Tuesday, November 8, 2016

British Naval Commander Wants The U.S. Marines Aviaiton Fleet To Use Britain's Newest Aircraft Carrier

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The carrier weighs 72,000 tons and is 932 feet long, making it the largest Royal Navy ship ever built.

Defense News: British Naval Commander Wants US Marine Aviation on Aircraft Carrier

ROSYTH, Scotland — The commander of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, would like to see US Marine Corps F-35Bs and V-22s embark for up to nine months at a time once the warship becomes operational.

“We’ll certainly see some footprint aboard the ship. The big question is do they deploy with us much longer term in the future, maybe for six, seven, eight, nine months from when we deploy. That’s what I would love to see,” Capt. Jerry Kyd said.

Confirmation that the Royal Navy’s 70,000-ton aircraft carrier force would embark US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35Bs came during a meeting between UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his US counterpart, Ash Carter, in London at the start of September.

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WNU Editor: The Royal Navy does not have the funds or sources to get the planes as quickly as they  need (or want to) to .... so team up with someone (i.e. the U.S. Marines) who does. Will this cooperation go forward .... I will not be surprised if it does happen.

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