Defence Secretary John Hutton has said that the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers are likely to enter service a year or two later than planned.
In a statement to MPs, he added there would be no delay in construction - but work would continue at a slower pace, sustaining jobs for longer
BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt said the government did not view cancelling major defence projects as an option, but considered delays as a way of controlling the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) spiralling budget.
Originally posted by Niall197 Something has to give, unfortunately.
Originally posted by fritz
It would appear dear friends, that the Prime Minister of this once proud sea-faring nation, is not only borrowing £75B to keep our financies afloat, but has - through the back door, scuppered our two new carriers.
When pressed on BBC2's 'Daily Politics' programme today, the government minister refused to confirm that once the financial crisis is over, the two carriers would be built.
I guess friends, that the two carriers were just a dream in the Royal Navy's pipe and goes to show that Gordon Browne had no intention of ever building the ships in the first place!
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by Luke.S
25 years is just the proposed lifespan. I'm sure they'll serve longer. The Nimitz Class of carriers is getting on for 50 years old now and is still going strong.
As for Invincible, it's only mothballed. It can be re-activated in short order, same with dozens of ships floating around Portsmouth harbour. We could double the size of the Navy in a matter of weeks if needed. It was just put into that state as a cost saver, we didn't need 3 light carriers.