: No, the CVFs were ordered as part of an
: overall package for expeditionary warfare,
: LHDs, Landing Ships, etc.....
: What changed was available money (sucked up
: by Iraq and Afghanistan involvements and
: then the credit crash).
: So, they did make sense and when the Amphibs
: had to be run down then it would have made
: sense to complete them as "proper"
: "cat-and-trap" carriers. However,
: the requirement that they be EASILY
: convertible to "cat-and-trap" was
: lost along the way (some people say it was
: due to political penny-pinching, some that
: it was never possible to do simply). So,
: when Cameron wanted to change them (or at
: least one) to "cat-and-trap) the costs
: were horrendous !
: So we have some very capable carriers AS
: LONG AS the F-35 works as advertised (and
: the RAF lets the Navy play with them).