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Jul 8 17 7:30 PM
Jul 9 17 6:31 PM
HMS Pinafore wrote:How about going all modern and deploy a number of USV (Uninhabited Surface Vehicles)?
All that they would need is a stabilised sensor mast to ensure that they can detect anything within visual range to avoid collisions and good communications so that they can be operated from either shore stations or manned patrol ships offshore. A good radar reflector and IR signature would also be useful.
The only ‘offensive’ piece of kit would be the drag cable aft for cutting people’s nets. However, I accept that this could be a major problem – especially if the drag rips the stern off the USV when it is actually used. There could also be a legal/political aspect of using the USV in a ‘pseudo combat’ situation.
The alternative would be to simply use the USVs to patrol the outer limits of the UK’s EEZ and ‘tag’ inbound trawlers attempting to fish illegally. These could then be intercepted by larger manned patrol/trawlers with the drag cable cutting gear to take out their nets.
I’m thinking of a vessel roughly the size of a WW2 MTB/MGB/PT Boat. Nothing bigger than 100 tons and capable of travelling at 20+ knots. The design should be able to store enough fuel and ‘stores’ to operate at sea for days on end without having to come back to base. The old ‘Cutlass’ FAC design that operated out of Portland Harbour in the 1970s springs to mind.
They would fly a RN flag, so if fired upon it would be considered a ‘serious’ incident.
No idea about names.
Jul 14 17 2:48 PM
Jul 14 17 3:07 PM
emc wrote:Would the patrol boats be needed to keep the Europeans out or the British in?
As an aside, would these patrol boats be performing a role any different from those of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Force?
HMS Pinafore wrote:"bigger patrol boats"
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