"Whither the Flattops?"

Salta, Remo
May 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2006, Vol. 132 Issue 5, p16
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on the requirement of the British Royal Navy of two very large and extremely expensive carriers. If one analyzes the military conflicts the Royal Navy has been involved in since the Falklands War in 1982, none of them required two large deck carriers. When the Royal Navy was part of an allied task force, such as in the first and second Persian Gulf wars, the U.S. Navy had more than enough carrier strength on hand to deal with any contingency. When the Royal Navy has had to act alone, it was usually against small third-world nations with little or no offensive air capability. In addition, land-based aircraft were available to assist the British for combat air patrols and ground-attack missions, both in the Persian Gulf and in the Balkans conflicts.


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