December 12 2008
The British Defense Ministry has delayed work on two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy as a cost-cutting measure, reports the Times of London.
Defense Secretary John Hutton said the naval program, which has already been delayed two years, will be pushed back another two years, with the carriers now expected to enter service in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Construction on the first carrier in the Queen Elizabeth class was slated to begin in April 2009.
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