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MORE jets will be needed in order for two aircraft carriers that will be based in Portsmouth to run at full capacity.

Prime minister David Cameron has said the second of the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers will enter service but no decision has yet been made to increase the number of F-35 aircraft.

Defence Select Committee member John Woodcock said the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, would be a ‘gigantic floating white elephant’ without ordering extra planes, while the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas said more planes would be needed if both ships were to be at sea at the same time.