flyingturtle wrote:Regarding the nuclear subs that operate out of Faslane...
Could Scotland hand the nukes over to England - in exchange for a loosely enforced promise not to get invaded?
When i last checked, the SNP was pretty ideologically opposed to nuclear weapons and wanted all of them out. The question therefore is where will UK park their nukes if Scotland secedes.
To answer the orig question, i see an independent Scotland as a full EU member with all the mutual security guarantees in place. And there are other important priorities for a new nation.
So for the next 15 year period a limited force with focus on ASW is perhaps the practical way to go. Airborne resources are the most cost effective way to do this IMO.
2 squadrons AlphaJet trainer + Light Attack
2 Coast Guard squadron of Do228NG MPA for 24/7 aerial coverage of the Scottish Coast.
1 fixed wing transport squadron ATR42 (possibly with an additional 2 A400Ms leased from EU on a need to basis).
12-18 Coastal Defense ships. Perhaps the Kingston class or something similar but with a helicopter deck.
2 Amphibuous Landing Dock (LPD) - something like the San Antonio class?
2 squadrons ASW helicopters - EH101 / AW159 / AW Super 300.
1 squadron transport/SAR helicopters - AW101 Transport+SAR multi-use variant. 8 heavy lift helicopters Chinook sized.
1 VVIP flight with 2 A319CJ, 1 ATR42/72.
How much would this setup cost?
Scottish Marines would go with Scotland.
Scotland would also need its own grander, version of Sandhurst Academy. So next question in series is - What would we call it and where should it be located?