ArmChairCivvy wrote:to retain the capability to produce a core for HMS Victorious,
if required, means that the final phase of regeneration of the production facility has
been deferred. This is to maintain the capability for the production of existing cores
That is it, as per Old RN above, just that
- tooling for the cores is unique
- the old is normally replaced with the new & better
- UK cannot run (without excessive cost) two in parallel, and
- what may have been meant "for life" turned out not to be so when the planned lives were extended; even though this cannot be statistically proven (only one unexpected surprise, with another "expected" surprise in tow, and for which - the latter - a contingency has now been built into the plans.