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- Jun 6, 2006
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How would you proceed to get all 4 Centaurs a) to the same standard and b) keeping their catapults ?
The objective is to make them the mainstay of the RN since
- Audacious are too few - Ark Royal is a wreck right from 1963, leaving Eagle alone
- Illustrious and Implacable are hopeless (hint, Victorious)
- CVA-01 is hopeless
Basically from 1960 onwards the objective is to carefully handle Eagle + the Centaur fleet to get 2 or 3 or 4 of them in place of the Invincibles from the 70's, adding catapults and thus CATOBAR to OTL Harrier-only air group.
With perfect hindsight on all GB & RN many troubles from 1963 to 1983 - would it be possible to get modernized Centaurs instead of Invincibles ?
Starting from Eagle + 4 Centaurs, how would you deflate the carrier fleet from 1963 to 1983 ? One crisis, one less carrier, rinse, repeat. CVA-01 still happens, but no Invincibles...
Air group: only Eagle can properly handle Phantoms so if it goes away, the Phantoms go to the RAF. So how do you assume air defense ? Well, Sea Harrier gradually replace Phantom. That's the only way. The trick is to keep the Buccaneers on Centaur decks because as strike aircraft they are massively more powerful than Sea Harriers.
Imagine the Falklands fought with Buccaneers and Gannet AEW adding to the Sea Harriers - flying out of Hermes, Albion, Bulwark. Meanwhile Eagle, retired in the 70's, is being readied back to service...