But the SDSR still means we have enough troops to fight an afghan style war and do another Falklands style war if needed. The troop numbers are there its the escort numbers available we don't have and until 2020 wont have the carrier to do so.
Britain can still deploy and sustain up to 30,000 troops in a medium scale conflict while engaged in an op like afghan and another smaller less intensive op according to the SDSR. Thats almost twice the size of the Canadian Army and nearly double the number of troops deployed to the Falklands. The numbers are there, the ships arnet anymore so Britain will have to rely on allies to provide a handful of escorts if ever a major British task-force was to set sail.
SDSR reduced maximum sustainable forces deployed from 45,000 to 30,000. That means Britain will still be the leading military power in Europe in terms of power-projection and the second most powerful in the world after the USA. For our small to medium sized military thats very efficient!!!
A T-45 will cost less to run than 2 T-42s, while also spending far less time in dry-dock thanks to modern tech, thus allowing a T-45 to be available for conflict far more often than a T-42 while at the same time being more powerful and effective than almost the entire fleet of T-42s ever built!!!
Thats efficiency!!! Cheaper, more available, more powerful. Only problem is hull numbers are too low.
I'm happy with 6 T-45s and 12 T-26s, thats enough to protect a Carrier task force, and patrol our trade routes easily!!! 18 major escort hulls are fine!! The French only have 12 or so. But The RN needs some smaller cheaper hulls like a Sloop class ...(or like the French light frigate force)
- 2,000 tons
- crew 40
- 4.5 inch gun
- 2 x Harpoons
- 1 x CIWS
- 2 x HMGs
- room for a helo
About 6 - 8 of these to replace the river class patrol ships. This way instead of sending a bloody T-26 frigate to hunt pirates in speed boats where a T-26s sophisticated weaponry is just put to waste, send a Sloop keeping the major escorts available for the bigger jobs.
Also remember when the Iranians kidnapped our sailors? well they were kidnapped because the T-22 frigate was too large for the waters and was out of reach and unable to support the Marines in that type of situation. Now if that T-22 frigate was a sloop or light frigate, it would have been able to protect those sailors and that shit wouldn't of happened!!!
Remember the C3 concept of the FSC? if the C3 does get built to replace the minesweeper, survey and river class patrol fleet then the SDSR reducing the major escort fleet to 18 hulls may mean the RN will always have enough escorts available to fully mobalise a 100% British task force. But as long as we send destroyers and frigates to the gulf and Indian ocean to hunt prirates and protect oil then too few major escorts will be available for serious conflicts....