Then again how much better off would Australia be if we had done similar and simply ordered an evolved FFG-7 instead of the ANZACs, or a second batch of AWDs without mucking around with long procurements? The FFGs are cheaper to sustain than the ANZACs while delivering greater capability and reportedly greater survivability and I can't help but wonder if we went straight from Newcastle to an evolved but still very similar ship if they could have been bought for the same price or less than an ANZAC.
Same with F100 now, we are going for a build of three DDGs, to two OPVs after running down the workforce, then will move to what may be a version of the DDGs they just completed, would it not have been cheaper and more sensible to get the AWD Alliance to simply quote and a second batch of ships while the teaming, work force and supply chain were still in place. The government knows how much the first ships cost, they know how much cheaper the second repeat was, it's not rocket science to calculate a fair price for a new batch with specified upgrades, etc.
It looks like the navy was nearly as surprised as the public with all the anouncements of additional ships. It's also interesting with the recent shift back to a focus on conventional warfare in the east. The navy plays second fiddle compared to the army and air force in such an event.
But they are happy to grab the chance. Manning will be difficult though.
Not to mention the 8 submarines they plan to have by 2030.. Quickly going from a respectable small navy to one decent sized tough one.
The additional 2 submarines are being fasttracked. They were originally announced for 2030 but will now be procured faster as part of a joint German-Norwegian submarine procurement contract.
If we want to be technical, the force multipliers are more important though. Three A702 AORs plus two A704 AOs (to be replaced around 2021, also new contract), six A404 multipurpose tenders and the three A423 surveillance ships (also up for a replacement contract that no one talks about yet). Plus the recently new rights to use the Dutch Karel Doorman JSS (which isn't just a "renting space" agreement - the navy is setting up a 70-man support unit for this) and the sealift ship flotilla set up with Denmark (including purpose-built Ark Germania and Ark Danica).
Originally Posted by Waylander
The navy plays second fiddle compared to the army and air force in such an event.
And compared to CIR, the newest service of the Bundeswehr that is planned to have as many soldiers as the navy in five years. At least if it goes as currently envisioned.
First offer by TKMS on the contract for K130 has been rejected by the government as too pricey.
Assumption is that since Privinvest, the Lebanese owners of GNYK, are trying to fight the fact that a tender process was skipped the government does not want to hand TKMS much more than on the agreed budget (the 1.5 billion) to preclude people pointing out that a GNYK offer - and hence an open tender - could be considerably cheaper.
The German frigate FGS Brandenburg ran aground whilst departing the Greek port of Piraeus. There appears to be to her rudders and propellers. She is at the Greek Naval base in Salamis undergoing damage assessment.