This is an appalling decision. To justify spending so much on two huge aircraft carriers ( with no fixed wing aircraft yet available) the head honcho of the RN is sacrificing this LPH that is one of our few amphibious fleet and can project RM ashore . They are also considering the sale of Albion and Bulwark, again the only vessels designed for a heavy lift. Helicopters can only land (underslung) very light loads , and in the Falklands campaign, artillery ammunition was the heaviest single ittem that had to be landed. No one is suggesting that we retain the full capacity for a massive amphibious assault but to lose the three ships mentioned would put back even a token amphibious capability for decades.
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