Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Has no Purpose Except As ‘a Failed Dream of EU Integration’

The 65,000-ton Royal Navy aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, launched by Her Majesty on July 4 and praised as “a national instrument of power,” is in fact “a ship with no real purpose other than to act as the monument to yet another failed dream of EU integration,” according to historian and journalist Christopher Booker.

Even before the launch, there were questions raised over the ship’s purpose. No aircraft will be able to fly off it until 2020. Despite a vast flight deck, it is not designed to handle fixed-wing aircraft, only the American-built vertical take-off F35, which is still in development with chronic design problems.

The F-35 seen on board the ship at the launch was in fact a fibre glass replica, a plastic kit plane defence giant Lockheed Martin assembles for air shows and exhibitions.

Other questions have been raised that HMS Queen Elizabeth should be nuclear powered like American aircraft carriers, not by diesel and gas. More, the Royal Navy no longer has enough surface craft to provide escort for an aircraft carrier.

Booker tracks the real story back to 1996, when Britain and other EU member states were discussing ways to integrate the EU’s defence efforts.

This EU force was to include three giant aircraft carriers, two built by Britain, one by France, “with other navies such as those of Spain and Italy providing the necessary escort cover.”

Fifteen years and a rolling eurozone crisis later, talk of an EU Rapid Reaction Force has faded, but Britain has been left supplying her part of the deal, a monster aircraft carrier – the plans for a second British aircraft carrier have been abandoned — “with no real purpose other than to act as the monument to yet another failed dream of EU integration.”

Full article: Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Has no Purpose Except As ‘a Failed Dream of EU Integration’ (Breitbart London)

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