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NewGolconda wrote:You are quite right. Many western navies have invested in large amphibious ships since the 1990's, with limited damage control facilities, limited self defence capability and limited ability to provide a layered defence from escorts and aircraft. The RAN has recently joined the club. Amongst the western navies only the USN has the ability to provide a proper layered defence of an amphibious task force, but perhaps with honourable mention to France, and the UK in another few years.
One day, probably within the next two or three decades, some bad guy is going to put a torpedo, missile or mine into one of these poorly defended large amphibious ships. At that point, the smelly stuff surely will hit the fan.
I would say that the Uk has invested in layered defence Type 45 is one if not the best Air Defence platforms going thy Type 23 is a close in shooter and one hell of a anti sub platform along with two large Carriers coming on line and the same for the Astute class sub. This makes for a very well rounded force.
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