Did i miss something? What happened to my post?
It was about the British government being unhappy with its procurement of F-35, wasn't it? The report you link to says:
As noted by the Committee, its report was commissioned in response to a July report in The Times that catalogued a host of ongoing problems with the F-35. These included claims that the aircraft “is way over budget, unreliable, full of software glitches, and potentially unsafe”. It was the “unacceptable lack of transparency regarding costs, and a poor initial response from the MoD and Lockheed Martin” in the immediate wake of story that risked undermining public confidence in the programme.
“There has been an unacceptable lack of transparency from the MoD and Lockheed Martin which risks undermining public confidence in the programme. F-35 is a major investment for the UK and we want it to succeed for the good of this country’s security.
Not sure if the parliamentary committee is being too harsh but it is the case that the delays in the F-35 programme have resulted in the UK commissioning a new carrier without the complement of aircraft intended.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_A ... Harrier_II
In February 2007, handling trials of the MBDA Brimstone missile began, however the Brimstone would remain uncleared for deployment on the GR9 by the type's early retirement. The Sniper targeting pod replaced the less accurate TIALD in 2007, under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) for Afghanistan.[N 5] Capability E would have included a Link 16 communications link, an auxiliary communications system, and a Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC) system that was planned to by deployed on both the Harrier II and the Tornado GR4. In July 2007, BAE Systems completed the final of seven Harrier GR9 replacement rear fuselages for the MoD. The fuselage components were designed and built as part of a three-year £20 million programme. In July 2008, Qinetiq was awarded a contract to perform upgrades and maintain the Harrier II fleet until 2018, which was the predicted out of service date for the type.
F-35B performance may massively eclipse that of Harrier but had the UK government hedged their bets by retaining the Harrier stock the UK would have had a carrier with fixed wing capability until there were sufficient operationally capable F-35B to replace Harrier.
As if they cared about operational capability in the 2010 review, described by many as the worst UK defence review since WW2.
Having said that, the original Harrier retirement was around 2018/19 so it's not as if we'd have ever seen an deployed Harrier/CVF combination.
When HMS Invincible began it's sea trials in 1979, as QE did this year, there were no Sea Harriers available to deploy either, just a few in development (1st one flew in 1978).
Though being only 20000 tons and really an ASW helicopter platform when designed and ordered, it wasn't seen as an 'aircraft carrier' in the same way as the QE class are, despite them being multi purpose platforms, not just for F-35B's.
In any case, F-35B trials next year on the QE, they should be able to deploy a number from 2019.
The Sea Harriers were not operating from Invincible and the modified Hermes until 1981.