While I do get your point, I really would have trouble seeing a LHD in full flight with all 6 helo spots operating at once and the air traffic guys even being able to juggle a 7th slot if it were there. That decks going to be pretty damn hectic at the 6th slot alone and even with an opening for a 7th there's just only so much you can do at once really. Also nothing to say you cant have other Helo's ready to take off as the others hit the air, just move another couple into position from the side of the deck and you can have the full air component in the sky before long. The ski jump for my mind isn't a silly move, it just leaves that small opening of capability for "what ifs" in the future. US or UK F-35 cross decking in a tense situation isn't too silly a prospect particularly if resources get stretched and we are part of a coalition that's making a lot of moves fast and needs flexibility in a hurry. As a very broad comment I'm overall very happy with the Australian investment in these 2 LHD's. They should provide a hell of a lot of capability and I can see them being actually used a lot more then say a traditional Aircraft carrier (like the old HMAS Melbourne etc). Probably cost a lot less to run and maintain too I imagine.