I really believe there should be the highest level of integration between the RN and KM, similar cultures, history of cooperation, and world views. The KM could make up for the current shortfalls in escorts in the RN and could add oomph to amphib capabilities as well with their Rotterdams and embarked RMCs or KdMs. I really don't see the Dutch operating a full carrier though - too small an organization - about 10,500 personnel.
do not forget that Gordon Brown sold off 3 T23 which were less then 7 year old to Chile on the cheap while doing nothing about replacing them with the T26's(build was to start in 2008,in service2012) bit like the carrier first thought 1997 order 2010 just before Labour got kicked out of power.
the Navy got sold down the river by Labour, who now whinge on the other side saying the SDSR was wrong and they would do it better ( i.e get rid of the arm forces completely,then complain when the rest of the world walks all over us.)
sorry RANT over
Yes, and why not - the men and women who sail in these ships are away from home for months at a time, work long hours in stressful conditions, and deserve every bit of it. Improved accommodation could be of significant help with retention in the navy. I only hope that all of the materials used for these cabins are fire retardant, non-toxic, etc. and up to an appropriate code for use in a warship. It will be interesting to see the other areas such as dining areas, wardrooms, etc. to see how they are appointed.Crew accomodation was apparently a priority when the design was started and they weren't kidding!
Little OT, since people has been talking about the Type 26 announcement, here is my report on the current situation. Follow the links in it to see other reports i wrote on weapons and other aspects of the ship.
The design currently shown is the "basic" frozen idea of what the RN wants and BAE can give.
Now there will be a couple years of detailed design to go before Main Gate is reached and we start moving towards the actual building.
As to the photo of the CVF cabin, the internal shot i remember seeing long ago indeed, but this does not mean it is outdated. I think cabins have been in production for quite some time, after all. What's new is learning how they slot in. Very interesting indeed!