Arent ppl here underestimating the total number of destroyers available to the GTVA at the time of the beginning of the FS campaign ? I mean we already know they lost a few of them . Also 2 or even 3 destroyers per fleet is not such a uber number when you consider the location and responsabilaties of the fleet/battlegroup . I mean a front line fleet/battle group would in all logic have a higher number of warships then a fleet that guards for example Delta Serpentis.
As for the other numbers i tend to agree actualy . I just think the total number of destroyers available should be about 40 or so . Its not such a high number in fact its a bit low in my personal opinion .
Also do not forget that a ship is put in storage or mothball because they dont want it gone . They want it there in case they need to refit and reequip them for some emergency.
Im sure the GTVA has surpluss storage facilatties that house cruisers corvettes or even destroyers especialy the Orion class which we know was almost phased out.
Also do we know how they went about it with the phasing out of the Orion ? Or the vasudan counterpart ? I mean we know that most of the vasudan destroyers had to be retired from active service and that the Hattie was put as a replacement in the end. However did the Hattie made it out in enough numbers as to fill in all the gaps left out by the predecessor? The same goes for the Hecate.
I suspect that the vasudans were a bit late with the Hattie and that is why we see a LOT of Sobek's out there in missions that would perhaps be better suited for a destroyer.
I mean IMO the war with the shivans couldn't have come at a worse time . They were involved in a full fledged civil war. They were in the process of reequipping the fleets .
IMO a par time solution would be to bring back in service the old Orion's they have in storage. refit them and push them back on the fleets. It it a stop gap solution i know. But even so an Orion is a formidable weapon is used properly. Much more lethal and intimidating in many ways when compared to the Hecate perhaps.
As for the Sobek i can only say this :"keep them coming " they are very lethal and effective .
As for the numbers of crew available. Well i do believe that some ships may have permanent crew's that get time of when the ship gets in for maintenance and such every year or so. but i believe most ships have crews in a rotating sistem. a few months a year perhaps then some time off.
Also we must remember that there are replacements for lost crew in battles and such.
The one thing the GTVA seemed to be lacking is experienced pilots .
That and enough Erynyes and terran maras