Essentially the Carrier Strike Group consists of the carrier, the escorts, support vessels and, when applicable associated land-based aircraft. In terms of the UK carrier group, the exact configuration will be tailored to the mission. 

That said, whenever one of the carriers deploys, it is likely to be escorted by a number of frigates as part of the anti-submarine defence layer, destroyers for defence air and potentially an integrated submarine for longer-range surveillance and protection. There are also a number of other supporting elements that will play a part. Any future Carrier Strike Group could be accompanied by one of the future fleet support ships as well as a Tide-class tanker to replenish stores of food and ammunition as well as fuel, water and anything else required for a long deployment.

An aircraft carrier will take aircraft to where you need them to operate them – with the added benefit that the ship remains UK sovereign territory and that it can carry everything needed to sustain its aircraft for weeks or months on end. The process of preparing for HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first operational deployment in 2021 is progressing across a broad front. Everything from the base, the equipment and the people.

Based at Portsmouth, the Carrier Strike Group staff is taking shape. With a team of about 70 specialists – predominantly officers with a few senior ratings in the mix. Together they cover a broad spectrum of maritime expertise. There are fighter pilots, helicopter aircrew, logisticians, warfare officers, submariners, intelligence and cyber and communications specialists.

The staff is built around three core functions – operations, information warfare and logistics – but what makes the Carrier Strike Group special is the addition of a strike warfare cell with fixed-wing, helicopter and submarine expertise. This cell generates the strike DNA that flows right through the staff, giving it a focus on strike operations.

Read the full post on their website here.


    • if the u.k was to field a carrier battle group along the lines of a u.s group it would use 13 of the navy’s 19 strong surface fleet, and thats assuming; a tanker/support ship 1 or two t45, 1 or 2 type 26’s, an astute, maybe a couple of t23’s and 31’s in a diamond formation

    • here’s one for you all, imagine the panic if her maj decided she would like to review the fleet, headless chickens everywhere!!especially when she asks ‘phillip where are all our ships? are we in the wrong place?!

      • And what if the US decides it doesn’t want to support the UK in any proposed military action?

        Or are we completely subservient to the US?

        • Well, not completely. But I struggle to think of a Ist day Iraq style high intensity carrier strike scenario we would do alone.

          • If we were to undertake a Falklands type operation would be we be able to carry that out without US support? In my opinion probably not.

            Which is ok, but people need to understand that is the situation. We no longer have the capability to undertake independent global operations.

        • didn’t see the .s in1982 so much for the ‘all for one’ then? nobody from the grand alliance turned up to support us then did they?

    • the u.k should swallow its pride and do what the rest of the world does, buy warships from abroad.the u.s has 12 oliver perry guided missile frigates in a reserve inactive naval ship facility in philadelphia, due to the u.s. suffering financial cut backs and fleet reductions, due to these ships being in such good condition, they are being considered for reactivation. the u.k should get a ‘mates rate’ to purchase perhaps 6 of these, as a stopgap whil the t26′ are built.if it was not in need of a near 500 crew then the purchase of a retiring ticondaroga area defence aegis fitted cruiser for a u.k. carrier group

      • OHPs are 1960 technology and having worked on one recently that was sold by the USA to a friendly nation …they are old, worn out and unreliable in the extreme.
        Ticos are 1970s technology and compared to modern warships a liability. They don’t even have an NBCD citadel.

        • an indoor citadel is easy to make or incorporate into a ship without one best compartment seals, high power air filtration, upper deck wash high pressure ventilation for forcing out existing interior air supply to increase inside pressure when i was in the navy,(unlike many armchair admirals on the site) the task of maintaining the citadel system, was done by a couple of basic grade engineers, as for technology, the ticondarogas were designed for, and used as carrier escorts, a task they have performed well they have the aegis system, tomahawk, which is about the prerequisite needs for the modern long range standoff kind of warfare the u.k has not had a cruiser since my first ship h.m.s blake was retired. the u.s currently has 5 of this type in mothballs and are at a 30 day notice for sea return the u.s operate a system of red,amber, green reserve status maintainance red means ready for recommission as soon as possible,amber, within two months, green within 3-6 months.

        • maybe we should look to get our ex type 22’s still in use in chile, romania and brazil back again upgrade them with current technology and they could be redesignated as.

  1. Gents, I think we are far closer to success than many believe.

    We will be able to pull together an EU/NATO carrier strike group and even a sovereign strike group or two (at a push). The key for me is that the RN needs to re-organise around 6 Groups or Squadrons. 2 Carrier Battle and 4 Battle Groups.

    As per my posts on the UKDF as a whole – the 2 CBG’s will project our expeditionary capability and we are there or there about on that – it should be 1 on – 1 off.

    1 Carrier
    1Bay/Albion class
    2 Tide
    2 SSS
    2 GCS AAW (currently T45)
    4 MMS ASW (currently T23)
    1 SSN

    The RFA vessels would be transiting between so in essence 1 on station at any point in time. Going forward I would replace the T45 with an enhanced version of the T26 and have a single hull for our Global combat ship. I would also have specialist T31’s for ASW.

    The remaining 4 groups would take on standing tasks and other duties and roughly comprise of the following

    2 T26 Global Combat Ship (full spectrum capable)
    4 T31 Multi mission ships (General Duties)
    1 Tide
    1 JLSS
    2 SSN
    8 Patrol (Safeboats Mk6 hull)

    The 4 standing groups would rotate on yearly cycles through various standing commitments and be able to back fill the CBG’s as needed.

    This would create a fleet of the following:

    2 CVF’s
    11 SSN’s
    9 Tides
    9 JLSS
    25 T31
    13 T26
    6 specialist (non standard) vessels
    48 Safeboat Mk6

    Plus of course 4 x SSBN’s.

    The above figures include additional vessels (roughly 1 per class) to allow for year long deep maintenance to take place in a vessels 13th year.

    We have the bulk of this force already in volume but many of the assets are task specific (MHVCs, Amphibs, SSS etc) by bringing together capabilities and moving to Unmanned systems.

    Organisationally we are escort and RFA short at the moment but long term I think a few bold decisions may just improve the RN substantially.

    • Wow…. wonder how we are going to get to afford this fleet (and all the personnel)?
      What with a £2 Trillion debt to pay off, eroding sterling due to brexit jitters and a population that would prefer the money spent on other items (health, social, roads etc.) I would say we have no chance (unless we are going to war).
      I would like to see such a fleet created, and agree with John that you would be one of the chaps to call… but in the meantime I would prefer that the UK makes extremely large amounts of money in the near future, and longer term… so we really can afford such a fleet.

      To provide the benefits of fusions of different services (Air, Land and Sea) it would be good to also not forget our colleges in the other honourable services and increase the capabilities and numbers of their assets too (Typhoons, F-35, IFV’s, soldiers body armour etc.

      The only small stumbling block so far… making the money required for all these fancy ideas.

      I don’t mean to down your suggestion, just would like the answer to where the UK’s gold mines really are.


      • Doubt the LPD’s will be sold. Who says? The media. Lets believe when we see it.
        In 2010 I was thoroughly depressed to read that the entire GR4 force would be cut?
        What happened. It wasn’t.

        As for Pacman27’s plans, I think he’s put an awful lot of effort in but the numbers at the end of it are indeed fantasy.

      • Actually this is similar in size to our current main fleet, it does move assets around however. Organisationally it just means we build these ships over the next 30 years of the NSS.

        Albion, Bulwark, x 3 Bays, Argus are all current ships, Tides are being brought in for QE carriers – so I dont think we are far away – the biggest change is the retirement of the MHVC fleet to be replaced with T31’s that can deploy Mine Countermeasure suite.

        As I have said – a few simple changes and we can do this, certainly not tomorrow but I think we are closer than many people think.

    • WEll im sure the Admiralty will welcome your input , its a wonderfull pastime playing around with paper fleets.
      Further to this as a previous post said what is left of the Navy for other duty,s when the Task group is established, Damn all judging by the fleet size projected.

    • I’ll have some of what you are taking.
      In the meantime I think this fleet is realistically possible given the political will
      CVF’s x2
      Type 45 x6
      Type 26 x8
      Type 31 x10
      OPV x6
      SSN x7
      Albion LPD x2
      Bay LSD x3
      Point RoRo x 3
      SSBN x 4
      Mars Tankers x 4
      Mars FSS x 3
      Hunt and Sandown x 12
      Archer x15
      Echo and Enterprise
      Ice patrol
      Hospital ship
      Forward repair ship

      • Bang on, pretty much what we have at the moment with double number of T31, an extra OPV, replacing Dilligence and retaining rather than cutting more MCMV.
        You can add Wave Knight and Wave Ruler to that list too.
        Political will is the key. The UK is a rich nation, spending a fortune on the Oversees development budget and a further fortune on Single Market access when in fact free trade should be just that – free.

    • i’d see a tide tanker behind a 26, carrier with a t45 in front of it two t23’s on the wing and a couple of 31’s to fill any gaps. a diamond formation worked for england in 1986 euros (devised by terry venables)!!!

  2. Pretty clear the CSG for some time during preparation would be using just about purely RN assets (and RAF), but I think the whole concept really starts taking shape and going beyond “We don’t have enough escorts” will be when she operates with French, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Canadian, Norweigan and other surface escorts, and even submarines. Then perhaps some of the criticism will die down. If it was me, I’d make that transition as soon as possible.

    Well, after the budget anyway! Maybe next JW.

  3. We are not the USN and should not try to be. Unless the carrier is sailing in to an actual full on war she will not require the entire fleet to support her. 4 ships will do the job nicely. A Type 45 to handle AAW along with the carriers own F-35B. 1 Type 23/26 with a TAS 2087 for ASW as the carrier will have 9 Merlin HM2 aboard as well. A Tide for fuel and a FSS for for everything else. Although I wouldn’t recommend it the carrier can in theory provide her own AAW and ASW from the embarked air group. Obviously deployments involving more ships like LPDs or LSDs or to higher threat environments will require more escorts, particularly another destroyer (to eliminate a single point of failure in Sampson) but most of the time this will not be the case. Also attaching an SSN to the carrier group sounds good but in reality complicates the ASW problem. How do you know if an underwater contact is friendly or not? The SSNs assigned to USN carrier groups are loosely attached at best and usually roam far ahead of the carrier and often on detached missions. The Kitty Hawks SSN didn’t stop a Chinese Kilo from surfacing a few miles off her stern. It may be that the carrier groups crews where not giving ASW a high priority as they thought that the SSN would handle that for them.

    • i’d expect a diamond formation for a u.k. group to have a wave class rfa at the back, a t26 in front of it,a carrier or amphibious platform in the centre flanked by 2 type 23’s, a t45 in front of the carrier and an astute at the point, with merlins(always armed) operating in the remaining gaps. a couple of op.v’s fitted to the same specs as asigma corvette a 76mm gun, two quad anti air missile launchers, two triple tube torpedo launchers and 4 exocets/harpoon(13 less crew.), the sizes and specs of the rivers shows what can be done to enlarge the capability of these under developed platforms. if the 18 archers were fitted with the 20 mm’s they were designed for, they could operate as a squadron doing the anti pirate tasking
      that currently takes a warship away from where it should be

  4. This is now a embarrassing mess that no one has the character
    to get us out of. There is one man to blame for this and he has
    gone into hiding since he left Government.
    We never could afford this, now all the services have to pay for
    it. Sell them , if any one would buy them but l doubt it.
    Who would want them, the Americans control the the strike
    ability not us and probably always will.
    Some one needs to be honest and brave now before the likes of
    the next Labour Party wipes it out for you and the Navy will be
    left with nothing. God help us.

    • That would be silly. The carriers are a great asset that we can afford if we choose to do so. What is embarrassing about having two 70000 tonne vessels capable of operating 50 aircraft? Can’t say I like Tony Blair but the CVF programme is one of the only things he got right.

      • where they really Blair era? Kinda makes sense, he was all about his own legacy and not that interested in what impact that would have on the country itself.

    • This is one of the worst paragraphs I have read on here, sorry.
      The RN needs to be built around assets such of these.
      As for “the US controls the strike ability” whats all that about?
      Is the UK not allowed a strike capability?
      What assets would you prefer to the 2 carriers? Canoes?
      Are you TH is disguise?

    • no government since the 1970’s has had the fors ight to properly look ahead at the real needs of the nations forces. the type 21’s were sold off, 6 now operate as destroyers in the pakistan navy when, we could still be operating them in the gulf and the med. the type 22’s were removed simply because of their running costs. the type 42, instead of a modern reappraisal of its abilities was retire, we lost three carriers of the invincible class, ark royal 5 years early.we have the entire churchill,swiftsure ssn classes in mothballs in devonport and rosyth.we’ve got o.p.v’s that mirror the size of other nations corvettes, yet we arm them with the equivelant of a sailor with a bag of conkers to throw at people google the sigma corvette and its similarities with the river class and you’ll see what the rivers, could /should be. the sigma has a 76mm gun, two quad anti air launchers, 4 exocet, two triple torpedo launchers! nasty little buggers which could be designated as light frigates.

    • for gods sake no politics here please! just don’t say corbyn! instead of building two carriers we would have been far better served by buying the nimitz class super carrier JFK (with catapults) current on hold for donation or as a museum

    • only the bootnecks and the admirals will care two ships that size, mainly unarmed are a of the mistrals bought by egypt from france would be enough to cover the loss of both of them. i’d go for a bay class with the upper superstructure and replaced with a full length deck to operate as the albions and ocean do.

  5. So much negativity.

    QE / 2 Type 45 / 2 T23/26 / 1 MARS / 1 Tide / 1 SSN is fine, and more capable than any other nation excluding the usual superpowers which the UK is not.
    So why all the bitching?
    The RN is long past having fleets in every sea and ocean, nor does it need to.
    If there is a major war we have the capability to put a CBG together and the nation should be proud of that.
    In the interim with no war we will have hopefully a decent number of T31 / River to fly the flag and deploy in singles to various places, leaving the T26/45/Carriers for the Core task, the CBG.

  6. I suggest reading the leaked HMS Sheffield report dated 1982. It quite sobering to read the catalogue of humans errors and technical deficiencies exposed by real war when it happens.

    So stop playing fantasy battleships and look at the current problems with our current a new future fleet.

  7. Highlights of Sheffield report

    Marked “Secret – UK Eyes Bravo”, the full, uncensored report shows:

    Some members of the crew were “bored and a little frustrated by inactivity” and the ship was “not fully prepared” for an attack.

    The anti-air warfare officer had left the ship’s operations room and was having a coffee in the wardroom when the Argentinian navy launched the attack, while his assistant had left “to visit the heads” (relieve himself).

    The radar on board the ship that could have detected incoming Super Étendard fighter aircraft had been blanked out by a transmission being made to another vessel.

    When a nearby ship, HMS Glasgow, did spot the approaching aircraft, the principal warfare officer in the Sheffield’s ops room failed to react, “partly through inexperience, but more importantly from inadequacy”.

    The anti-air warfare officer was recalled to the ops room, but did not believe the Sheffield was within range of Argentina’s Super Étendard aircraft that carried the missiles.

    When the incoming missiles came into view, officers on the bridge were “mesmerised” by the sight and did not broadcast a warning to the ship’s company.

    The board of inquiry found the anti-air warfare officer’s mistake was based on his reading of an intelligence assessment of the Argentinian threat, which had arrived on board in “a sizeable and daunting bundle” of paper that was difficult to comprehend.

    While the ship’s company were aware of the threat posed by Exocet missiles, some appear to have thought the Sheffield was beyond the range of the Super Étendard aircraft, because they were unaware the planes could refuel in mid-air.

    The board also concluded it was “unfortunate” that the Sheffield’s captain, the submariner Sam Salt, and his second-in-command, a helicopter officer, had “little or no relevant recent surface ship experience”.

    In the event, nobody called the captain. His ship did not go to “action stations”, did not fire off any clouds of chaff in an attempt to deflect the Exocets, and did not turn towards the incoming missiles in order to narrow the Sheffield’s profile. Moreover, some of the ship’s weapons were unloaded and unmanned, and no attempt was made to shoot down the incoming missiles.

      • One would hope so, but in my experience the hard earned lessons of war are easily forgotten in times of peace.

        I also think we constantly underestimate the importance of the human factor in war.

        It is difficult to train personnel in peace time conditions to achieve the correct level of competence and intensity required for combat.

        • In which case that would apply to all nations navies. With the RN’s Thursday war with FOST the RN is surely better than most in that regard.

          • Is the RN better than most navies regards personnel and training? I would say yes.

            Is the RN equipped and prepared to fight a conventional war? I would say no.

            Best way preserve the peace is to prepare for war. I think the constant defence cuts out armed forces have had to endure over the past 25 years have reduced their war fighting capability.

            Are you suggesting those defence cuts have no impact on that capability?

      • The Falklands was a step change for the RN with regard to the way we operated and fought.
        The lessons learnt and resultant changes where extraordinary.
        The vast changes in Damage Control and Fire Fighting procedures and equipment have been seen on the RN vessels that have had collisions. Southampton, Nottingham , Brazen would have probably been loses had the post Falklands training not been in place.
        Regarding the other issues SCOT blanking out radars was fixed within weeks of the Sheffield being lost. Other improvments to electronics, EW, Radars etc where al implemented very quickly.
        In 1983 I was on the T22 that shot down an Exocet in a trial off Wales . At the same time We also tested software amendments to our missile systems that negated any issues that where noticed during the conflict.
        In short yes we got better after the Falklands and having been the only modern navy to be in a shooting war since WW2 we are probably far better for it than anyone else currently afloat.

    • unloaded? no surprise there, when i was on the blake the 6 inch gun was always loaded. no u.s aircraft leaves a carrier without its weapon payload, nor does any helicopter thats a lesson the R.N should have lerned years ago, bombs missiles e.t.c are not ornaments they re serious stuff and should be ready to perform the tasks they are designed for.

  8. Without a doubt the QE class are amazing ships. However they have been built without the full support package needed, although this could potentially be resolved just so long as political will and funds are there.
    RN needs 3000 more personnel
    We need the type 45s fitted out with mk41 vl systems
    we need all 8 type 26s brought into service
    The RN needs at least 10 (ideally 15) type 31 frigates
    we have to retain Albion and bulwark and get a replacement for ocean built. If we do all these things and plan for a further batch of 4-5 astute batch 2s then we will truelly have a carrier strike capability by 2030s.
    This is within our gift to do all these things.
    Any nation that gives away £13 billion a year in foreign aid can afford a more capable RN surface and sub surface fleet.

  9. Mike. No I’m not suggesting that for one moment. I’m clinging to the hope that Fost training makes the mistakes of the Falklands war less likely. Agree with the saying. You want peace, prepare for war, and Speak softly, and carry a big stick. I do however, when people despair at the endless cuts, including myself, like to compare with other nations who are in a worse position than the uk.

    • I think we agree on the core issues. My stance on defence matters is based on my perceived reality rather an overt negativity or positivity.

      We need a credible defence plan that clearly determines what our capability is and how that will be funded.

      The problem at the moment we do not have a credible plan and the funds are inadequate. We pretend we are a global force, when in fact we are not. We need more war fighting equipment and personnel not cuts to maximise the true potential of our armed forces.

      On the positive side our service personnel are of a very high standard and given the level spending are the most cost effective in the world.

      • I broadly agree but I think one needs to define global force, as we have capabilities like the ssn’s, intelligence gathering, and airborne Istar as but three examples that few nations can match. If you define global force as sheer numbers alone then indeed we are not. But until there is another serious cold wsr that results in the government waking up and increasing numbers that won’t change. I’m trying yo be positive and cling to the positives we have. The UK is a medium ranked power beneath the superpowers usa Russia, China and India. Some people seem to find shame in that, like the left. I certainly don’t.

        • I would also add that the UK has not had a credible defence plan since sdsr98 and that too was never realized due to spending cuts.

    • unfortunatly the u.k doesn’t have the ambition to match that of the indians, they have doubled the size of their navy in 15 years, t has the biggest booming economy in asia, yet we still them millions in aid money . all we get from the politicians is the two new carriers type 26’s blah, blah bringing back national service and making all shore establishments finish training on the same day, mass drafts to ships in most need, things could look a lot better.

  10. @IvanOwl

    I think a budget of £36-40bn p.a. is more than enough for a military the size of the UKs, in fact the USMC, IDF, France and most other nations get by on far less.

    The issue for me is not the budget but how we spend it and the sums just do not add up. Clearly some decisions need to be made – but really budgets are simple once you have a strategy on how you want to spend your money.

    Personnel and Welfare – £15bn pa (for 250k personnel – inc. 50k Civilians)
    Equipment £10bn p.a.
    Support and Maintenance – £8bn p.a.
    Infrastructure and Logistics – £2bn p.a.
    Operations – £2bn p.a.
    R&D – £2bn p.a.
    Command – £1bn p.a.

    We have the Defence budget and the Foreign aid budget which are choices made by our government, what is less clear is why the MOD run out of money all the time – The NSS should go some way to sorting this out but we really can allocate money better and manage it more carefully.

    • the M.O.D has allowed itself to be locked into contracts with the likes of BAE pulling out of these contractscosts more than going ahead with them. before any ship is retired its replacement should be there to take its place no ship should before every chance has been explored to extend its service. ships should be built with the same 50 year expectation being given to the carriers.

  11. The biggest problem we have now is that with Brexit no-one understands how much money we will have to spend. Planning is blighted by Brexit. Hence all the contingency rumours which are probably driven by ‘what if ‘ budget scenarios. Very much a case of ‘don’t panic Mr Mainwaring’ I think.

    • the M.O.D should be aware, the case for amalgamation of some of services is gathering momentum,(r.a,f with the fleet air arm., paras and marines s.a.s with s.b.s. maybe a u.k defence force may be the way to go, or a u.s.m.c set up, for the rest.

  12. I define a global force is the ability to undertake independent military operations as defined by our responsibilities to our citizens and allies.

    For example, the Falklands in 1982. Of course the viability of the military opposition plays a part in the that process.

    For historically reasons the UK has many defence responsibilities across the world, but in all reality we are to weak to undertake those responsibilities.

    We just need to honest with ourselves about what we can achieve rather jingoistic comments about being in the ‘premier league’ made by the FSL.

    The truth is our carrier strike when deployed outside our bit of the north atlantic can only do so if the USA supports it. So if the USA says no then we have no deployable carrier strike.

    • Agree a repeat of the Falklands would be touch and go. The RN is less than half the size it was in 1982 when I think we landed about 4000 troops in the first wave. Doing some rough sums if we sent one CVF, one Albion, 6 frigates, 2 LSD, 3 OPV’s, 2 Type 45’s we might cram in about 3000 troops. Not sure where the second wave of 5000 troops would come from; commandeer a cruise liner or two I suppose and Point class. Also a worry is that the RFA is much depleted. 2 or 3 big new Mars FSS with well decks and accomodation would make a significant difference. The good news is that CVF would have 12 or 18 F-35s with Paveway IV plus Chinooks and Apaches – all game changers as are Sea Ceptor and Aster AA missiles.

      • All agreed, but have to factor in the enemy.

        If we were to engage in full scale conventional warfare we will sustain losses, war is by nature unpredictable things happen which are not planned for.

        If the RN was expected to go up against a reasonably well equipped third world nation many thousands of miles from the UK we would incur some losses.

        We were lucky in 1982, Argentina had only 5 exocets and many bombs hitting ships failed to explode. Advances in anti ship missile technology and the way they are employed make warships vulnerable if we have insufficient layers of defence employing the latest technology, for example CEC, the losses will be greater

        • Yes, we were very lucky. If there is a next time the outer AEW screen of Merlins would might lily pad off the OPV’s and Type 31’s. Crowsnest used that way should give 200-300 miles warning of sea skimmers. Actually, risk wise I think our no 1 priority is an Argentinian special forces / paratroop assault taking the airfield, radar and Flaads sites. If that were to succeed they could re-inforce quickly using civilian transports.

    • So the wider issue here is that the Foreign Policy of HM government is dictated by Washington. Not London.
      And the UK operates in conjunction with NATO or other allies.

  13. Mike
    i would hope that any attacker from a peer or near peer state would be thined down by Astute class, Aster 30/15 combo, sea ceptor then Phalanx. This is layered defence.
    once we have full carrier strike in 2013 the F35bs can go in and take an enemy apart before they even know they are there, obviously supported by waves of tomahawks. Just need to buy more of those excellent cruise missiles. Look what tomahawk did to the Syrian airbase responsible for chemical weapons attack. 30% of the active Syrian fast jets in their air force were destroyed on the ground! Astute can kill any surface and sub surface threat.
    crows nest and f35b can thin out any attacking air force
    then an air attack has to get through 3 layers of very advanced SAMs aster 30, aster 15, sea ceptor.
    we have the weapons, just need more of them. Quantity is needed as well as quality.

  14. Honestly I would like to see the assets we have fully equipped, maintained and manned. I’m very worried that the budget settlement we have at present means we do not have a sustainable fleet and we are going to slowly lose assets and levels of readiness.

    You rob Peter to pay Paul a bit each year and all of a sudden what you have is not sustainable. The UK government ( of all flavours) has been doing this in a number of areas including defence and health decade on decade……. Whoops we have not invested in ship building and now all our ships need replacing at the same time, sorry we can only afford 8 not 13….. if only previous governments had recapitalised earlier ( the cycle of blame is endemic in Politics). Oooooo no we need to shut half the community hospitals, no nurses to staff them safely and sadly it will take a decade to get the numbers up……. not our fault you know it’s just not a sustainable service…….our government feeds this line of unsustainably in areas they don’t like investing in ( defence because who likes I insurance, health because the British have apsolutly no understanding of how much healthcare actually costs, education cus hell thats about the future not now, infrastructure cus hell a road lasts for years) so we get decade after decade of under investment and a slow falling over of national infrastructure and the strategically important workforce’s.

    • every,ship, aircraft, chopper should be armed and ready to react at all times especially when tasked to escort the carrier

  15. There is some chatter that an Israeli F35 was hit and damaged by a Syrian s200 missile over the weekend.

    There was an attack by Israeli air force on a Syrian target during that period. Israel has stated no aircraft were lost in the attack.

    Nothing confirmed, maybe complete rubbish

    • IDF are apparently saying the damage to the F35 was bird strike related.
      I have to say I’m taking the report with a fair pinch of salt. 1) it’s a very old bit of tec and 2) I can’t imagine an F35 ( or anything flying) surviving a hit by one ,after all it’s designed to kill strategic bombers.

    • if it is true then the air marshals,admirals,boing reps e.t.c. have every right to feel the light trickle of failure running down their backs the u.k. has put too many eggs in one basket in the whole f 35/catobar fiasco

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