another indication that the royal navy is short of ships?
UKNDA Patron, Admiral Lord West has warned that sending a Royal Navy survey ship to Ukraine as "things are hotting up" with Russia is "not a clever idea". Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced he was to send HMS Echo to the Black Sea. But Lord West told Peers that following Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea, it would be better to deploy a Type 45 destroyer, which would be "able to look after itself".
Three AUTHORITATIVE views
Admiral Lord West: "The Armed Forces are at a cliff edge; they cannot do what our nation expects of them. It will be fascinating to see what comes out of the much-delayed modernising defence initiative, which was due to report this summer and will now presumably inform next year’s spending round. That spending round will be crucial for the future defence of our nation. The House of Commons Defence Committee and others have stated that the percentage of GDP spent on defence should be higher; indeed, the figure of 3% is being bandied around. I tend to shy away from percentages, but what is needed is a clear articulation of what exactly our nation needs in defence and security terms in a highly dangerous, chaotic and uncertain world—and what is necessary needs to be properly funded."
Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP: "Britain's Armed Forces need a massive funding boost to fight threats from Russia, China and global terrorism."
Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith: "The UK cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses or leave it uncontested. Russia has made plain its preparedness to use force to expand its interests, while it had also been "systematic" in its efforts to exploit cyber, space and undersea military arenas."
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A Question of Design
Are we building into the Type 26 Frigates a fault that, like the propulsion problem in the Type 45 Destroyers, will have to be rectified at a later date?
Earlier this year, at HMS Sultan, UKNDA Director Fred Dupuy was shown the diesel electric power arrangement that is to be fitted into the new Type 26 Frigates. His reaction to what he was told can be found here.
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