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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Here's why a British aircraft carrier will host an American F-35 contingent

RAF F-35 Lightning IIThe “special relationship” with America is central to Britain’s national security and America also counts heavily on British diplomatic and military support.

In an era of budget “austerity” in Britain and sequestration in America, there is great benefit for both countries when it comes to joint military operations and platforms procurement.

The combination of budgetary factors, procurement costs and issues, and the continuing need for air and sea power is why the relationship between the US and UK is so “special” that Britain’s next aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will likely be home to US Marine Corps F-35Bs — American fighters flying from a British warship.

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