With a POD of 1945 (No World War 3 allowed), make either the Bundesmarine/Volksmarine a capital ship power to THIS DAY much like the modern Royal Navy and Marine Nationale.
Or perhaps when the RN went from 3 to 2 Invincible class after the Cold War.Would it be realistic for them to pick up one of the British CVLs converted for ASW ops in the North Sea at the back end of the 1960s/early 1970s then replace it with an Invincible in the late 1980s (ordered early enough and just about completed before the Wall comes down)?
Didn't they discover that the Soviet crew had loaded some of the guns and then just left the shells in the breeches, to the point where they rusted into place?Well the British got that one ship back off them.
Granted, it was in such a state that I think they had to just straight scrap it, but they got it back.
Something like a 20,000t carrier that's no match for a USN nuke, CdG or QE/PoW I think would be acceptable because it would be easy to overmatch. But the Germans getting a big Clem without the RN having CVA01, 02 & Eagle wouldn't be acceptable.Is Europe ready for Germany to have a capital ship of any sort? That's the first question to ask before we can answer this question.
Didn't they discover that the Soviet crew had loaded some of the guns and then just left the shells in the breeches, to the point where they rusted into place?
That was the good news. The bad news was that by all appearances "mess deck" and "heads" are synonyms in Russian.The turrets had never been trained to the side during her Soviet service, and were stuck in place