The headline is cablese for "the story carried by the Times is being vehemently denied at high levels", by the way. That's what's happening in the UK, where the Sunday Times has continued to report that the RAF not only wants to retire the Harrier early, but to absorb the Fleet Air Arm - which exists today as a helicopter force and as part of Joint Force Harrier - and the Army Aviation Corps. (We commented on the first reports here.)
Enter the MoD's official blog, which states today: "To clarify once again, there are no RAF plans to take over the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, nor is there any RAF campaign under the slogan 'one nation, one air force'." The MoD calls the reports "nonsense."
Update: The debate continues to rage at PPrune, with a comment by the Times journo responsible for the story.