Has the RN moved away from Big guns / medium guns? I understand that most ships have a 4.5 inch gun on them but is that enough? I had a chat with one of you dirty wet jobs about this topic before and we both came to the conclusion that it would be a good idea. TLAM, Paveway and other Laser-guided munitions are fantastic but sometimes you need to suppress the enemy instead of accurately dropping Â£4k of ordnance withing 1m. Sometimes you don't know where the enemy is within 1m so it's not always necessary. Would a small (think pocket battle ship) but modern type ship be a good idea? Instead of one 4.5 inch gun, why not have a few 155mm AS90 turrets on there? The 52 Cal barrel can fire a selection of large rounds out to 30km. In places like Basra or other coastal regions, '3 rounds fire for effect' would do just as much damage as your paveway or TLAM. However, it would cost a lot less, and once the shot is out you can move onto your next task. I'm not advocating bringing back Vanguard (but maybe replacing the turrets on Belfast....) but this could be an interesting addition to our arsenal. All modern Armies use Artillery for indirect fire support and I'm sure the booties would love to park HMS Ruin Your Fucking Day off shore as they go in. What do you think?