Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Extremely General Purpose Carriers

Britain's two new larger carriers will provide the British with far greater carrier aviation capabilities than their mini-carriers provided in the past. They will also serve double duty as amphibious warfare platforms:

Defence procurement minister Philip Dunne said each ship would house a force of 900 marines and aviation personnel – 210 more than Ocean – on top of their ship’s company.

Perhaps my notion about using the Ford-class carrier as the basis of Marine amphibious vessels (to reduce unit costs for the carriers and to increase flexibility by having hulls designated for aviation or amphibious warfare capable of being shifted to the other mission) isn't that outlandish as I feared it might be.