Further to the previous story, we now a former Chief of Defence staff saying:
He denied that it was humiliating for Britain not to have its own jets ready when it comes into service because the ships could be used for different functions such as carrying helicopters or troops.
So that was useful then; billions spent in two carriers which will be basically floating storage vessels, and will probably only have jets flying from them in the mid 2020s. Incidentally the US Marine Harriers will still be in service at that time, just before they re-equip with the F35. And our Harrier’s? Still languishing in the desert, unused and unloved. Makes you want to weep.