HMS Ark Royal to be Scrapped Immediately

#7
Without understanding the full implications of what I'm suggesting, won't they just rename one of the two 'new' carriers Ark Royal. I have a dim and distant memory that they did that last time round?
 
#9
So, no air cover for the navy for ten years, May as well bring all their "boats" home for a decade and save more money. Well on the plus side, it might discourage politicos from launching into random wars outside Europe for no good reason.
 
#11
Farewell Falkland Islands, hello Las Malvinas...
We've got a slightly bigger aircraft carrier down there now, we call it East Falkland. As much as it's a good chance to get outraged, they're not saying 'no air cover' (there will be helicopters and so on launched from them and maybe I heard American aircraft will 'rent' space on them) and there isn't a forseeable conflict where we would need a carrier (the idea being that if we get attacked in the falklands, we concentrate on keeping them rather than taking them back)
 
#13
We've got a slightly bigger aircraft carrier down there now, we call it East Falkland. As much as it's a good chance to get outraged, they're not saying 'no air cover' (there will be helicopters and so on launched from them and maybe I heard American aircraft will 'rent' space on them) and there isn't a forseeable conflict where we would need a carrier (the idea being that if we get attacked in the falklands, we concentrate on keeping them rather than taking them back)
Ahh...The joys of "We don't see a threat" Given HM Government's complete failure to spot the future needs of the Forces in the last 40 odd years I have even less than no faith in such pronouncements from on high.
 
#14
(gasps audibly) That's bad luck, old boy!
Ah.....OK.....Not my area of expertise by a long chalk.

Still, even with my lack of knowledge it sounds like a load of bollocks to scrap a carrier and harrier and build 2 new ones but not be able to put jets on them?

Now you can get a train to France, maybe it's been largely forgotten we live on an island in the North Atlantic?
 
#15
Didn't the junta regard the proposed de-commissioning of HMS Endurance as a sign of HMG's seeming disinterest in the Falklands? Caused something of a stir in the end...^_~
 

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#17
Once upon a time it was decided to pay off for full due the aircraft carrier HMS Centaur which was on her way home. Much stuff that would have been a bore to lug down the gangway was given to Neptune as a present as she traversed the Bay of Biscay. Then the unforseeable happened and Indon Confrontation kicked off. It was then decided that Centaur must do another commission. Friend of mine who had paid absolutely no attention to his air weapons course, because there wasn't a carrier billet for him to go to, opened a brown envelope .. "appointed to Her Majesty's ship CENTAUR .."

Oh come on, Seaweed, that was nearly fifty years ago .. Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose.