I know it’s not good form to just post a link and run but believe some may find this interesting.
I read this yesterday and have taken the time to have a think about it. Yes, it is depressing. Seems the point made that the RN today is little more than carrier escorts and truth be told, we don't have enough of them. I accept that the war canoe of today makes the require ment for ships in numbers unnecessary.....which is fine as long as the ships we have are available. More often than not they are alongside somewhere getting fixed, breakdown's seemingly all to common, with little or no back up.....simply put we need more (reliable) bloody ships and more of them. Will now look back to my time when we actually had a bloody navy!The silence is deafening.
Too painful to contemplate perhaps?
Seems the point made that the RN today is little more than carrier escorts and truth be told, we don't have enough of them.
I've been told that Prince of Wales will be put into reserve immediately after completion
Does the Navy even have the man-capacity to fully crew both carriers?
I've been told that Prince of Wales will be put into reserve immediately after completion because of this shortage, despite the article stating that she will not be "mothballed".
unfortunately, no where near what we originally designed, but they couldn't afford that?Yes. In what readiness state are you refrerring?
Who's told you this? And what is their connectivity with say, the force generation end of the executive? Or was it some docky, or some ex- whining we don't have a hundred and sixty thousand matelots clogging up barracks or sunning themselves on far away beaches?
Love this 'I've been told' bit. Let me tell you this:
The navy generates force and task groups to deal with military threats pertinent to the global political climate of the day. We don't send shitloads of ships overmanned by thousands of matelots over the horizon simply to piss up and **** foreign lasses at taxpayer's expense any more. There's work to be done. Get used to it.
Be grateful also we have managed to lever six and a bit billion from the Exchequer to build two quite outstandingly agile and clever warships. Soon they'll have some of the best aircraft launching from their decks too. And we are starting to train their crews in an outstandingly good way as well.
The Royal Navy is back.
Mothballed.Yes. In what readiness state are you refrerring?
The latter, hence the "I've been told" as beyond press releases and other such pieces they know as much as Joe Public; plus it allows one to make asinine comments without looking too foolish. Admittedly it hadn't crossed my mind that not only do we not require every ship to be fully operational but that it would be entirely beyond the means of the budget to do so. If the situation did arise where every vessel was suddenly needed I'm sure there'd be more pressing matters at hand than budgetary concerns.Or was it some docky, or some ex- whining we don't have a hundred and sixty thousand matelots clogging up barracks or sunning themselves on far away beaches?