is another round of speculation that the UK could share its new aircraft carriers with France. Certainly if the French ran the canteens and working hours bit the Brit sailors would be happy. On a wider note though, although this story will be hotly denied, this is exactly the thing the Government should be looking into. The UK is not the USA with the need/ability to project force around the globe. Realistically we need air support for minor ops and defending Falklands Oil.
So spreading the cost with a military partner must be a good idea, as long as we get them to sign up a release for our ex-colonial escapades; which the French will surely do as they have their own ones to get involved with from time to time.
Once the sharing agreement is signed we can then get to working out what planes we will have. All of this actually saves billions of pounds and makes a real difference to the budget strategy going forward. Reducing the number of trident submarines falls int eh same boat. There should be optimism that we can control future defence spending - let's just hope other departments can think the unthinkable too.