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Risaldar Singh09 Oct 2017 5:23 a.m. PST

It looks as if the true cost of Carrier Enabled Power Projection may very well be the loss of amphibious power projection: link

Could be hogwash, could be the Admiralty playing games by pretending to sacrifice one of the service's Holy Cows in order to fend off further cuts but Commanders of UK Maritime Forces don't usually resign over "pure speculation": link

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

Maybe someone thinks that that's a good way to stay out of trouble.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

Brexit, isolation, no more foreign beaches, except maybe via Easyjet to Minorca.
No politics, just wargames.
We need brit no marked genre, in teashirt, and shorts, marines, for overseas aquatic intervention.
Boonie hats, allowed.

Tgunner09 Oct 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Yeah, letting trouble find you is always the best path.

foxweasel Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 7:08 a.m. PST

Lots of maybe, possibly, could be etc. It's the same every defence review.

Risaldar Singh09 Oct 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

I tend to be cautious but time will tell. But given that there is no fat left…

Lion in the Stars09 Oct 2017 6:13 p.m. PST

Considering how badly the UK has slashed the Royal Navy these days, I wouldn't be surprised.

nsolomon9909 Oct 2017 7:51 p.m. PST

Be easier and more convenient to fight the next enemy on the beach at Dover, surely?!

Lion in the Stars09 Oct 2017 8:46 p.m. PST

Lots more convenient to fight on someone else's beach, says the USA.

Then there's almost no chance of someone taking over your factories!

Risaldar Singh10 Oct 2017 3:33 a.m. PST

The beach at Dover sounds like a good plan as long as you don't slash the army too. Oh, wait…

CampyF30 Oct 2017 5:03 a.m. PST

So, the Royal navy will consist of a big carrier, maybe a few destroyers, if they survive budget cuts. Planes for the carrier, if they survive the budget cuts, and 25 admirals? Sound about right?

Deadles31 Oct 2017 9:35 p.m. PST

The question arises: What's the point of amphibious ships hauling light infantry?

They're basically for humanitarian interventions and colonial interventions (total waste of time).

Europe needs more conventional forces than colonial policing units for failed third world states that can't get their own affairs in order. After all the main threat is still Russia and the US is increasingly pulled in too many directions.

That means submarines, armoured units, fighter bombers, integrated air defence (most of Europe has no AD and is in a worse position than Iraq in 1991), electronic warfare, conventional warships and logistics to support them.

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