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Flower Class Corvette

November 29, 2009
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The first modern corvette, the Flower’s were built for navies in crisis. With so many threats today and so few Western ships which are adequate for anti-piracy to anti-smuggling missions, a modern corvette might just be the antidote to our stretched thin forces.

Thanks to Swurching The Latest Happenings which wrote an interesting article!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2009 10:02 am

    The smaller C2 design being advanced by BAe for the Royal Navy’s planned Future Surface Combatant Frigates seems like a move in the Corevette direction to me. They sound a lot more suitable for anti-piracy and anti-smuggling work than our big, expensive anti-air and anti-submarine cold war frigates and destroyers.

  2. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 29, 2009 8:02 pm

    “Flower Class Corvettes were built because they were desperate.”

    I don’t deny that. Equally, I see the corvettes being forced on Western navies because they refuse alternatives platforms NOW when they have the funds. I see what is happening in Russia (see the other post) as a wake-up call for the West. Our handful of battleships won’t be able to contain the flood if we must fight a peer threat and try to manage piracy, smuggling, and Third World arms proliferation.

    Build small or die.

  3. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:29 pm

    A lot of the problems with our ship building programs stem from the fact that we are not consistent. There is no opportunity for progressive improvement. We could fix a lot of our problems if we simply stuck to a consistent program and got a way from this idea of “today we will contract for all the frigates (or cruisers or destroyers) we need for the next 30 years.”

    It could be as simple as, every year we build

    one PC
    one corvette
    one frigate
    two destroyers

    every two years we start a cruiser

    and every four years we start a new carrier.

    And each time we order a new ship we dust off the last design, see where we need to improve it and contract it that way. And the Navy owns and administers the design process.

    It worked in the past, it can work again.

  4. Chuck Hill permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:02 pm

    With all they had to choose from, they still get pictures that don’t go with the narration.

    Flower Class Corvettes were built because they were desperate. If they had had a choice they would have built something else. I don’t think we are desperate yet.

    I do agree we need a range of warships including some smaller ones. About 40×2,500 ton and 40×4,500 ton full load ships would give us a lot of options and don’t have to cost a lot. But before anyone will pay for it you have to have an analysis that supports it, not just an assertion.

  5. Claude Berube permalink
    November 29, 2009 10:51 am

    There’s still one Flower-class that I’m aware of. If you’re ever in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you can visit her. She’s kept in good condition outside their museum.

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