posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 12:27 PM
Actually, according to a well known monthly military magazine for 'spotters', these carriers will be built in France and out fitted in Glasgow.
Not the point though, is it?! Point is that Invisible, together with her sister ships, did a magnificent job and the concept of 'through-deck'
cruisers were all 'Blighty' could afford at that time.
I mean, poor old 'Bulwark' was kept afloat for simply ages and HMS
'Endurance', the arctic survey ship, is almost as old as me.
What I don't really understand as an Islander is, we are surrounded by water! Why don't we have a credible Navy?
The French to the south, the Belgians, Dutch, Germans, Vikings to the east, the Noggies and Swedes and slightly further, the Russians to the
To the north are the Icelandic warriors who we've had a fight with in the last 40 years but to the west is the US of A - with surely the most
powerful fleets in the world.
Can we fight off an invader with a hotch-potch of 'Ro-Ro' car ferries, an ageing icebreaker and a few old flat tops?
How on earth can any government not maintain a navy. It does not really have to be a 'big' navy but a couple of dozen 'hunter/killer' subs, at
least 3 'proper' aircraft carriers - 2 on patrol - 1 in for repairs, cruisers for aircraft carrier protection - oh yeah! Don't forget the
destroyers to protect the cruisers and then my friends, lots of little missile armed jetfoils to patrol our coastline.
I don't think that's too much to ask for, do you?
We could pay for all that if, even now, we scrapped Eurofighter - bring back the Spit, did away with the proposed JSF and stopped all the waste of
money in MOD.
Better yet, decommission all the old farts at MOD, get rid of General Mike Jackson - he only wants to keep the Paras - and get somebody in the chair
who understands the Navy and it's proud traditions. We used to have an amazing Navy built of Oak - the proudest heart of our tiny Isalnd nation.