Manpower

The hidden crisis – Royal Navy manpower

The 2010 defence review required the Royal Navy to reduce its personnel numbers from 36,000 down to around 31,000. The salaries, benefits and pensions for serving and former RN personnel amount to a significant cost, making manpower cuts an attractive option for the Treasury. After 3 waves of redundancies, the RN was down to 30,310 trained personnel by April this year.

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HMS Alliance

HMS Alliance to be re-commissioned into active service with the Royal Navy

HMS Alliance as a museum vessel, soon to rejoin the Royal Navy submarine flotilla. Photo by Anguskirk via flickr

Admiral Tubworthy-Pollock has announced today that Museum submarine HMS Alliance is to be recommissioned back into active service with the Royal Navy.“With our submarine fleet rather below optimum size for the sustained tempo of operations currently undertaken, we saw what superb restoration work those fine chaps down in Gosport had done and the opportunity to operate this valuable asset was too good to miss”

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