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Shephard Media: Naval review 2019: The never-ending Year of the (Royal) Navy


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"Although 2017 was originally designated as the ‘Year for the Navy’ by the UK MoD, one could have been forgiven for thinking that this timeframe has been extended through 2018 and 2019 as the headline-grabbing hulks of the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers sucked up mainstream attention like light into a black hole, much to the chagrin of the British Army and Royal Air Force.

The latter service, although flush with high-profile announcements in its ‘year’ in 2018, has had to take a back-seat, Tempest notwithstanding, to the relentless coverage of the Queen Elizabeth class over the past 24 months.

The British Army meanwhile has had to look on as cuts to personnel, reducing vehicle numbers, ageing platforms and missing capabilities continue to hit the service hard, with expectations that 2020 will be no better.

Nevertheless, while the carriers have captured the general public’s attention, providing welcome images and headline for the non-defence crowd, next year could see a drop in interest when routine will become the watchword for the class as it works up flight and strike trials and testing onboard HMS’ Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth respectively."

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