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Dabs

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I understand that the RN is so small that they no longer have Flotillas, in fact I understand that it has diminished to the point that they no longer have squadrons.
Trawling through the internet, it would appear that, as far as fighting ships are concerned, the RN has been demolished down to 13 frigates and 6 destroyers.
Whey back when the RN had a navy, those ships wouldn't be sufficient to escort a single carrier, let alone a convoy. Given that Britain is an island colony that depends upon its sea lanes to sustain its own island and that we have a miniature Merchantile Marine, would it be more convenient for the country to become a coastal service and do away with big ships. If that's the case, what was the point in buying two big carriers that don't make an awful lot of difference if they don't have the destroyers, heaven forbid mention cruisers, to protect them?
 
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fishhead

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I understand that the RN is so small that they no longer have Flotillas, in fact I understand that it has diminished to the point that they no longer have squadrons.
Trawling through the internet, it would appear that, as far as fighting ships are concerned, the RN has been demolished down to 13 frigates and 6 destroyers.
Whey back when the RN had a navy, those ships wouldn't be sufficient to escort a single carrier, let alone a convoy. Given that Britain is an island colony that depends upon its sea lanes to sustain its own island and that we have a miniature Merchantile Marine, would it be more convenient for the country to become a coastal service and do away with big ships. If that's the case, what was the point in buying two big carriers that don't make an awful lot of difference if they don't have the destroyers, heaven forbid mention cruisers, to protect them?
All fair questions which should be a addressed to the pillocks at the MOD and their political masters. As for the carriers in particular,Gordon Brown(remember him a surly Scot who had a crack at being PM) decided his local shipyard needed some work to keep it going and Hey Presto 2 carriers ordered whether we wanted them or not.
 
With the advent of Brexit, the UK has the best opportunity to reposition itself on the world-stage for many, many years. There are a number of choices the government can make - for the US or China - or refuse to make, preferring us to be a pivotal/non-aligned power.

This should give bigwigs some leverage - a reinvigorated military will be a valuable asset in international diplomacy, etc. As far as I can see though, they've not quite got round to it yet.
 

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