I’m quite amazed at the size of the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carrier,(HMS Queen Elizabeth) to date the biggest ship ever built for the Royal Navy. I’m not an expert on carriers, indeed I only ever sailed in one way back in 1990 and that was for a duration of about ten days. I sailed with Ark Royal down the Eastern Seaboard to Boston. As an old submariner I considered the Ark as huge, I got lost several times. However, when I compare Ark Royal with this latest ship the mind boggles. To give you a comparison the Ark Royal tonnage is 22,000 and the Queen Elizabeth is 65,000 tons, more than three times as large. So to my question, is big better? I don’t really know and I’m certainly out of date with the latest warfare technology. I suppose such a ship will be needed for some future vitally important rolls. Perhaps like parking an air field on an enemy’s doorstep. However an old submarine adage keeps coming to mind, we use to say it cost 6 million pounds(GBP) to build a carrier and a 6 thousand pound torpedo can sink it. The German U-Boat service proved the danger and effectiveness of submarine warfare during the Second World War. But keep in mind we have come a long way since those old diesel/electric boats prowled the seas. The building costs will have greatly increased and the latest anti submarine defense technology will be extremely effective. Nevertheless, I think the same old submarine adage still applies. We all know, where there is a will there is a way. Think of it this way, a submarine is a lone wolf while a huge carrier will require a large ring of smaller ships to protect and escort it. I’m afraid my money is on the submarine. But no worries in Canada eh! we have no Aircraft Carriers and no seaworthy submarines to sink them.
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