I guess one argument being, the USN can fund operation of one carrier, thus enabling both to be kept in the face of defence cuts? Potentially freeing crew and £ for other ships, even new vessels?Obviously not been paying attention. Had not clocked one of the reasons ship been undergoing such an extensive refit:
"...loss of Bonhomme Richard, whether a total loss or just lost for extensive repairs, deals a significant blow to the Navy’s plans to have F-35Bs continually deployed in the Pacific. "
The fire aboard an F-35B-capable ship will impact the deployment of the aircraft in the region for years to come, experts said.www.defensenews.com
Hence the mutterings about a certain country with one too many F35B capable aircraft carriers possibly, well maybe.....