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Type 27 C2 Medium Derivative Vessel

The Future Surface Combatant C2 Stabilisation Combatant (formerly Medium Sized Vessel Derivative) consists of around eight cheaper vessels - generic frigates of about 4 or 5 thousand tons would meet the policy requirement for operations in support of small-scale stabilisation operations, sea line protection and chokepoint escort. C1 and C2 would replace the Type 22 and 23 classes and may use the same generic 6,000 ton hull. The most pressing need is the replacement of the four Batch 3 Type 22s from 2015. This C2 requirement (formerly the MSVD) could be met by an "off the shelf" purchase of the Franco-Italian FREMM multi-role frigate, or a version of the Type 45 destroyer optimised for ASW and surface warfare.

In November 2006 Thales revealed some details of its then current thinking for a modular General Purpose frigate, apparently intended for what the S2C2 refer to as the medium-weight or C2 role. A model of the F2020 concept proposed by Thales Naval UK for the FSC C2 role was displayed at DESi in September 2007. The concept has evolved considerably since being first revealed in late 2006. By 2010 planning was underway the Type 26 Global Combat Ships. However, little had been mentioned about the Type 27 C2 Medium Derivative Vessel. If it gets built, it was likely to be a large general purpose Frigate. Some have suggested a design similar to the Absalon Class of the Danish Navy.

This requirement eventually morphed into the Type 31e Export Frigate. The Type 26 GCS was evidently too expensive to produce beyond the 8 ASW variants. SDSR 2015 truncated the Type 26 Global Combat Ship at eight vessels. "We will maintain one of the most capable anti-submarine fleets in the world with the introduction of eight advanced Type 26 Global Combat Ships, which will start to replace our current Type 23 frigates in their anti-submarine role. We will maintain our fleet of 19 frigates and destroyers. We will also launch a concept study and then design and build a new class of lighter, flexible general purpose frigates so that by the 2030s we can further increase the total number of frigates and destroyers. These general purpose frigates are also likely to offer increased export potential. We will buy two further new Offshore Patrol Vessels, increasing the Royal Navys ability to defend UK interests at home and abroad."

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