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Re: Thanks Tim! Great link...
As discussed in here, https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Navy-Eastern-Waters-1935-1942/dp/1473892481
Those ships were supposed to be a striking force against Japanese incursion into the Indian Ocean, along the lines of Force H. But things happened; Ark Royal
was supposed to be their carrier, and the Japanese weren't supposed to strike until Spring 1942.
Side note, I hate how the RN mis-used her (my opinion) as well as the Prince of Wales and Repulse in rather futile efforts in the Far East. They would have been valuable assets to have used later on when taking the offensive. Perhaps that is my sentimental side, but it's only an opinion.
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