Friday, September 30, 2011

Will Budget Cuts Result In The British Navy Losing Their Carrier Skills Forever?

Royal Navy Sackings 'Will Lose Aircraft Carriers Skills Forever' -- The Telegraph

One of the Royal Navy's most senior officers has expressed serious concerns over the loss of skilled aircraft carrier crew following redundancies.

The officer, who plays a key role in maintaining the Fleet, has also told colleagues that there are substantial doubts over whether the Navy will have enough sailors to man its ships after it will lose one in seven sailors in defence cuts.

The lack of adequately training personnel could delay the carrier coming into service by another three or four years, the Navy commander has said.

Another officer has told The Telegraph that the loss of carrier deck handling skills could prove "disastrous" with fatal accidents caused by inexperienced ratings.

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More News On Cutbacks In The British Navy

Navy redundancies: Military cut to 'dangerously low' capabilities -- The Telegraph
Royal Navy Axes 1,020 Jobs in First Cuts, 350 Staff Forced Out -- Bloomberg Businessweek
UK News: Around 350 sailors to be forced out of Navy -- Scotsman
Navy redundancies 'are difficult for everyone' -- The Telegraph
Navy cuts 'may do long-term damage to morale' -- The Telegraph
Row as 350 Navy redundancies announced -- The Independent
Navy issuing first 1,000 redundancy notices -- BBC
Sailors sacked in savage cuts. 1,000 axed from Royal Navy -- The Sun
Lord West: Navy cuts are worrying -- Defence Management

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