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Also - so long as these ratings that are hell bent on creating fatalities on deck only kill themselves then we should be good.
Their not the ones strapped into pointy things with jet engines and large amounts of fuel that may crash into things or fall over the side. Good luck!
Originally Posted by Courtney Mil
It seems to me that if the Navy lacks the skill sets to utilize the new carrier operationally, we may as well save the country a fortune and cancel it now.
Nice sophistry! I seem to remember being present during a briefing by the Fleet Air Arm Command Warrant Officer in late 2009, during which he stated that a priority task was to get more aircraft embarked at sea to build up skills and experience in preparation for CVF and F35. The loss of the Sea Harrier, and the commitment of Harrier to Herrick, had meant that these skills had faded. Yet we did embark Harriers from time to time, and embarked American, Italian, and Spanish ones. Why are we not doing this now?
Pre SDSR regeneration of carriers skills was seen as a priority. SDSR axed Harrier. Therefore if we are losing these skills it is down to SDSR. However, SDSR said that in the longer term we need carriers. The decision to go back to a STOVL future means that the claims that skill involved were of no use is not just an excuse (based on assuming that nobody would think about it too deeply - as they might start wondering if basics would still be basics) to help justify a hasty decision, but is completely inapplicable. Yet the problem is solvable - see points 9 to 12 here.
If we permitted ourselves to think outside of the SDSR box, we could probably devise a solution that gives UK based RN fixed wing pilots something to fly, AND provide an aircraft (even if it only a couple) to embark - in terms of preparing future carrier personnel is there any substitute for jets on deck?
The history of naval aviation is a history of courage and innovation. Yet none of out current political leaders (is this a clue where the problem is?) has the courage to admit a mistake, or to allow innovation. How many more wars do we want to lose, or needless losses to happen?
Last edited by WE Branch Fanatic; 29th Dec 2012 at 11:12.
Where did that comment come from? From ORAC's link:
The Navy makes a point of trying to gives its shipboard crews a chance to spend Christmas with their families, and for a few days the percentage of ships underway drops to the lowest point it will be all year. But many of these ships will be gone in two weeks as the pace of operations picks up again.
I suppose the problem is that there are three kinds of 'insider' - one of which isn't RN.
1. The FAA ones who think that if we continue to bash F-35B then we will have some chance of reversing the reversal and go back to F-35C or an interim buy of F-18E. (Hopelessly naive unless something massive happens to the F-35 project itself)
2. The Navy ones that don't get carriers and assume they offer little more than any other combatant. (These ones are genuinely mad but do exist in surprising numbers)
3. The Air Force ones who don't get carriers and assume that in both the long and short term we'd be better off buying flexible land based air. These chaps have a series of strong points and will form one half of a (somewhat emotive) debate that will rage until long after I'm pushing up daisies in the Yeovilton undershoot.
That any of the above would want to have a cosy chat with the Torygraph might be an indication that they (individually) are on crack.
"White elephants"? I suspect these particular "Royal Navy insiders" are neither "Royal Navy" nor "insiders". It looks as though someone has trawled a few Defence 'thinking' website forums and lazily assumed that the most vociferous critics have some sort of bona fide connection.
The Times and Telegraph headlines certainly bear no relation to Chris Parry's paper which paints the carriers in a favourable light even in their bastardised form; just not as capable or versatile as a CTOL version.
"jamesdevice Where did that comment come from? From ORAC's link: The Navy makes a point of trying to gives its shipboard crews a chance to spend Christmas with their families, and for a few days the percentage of ships underway drops to the lowest point it will be all year. But many of these ships will be gone in two weeks as the pace of operations picks up again."
Come on, Webfoot. Seriously, no country is going to take that number of ships off active duty unless theres a BIG reason, and christmas isn't a big enough reason. In the USA, Thanksgiving might just be enough in a quiet year......but not Christmas, at least not for the Yanks
Those ships are in harbour for year end budgetary reasons. Theres no money left in the kitty to keep them at sea. In two weeks, new year, new budget.....until the fiscal precipice cutoff. But as to how many go back to sea, I'm reminded of the American politicians way of counting budgets "one, two, many, too many"
I'd guess that you'd be lucky if more than 25% of those ships return to active duty in 2013 (as opposed to reserve status, laid up mothballed)
With just nineteen operational escorts (frigates\destroyers) I doubt very much that we will see any further cuts. Indeed it would be nice to se this figure increase.
The Chief of the Defence Staff has made it clear to his minister that the minimum number he considers acceptable is 33. If the response is to reduce the fleet even further then would this be more than just a slap in the face to this most senior officer?
Regarding flat tops with just dinky toys, what will happen if the US President decides to scrap the F-35B???
Would our leadership breath a sigh of relief and 'regretably' scrap both carriers
If we were embarking a significant number of these aircraft then I can understand having such a large carrier, but embarking a similar number or less to what is carried on the through deck cruiser asks a number of questions.