Pseudo wrote: The government often struggles to justify the size of the foreign aid budget because a lot of what it does isn't immediately visible [or is wasted?], but these ships would provide much more tangible
Argus is due to decommission in 2024 anyway which could be the principal reason why this issue has hit the headlines. Many suspected that there had been no money allocated for an Argus replacement which would have seen the UK lose its PCRS capability. Hard to justify with an aid budget as large as the UK's.tomuk wrote:What about 3 mistral LHD. Used on rotation.
One - Painted white/red cross as hospital ship - defensive weapons. Caribbean Hurricane Season / Africa/Pacific Medicins Sans Frontier
Two - Grey full weapons fit - Royal Navy Use
Three - In refit/training swapping roles
Argus goes in the bin.
Care to elaborate?shark bait wrote:Using the foreign development budget to build assault ships is dumb to the highest degree
Poiuytrewq wrote:shark bait wrote:
Using the foreign development budget to build assault ships is dumb to the highest degree
Care to elaborate?
Lord Jim wrote:"Should the Royal Navy have a real hospital ship", no.
Have you actually read what the Secretary of State said? Or did you just stop at the headline?RichardIC wrote:Using the foreign development budget (which is for overseas aid) to build assault ships (which are warships right?... you posted lots of pics of military vessels) is dumb to the highest degree.
....Instead it's.... hospital ships.... let's have an LPD... what weapons could they carry?
demonstrating how UK aid and the Armed Forces can work closely together to achieve the best outcomes for the UK, and, as we approach the next spending review, that we are ensuring we are using our budgets in the smartest way possible.'...
Poiuytrewq wrote:Have you actually read what the Secretary of State said? Or did you just stop at the headline?
Poiuytrewq wrote:Care to elaborate?
shark bait wrote:paint them white
shark bait wrote:Poiuytrewq wrote:Care to elaborate?
OK, "I want to buy some C17 out of the NHS budget because they'l be used for Medevac, I'll even paint them white!"
That would be seriously dumb, likewise buying assault ships from the international development budget is really dumb.
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