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  •  We have aircraft carriers greenbell (4+ / 0-)

    http://www.baesystems.com/...

    The Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class Aircraft Carriers will be the biggest warships ever constructed in the UK, each providing our armed forces with a four acre military operating base, which can be deployed anywhere in the world.
    As far as I am aware we already have 3 and these are the new ones.

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    by AnnetteK on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:03:15 PM PST

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    •  Sorry, that should (2+ / 0-)
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      be three in total.

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      by AnnetteK on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:09:13 PM PST

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    •  Ahha! I knew you were good for something (1+ / 0-)
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      This is my point really.  Real allies make real commitments of money and forces to the effort.  If nations can't afford a carrier or whatever then they should send money.   When the British Empire ran out of money to fund its far flung commitments, you had us to fill the gap.  Well, who is going to fill the gap for us as we become over extended?  Time to get more help from others.   And I do know the UK is one of a handful of nations that does make the effort.

    •  I think the UK is "in between" carriers right now, (1+ / 0-)
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      about to retire their last one and waiting for the two new ones to be built.

      Also, the UK currently has no carrier-capable aircraft available after the retirement of the Harrier squadrons in 2010.  They are waiting for the US-built F35 to be their carrier craft, a program behind schedule and far over budget.

      For Libyan operations against Gaddafi, the UK was forced to use land-based aircraft as they had none aboard their single remaining carrier.

      http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/...

      The UK will then have no aircraft carriers for two years until the commissioning of the new super-carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, whose flight decks and hangars were built at Cammell Laird shipyard, in Birkenhead.
      The UK debating the relevance of carriers as well: http://www.ft.com/...

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      by YucatanMan on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:07:52 PM PST

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