Aug 4, 2014
New Carriers Commit UK To Buy Escorts & F-35Bs, Says 1st Sea Lord
But First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Adm. Sir George Zambellas, assured a Washington audience Wednesday that — to paraphrase his guarded Britishisms into American bluntness — it’s too late to cheap out. Building the carriers has already committed British politicians not only to funding their operations, escort vessels, and aircraft, but also to a carrier-centered naval strategy that puts warfighting first and peacetime presence second.
In brief, an aircraft carrier without aircraft isn’t much use, and a carrier without escorts won’t last long in combat.