Large Guns in Frigates

The United Kingdom Royal Navy sees the utility of procuring a large gun (5″ or 127mm) for their future frigates. It is evidently for naval fire support ( = shooting at targets ashore). There is a point there for Canada and procurement of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), a globally-deployable general-purpose frigate (though the Royal Canadian navy has not announced the ship type as such). A big gun would provide more options in situations short of major combat at sea for naval commanders and for national decision makers. It is much preferable to put a few kilos of explosive into a situation rather than one of a limited number of large missiles carried onboard. It can be hoped that whatever proposal is made by industry for the CSC includes such a gun.

Colin Darlington

Colin Darlington is a retired naval officer of the Canadian Armed Forces. This work is the sole opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia.