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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

"The British Parliament's Defence Select Committee is concerned that the UK government could be planning to dispose of the Royal Navy's two amphibious warfare vessels as a way to free up funding and manpower. In a new report published Sunday, the committee warned that the disposal of the amphibs HMS Albion and Bulwark would be "militarily illiterate," "totally at odds with strategic reality" and an "irreparable act of folly." Without amphibs, the committee said, the UK's armed forces would not have "any prospect of . . . achieving a successful amphibious landing with a substantial force."

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May is currently undertaking a study of the nation's defense expenditures, known as the National Security Capability Review (NSCR). Since last year, persistent leaks from defense sources have suggested that the review panel intends to reduce the size of the Royal Marines by 30 percent and dispense with the two amphibs as a cost-saving measure. In this scenario, the service's two new jump-ramp carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – would take on the role of amphibious warfare, though they lack the capability to host landing craft…"
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Murvihill06 Feb 2018 11:18 a.m. PST

"They kept telling us to do more with less until now we can do everything with nothing."

foxweasel06 Feb 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

Every time there's a defence review the same old rumours come round, most of us believe they're started by the Royal Marines/Red Arrows/Household brigade themselves. It keeps them in the public eye and turns them somehow into the "untouchables".

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2018 11:52 p.m. PST

What a stupid thing that would be.

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