Not sure if this has been discussed if full. Does the early retirement of Harrier mean that the RN will lose all remaining fast jet pilots? My read of the SDSR is that in saving Tornado at the cost of harrier, the RAF has ensured a monopoly on fast jets. This indicates to me that (when it eventually arrives) JSF/JCA is likely to be flown exclusively by the RAF. The logic being that by the likely ISD, the RN will not have flown any sort of fast jet for nearly a decade. Has the outgoing CDS secured the future of his service at the expense of the Fleet Air Arm? Can anyone better informed than I comment?