Just watching a documentary on the USS Ronald Reagan a Nimitz class 'Supercarrier' which apparantly only cost $4.5billion (Â£2.8ish billion) our nuclear powered and can carry 80+ aircraft. Just made me wonder why the Elizabeth II class aircraft carriers are supposedly going to cost Â£2.5billion a piece (I wait with baited breath for the numerous price hikes/fcuk ups that come with all government contracts in this country) whilst lacking nuclear power and only having half the aircraft capacity of their American counterparts? I'm aware that we'd be extremely unlikely to ever have to have 80 aircraft on a single carrier but surely if we're spending this much money its worth having the option available for emergencies? I'm all in favour of building our own carriers as opposed to buying them from abroad in order to maintain the construction capability but have to say it looks like the MOD has once again been mugged. However as I'm still only a wannabe I'm open to being corrected if I've gotten the wrong of the stick from those in the know.