Admiral Stanhope quote

#1
"Far from being 'unfit for sea battle', the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will be the largest ships the Royal Navy has ever operated, launching the most advanced fifth-generation stealth fighter available ('Dinky toy carriers unfit for sea battle', last week). Jet-to-jet mid-air refuelling is not a requirement for our operations and is not necessary [to 'attack targets at long range or carry heavier bomb loads']. The carriers will be able to operate within strike range of the vast majority of nations and, in extremis, in conjunction with both UK and coalition air-to-air refuelling aircraft, would be able to support longer range strike missions as required." Is the old boy,having a senior moment,or preparing for entry to the House of Lords:frown:
 

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#3
Sounds like one of those Action Man dolls with a string you pull and standard noises come out.

P.S. The last time I saw an aircraft launched for b-b refuelling it was so that the receiver could safely go round again after coming back from an outing. And I thought one of the lessons from 1982 was about the virtues of a carrier being able to stand well back but ther CAP still having sufficient time on task in littoral warfare.
 
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#4
I suggest that Adml Mark is ably exercising his expertise as a sludgemariner. He neglects to admit that half the DD/FF force has been sacrificed to retain the carrier funding. I used to think that he was an OK bloke.
 

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