There have been a lot of threads about downsizing/manpower/mothballing etc. but just what do you think the RN should have in its inventory to be a versatile maritime force in the 21st century? How many carriers, subs, MCMVs etc? Or do you think Cool Britannia should just contribute to a European Federal Navy or be reduced to a coastal protection force? Here is my outline view: 3 conventional carriers ( = 2 operational simultaneously) 35 DD/FF - one class with interchangeable modular sensor & weapon fits from TLAMS, UAVs down to 20mm eg. flexible in AAW/ASW/ASuW/strike/maritime interdiction roles. In refit/extended maintenance the modules are removed and available for other units. Future weapons/upgrades contractually designed to fit modules IOT extend hull life. Capable of carrying two helos. 2 LPD, 2 LPH together with LST/Ro-Ro as required for a Corps of 10,000RM - two Cdo Groups. MCMV force designed to keep essential designated UK ports open together with a deployable group for forward basing in support of major fleet units. The former manned by regionally based RNR (including MCM helos if required) the deployable MCM force to be RN manned. RNR role also to maintain and service ex-RN vessels which are SNLR but less than 25 years old. IE a mothballed fleet. Submarine force to include SSBN, SSN and SSK to ensure 1 SSBN, 6 SSN and 3 SSK operational at any one time. Aviation assets to include enough support for Cdo force, enough to provide 50 operational cabs for FF/DDs, and fixed wing for two operational carrier groups. Sufficient MPAs to provide EEZ protection (yes the RN would own the MPAs). FPVs etc as required to patrol UK EEZ. With lean manning, automation, modular systems (including machinery) it should be possible to bring such a force in at a lot less than 40,000 including the RM. Now thats what I call 'Transformation'! As for senior management - one four star (1SL), one three star (Ops) two stars for each major J/N/ function (max 6)and a one star for each carrier and Cdo group plus two for the DD/FF (max 12). Plus a politically approved number of admirals to Joint/NATO positions. Medical ranks only for doctors and nurses and coloured stripes between gold braid so we know who we are talking to! Pie in the sky? Absolutely - but everyone can dream and it could provide a navy Britons could be proud of.