I really should change my personal text
- Mar 11, 2018
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Time to reconsider SSN numbers, SSBN numbers and further expansion of sustainable warheads.
In a word....China.Time to reconsider SSN numbers, SSBN numbers and further expansion of sustainable warheads.
Now in many circles, I would be considered a hawk but as much as I'd like a fifth bomber "just in case", I really do fail to see any justification for increasing warhead numbers. How/why are current numbers inadequate?
It certainly seems to align well with the EoS RN force studied in 62-63, as detailed in Ch 13 of Friedman's British Destroyers & Frigates: 2 CGBs and 1 ARG.An interesting study, pity that you don't have the source as it would be interesting to know who made the study.
Certainly a heavy EoS influence in the force planning, it doesn't seem to quite align with NATO priorities. What classes as affordable is different in everyone's eyes, it doesn't feel like a fleet that Britain could afford in the 1960s, it might have been hard pushed to do all that even in the 1950s when the funding taps were briefly turned on and US funds obtained too.
Even the 'Simple Frigate' seems at odds with what the Navy wanted then, they were leaning to simple but fast, partly to align with RAN needs but certainly closer to 45kt than 25kt!! But Type 21 would seem remarkable similar to this concept.
Likewise the nuclear-powered carriers seem to completely overlook CVA-01 but the build dates more or less align. In fact the construction times look very realistic for a study like this. For costs I'd need to do some cross-checking but presumably in terms of 1965 prices they were fairly realistic (pity inflation was rampant in the 60s and 70s).
Not sure what he was doing in the Scots Guards during the 1990s... the Army has been out of barracks non-stop since the late 1990s and firing off live ammo all over the Middle East and Western Africa. I'm not sure many squaddies felt Northern Ireland was an adventure... and of course he might have mistaken Camp Bastion for Aldershot maybe?"I would have stayed in the army if it had looked like this. But I was in an army that I think was hollowed out. Equipment didn’t quite work. The greatest adventure you had was probably every two years going to Northern Ireland, but that was about as far as it went. Hong Kong had closed. And there was a lack of sense of purpose, in my view, and a lack of clearly-identified adversary that we were setting ourselves against. That was really important.... The determination to be out and about around the world - the one thing soldiers don’t want to be is stuck in a barracks, in the UK, sometimes doing not very much. They want to be out. I was in Oman only the other week seeing them exercising with the Omanis. They couldn’t stop talking about how exciting and fun it was. I was in Poland last week, watching the United Kingdom forces live firing alongside Polish, United States, Croatian forces, doing a live firing exercise in Poland. That’s what I want our army to do."