The British press receives Defence-related letters from many concerned individuals that never get published. DefenceSynergia is no exception.
With this in mind, DS produces below a letter written by a DS member that was not published. at the time.
Admiral Lord West of Spithead blames the RAF. Group Captain Alan Ferguson blames the RN. (Impotent Carriers – Sunday Telegraph 24 July 2022).
They are both missing the point. Seeking to apportion blame accentuates the inter service rivalry that created the problem in the first place. The current Service Chiefs must inculcate a war winning ‘system of systems’ mind set across the 3 Armed Services and supporting Civil Service.
Funding a retrospective CATOBAR conversion of the British carriers allows maximum war fighting potential through flexible, powerful and force multiplying Naval/RAF air groups which compliment British military power. The Army will gain too as they will surely require powerful air cover in a future war and they will not care at the point of impact whether it is provided from land or sea.
The Russian threat to NATO and UK is not some theoretical discussion, it is real!
Squadron Leader Dave Tisdale RAF (Retd)
Founder Member of DefenceSynergia