Thanks Ngatimozat I can see the need.I understand that, however there have been winds of change in the geostrategic environment, and none of it for the better. With the current DEFMIN saying that funding has to increase etc., it is starting to sink in. He's at #12 in the Cabinet order, up from #13 in January 23 which was the Cabinet ranking that Henare held in July 2022. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and increasing PRC belligerence is causing pollies in Wellington to take note, which is definitely better than what their attitude was in 2017.
We have to have a frigate navy because of our SLOC and AOMI (Area Of Maritime interest, and frigates would be the minimum requirement that our FVEY partners would find acceptable. Three frigates is the minimum number required and I believe that the pollies and bean counters have learned that, especially with the FSU upgrade leaving no NZ sovereign frigate cover for three years. With three frigates and six corvettes we can provide the minimum of cover across both combat and patrol capabilities. Corvettes are good for escorting convoys and other shipping outside of combat areas, freeing up frigates from that role. Personally I would like a somewhat larger force of frigates and corvettes but I don't make the decisions.
Looks good but it is not what we require. and not enough range. We require something with a range of about 7,000 nm and we need to get away from IPVs and OPVs to corvettes. It's why I suggested that we use something like the MEKO 200 hull and then design from the basic hull. That way we aren't bound or restricted by another navy's requirements. Also it's something that we would want to build in South Korea, not in Europe because of the cost.
The question really is about bang for bucks and trying to get the best value for money going forward.
The assumption is the dollars will not realistically come to fruition.
NZ needs long term political commitment to building a navy fleet of XYZ for the decades ahead.
Buying Z, dropping Y and buying a small z will not provide balance, availability and capability.
If the coin is not there, I'm suggesting dropping some offensive capability for balance and availability through vessel numbers and diversity of function.
Probably should of used the term under gunned light patrol frigate rather than Long range Corvette.
Premise being that the weapons and control systems are a significant component of the cost of a ship.