely one with enhanced aviation facilities. Posh speak for a hangar. So what does a GP 'frigate' designed to support raiding operations look like?

I suspect not necessarily much like a frigate at all, unless it is merely meant to be an escort for such. Various nations have modified commercial vessels as off shore bases or one type or another. Everything from ad hoc Iranian vessels, the modified cross channel ferry Ocrean Trader to the purpose built 78,000 tonne Lewis Puller.

Hitting the history books I don't see many ships, rather than boats, which have been specifically designed for raiding purposes. Rather where raids have been launched they tend to use civilian vessels, or whatever happens to be available. The Soviets for instance conducted many raids against the German positions in the high north of Norway using sub chasers, torpedo boats and... a plank to get them ashore. Rather than being conducted by specialist troops these were rather spare submarine crews who wanted some action.

One class of ship which I'm surprised has yet to make an appearance in any navy is a specialist drone carrier. A bit like the old seaplane tenders I suppose with various methods of bringing drones back aboard being possible.

Overall one wonders whether it will end up being something the gubbermint can loosely term a frigate rather than a truly pointy war fighting canoe.
I rather suspect that in time the current carriers will become the drone carriers. Witness the current interest in getting CTOL 'objects' off the CVFs.

One of the justifications for switching the CVFs to CTOL under Cameron was to future-proof against the eventual wider use of UCAVs.

I guess we can expect in time to see UCAVs going off and being recovered to the angled deck, while the F-35Bs continue to go off the ramp at the front.

This and the paper it refers to are worth a read in this respect; 2030 isn't that far away at all in development and deployment terms:
 
I rather suspect that in time the current carriers will become the drone carriers. Witness the current interest in getting CTOL 'objects' off the CVFs.

One of the justifications for switching the CVFs to CTOL under Cameron was to future-proof against the eventual wider use of UCAVs.

I guess we can expect in time to see UCAVs going off and being recovered to the angled deck, while the F-35Bs continue to go off the ramp at the front.

This and the paper it refers to are worth a read in this respect; 2030 isn't that far away at all in development and deployment terms:
AEW and AAR assets apparently.
 
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