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WHAT DO WE DO WITH A SHRUNKEN NAVY? Royal Navy has been reduced to a ‘historic low’ number of warships and is ‘unable to combat global threats,’ warn MPs

A Defence Select Committee report says Britain will one day be unable to defend its shores unless it increases its fleet

BY DAVID WILLETTS, DEFENCE EDITOR 21st November 2016

THE Royal Navy has been allowed to shrink to a “dangerous and historic low” leaving it unable to combat global threats, MPs will warn today.

A Defence Select Committee report says Britain will one day be unable to defend its shores unless it increases its “pathetic” fleet of 19 frigates and destroyers.

Only 17 frigates are usable and the MoD is still negotiating on designs and contracts over the construction of replacement vessels
Only 17 are usable and the MoD is still negotiating on designs and contracts over the construction of replacement vessels.

A Defence Select Committee report said the importance of the Royal Navy “must not be underestimated”.

It added: “The current number of frigates, destroyers and personnel inadequately reflects the potential threats and vulnerabilities facing the UK and its interests overseas.”

The report says the level is “way below the critical mass required for the many tasks which could confront it”.

Former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West said: “We need global stability, and historically the Navy has provided that.

“We have whittled the numbers down now to an extent where that is at risk.”

The Navy fleet has also been hit by an engine fault in its Type 45 destroyers that causes them to break down in hot weather. Each will need to be taken out of service for repairs.

Its fleet of frigates is due to be retired one per year from 2023. But no timetable has been set out for replacing them with the Global Combat Ship.
 

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