Yes there was no vessel, but given the choice between gapping APT(N) or losing hulls permanently, I know which I would have done.
Also, given the speed at which the US got something done, and the likelihood that any RN presence would have been hugely limited and overwhelmed, I dont really see this as an issue in the slightest. Its a reality of the cash strapped world of Defence now.
As the article indicates, nothing until May/June. Misleadingly, the RN website's Global Operations page still shows Iron Duke as fulfilling the APT(N) commitment in the Caribbean even though she's back alongside in Pompey. One presumes that any repetition of past incidents such as military coups in Grenada, volcano eruptions in Montserrat, storm damage in the British Virgin Islands, insurgency in the Turks & Caicos and drug-running around Trinidad & Tobago will have the courtesy to wait until the next ship arrives on station or provides at least 21 days warning (14 days notice to deploy plus 7 days transit).
Oh my god, Britain no longer police's the world. Shock, horror.
So what? We no longer have an empire. Thus we no longer have a responsibility to the rest of the world. If people wish to donate and help other countries around the world they have ever right to do so. But to my mind, charity begins at home. how many of you would see your children go without minor medication (cream for a skin rash etc) in order to send money to save a life in another country? BE HONEST. So why should we provide tax payers money to do the same. If we can help the third world countries then all well and good. And in the past I have given up leave to help a school in foreign climes, but it should be a personal choice rather than a government one
Re: Times: RN flotilla withdrawn weeks before Haiti to cut c
Not wishing to p**s on anyoneâ€™s chips but the RN doesnâ€™t task to â€œpolice the Worldâ€. It does task to â€œpoliceâ€ British Overseas Territories, though. These are the Territories who currently donâ€™t chose to be independent. The local Caribbean ones are the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Monserrat, Turks & Caicos Islands and Bermuda. We have a duty (a long forgotten British concept) and responsibility to those people, irrespective of the sensitivities of the numerous anti colonialists and pro Europe sycophants.
Leaving aside duty and responsibility, these are places we may well depend upon in the future for their natural and mineral wealth, in a World scrabbling for diminishing natural resources. They are an investment.