At the September 1999 British defense show at Chertsey, Marconi displayed a model of a possible Royal Navy Future Surface Combatant. This ship is to replace the Type 22 antisubmarine warfare frigate, but it is likely to be a very different type of ship because British defense priorities have shifted drastically since the Cold War. As laid out in the recent Strategic Review, power projection, often as part of a coalition, is to be the main priority of British forces.
Power projection embraces modern peacekeeping or peace enforcement efforts, such as the NATO operation in Kosovo and the present operation in East Timor. The Future Surface Combatant is to be the next major British surface warship program after the Type 45 frigate, which replaces the aborted Project Horizon (and is intended to replace aging Type 42 missile destroyers in the fleet antiair warfare role). Note that when the Future Surface Combatant was conceived during the Cold War, it was seen as a direct replacement for Type 22, and was called the Future Escort. The new name indicates just how much the Royal Navy has changed since the end of the Cold War.