A Mistral for Sale
2nd French Mistral for Russia now in doubt: "France Prepared to Cancel Warship Sale to Russia": http://t.co/7WfJlRLZu9 via @BloombergNews
— Lars Gyllenhaal (@LarsGyllenhaal) July 22, 2014
A lot of people think we can just whip out the Queen’s credit card and integrate the ship into the Royal Navy, if only life were that simple, even though the French are officially our new best friend forever.
Are we too wed to a tight equipment plan to have any flexibility, is all the unallocated underspend going to the Army and RAF, does our amphibious doctrine need the traditional LPH/LPD mix and what about the Terms of Business Agreement between the MoD and BAE?
Many barriers but just for fun, how about a quick fantasy fleets exercise
With the basic rule that it would have to be manning neutral and an assumption that the costs of conversion to a form suitable for UK use (relevant regulations, machinery and other equipment etc.) would not be astronomical.
what would you trade for one of these Mistrals?
a) My idea is…
Or, do you have a other cunning plan.?
Shared NATO use, RFA manned for training, a way to fill the shipbuilding gap without the worlds most expensive fisheries enforcement fleet that no one wants, straight swap with this and Watchkeeper, offshore gambling den!
If by buying this we could avoid buying VBCI, it would get my vote :)