Amid all the chaos in the air travel world the combination of Gordon Brown wanting a ‘Falklands Moment’ and the Royal Navy wanting, err, another ‘Falklands Moment’ we have the news that the Royal Navy will be deploying three ships tp help stranded travellers.
HMS Albion will be taking returning Afghanistan personnel from Spain and HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean will be supplementing the cross channel routes.
No one seems to have yet defined what HMS Ocean and HMS Ark Royal will be actually be doing but I suppose activity can be an effective substitute for competence. The fact is that Eurostar and the Channel ferry services are operating at summer levels with little problems or fuss also seems to have passed people by.
Ark Royal was on exercise (joint Warrior) which means her decks would likely be full of exercise stores that may now have to be offloaded and she is not expected to be in the area until later today (Tuesday) timed to neatly coincide with the reopening of some flight corridors.
Would a better use of Royal Navy resources be to shuttle stores and personnel between the UK, Spain, Gibraltar, Cyprus or even Turkey in support of the Afghanistan air bridge although one would imagine much of that is happening by land.
Wouldn’t want a maritime nation to go sea blind would we, I mean, it’s not as if we have a Strategic Defence Review on the horizon!
Just to lighten the moment…
I am now taking bets on when the first ‘we are an island’ pundit appears on the news making a case for CVF
Whats the betting some Labour politician will be on hand to welcome HMS Albion back into the UK, a difficult timing issue but the good thing about ships is you can vary the speed to give those onshore plenty of time to get the bunting and TV crews ready