Lord Jim wrote:I do not think even the Carriers have good Command capabilities, wasn't that one of the things removed to save a few pennies? WE know the RN wanted to move forward with CEC, but could not get any such programme funded as it was seen as "Nice to have" rather then essential back when these decisions were made. I mean the Big Bad bear and Dragon had not really reappeared on the threat radar then, and the threats that were visible weren't believed to be of such a threat that CEC would be needed to cope. The fact that the RN's new platforms were designed when the world was different, and these designs have been stuck to even though things have changed greatly during their construction is going to cause issues for the RN. Simply look at the defensive systems on the new Carriers, does anyone think they are adequate for high intensity naval combat? The lack of systems like CEC within a Carrier Group makes the formation vulnerable to massed missile attacks and the lack of BMD gives them no defence against the weapons of this type being developed to engage such formations.
Simply put, if you send them against peer opponent (but even that is wrong expresson, sorry but UK isn't in the same league with Russia and especially China), they will end at the bottom of sea. For pounding ISIS, they are fine.