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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
  Great moments in French naval design

Recalling recent achievements the French apparently came to their senses and subcontracted their carrier design to a country that can at least get one to float. Not that British carriers are something to shake in your boots at. A ski-jump for Harrier's just isn't that fearsome.

I would however like to take a moment to snicker about all the former great French mariners that are now rotating at approximately 90hz in their coffins at the thought of the English taking over construction of the French navy. (insert evil cackle here).
France joins naval project for £140m - Financial Times - MSNBC.com: "France has agreed to pay Britain as much as £140m to develop and construct an aircraft carrier based on the design of those being built for the Royal Navy. It is the first concrete step towards what would be the biggest joint military programme in a generation.

The deal, hammered out in London by John Reid, defence secretary, and Michèle Alliot-Marie, his French counterpart, would see France pay Britain as much as £100m in three instalments over the course of this year for the rights to the UK design."
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