I think so. They are a combined carrier and assault ship, custom designed for F-35 and supported by Astute subs, Type 45 destroyers and soon to be Type 26 frigates.
What other countries come close to that?
But aren't the Chinese carriers themselves based on an old Soviet design?I think they are talking about QE and Prince Charles. That's two carriers with 35 F35s each. Still a powerful carriers bit 2nd most powerful?
I supposed China's 16 and 17 is
Anyway, most probably his statement was correct but it is very misleading, as such, it is good PR
You sound as if this is some sort of coordinated propaganda by the uk state, in reality it’s just an enthusiasts personal site. The UK can afford plenty of top quality kit, supported by the largest defense budget in Europe.You are absolutely correct. Which is why I posted as "rule Britannia". Because PR and make their populace feel good is what that statement/headline is trying to say.
But in reality, as you said, it is no longer that type of warfare anymore. Anyway, China's own carriers and 075 can give them a run for their money.
And don't forget, "Great" Britain can't even afford a full compliment of F35s.
You sound as if this is some sort of coordinated propaganda by the uk state, in reality it’s just an enthusiasts personal site. The UK can afford plenty of top quality kit, supported by the largest defense budget in Europe.
Oh. Ok. Whatever you say. So I guess the planes they borrowed from the U.S. is for strategic reasons. If so I got a bridge.. ... no wait, you sold that and all the family silvers long time ago. But hey, whatever floats your boat.
I take it you didn't hear about the increased in National insurance today to pay for all the things the U.K. can afford then.
Well... they have the potential to be 2nd most powerful (but Britain doesn't have money to outfit them to such degree).
They do. However:On the other hand UK has 2 brand new and modern carriers which also have 5th gen aircraft. To me that sounds like it is a better aircraft carrier force.
Rule Britannia syndrome? Second most powerful carrier force?
Headline from UKdj:
British aircraft carriers HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth are both at sea with British F-35 jets onboard, this marks the return of Britain having the second most powerful carrier force on Earth.