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.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
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.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.”
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?One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific, one based West in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic.
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.Following the Yanks?
weren't 2 of the points put up for sale / released in 2010 - What happened with those