First Sea Lord's appeal for more funding for the RN

Karma

War Hero
I can't see it on any of the newsfeeds yet, but I just heard on Radio 4that First, Adm Band, at a lunch for journalists, stated that we need an extra £1B per annum to keep the flotilla running.

Be interested to see how it's reported later in the day, but that was just a headline on the 1500 news.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
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Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

Karma said:
I can't see it on any of the newsfeeds yet, but I just heard on Radio 4that First, Adm Band, at a lunch for journalists, stated that we need an extra £1B per annum to keep the flotilla running.

Be interested to see how it's reported later in the day, but that was just a headline on the 1500 news.
Call me Mr Cynical, but by the time NuLab get hold of it, the announcement will have been transformed into "The Navy needs to make cost savings of £1B per annum to keep the flotilla running." :(
 

chieftiff

War Hero
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Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

I just heard it on the BBC news too Karma, it's not been "adjusted" yet. Good on the Admiral, I would like to hear and read exactly what he did say though. The story seems a bit slow to appear in words.
 
Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

on bbc news 24 at 1615.

got pi**ed off with some journo-puke.

that'll be another courrt martial convened by the rose tinted BLIAR
 

2badge_mango

War Hero
Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

Seems he told the PM and Chancellor that if they give him the money for two carriers he'll "get off their backs".
If true - Good on him!
(Radio 4 News headlines 1700Z)
2BM
 
Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

Just heard same - alleged quote "give me two carriers for just under a billion and I'll get off your back"
 

Seadog

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Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

can't see it on any of the newsfeeds yet, but I just heard on Radio 4that First, Adm Band, at a lunch for journalists, stated that we need an extra £1B per annum to keep the flotilla running.

1SL's press release 16 Feb 07

"I do not think, and have not said, that the Royal Navy needs a £1bn-a-year extra to do its job or to keep ships at sea.
 
Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

Is it only me that thinks that whilst the 1SL criticising his political masters for under-investment is welcome; it is somewhat hypocritical when RNR contributors on here have recently been accused of lacking loyalty by our superiors when making similar comments with regard to investment.
 

dt018a9667

War Hero
Re: Firsts appeal for more funding for the RN

Wait for the smell of the farmyard from the M.O.D. / spew labour on this one. I just can’t wait!
 
Perhaps I`m reading this wrong, the Admiral says he did not ask for £1 Billion pounds per year , the BBC says that he did, what do we make of that? and shouldnt this thread be in the Fleet?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
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1800 news on BBC said that Admiral asked for " 2 carriers and a £billion" no mention of a billion a year!
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
Perhaps I`m reading this wrong, the Admiral says he did not ask for £1 Billion pounds per year , the BBC says that he did, what do we make of that?
Further to chieftiff's last, from the BBC linked earlier

The head of the Royal Navy has warned that the service needs another £1bn to meet future foreign policy demands.
No mention of 'per annum' there. So the BBC and the Admiral are not (from current info) in disagreement on what was said.
 
If you read my post i did say the the Admiral did not ask for that amount. He wrote his bit and stated that. But to deny it, then someone must have said it, thats the bit that gets confusing.
 

safewalrus

War Hero
Whatever He said it took guts from his position to say it - it needed saying so good on him for trying! Now lets back the man!
 
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