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Uzlu said:The surface combatant will probably be a very flexible design so that future blocks will always be a modified and improved version of the previous block—similar in concept to the St. Laurent, Restigouche, Mackenzie, and Annapolis-class ships. St. Laurent was laid down on 22 November 1950. Annapolis was completed on 19 December 1964. That is twenty ships built in a bit more than fourteen years.
These four classes of ships had the same hull and propulsion machinery but different weapons and sensors. The surface combatants will probably have the same or similar hulls and propulsion machinery but different weapons, sensors, computers, software, and other equipment. In other words, what will be done is probably going to be similar to what has been done.
I agree that this is likely. Plus with the added benefit that once the last Batch is complete, the 1st Batch will be up for Refit/Modernization, thus creating more work for a particular