What terrifies me is this thought. David Cameron crassly (stupidly, incompetently, ineptly, use a word of your choice) eliminated the Harrier force in 2010 as a quick fix against the financial crash. And here we are 10 years later in a financial fix probably worse than we were then, and Dominic Cummings, long term critic of the carriers, is going around defence sniffing around for cost cuttings to be made.
I said 20 years ago on Tanknet when we were first discussing these that they would never enter service, and if they did, the yanks would kill F35B. Despite a few near scrapes, I was completely and totally wrong. What I didnt stop to consider is how long they would remain in service in light of the modern fetish for fiscal responsibility over combat capability, and how many times that trend has utterly shafted the Royal Navy.
I pray im wrong. After the long haul the navy has gone through to get them, they deserve their moment in the sun again.