Britain relies on France for its defence? What could go wrong?

Posted by: Phineas on November 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Oh, how about a French aircraft carrier breaking down?

As President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to use a historic London summit to announce the use of RAF jets off the Charles de Gaulle, his naval chiefs have told him she is no longer seaworthy.

“She’s meant to be heading to Afghanistan to support the war there but is instead in home port with a faulty propulsion system,” said a French Navy source.

“This is a carrier which is meant to be defending not only France but also Britain over the next decade. As far as the London summit is concerned, her breaking down could not come at a worse time.”

Following Britain’s strategic defence review last week, it looks certain that the UK and France will each have just one operational aircraft carrier each towards the end of the decade.

But Britain will have to rely solely on the Charles de Gaulle until at least 2020 while the Queen Elizabeth, a new carrier, is being built.

This follows the announcement of the scrapping of the carrier Ark Royal and its Harrier Jump Jets.

I earlier covered the sad state of the Royal Navy, which is being reduced to it’s smallest size since the 16th century. And now this: reliant on Britain’s most ancient enemy for naval security, yet that enemy is… incompetent.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of the US military under the social democracy the Democrats so dearly desire. Europe, when it went down this path, could rely on us to bail them out. Well…

Just whom do we rely on?

And, Anglophile that I am, I have to say it again: Nelson weeps.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Britain relies on France for its defence? What could go wrong?”

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  1. Neo says:

    Is this the same Charles de Gaulle that, after leaving port for Gulf War I, had all of it’s planes fly back to France.

  2. Carlos says:

    In the event the muslims start another Europe-wide war, I hope the English have made lots of white French victory flags.

    Churchill must be going ballistic in his grave.

  3. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    This is going to sound harsh, but: the UK needs to make a serious self assessment. They are sinking beneath an unsustainable burden of socialist policy, and at the same time wish to maintain the pretense of being a player on the world stage. You can’t do both (you actually can’t even do one, if you choose the first).

    It would be more realistic and honest for the Brits to contact India about a good deal on BOTH carriers. India desperately wants some, and are building one. Meanwhile, they’ve gotten stuck with a “good deal” on a Russian refurbishment of a Cold War relic which is overdue and waaaaaay over budget (lesson there: never put the words “good deal” and “the Russians” together in a sentence). The UK would take a loss on the ships, but much less than they will going ahead and building two when they are barely capable of operating one.

    Second, they need to scrap most of the RN. Cut what’s left to a coast guard force. Give up their ballistic missile subs, reduce the RAF to a maritime recon, SAR, and transport force, eliminate the Royal Marines, drop all amphibious forces and bring the army down to a handful of regiments and forgo any pretensions of rapidly deployable combat forces. Oh, and stock up on baby blue helmets if you still want to have a global presence.

    It won’t prevent them going under, but it will give them breathing room to maybe figure out what they want the surviving remnants of Great Britain to look like. Right now thye’re only practicing self delusion, and not fooling anyone else. Just accept that the goal of the transnationalists since the end of WWII has been achieved, at least within the boundaries of Western Europe. There will never be a major war in Europe, and even if there is, nobody is serious about deterring or winning one.

    Hell, approach the Russians about setting up a treaty framework where they assume the defense burden for Europe. Be pragmatic and face reality. And if anyone thinks I am gloating or happy about this, all I have to say to the UK is” say “hi” to Greece when you reach rock bottom, and tell them the US is coming down their way too.

  4. NC Cop says:

    Perhaps the British could take it out in trade? They could trade them some French WW II rifles. They’re in mint condition, never been fired, only dropped once.

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.