Thanks Takao,I think you can comfortably assume that a reduction in fleet numbers wasn't feasible (after all, cuts weren't announced in the DDG or FFG world).
As a simple, less sensitive guide to some of the thinking, MFUs are used much more than detterence.
As it stands we've done the prioritisation of capabilities, and as the FSP shows, 9 FFGs are still a higher priority than many other things.
Just have to change their names....
I appreciate the considered reply.
I will concede the point here on the 9 Hunters.
My general approach here is based on your oft posted "the budget is committed, if you want to propose something else you need to be able to say what you would cut".
What is the "deterrence" role of an MFU? What would they deter?