Skip to comments.Defence cuts: Carrier 'fully operational in 2030'
Posted on 11/28/2011 7:53:28 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Defence cuts: Carrier 'fully operational in 2030'
Britain may be without a fully operational aircraft carrier until 2030, according to a report published by the Commons spending watchdog.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says two carriers being built will cost more, offer less military capability and be ready much later than planned.
It says the Royal Navy will be without a carrier until 2020, which may not be fully operational until 2030.
The PAC also says the cost of scaling back the carriers is not fully known.
The committee said the adjustments made to the vessels meant just £600m cash savings and some costs would not be known for 12 months.
The government says it expects to save £4.4bn over 10 years on the programme.
The ships - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - were saved from defence cuts under the coalition government because, it said, it would cost more to cancel the projects than proceed with them.
In last year's strategic defence review, ministers agreed to change the design of one, or both, of the aircraft carriers to make them compatible with the US Navy's version of the Joint Strike Fighter, rather than the short take-off, vertical-landing (STOVL) version that had been planned.
HMS Prince of Wales will not enter service - it will be built but not kitted out, and then kept as a reserve vessel - while HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to go into service around 2020, with both said to cost £5.9bn.
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The Islamic Isles will get it.
Enjoy the picture over there in the UK.
It’s all that’s going to be protecting you the next 19 years.
Let’s just hope that someone (ahem) doesn’t make a play for the Falklands again...
You know they invaded the island just as the Royal Navy off the HMS Invincible to the Australians....
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saying 2030 is most likely another way of saying NEVER without political backlash.