Appears that 2 CVF have been ordered - though a rather odd choice of words - but note the bold!!
The Ministry of Defence today gave industry the green light that it was ready to go-ahead with contract signature for the two new super aircraft carriers. Industry is now expected to press ahead with forming the joint venture company that will help build the carriers.
The carriers, to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Once they enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively they are expected to remain in the fleet for up to fifty years.
Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne said:
â€œThe two aircraft carriers will provide our front line forces with the modern, world-class capabilities they will need over the coming decades. They will support peace-keeping and conflict prevention as well as our strategic operational priorities.
â€œThis is an important day for the project and I am delighted that we are moving closer to signing the contracts for the manufacture of the carriers.â€
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Baroness Taylor, said:
â€œTodayâ€™s confirmation that we are proceeding with the two aircraft carriers underlines our commitment to both the Royal Navy and to the UK shipbuilding industry. We are investing about Â£14bn in the Navy and in the maritime industry over the next ten to fifteen years. The future carriers will provide an important military capability and will sustain many jobs - around 10,000 at the peak of production.â€
First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band said:
â€œI am of course delighted with todayâ€™s news which, when the Joint Venture is formed, will enable the Ministry of Defence and industry to sign the contract for the two new aircraft carriers. These ships with their aircraft will transform the UKâ€™s defence capabilities when they enter service, delivering air power in support of the full range of future operations at sea, in the air and on land.â€