Ahhhhh, didums, they poorly worly carrier queens have been away a whole 7 weeks and cannot have a fly-past. I hope there were not too many dry eyes on the jetty when they were finally reunited with their loved ones. ;-)
I think the Navy is coming to the point where it's so financially hamstrung that it no longer feels it can even show off to the general public anymore. Demonstrating our military might used to be something people expected to see, now they fear that some bean counter might misinterpret what is potentially an inspirational recruitment opportunity and an opportunity for joe public to actually see where their money is going, and that it could be considered as a waste. Carriers were always celebrated coming into Pompi, it's about PR and widening the image of the service, I appreciate Frigates, Destroyers and all the other little tugs get ignored but joe public isn't interested, they're in and out everyday, surely it's a good thing to grab their attention every so often.
Oh well, perhaps the realisation that the whole world can't be "protected" by our cousins might shake a few wallets in London.
As the UKâ€™s high readiness commando helicopter carrier, ready to deploy on operations to anywhere in the world, Arkâ€™s role was to embark US Marines, both troops and their helicopters - plus US Navy helicopters - as part of a marine expeditionary task force.
Am I bovvered!!!!!!!!! They have been away for 6 bloody weeks. What a time to be away. they left when the season finished and arrrive just in time for kick off. Bet they aint been bored over weekends. Just another gripe by carrier queens. Tell you what have a gong for your time away!
I think lots of you have either mis-read the article, or just not really bothered.
The time away is not the issue, and no-one is boo-hooing about 6 weeks in the States. It is that the fleet flagship doesn't come in or out of harbour very often and they are drawing attention to the fact that the Navy is still around and doing a job for the country.
If you re-read the article, you may realise that the true drama-queens here are not on the Arkl Sparkle.