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Type 45 Does have 'a replacement' on the go - T4X.It could also be the type 45 replacement. Which would mean they have settled on a t26 variant. I know this is also wishlist stuff but hoping they create a worthy replacement for Albion and Bulwark
The T4X programme is literally a 'design study' at the moment, where they're looking at future equipment / future threats & how the maritime requirements will be for the middle part of this century (2040 - 2060). Some of this probably include looking at 'Industry 4.0', as well the regulations & societal demands to make EVERYTHING more environmentally friendly.
Could we see MORE automation for a smaller operational crew of 80 MAX. / solar power / battery storage / wind driven sails / sailing a ship in a 'pocket' of bubbles, or even 'SAILS' ??
The sky is the limit if technology & the budget allow. Somehow I envisage a 'traditional' mono-hull of circa 10 - 15,000 GRT, possibly akin to something like this....
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