RAF May Take Over Royal Naval Airpower

8 June 2009 (Last Updated June 8th, 2009 18:30)

Rationalisation of finances and resources in the UK armed forces may lead to operation of all combat jets by the Royal Air Force alone, RAF chief marshal Sir Glenn Torpy said. This prediction, if true, may divest the Royal Navy of its air power except for a small fleet of helicopters an

Rationalisation of finances and resources in the UK armed forces may lead to operation of all combat jets by the Royal Air Force alone, RAF chief marshal Sir Glenn Torpy said.

This prediction, if true, may divest the Royal Navy of its air power except for a small fleet of helicopters and close-up operation of its maritime air force and its fleet air arm, The Telegraph reports.

The RAF's potential control over all fixed-wing aircraft operations will also lead the navy to give up its claims over its F-35 joint strike fighters.

It is anticipated that any shake up of military air power would have far reaching consequences.

However, the chief feels that the controversial remark is supported by the fact that rationalisation is needed to deliver the maximum from the current defence budget.