This is just a quick note on the Think Defence Proposal for a reduced but high end FSC, i.e. collapsing C1 and C2 into a slightly smaller number of C1.
It is recognised that this increases risk should one of them have an unforseen accident for example. It also means that there is an increased risk of a hull not being available at the right time in the right place.
In an ideal world we would have 12 Type 45′s and in excess of 26 frigates but the funding is simply not there so the reality of cooperative working with other nations has to be embraced fully.
Those ships that remain must be flexible, able to do more and operate alone. This is the thinking that has driven our concept of a very capable C1 but no C2′s. The C1 would need to be large to support this.
Type 45 will finally provide the RN with a credible area air defence and a powerful, large, sustainable and flexible C1 will provide a perfect compliment, maybe something even more ambitious than our proposal.