Would not ships spares for ships made in the US ,get those spares from the US?I wonder if rather than the pointless misery making this seems - it isnt i fact justified as the UK wouldnt have the infrastructure to support these and the effort of supporting a dozen or so ships scatterred about would be disproportionate.
Far better to keep the UK fleet at 1 common standard in those circumstances even if on an individual ship basis it seems a retrogade step.
As for the ice cream machines - could the UK a nation with rationing in place have run them - would there be access to the ingredients.
Then of course theres the UK Specific requirements - see fuel stowage mentioned a few posts above - these modifications may have necessitated the removal of some of this equipment if only to gain access - in which
case not reffiting it would be quicker.
Would be interesting to know the rationale -
realistically how many spares does one need for a Bunk? a Washing machine is fairly simple technology, I've seen images of GI's make them in the field at Normandy from junk so the RN could not knock up a pulley and belt drive?
Ice cream machines OK, but you got rum and whiskey, gin for the canteens