Corvette's

Lumberjack

Newbie
With the fleet at a low point of 19 destroyers and frigates would it be a wise Idea for the Navy to start on smaller ship types such as corvettes and the ambassador mk3 missile boat to bolster the size. These ships offer good fire power with smaller crews.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I'm sure I read somewhere that they were cutting metal for the first of the 31's later this month.
 

Lumberjack

Newbie
I heard about the 26 today and can someone explain how it went type 22,23,26,31 I feel the MOD guys forgot there maths
 

Ballistic

War Hero
Its been a while since I've had to write in non pc English
Don' t worry, just taking the piss ;)

The type numbers question has been asked before but i can't remember the definitive answer.
I think it's something to do with designs appearing on the drawing board but never reaching the building stage, rather like the leap from the 4.5" Mk6 to the 4.5" Mk8 without a Mk7 in between.
It gets even more confusing with destroyer type numbers - 82, 42, 45 :confused: :D

Having said all that, I'm happy to be corrected if anyone knows the proper answer.
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
With the fleet at a low point of 19 destroyers and frigates would it be a wise Idea for the Navy to start on smaller ship types such as corvettes and the ambassador mk3 missile boat to bolster the size. These ships offer good fire power with smaller crews.
Missile boats to do what and where? Fine for the Baltic and Gulf States as they largely have doctrine that supports their use - I don't see how they'd fit into how the RN operates and suspect they'd be utterly pump for the secondary duties/tasking that befalls our platforms i.e. fish or MarSec.

Corvettes (careful using that word) or General Purpose Frigates - yes, much more employable and that's why the T31 and in part the new OPVs (they're so much more than an OPV) have been developed.

As for naming, I always thought that the class name/number was part of the project so if a project fails or isn't taken forward the next takes another number in sequence (hence not being associated with a failure)?
 

Lumberjack

Newbie
I figured missile boats offer a good protection for the new aircraft carriers with out losing other capabilities that would be removed if the t26 had to go on patrols rather than protect the aircraft carries. But I agree t31 is better than any corvette or missile boat but we need more for them to operate a substantial fleet
 

jrwlynch

Lantern Swinger
That was the Mk 24, I don't know if Spearfish has a Mk, I never seen it written down if it has.
Nearest to a number Spearfish got, was that it met Naval Staff Target 7525.

Like Sting Ray developed previously by some of the same suspects, it never had a mark number attached to it: which may have simply been because the GEC site involved was stamping a "before" and "after" on projects they took over (such as going for "Tigerfish" to distinguish post-Consolidation weapons from the dismal previous history of Mk 24)
 
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