The shringing Royal Navy.

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Well one of the answers is to weld, glue, screw and shoehorn in every type of weapon possible, and hope one  will be able to deal with future threats.  Something the size of the IJN Yamato  71,000 tons and with a price tag of £15billion.  Possibly leaving the Royal Navy with two ships.  The other is to update the weapon system on board the warship in its mid life refit.  This as proven over a  number of ships to be more expensive in some cases than building the original warship and hardly increases the effective operational life of the ship by anything more than five years.

Ridicules yes but that is the situation at the present moment.

So what is the solution?


To quote John Major MP. "Lets get back to basics."

First we build a hull, in the right proportions for a good stable platform, and give it  a board margin of ten percent for modifications. We standardized every part of the ship so that, if we build two or three or more they will all be constructed from the same parts and all have the same nuts, bolts engines and machinery all of which are interchangeable and therefore reducing the huge cost in holding spares.  This of course allows the hull to build in any shipyard at a fixed cost, with adjustments for inflation. Therefore increasing competition and of course keeping costs under control.

On weapons, radars, and computers, again standardization throughout this group of warships.  

For example something like this configuration.

In secondary weapons:

1 ◊ BAE 4.5 inch Mk 8 naval gun

2 ◊ Oerlikon 30 mm guns

1 ◊ Phalanx CIWS

2 ◊ miniguns

4 ◊ general purpose machine guns

On Radar

Air Surveillance radar

Surface search


Target acquisition

Action Information Sytems.

The Operation Room should be like all the others standardized, and  fully compatible with other ships working together.  The software should be compatible again with all ships.


It should be noted of course over time these secondary weapons, and radars, may need to be updated, but this can be done without an expensive midlife refit which these ships are designed not to require.

Primary weapon system.

So what weapon system do you fit to the ship to deal with the future?









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Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier

Type 45 Destroyer

Type 26 Global Combat Ship







Total estimated  running cost of these ships in the service of a  Future Royal Navy  including estimated  mid life refits, and  operational requirements which excludes  any replacements or  a major conflict  such as the a rerun of the Falklands. 


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