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New aircraft carriers will make us 'laughing stock'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 11/08/2010

Andrew Gilligan

"Following last month's defence review, one carrier will only operate for three years and will never carry aircraft. The second will not carry planes until at least 2020.

"Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato's secretary-general, has warned Britain's defence cuts were "a matter of concern".

"Lord Hesketh, the deputy chairman of Babcock, whose Rosyth yard is building the carriers, said Britain could afford to run both ships - and put aircraft on them from the start - were it not for the "vested interest" of BAE Systems, the prime contractor.

""We are paying twice as much as we should to get half the capability," he said."

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"New aircraft carriers will make us 'laughing stock'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2010. Consulté le 15/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/new-aircraft-carriers-will-make-us-laughing-stock-