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    U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    The White House has offered to send a U.S. aircraft carrier to be stationed off the British coast and boost security during the London Olympics, Ministry of Defence sources claimed last night.

    The suggestion is said to have been rejected by No10 because it would make the UK look ‘weak’. And last night Downing Street was silent on the claim.

    But a well-placed source, with knowledge of international discussions about security for the 2012 Games, said the MoD had been offered a U.S. carrier, based in the Thames Estuary, to help defend the skies over London and eavesdrop on any terrorist ‘chatter’.

    It is believed the Americans offered a 40,000-ton Wasp class amphibious assault ship, which carries up to 40 Sea Knight helicopters for the ship-to-shore ferrying of marines and equipment, as well as up to 20 Harrier II attack aircraft. It boasts a formidable battery of missiles capable of shooting down airliners in the event of an attempt to copy the 9/11 atrocities.......

    US want own aircraft carrier in Thames Estuary during London Olympics 2012 | Mail Online


    Is this a sign that we cant even defend our own country after years of dismantling our defensive and offensive capabilities? or is it a sign of American imperialism and obamas ego heading to our shores?
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    Is this a sign that we cant even defend our own country after years of dismantling our defensive and offensive capabilities? or is it a sign of American imperialism and obamas ego heading to our shores?
    Very much the latter I'd say, and I'd hope that our government didn't think for more than a few seconds before saying "no"!
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    The White House has offered to send a U.S. aircraft carrier to be stationed off the British coast and boost security during the London Olympics, Ministry of Defence sources claimed last night.

    The suggestion is said to have been rejected by No10 because it would make the UK look ‘weak’. And last night Downing Street was silent on the claim.

    But a well-placed source, with knowledge of international discussions about security for the 2012 Games, said the MoD had been offered a U.S. carrier, based in the Thames Estuary, to help defend the skies over London and eavesdrop on any terrorist ‘chatter’.

    It is believed the Americans offered a 40,000-ton Wasp class amphibious assault ship, which carries up to 40 Sea Knight helicopters for the ship-to-shore ferrying of marines and equipment, as well as up to 20 Harrier II attack aircraft. It boasts a formidable battery of missiles capable of shooting down airliners in the event of an attempt to copy the 9/11 atrocities.......

    US want own aircraft carrier in Thames Estuary during London Olympics 2012 | Mail Online


    Is this a sign that we cant even defend our own country after years of dismantling our defensive and offensive capabilities? or is it a sign of American imperialism and obamas ego heading to our shores?
    If I remember correctly after 911 the UK helped with rescue workers at Ground Zero. Did we seem weak because we allowed foreign help from a close ally? I don't think so.

    There is nothing wrong with friends helping each other out now and then, is there?
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    If I remember correctly after 911 the UK helped with rescue workers at Ground Zero. Did we seem weak because we allowed foreign help from a close ally? I don't think so.

    There is nothing wrong with friends helping each other out now and then, is there?
    No not really i guess in the case of humanitarian assistance like rescue operations but we should have the ability to protect our borders from any percieved terrorist threat.
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Flash makes a good point. The UK consistently refers to the United States as its closest ally and yet when the US offers support, we turn it down on the basis of American Imperialism? I love the standard set for America... its ridiculous.
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas View Post
    No not really i guess in the case of humanitarian assistance like rescue operations but we should have the ability to protect our borders from any percieved terrorist threat.
    I don't think any country has the ability to protect itself from terrorist, especially in a high profile event like an Olympics. It looks like we have the assets that could help and have offered them. Your pride is one thing but if there is an incident that the assets aboard the carrier could have prevented then shame on you.

    Most Americans, even a noninterventionist like me, would be pleased to help out a close ally. After all the Olympics is an international event.

    As allies we jointly patrol the waters of the North Atlantic and look after each other’s interest all the time. This is really no different.

    The US has the largest and most competent military in the world today and I would think that if you have the ability to use some of those assets then more power to you. Not everybody in the world can get the use of an American carrier just by making a phone call.
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    The US has the largest and most competent military in the world today and I would think that if you have the ability to use some of those assets then more power to you. Not everybody in the world can get the use of an American carrier just by making a phone call.
    Largest? Yes
    Most competent? Debatable.

    Although the United Kingdom military is small in comparison to the United States, our military personnel can still challenge their American counterparts for training... and accuracy.
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    As we probably wont have an opperational aircraft carrier in 2012 flying a British flag I thank the Americans for their offer. Theres plenty of suitable moorings on the Thames if they fancy a good night out

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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by LA View Post
    Largest? Yes
    Most competent? Debatable.

    Although the United Kingdom military is small in comparison to the United States, our military personnel can still challenge their American counterparts for training... and accuracy.
    I am sure you have a few good troops. Most countries do. However, it is not a contest. We are allies. For the past 100 years we have fought along side each other. We offered assets and if your pride prevents from you from taking advantage of the help then you may have to suffer the consequences. Let us all hope that nothing happens.
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    Re: U.S. wants own aircraft carrier in the Thames Estuary during Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by Streetwalker View Post
    As we probably wont have an opperational aircraft carrier in 2012 flying a British flag I thank the Americans for their offer. Theres plenty of suitable moorings on the Thames if they fancy a good night out
    Our soldiers and sailors do like to screw British women.
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