"These ships with their aircraft will transform the UK's defence capabilities when they enter service, delivering air power in support of the full range of future operations at sea, in the air and on land."Royal Navy says HMS Queen Elizbeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the ulimate in aircraft carriers
"biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK"This is significant - Recent events like Persian Gulf Piracy, a Sudan horror story that almost happened, humanitarian intervention consideration and policy fulfillment like the "Democratic Imperatives" requires a credible threat to back up diplomacy.
Royal Navy Fan Arthur Herman is quite credible:
"In dealing with rogue states, diplomacy can never be a substitute for, or even the alternative to, force. It can only be effective as the extension of force- force that is a credible threat because it will be decisive if unleashed, and because it plainly will be unleashed should diplomacy fail.Iranian Press TV intell service reports each "Super Carrier' totes over 35 F35 Joint Strike Fighters.
F35 JSM is one heck of an invisible flying machine and despite her sexyful petite stats she magically totes enough goodies of the killing kind to launch a world of hurt anytime, anywhere
Weapons to be cleared for internal carriage include: JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition), CBU-105 WCMD (Wind-Corrected Munitions Dispenser) for the Sensor-Fused Weapon, JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon), Paveway IV guided bombs, Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), AIM-120C AMRAAM air-to-air missile and Brimstone nti-armour missile; for external carriage: JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile), AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-132 ASRAAM and Storm Shadow cruise missile.Upgunning the unofficial, informal League of Hot! Democrazies naval aviation like this gives added ballast to the First Sea Lords writ.
The Full Range of Future Ops