I am posting this in CA rather than just in RN or SDSR because at bottom it asks questions about just who our Forces will be fighting for in the future: Spending review: In the future, Her Majesty’s Ships could be flying the ring of stars - Telegraph Reading between the lines, the reason QE & PoW survived SDSR may be less to do with the admirals than our politicians' (of both parties) commitments to our European masters. From a purely naval point of view it would seem never to have been the intention that the RN would mount a carrier task force of solely RN ships, but the carrier would be the leader of a group of European vessels which would include more or fewer RN warships and RFA as might happen on the day. There are some interesting questions in there about how to command a carrier whose main armament (if Rafaeles) may be non-British and whose personnel therefore may be largely non-English-speaking (bad enough if instead of the FAA the airgroup is total Crab, as explained by Sharkey Ward elsewhere). However from an ARRSE point of view the key issue is whether in the future we are enlisting people to all colours of uniform purely as mercenaries for the European super-state, with their leaders having no say in whither they are deployed or what shall be required of them. Of course there is no transparency in this as HMG has to make it look as if it is still in business, and perhaps more to the point knows that if it spelled out how it was merely acting as the agent for the Brussels bureaucracy, that might not be a vote-winner.