UK to purchase 2 Littoral Strike Ships

It looks like a supersized RFA landing craft with a forward rather than aft flight deck, I'm surprised they haven't been announced as disaster relief and special forces ships
 
I dunno, what's not to like about it ?

The UK is set to acquire two Littoral Strike Ships with the ability to launch troops and their equipment via helicopters and boats. By George Allison February 11, 2019

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that the UK will purchase the vessels. Referring to the new new Littoral Strike Ships, Williamson said:

“These globally deployable, multi-role vessels will be able to conduct a wide range of operations, from crisis support to war-fighting.

They would support out future Commando force. They will be forward deployed at exceptionally high readiness and able to respond at a moments notice, bringing the fight from sea to land.

Our vision is for these ships to form part of two littoral strike groups, complete with escorts, support vessels and helicopters.

One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific, one based West in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic. And, if we ever need them to, our two aircraft carriers, our amphibious assault ships Albion and Bulwark, and our three Bay Class landing ships can come together in one amphibious force.”
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No doubt they could be used for Disaster relief among many other duties.
 
Whats hillarious is that we have RFA fort victoria sitting about in crombie due to lack of money and people that has a 2 spot flight deck capable of taking chinook with a 3 spot hanger capable of taking merlin, ELINT capability, Role 2 hospital complex, accom, cranes for SF boats, ops room, planning space, defensive weapons fit, cargo hold space, and so on. Oh and we had two but we scrapped the other. And we have the bay class that could do this but we sold the forth one to the aussies.......

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rampant

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It looks like a supersized RFA landing craft with a forward rather than aft flight deck, I'm surprised they haven't been announced as disaster relief and special forces ships
I think that's a pic of one the yank ones, dunno if we are doing a direct purchase from them or designing/building our own.
 

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Probably a project by some thruster who needed a good idea to get into the top third.
 

Yokel

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If only we had enough manpower for BOTH LPDs and had not flogged off one of the LSA(A)s..... Like @instinct said. Is this another high value asset to be protected by frigates/destroyers/carrier based aircraft?

Now Mr W, about that extra 1500 personnel the RN expected at the time of the last defence review?
 
Probably a project by some thruster who needed a good idea to get into the top third.
I suppose that's one way to describe teh Secretary of State for Defence...
 
Who will be manning them? USA Coast guard or ex Reme etc. I was tempted by there offer for about a nano second
 
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Our vision is for these ships to form part of two littoral strike groups. One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific.”
Clearly we have decided that Pacific sabre rattling [aka pissing of the Chinese] is a good thing for the UK economy in the long run.
 
Clearly we have decided that Pacific sabre rattling [aka pissing of the Chinese] is a good thing for the UK economy in the long run.
Following the Yanks?
 

chrisg46

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One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific, one based West in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic.
So presumably, the East of Suez one will be based in the new base built in the Persian Gulf? Would there be an RM component permanently based with it, or would it fly out as required?
The other one I presume would be based in home ports.
 
Hell SF have a training mothership that they use for exercises around the UK. But its leased from and operated by Serco so cannot be used operationally!

I like the operational concepts he was stating and think its not a bad idea. But we have ships that could do them now and not the money to run or man them currently!

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Hell SF have a training mothership that they use for exercises around the UK. But its leased from and operated by Serco so cannot be used operationally!
SD Victoria. Not so sure about your statement of where and how it can be (or has been) used.
 

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Could we build them in British yards in keeping the the Maritime 2050 aspirations?

We (the RN) still need the extra 1500 or so people we expected in 2015, and have you sorted out the manning for the Batch One OPVs yet Mr W?
 
Following the Yanks?
I suspect that the navy is happy to play the east of Suez card as they know that keeps the army out and the politico's are using it as part of the 'wider world outlook' post brexit. The US will not complain and it may also reassure the Japanese, but no one and least of all the UK will benefit by antagonising China.
 

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