January 15, 2008
All-in-One on the Seas
Posted by scott at January 15, 2008 12:29 PM
The Netherlands are betting the future of warships isn't in massive carriers, but rather extremely capable amphibious support ships. Europe's Achilles heel of projecting power has always been its ability to transport and support its troops significant distances from its borders. This may represent a major step toward solving that problem.
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But will it have a Wave Motion Cannon?
The problem lies in it not being able to come into range of land based air without protection.
It MAY be large enough to field some F-35s but the thing the Brits ran into was a need for an AWACS type aircraft such as the E-2 Hawkeye (Though perhaps with the upgrades to radar and computer power they will be able to do something about that)
Nice boat. Be a damned shame if some hajji in a cropduster dropped a lit barrel of ammonium nitrate on it.