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I would have very much wanted to believe that it was an April Fool's joke of some sort, only it ain't April. Nobody would have been surprised if this debacle had involved a third rate navy of some Banana Republic. But it had to be the RN, of all navies? However, look more closely and anyone would have realized that the once mighty RN had been in constant decline for the past century, yes, century, not decade. The writing had already been on the wall for a long time. That the RN would soon be running out of missiles for its workhorse frigates and destroyers could mark the beginning of a terminal demise, a race to the bottom from which it might never ever fully recover.
Read on to discover how the RN got itself into this latest mess which by the way is not its first and unlikely to be its last. More likely the flotilla was made up of a ragtag of requisitioned merchant vessels whenever the need arose, such as when the Danes invaded or raided the Anglo-Saxon lands. Nelson would no doubt have flipped in his grave had he learnt about the current state of affairs of the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy's New-Generation Type 45 Destroyer: Acquisition Options and Implications | RAND
It was said that for a hundred years after the Napoleonic Wars, the Royal Navy maintained a presence in every ocean in the world and its dominance ensured freedom of navigation and trade. Each ship's main weapon is a cell Mark 41 Vertical Launch System. The missiles are supplemented by two four-canister launchers for Harpoon anti-ship missiles , and a BAE Systems Mark 45 Mod 4 5-inch gun with a calibre barrel. The Hobart s will each initially carry a single SB-2 Seahawk helicopter.
The Hobart s are built around the Aegis combat system , specifically the Aegis Baseline 7. In late May , the government announced that the delay in building Hobart had increased to between one and two years, and would attempt to reduce the workload on BAE which is also responsible for superstructure work on the Canberra -class amphibious ships by redistributing up to 13 of the 24 hull blocks the company was slated to build for the first two ships to the other two shipyards.
A March report by the ANAO heavily criticised the DMO and the AWD Alliance for underestimating the risks in redesigning the ships for Australian operations, and building them in shipyards with no recent warship construction experience. Originally, the Hobart -class destroyers were to be operational between December and June In February , the Hobart -class was removed from the "Projects of Concern" list, after long-term reform arrangements were put in place. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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