I understand your point but I’m talking about massive changes to systems and weapons platforms. I realise there is a desire for commonality across the fleet but the changes we do in the pursuit of perfection and ticking every option box just looks crazy.I would also suspect a whole host of other issues that while relatively minor, would still be a problem. Unless the RAN was using the exact same kit across the board as the RN, then there have to be differences in RN vessels compared to RAN vessels. Something as minor as the firefighting kit can make a significant difference if the RAN uses one configuration and the RN another.
I suppose that the RAN could decide to adopt the same kit as the RN, but that would then likely mean that the RAN has to import their kit, vs. possibly being able to order and receive it from a domestic supplier and/or manufacturer.
The same sort of situation goes for virtually every piece of kit or ship's systems which the RAN operates a different type from the RN.
But the point was about the cost and time these changes add to our projects.
Perfection is the enemy of completion, a camel is a horse designed by a committee and quantity has a quality all of its own are adages that come to mind.