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Royal Navy - Two Aircraft Carrier Navy
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:25:24 »
With HMS Queen Elizabeth on Westlant 19 picking up some of her F35's, HMS Prince of Wales put to sea on a trial yesterday. She's not going to be operational for a few more years, but this is another big step for the RN. 
https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/the-royal-navy-becomes-a-two-carrier-navy-hms-prince-of-wales-sails-for-the-first-time/

Albion and Bulwark, will also need to be replaced within the next 10-15 years.  This is a navy that is definitely on the upturn as long as momentum is maintained and wallets are kept open.
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Re: Royal Navy - Two Aircraft Carrier Navy
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 13:36:38 »
Perhaps this belongs in British Military Current Events thread?

Great capability that required much infighting and negotiating to make happen despite a MUCH stronger naval cultural presence than us. Using a program similar to NSP - a shipbuilding industry scheme that controversially built stuff outside the country(?).

Thought the other day that Bulwark or Albion would be a steal to buy if they were to mothball one, say if money ran short due to Brexit. I assume that the suggestion to sell or mothball them will arise if the discussion for RN cuts comes up in a political setting now that there are 2 carriers available.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 15:30:23 »
Maybe a RN General Thread.

I recall that the current First Sea Lord and all of the recent defence ministers have committed to retaining both carriers, both assault ships, all of the logistics and other support to sustain a globally capable independent amphibious task force regardless of the Brexit outcome. Is that not correct?
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 15:46:26 »
I read that somewhere, and the Minister in charge of MoD (Gavin) at the time decided against getting rid of the assault ships. Just thinking that these decisions can be fickle esspecially with the recent uncertainty coupled with the mere thought of redundancy, however ill-informed, might cause them to be in danger of cuts.