Would 8x26 be enough to provide for 2 carrier groups?I should imagine one will be at 'extended readiness', if not in refit. Both in commission though, with ships companies (one reduced for the ship at 'extended readiness').
No way could we afford the manpower to fully crew up both. Unless something else was cut.. (For example, 8 x T26's only, with us retaining the original River class as well as the 3 x new ones???).
Thanks pink primate! I'll take that as a compliment!From what you have said on here and on Arrse I have the idea that you would have made a good RN officer. Tis a shame you turned the wrong way in the careers office
Submarines? Carriers are very powerful tools, indeed I agree the most powerful as long as there are suitable strike aircraft to fly off them, but I think you're being too extreme there.In the modern world, without a carrier there is no war capability - only peacetime odd-jobbing.
The forces might be unbalanced but I'm not sure cutting another 15,000 soldiers is the best way to balance it out.Not if the UK wants to retain maritime commitments elsewhere.
To my humble crustacean mind, frigates are the heart of any credible navy (I believe Nelson said something about that!) and T26 the most important ship programme for the RN.
Recent press reports suggest that Army numbers may be reduced further to 65K in SDSR to facilitate upgrades to the RN and RAF. Hopefully this is political acknowledgement that the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a poorly balanced UK military.
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