Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A Look At The Shrinking Royal Navy

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Daily Mail: Royal Navy has only ordered one aircraft carrier, four fishing patrol vessels, one frigate and five subs for the next TEN YEARS as report warns it will get even smaller amid criticism it can't protect ships in the Gulf

* Comes as questions have been raised over Britain's ability to defend itself after attacks on UK vessels by Iran
* Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, which joins 'Big Lizzie', is the only other of the behemoths being built
* There are two types of submarines underway, made up of the Astute class and Dreadnought-class
* To stem flow of migrants trying to reach the UK, four river-class offshore patrol vessels are being developed
* And a fleet of frigates are to join the UK's defence force, but only one has been been given commission date

The Royal Navy has only ordered one aircraft carrier, a handful of offshore patrol vessels, five submarines, and a single new frigate for the next decade as a report says its force will get even smaller.

It comes as serious questions have been raised over Britain's ability to defend itself following Iran seizing the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.

The aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be a sister ship to the Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth and will not come on line until next year.

Four river-class offshore patrol vessels are being developed and will be operational before the end of the year, however they will be no use in the current stand-off in the Gulf.

Those boats will be pressed into service to stem the flow of migrants trying to reach the UK mainland.

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WNU Editor: And the trend of shrinking the fleet will continue.


Roger Smith said...

How embarrassing. How insulting.
More obamma-think. What a disease.

Bob Huntley said...


Anonymous said...

The current carrier the British have is one of the most well equip carriers in the world today, not only is it full of stealth attack jets but has Apache helicopters and much more. That being said it is lacking on defense, it has no air superiority fighters to protect a taskforce, the F-35's dogfight capabilities is that of a F16, looking at the Eurofighter which is very close to F16 in design with added features would mean means pilots are flying less capable fighters with the F35. The Sea Harrier despite having a 22/0 k/d ratio is still a single engine fighter, and while i would argue that the British should revamp a few of them, i would go further as to push for a twin engine aircraft, one that Britan would own intellectual property on.

If we take the Battle of Midway as an example, it was 4 hellcats that created enough space for dive bombers to hit and sink the enemy aircraft. There is a valid reason to have non stealth aircraft on an aircraft carrier, likewise there will also be a need for air superiority when defending a carrier group. F35, while multi role is more suited to ground attack missions. If their notion of stealth is lost, even Irans F14's could pose a challenge for the British task force.

All and all, air superiority could be accomplished by drones, the drones wouldn't need to be stealth either, rather in decent numbers and high G turns they could outclass any pilot. Might be something worth investing in, as if you have seen the movie Enders game, they can literally be used as a shield for incoming attacks of all varieties.

Anonymous said...

Yes. The decline of the RN since the end of the cold war is the fault of Barack Obama.

Really makes you think, Roger.

Anonymous said...

It is Obama's fault. There are British versions just like the sucker.

In Britain illegal immigration up. Welfare is up. The RN is down.


I think not.

Obama frequently visits his European doppelgangers as president and post-presidency. They bromance. He encourages them. Yup, Obama's fault.

They still hid the sucker's grades. We know Gore's, Kerry's. GWB's and McCain's.

"Beuhler, Beuhler,Beuhler..."

So we have this protected know nothing, advising people. This liberal Chauncey Gardiner who utters platitudes such as fill you car tire with air and is taken as a great sage.

Anonymous said...

"Beuhler, Beuhler,Beuhler..."

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Anonymous said...

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Could it be, because he loves socialism?

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Anonymous said...

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