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The only problem? The cost in gold and people makes all this very unlikely.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister are symbols of national power due to their ability to project power and capability all over the world.
Retaining HMS Ark Royal, an Audacious class aircraft carrier, would have been beneficial in the Falklands War and perhaps even prevented it.
President Trump has recently set out plans to build a 350 ship fleet, should vessels similar to the Queen Elizabeth class be part of that?
Britain could enter into a period of relative military decline and without a fresh strategic defence review, there is fear this decline will become irreversible which will impact on our standing in the international arena.
There are planned defence cuts which may see the British Army shrink even further from the 82,000 regular personnel it currently has.
It is no doubt that, despite serious issues, the SA80 was revolutionary in its design.