life cycle of warships

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  1. I am trying to find out information about the life cycle of warships if anyone can help it would be most appreciated ?

    Starting off

    Is it generally correct that for every warship on deployment there is 1 in refit and 1 undergoing training for upcoming deployment?
  2. I believe the ratio of operationally available ships (usually assigned to committed tasks already), to those undergoing maintenance, system and equipment trials, training (own, PJTs and specialist professional career course training) and leave is more like 1:1.4 these days owing to improved ARM (Availability, Reliability and Maintainability), flexible manning, crew swaps and longer deployments. However, I never saw 0.4 of a ship in the Fleet while I was serving although HMS Express came pretty close during the Second World War after her bow was blown off by a mine. That's why the figure tends to be rounded up to 1:2, especially now that we have too few ships and submarines in the Fleet to provide much programming flexibility in the event of any unexpected operational requirement or a unit put out of action by major defect, collision or grounding, etc.

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