Ships that are employed in these inshore waters should be small and manoeuvrable (and expendable, if need be), armed with close-range weapons capable of generating devastating stopping power in all four quadrants, and equipped with at least a couple of types of boats. One of these should be a remotely-controlled and armed robotic vehicle, akin to the Protector (built by BAE, Lockheed Martin, and Rafael), or an unmanned but unarmed vehicle of which there are now several types available. Air support should come from a 'mother ship' that will have to stand off in order to avoid unnecessary risk (and embarrassment).
The age of robotics is upon us. If Canadian naval vessels are to be deployed into coastal areas plagued by instability, the threats they will face will look a lot like those in the northern Arabian Gulf. The 'answers' about how to deal with these threats should provoke significant changes in force structure, operating concepts and equipment.
|Armed H-60 (hey, look -Marine Mavericks!)|
Helicopters provide a way of giving transiting warships maximum warning against small boat forays.Of course,as I have said before, I prefer standoff, massive firepower in layered defenses including something like:
Forewarned is forearmed.
Real armaments are good too.
One advantage of not using one way suicide weapons is that you can reload and shoot again and again.