|Quoting BMIFlyer (Thread starter):|
It won't be until 2019 that we have any aircraft capable of operating from a carrier, when the US built JSF arrives.
|Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 1):|
I understand taking her out of service, with no aircraft and all. But why scrap her? She's relatively new, mid 1980s as I recall - a youngster in carrier years...
|Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 3):|
Reply 3, posted Sat Jan 22 2011 20:20:46 your local time (15 hours 51 minutes 32 secs ago) and read 121 times:
Isn't the HMS Illustrious still in service? Also, why wouldn't the Ark Royal be kept in some sort of reserve fleet in case it should be needed?
|Quoting dl021 (Reply 5):|
To be fair the state of naval aviation in the UK has been lacking for years. Currently the UK cannot send her aircraft carriers into harms way without being in company with other forces that can provide air defence, and since the retirement of Sea Harrier and their AIM120 capability there has been little remedy for that. In that light it was a fairly honest and easy target for budget cutters who couldn't see as much utility in what are basically helicopter carriers that can carry Harriers that are being retired anyway (as evidently the entire Harrier force is being done in).
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