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    From that NAO report, it appears we haven't...

    From that NAO report, it appears we haven't bought much in the way of any ordinance yet.....so, that might still be wishful thinking :madsmile:
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    That's why the RN/RAF have the ski-ramp for...

    That's why the RN/RAF have the ski-ramp for take-off, and are training for using the SRVL (Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing) method rather than the vertical landing method used in the Harrier days.
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    And exactly the same philosophy is being used by...

    And exactly the same philosophy is being used by LM with the F-35, as our cousins are now finding out to their cost........and which we'll have to go through the same pain barrier with again (and we...
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    But they were due to go anyway.....as part of the...

    But they were due to go anyway.....as part of the cost saving to fund the carriers, a decision that was reversed 18 months ago by DefSec.......but, as you say, that may well get reversed back again,...
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    We managed for nearly a decade with just the one...

    We managed for nearly a decade with just the one carrier after Eagle was decommisioned.
    And the French are managing it as well with just one, and doing cat n trap as well, and they developed their...
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    Not quite. There was always the option during...

    Not quite.

    There was always the option during build to make the carriers cat n trap, which is what we should have done from day one, but dithering and the lack of steam generation for traditional...
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    The issue is more that all this money is spent on...

    The issue is more that all this money is spent on Crowsnest and by the time its FOC in 2023 (if we're lucky) it will then only have a service life of 7 years, as that's when the Merlin OSD...
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    Sadly, the recent NAO report on the RN and its...

    Sadly, the recent NAO report on the RN and its CBG plan paints a less than rosy picture of the future, and post Covid financial pressures will likely make it even worse.

    Key point summary of the...
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    Correct. The writing was already on the wall...

    Correct.
    The writing was already on the wall when the RN got its first F-4's, and despite the trials being conducted on Eagle, the Govt didn't want to spend the money on doing the refit to Eagle...
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