So we're commissioning 2 new Aircraft carriers (currently) budgeted at £3.2bn although total costs are expected to be £4bn (~$6.3bn/$7.9bn US). HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales (ooohhh, scary!). I don't have a problem with them spending the money, we do need them IMO. What I'm confused and disappointed about is the further details I read here. For our £2bn ($3.96bn) (per carrier) we will get something that: Gas powered (refuelling costs!?) No launch catapult Carries only 40 jets (which need to be vertical take off - more expensive) 60,000 tons For ~$2bn (£1.09bn) £2.2bn ($4.5bn) the US get: Nuclear powered Launch catapult Carries 85 jets (which don't have to be vertical take off) 100,000 tons Bad-ass I know the costs aren't as simple as that. Still though, the costs are double, and what you get isn't anything like a match to our US counterparts. If we're going to spend billions, at least get our monies worth, please? I'm sure I'm missing some important details, enlighten me?