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Dueling Headlines

January 21, 2010

The First headline from Navy Times (subscribers edition only):

Despite Rumors, QDR Unlikely To Shrink Carrier Fleet

Makes possible the Second, also from Navy Times (subscribers edition only):

Outlook Dim For Beefing Up Surface Fleet, Leaders Warn.

And from our cousins across the Atlantic, the British, comes two like headlines. The first is from DefPro:

UK Aircraft Carriers And JSF Orders Not Under Threat

Which may have something to do with our next title, via Defense News:

U.K. Budget Cuts May Target Royal Navy Amphib Vessels

The needs then grows for a bigger navy, able to perform a multitude of tasks, on call when needed. Clearly the large deck aircraft carrier increasingly is a hindrance rather than a help to this goal.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chuck Hill permalink
    January 21, 2010 4:07 pm

    Note, these are not mutually exclusive statements.

    Think most people in the Navy would believe it was a good thing if numbers did not decline. Certainly no increase is really expected any time soon.

  2. Matthew S. permalink
    January 21, 2010 12:59 pm

    How would they target the RN amphib. vessels? They are all newer vessels. Maybe they mean canceling the Ocean replacement?


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