2 Aircraft Carriers

Royal Navy to be allowed to put both aircraft carriers into service

At the close of the NATO summit in Wales this week David Cameron delivered the good news that the Royal Navy will be allowed to retain the second aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales. This was another U-turn, reversing one of the many mistaken decisions of Cameron’s 2010 Defence Review that stated the ship would be mothballed or sold.

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“Admiral, I’ve been asked to invite you to choose which of your arms you would prefer to cut off”

Ahh come in my dear chap. Firstly Admiral I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work, bravery and sacrifices you have made in service of your country. All my colleagues in Parliament would like to say how proud we are of you and all those serving in our wonderful armed forces. I’m sure you’ll have heard by now, but due to the terrible financial mess left by my predecessor we’ve been forced to make some efficiencies. We spent a whole week conducting a very careful analysis and an in-depth review and here on the back of this cigarette packet is our new national strategy for defence.

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Useful web links about the looming decision on aircraft carriers ‘cats and traps’ and F35B or C

As we await the the decision by government on whether the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers currently building will be fitted with ‘cats and traps’, there is much debate and discussion about the issue. Here are a selection of some of the most informative online articles on this complex and politically charged argument.

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HMS Daring

Trying to keep up our guard: too much ocean, not enough ships

HMS Daring departs from Portsmouth on 11th January for a ‘routine’ deployment to the Arabian Gulf. At at time of heightened tension with Iran, the maiden deployment of the first £Billion Type 45 destroyer, will ensure much attention and expectation focussed on her.

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Highs and Lows - The Royal Navy in 2011

Highs and Lows: The Royal Navy in 2011

Info-graphic reviewing the Royal Navy in 2011.

Dominated by the successful operations in support of the liberation of Libya and devastating impact of the 2010 Strategic Defence Review.

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Type 22 frigates on 'death row' Devonport, July 2011

Type 22 death row: symptom of Britain’s self-destruction

4 Type 22 frigates on ‘death row’ Devonport, July 2011, Photo: Keith Reed

The harsh reality of the government’s “strategic defence review”. Amongst the most depressing sights in the UK today, HMS Campbeltown, Chatham, Cornwall and Cumberland lie at Devonport in various stages of dismemberment being stripped of secret formula radar-absorbent paint, weapons and other useful or sensitive equipment ready for scrapping.

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“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence”

“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence, Indeed, in the longer-term one provides for the other.” It’s hard to believe it, but this is Defence Secretary Liam Fox, (quoting the US defence Secretary) speaking this week at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute).

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