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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

Government Takes A Flier On New Carriers

08 July, 2008
It was certainly a red letter day for the Royal Navy and employment in the UK shipbuilding industry when they recently received confirmation of the build of two new aircraft carriers.
The HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Each will be 280m long and 70m wide at flight deck level, weigh 65,000 tonnes at full displacement and carry as many as 40 aircraft. They should enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively and operate in the fleet for 50 years.

The key question is how far military threats and the nature of warfare by air, sea or land, such as the required speed, scale and composition of any deployment, may change in the future. Yes, it’s a brave government indeed who can look that far ahead and make those decisions, when the consequences good or bad will impact on generations to come.
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