back to article US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth on the aircraft's carrier's maiden operational deployment. He said: “I can welcome the commitment of the United States to deploying F-35s on the first operational deployment of Queen Elizabeth – the HMS Queen …

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Re: Stupid

You'd have to buy the crew as well. As has been discussed already in this thread, a Nimitz class carrier takes some 5,000 crew to operate.

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Re: Stupid

Add the on-shore maintenance facilities, too, please.

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Bah!

In the 70s it used to be said that England was the USA's aircraft carrier in the North Sea.

Now, in the late twenty-tens England's new aircraft carrier is the USA's aircraft carrier in the North Sea.

Progress indeed.

I'm off to watch that episode of Yes Prime Minister where they talk about how in the 70s The British Nuclear Deterrent Was a rocket on which the nose cone didn't fit.

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617 Squadron?

Surely the Dambusters deserve to be given a proper aircraft to fly.

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Meanwhile in Portsmouth

Dredging work to enable these carriers to enter the harbour has just turned up a WWII torpedo...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37327555

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How much pork barrel politics is required for a country with a recently great military to get here?

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USMC?

Cousins, you have my condolences.

-- USAF officer

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FTFY

Currently we own just four of the over budget, problem ridden fighter jets:

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Just a shame they didn't go with their original cat launcher carriers, then they would have had plenty of choices to load on the carrier, sadly the UK military has a fetish for hugely expensive VTOL aircraft and are all too ready to touch their toes and take it in the rusty sheriffs star from BAE Systems.

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UK armed forces are just an extension of the US Armies from military intelligence to nuclear missiles sold and controlled by the US. Having US forces on UK ships is logical on that perspective.

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"UK armed forces are just an extension of the US Armies....." Not so. Indeed, they are structured very differently, though they have learned to operate well on joint operations by recognising each others' strengths.

"......from military intelligence......" <Sigh> No, completely different structure and operation. Try again!

".....to nuclear missiles sold and controlled by the US....." WTF? Please go read up on Trident - the UK missiles have UK-built warheads and are completely under the UK's control.

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Sure, and the US is just an extension of the UK due to them speaking our language and using units of measurement, time and culture that was 'controlled' by the UK. Having UK forces on US ships (extremely common) is logical on that perspective. /S

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