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HMDL1963 wrote:I note with some interest that the NAO report confirms that the embarked F-35B squadron as having (the dreaded) "up to" 12 aircraft on strength. A cynic of course might think that "up to" very often proves to be MoD code for "less than" - we shall see I suppose. On the other hand, there is surely little reason to question the validity of the NAO's concerns regarding the difficulty of providing sufficient destroyers to escort these carriers in action. This issue would be acute enough anyway with just six destroyers constructed, but with the additional problem of the Type 45 class having to have substantial remedial work carried out on their troublesome IEP systems over the coming years the problem is pressing.
So in the years ahead not only will USMC assets probably be required to exploit the full (fixed wing) capability of these large aircraft carriers, it seems that some level of foreign assistance may also be necessary to provide the level of escort the RN itself considers necessary. So while the carriers will no doubt make a favourable impression when they enter service (I hope to be in Portsmouth myself to witness the historic moment when HMS Queen Elizabeth first arrives) but look behind that first impression and the picture is not such a pretty one.
CG1 wrote:No, still plenty left!http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2015/february/19/150219-culdrose-jets
CG1 wrote:No, there are more. It wouldn't take much to get them airworthy again. You'd be amazed what we've done in the past when we had to!
CG1 wrote:Shaun - there's more than just those 14 and if it were important enough, a way would be found.
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