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Monday, February 26th 2018, 4:52am

The RCN still exists

Most of the RCN's major building programmes complete in early 1948, so I'm looking at what other projects and priorities should be taking up space in the yards


The RCN currently has;

5 Fleet Carriers, one being used for Commonwealth Training, plus Hermes in reserve
5 Capital ships, all commissioned or modernized in 1937
9 Frigates in service, with the 5 Effinghams laid up.
8 Light Cruisers, all recently modernized
12 Patrol Cruisers, plus 3 being used for Commonwealth Training
4 Light Frigates
32 Fleet Destroyers, the oldest batch being 12 years old.
All WWI era S-class destroyers have been replaced with 48 modern sloops.
20 Fleet submarines, plus 2 Cruiser submarines, and 12 WWI era subs


There's a block obsolescence issue approaching for the RCN's major units; All of the capital ships, and 2 of the carriers all date to 1937, with Furious not that far behind.
A priority is probably refits of Excelsior and Canada, as their design dates older than the refits of the Battlecruisers. They will be updated, but the question is how much to invest in the project; A cheap update to her secondary and AA battery, or a more comprehensive update to bring their speed up, and other tweaks.

A more contentious issue is the fate of the last of the RCN's Grand Fleet relics. By all practical reason, Renown, Repulse, Hood, Courageous, Glorious, and Furious should probably not receive any further investment. However, I'm sentimental and reluctant to dispose of them, and building replacements is prohibitively lengthy and expensive in our economic model. By pure math, 12-15k to further modernize each of them seems worth more than what it'd cost to build a single replacement.

The Serapis class frigates are approaching the need for routine modernization, but not quite there yet. Likewise the early Tribals will start needing life extention refits soon.

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Friday, March 2nd 2018, 10:40am

The capital ships and older carriers are probably worth refitting for life extension for another 5-10 years use.

The old Great War era stuff is well past the best and probably should be scrapped. I can't see even major reconstruction work being worth the cost given the hull life left.
Saying that replacements on a one-one basis seems overkill, the day of the battleship is over and perhaps its best to start thinking of a couple more new big carriers or some smaller Colossus-like clones, or alternatively more cruisers.