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From everything I can understand the RCN likes the way that the Britts and Aussies use their smaller boats, as command development platforms. You can be a CO on an AOPS, MCDVS, or future patrol boat before or just after your frigate XO tour. With the smaller crew sizes and minimal combat systems these budding "major combatant" COs can get their feet wet. It also provides a place for those 2 1/2s that somehow missed their chance the first time around.SeaKingTacco said:Mr Campbell,
I don't think a small combatant/OPV/whatever we call these things needs to be commanded by a three ringer. A sufficiently experienced and appropriately command qualified 2 and a half can probably do it. I am agnostic about reservist or reg force. The problem today is that the giant suck of HQ staffs is pulling MARS Officers thru seagoing postings so fast, there is not a deep well of driving experience at that rank level (IMHO, only- others may beg to differ).
I would like to see these drives given to promising 2 and a halfs before they are promoted and given a frigate or CSC. Not sure what the RCN has in mind.
Kirkhill said:Just wondering -
If a big vessel like Maersk Triple Es can be managed with the same size crew as the Danish OPV, could a crew of the same size, manning all the same duty stations be trained on something the size of the Orcas which, as ERC seems to suggest, could be floated in any large body of water?
Could a common bridge work for all vessels from something the size of an Orca all the way up to AOR? Or bigger?
Bridge layouts are generally similar from the simulators at NOTC to the frigates. Gyro, COs chair, radar displays, electronic charts, sound powered phone, VHF, all nav equipment are basically in the same places. The helmsman might be on a different side. Changes come when you look at ancillary stations that are not navigation related, like the bridge Navcom stations.
Engineering equipment is also different, ORCAs can sail with a crew of 5. So their engineering is monitored from the bridge by the helmsman and bridge crew. So much more can go wrong in the other ships that an MCR needs to be manned. No real control of that on the bridge for the rest of the ships.
Though not a bad idea it's not that big of a deal switching between classes even though they layouts vary a little. Bigger challenges lie in remembering what functions this particular navigation radar has, and then remembering how to use it. ;D