Here are some photos for you of the construction of the HMS Queen Elisabeth.
Stern flight deck section CB05b was fitted into place Thursday.
To the earlier contributor, this is how the flotilla will look, I think, although there might be a Type 26 & Type 45 destroyer instead of two Type
45's shown in this flotilla graphic. The most awful thing is that graphic could easily represent a half of the deployable English Navy of the future,
with other ships being laid up due to expenditure issues, repairs & maintenance, crew leave etc.
Quite a thought.
Here is what I find awkward, the English Navy will have to depend on a helicopter for it's AEW, rather than an Osprey variant or a Hawkeye. I'm not
sure the Merlin cuts it ... what do you think ?
The parliament National Audit Office (which I think oversees public spend in UK) reported yesterday about the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
They said that the back/forward/back decision on whether the ships would operate cats & traps rather than a ski launch system has cost £74 million.
But that the major, colossal screw up was taken by the last Labor government to slow the program down, that decision alone cost over £1.5 billion and
produced no tangible benefit of any kind whatsoever. I'll say it again ... UK defence procurement is an absolute joke & those responsible for such
losses should be brought to account.
But it's more than that now, it's more than just procurement. There are gaps developing in English defence capabilities. And that's because the
powers that be havent got a clue what England's role in the world will be or what forces they'll need to meet that role.
ie theyre withdrawing the special forces Hercules aircraft, nothing will replace them. So how will you deploy the SAS etc ? Commercial charter ?
Idiots. Too few heavy air transports. Too few heavy naval transports. How will you fight amphibious ops if one of the LPD's is mothballed and one of
the Bay class ships decommissioned ? That is one of the important things and a way by which the UK is moving away from US & French thinking. HMS Queen
Elizabeth & HMS Prince of Wales won't just be replacing the Invincible class, it's replacing so much amphibious operations too, whereas the US and
French will retain amphibious vessels (eg French carrier CDG plus three Mistral ships).
A lack of maritime patrol aircraft, the Nimrods were cut up and replaced by ... not much. Think about that one ... no air cover for your fleet until
HMS Queen Elizabeth comes into service & even then it's just a helicopter for AEW. That's really poor.
Where's the advantage in the F35B over the F35C ? Nowhere. There is no advantage at all, apart from the % of work which will be done in UK on each
airplane. It's range over the F35C is less good, it can carry less munitions, it's more expensive to buy & will cost considerably more to service.
In the longer term it wouldve been cheaper just having both carriers run catobar from day one. Hell, last month a leaked Pentagon report said that the
F35A could be shot down every time due to cockpit visibility problems, the pilots don't have 360 degree visibility due to a blindspot in the 6
o'clock position .... the English MoD said in classic way that "they didn't know" whether that would be an issue with the F35B. Didn't know ?
Bloody find out then.
The English procurement staff are unable to see more than a year into the future. It's all so short term, save a penny now despite that costing us
the taxpayer pound in ten years time. And there's a total inability and unwillingness to buy off the shelf from overseas, that's because of the
influence of the defense contractors & the merry go round so many civil servants & government ministers enjoy of working in their departments,
ordering kit from these companies then leaving their jobs in the public sector with huge pay offs at your expense, only to be re-employed shortly
thereafter by those same defense contractors as "special advisors".
Ugh. England did use to set the standard for it's Civil Service and propriety in public office. It's now as bad as France !!!
Everything's down to money I guess and it's easy to criticize. But why buy F35s at all ? No harm in the Rafale M or the F/A-18F, merde, both are
astoundingly good aircraft, they could've been bought off the shelf and cheaper too.
Sorry that was a minor rant. I really hate to see money wasted. I'm a financial person in RL