Aircraft carrier contracts named (BBC News)

SN NewsCaster
14th January 2010, 10:20
Contracts to supply the Royal Navy's next generation of aircraft carriers, worth a third of a billion pounds, are announced.

More from BBC News... (http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/news/int/search/news%2Bsport/ship/-/2/hi/business/8458610.stm)

chadburn
14th January 2010, 11:40
Contracts to supply the Royal Navy's next generation of aircraft carriers, worth a third of a billion pounds, are announced.

More from BBC News... (http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/news/int/search/news%2Bsport/ship/-/2/hi/business/8458610.stm)

Interesting that the term "Through Deck Cruiser's" for the present "Carrier's" appears to have been dropped completely. No word of any R.F.A. newbuilds going out to Contract yet.

Lancastrian
14th January 2010, 13:24
They ceased to be TDCs as soon as the Harriers were ordered long before the first one was completed.

Richie2012
14th January 2010, 13:28
Interesting that the term "Through Deck Cruiser's" for the present "Carrier's" appears to have been dropped completely. No word of any R.F.A. newbuilds going out to Contract yet.

No chance nothing will happen til an announcment on the future of the RFA, last few days Lloyds list has had reports on mearsk and fisher tankers and v.ships lining up for taking over tankers and it quotes that tory insiders would not rule of full privatisation.

Klaatu83
14th January 2010, 18:24
Interesting that the term "Through Deck Cruiser's" for the present "Carrier's" appears to have been dropped completely. No word of any R.F.A. newbuilds going out to Contract yet.

As I recall that "Through Deck Cruiser" rubbish was simply a ploy by the Admiralty to get the appropriations through Parliament, which was willing to pony up for "cruisers" but not for "aircraft carriers". It was much the same as when they got the 1960s "County" class warships funded by labeling them "destroyers", when they were actually more like cruisers.

chadburn
15th January 2010, 12:08
K, ah, the mystery that is Government spin (blatent lying) and still going strong today in both our Governments.

Lancastrian
15th January 2010, 22:29
As I recall that "Through Deck Cruiser" rubbish was simply a ploy by the Admiralty to get the appropriations through Parliament, which was willing to pony up for "cruisers" but not for "aircraft carriers".

Not quite. The original concept was for a sort of cruiser but it evolved - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invincible_class_aircraft_carrier