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Most of coastal North Africa is well within range of land-based fighter-bombers operating out of Malta, Spain, the Greek archipelago or Sicily. I don't see a particularly pressing need for carriers, even in a case where a full-up amphibious assault would be needed (and frankly I find such a scenario a little hard to imagine in the first place, but maybe that's just me).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 07:40:39 AM EST
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Too damn expensive to rotate so far. Think of the fuel. Think that you have to maintaint a deterrent presence on a continuous basis, it must be very cost-efficient.

Besides, you wouldn't want to do this with a fighter bomber. What you need is a few propeller patrol aircrafts to monitor the area, and a flotilla of armored multi-role helicopters like CH-53G for the actual interventions. Even a frigate is not appropriate against the kind of very light boats used by the pirates.

Ain't nothing we do not already have. Even the support bases (think Djibouti). It's only a question of political will and funding.

Pierre

by Pierre on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 08:13:08 AM EST
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Huh? I was talking in the context of securing a bridgehead in the event of a colonial war stabilisation effort, not a routine anti-piracy operation. Pirates in the Med aren't that big a problem, AFAIK.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 01:29:31 PM EST
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