Cant find the article. Its complete rubbish for several reasons.
Firstly, all US Carriers are too large to fit into any UK naval base.
Secondly they require north of 3000 crew to sail and about 2500 crew for their airwing. This means we'd need 25% of the RN (not including RM) to put her to sea.
We don't have any CTOL aircraft in service, and we don't have funds to put one into service ahead of JSF. Such a process would take many years by which time CVF is in service.
JFK is nearly 50 years old and is in a very poor material state. Add to this she is built on systems which are not in wide UK use so it would take years to train to use her, by which time CVF is in service.
Why would the UK spend money to solve a problem that doesnt exist?
Perhaps ive made an ARSE of the link but here is a cut and paste of the article sems a bit far fetched to be honest
The United Kingdom has shocked the defence world by announcing a temporary lease of the USS John F. Kennedy, a subclass of the Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier, and the last conventionally powered carrier built for the United States Navy. It is understood this lease also includes 17 early generation Harrier aircraft.
This ship is due to be restored and transferred to the UK’s Royal Navy by September of this year, along with the Harriers.
This story will be updated this evening as the news is just breaking.
If you are going to use Harriers - and early generation? Which means AV-8A/GR3. Please... - then you go for a retired LPH which can accommodate 20 of the things. But that still comes with all sorts of costs. And restoring Kennedy by September this year? Yes, right...
I say again - it is an utterly, sphincter-tighteningly stupid idea both conceptually and in terms of the basic facts.
Which, of course, means that it is not entirely possible to rule out...
still cant see anything - it would be a bit daft to take on a whole carrier when we could just borrow some harriers for what we do have left while there are still crew who understand it so we can maintain carrier training.
It may have been a cunning ruse to get hits on the site, of course...
Or an idea floated to see how long it would be before a certain bearded SHAR pilot ran with the idea in the same way that he believed that the RAF was making a bid to take over the Parachute Regiment when that spoof was floated prior to SDSR...
Perhaps its the start of the privitisation process of Defence; Crisis in the middle? east put it out to tender to those countrys who still have Armed forces 1x light role brigade with attendant logistic and air support required quotes by the 1st of june please!!!!
Yes i Know I would get my coat but im allready at home on a day off.