CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Sep 6, 2006
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That is true but I wasn't saying a floodable dock was essential but rather that the Navy might have got more use from two multi-purpose ships.JFC Fuller said:The RN doesn't need a Juan Carlos as Albion, Bulwark and the Bays provide a floodable dock capability.
The new carriers offer the ability to airlift troops but its not logical to expect, for example, Prince of Wales being able to deploy a couple of companies of Royal Marines and be a fully effective air defence/strike carrier at the same time. Both roles are exclusive in terms of airgroup required and where the ship operates. Having a dozen of F-35s on board for self-defence alongside the Apaches, Merlin 4s and Chinooks is probably not go to be enough for an effective CAP. While PoW can carry troops it is totally reliant on airlift, it has no landing craft (even in davits) and no capability to offload vehicles directly onto pontoons. Helicopter assault even with Merlin and Chinooks would mean being placed relatively close to shore, which means dragging the whole battle group inshore.
Does anybody know what Prince of Wales' troop capacity is? I've seen a figure as high as 900 quoted by Defence procurement minister Philip Dunne back in 2015 but no concrete figure since then. Queen Elizabeth has accommodation for a company of Royal Marines (250 soliders).