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What can you do?

Join the UKNDA

The UKNDA is “a campaign for sufficient, appropriate and fully funded Armed Forces that the United Kingdom needs”. By joining (£12 per year) or donating you will add your name and financial support to about the only independent group lobbying government, politicians and the media on behalf of the armed forces.

Online Government Petitions

Although these petition are hosted on the 10 Downing Street website and a petition in itself is hardly going to rock the government, if significant numbers of people register their protest at the state of the navy it will make politicians realise they can’t just get away with ‘quiet’ cuts un-noticed. If you are a UK citizen it will only take a couple of minutes for you to sign and register your protest.

Please sign the online petition we have created urging the MoD NOT to allow BAE Systems to shut the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard – here.

Please sign the online petition urging Government NOT to sell the second aircraft carrier when completed – here.

Write to your MP

There will be a wide variation in MPs attitudes and knowledge of RN issues. However writing a letter to them asking them if they will challenge the government about the decline of the RN will at least cause them to think about the issue. This sort of action will help dispel the idea that ‘there are no votes in defence”. If you don’t know who your MP is or their address, you can find out at www.writetothem.com by simply entering your postcode.

Write to the Secretary of State for Defence

Phillip Hammond was appointed Defence Secretary on 14th October 2011 (The 7th Defence Secretary in 10 years!) in the wake of Dr Liam Fox’s resignation. The department is still wrestling with collosal public debt, years of mis-management of MoD finances and a Prime Minister and Chancellor lacking the will to do the right thing and ring-fence defence spending. The October 2010 Strategic Defence review means massive cuts to the armed forces and the RN suffered the most. We urge the minister to do a major re-think of the RN cuts.

You can contact the minister through an online form here or write to him at MOD Ministerial Correspondence Unit, 5th Floor, Zone A, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB

Social Media

Twitter: If you have a Twitter account, why not send tweets about the state of the Royal Navy? Twitter allows you to reach a potentially huge audience very quickly and raise awareness. We have a Twitter feed here which provides general news about the RN as well as highlighting the government negect of the service. Why not follow us and re-tweet from our feed or tweet any relevant news stories you find?

Facebook: There is a Save the Royal Navy Facebook group – (not run by or directly affiliated to this website) why not join, make a comment or or click the ‘like’ button on this site and this spreads the word to your friends on Facebook

Blogging: The power of the internet has made it much easier to get your voice heard. If you have specific expertise about RN issues, relevant experience or like the authors of this site, just want to get your voice heard, why not start a blog? You don’t need much technical knowledge about web design and you can even do it for free. Using tools such as Blogger or WordPress (which this site is built with).If you want to make an impact be sure to use good English and be factually accurate. Friends of this site have recently used the Scoop.it service to provide a manually-curated ‘online newspaper ‘of Royal Navy news and we have a feed from them on this site – here.

Write to the press / comment online

Writing a stiff letter to the Times may seem like an old-fashioned approach favoured by retired admirals but most newspapers and magazines do still print letters which can shape opinions. However the internet is a fast and free way to get the message out there. Whenever RN-related articles appear online in the media (such as BBC News Online, Telegraph Online etc), there is often an opportunity to comment on the story or vote in a poll.

Tell your friends

Spreading the word to those who will listen is a valuable contribution. There is no need to become a “naval bore” but the more people understand the need for the RN, the better. The Government has got away with so many cuts to the RN over the years mainly because the media has ignored naval issues and most people are ignorant of purpose and the state of the RN.

The RN presentation team

If your company or organisation can be persuaded and you can gather a group of 40 or more people, you can invite the RN presentation team to visit. In a largely ignorant society, this can help raise awareness of the purpose and need for the RN. You can submit a request for them to visit or find out where they are scheduled to give presentations on the RN website here.

Riot! / Lawful Rebellion

Well maybe not… But unfortunately the ideas listed on this page won’t exactly bring down the government unless huge numbers respond. All you can do is spread the word and make you voice heard. Sadly the media is mostly only interested when things go wrong. Unless there is urgent action there will undoubtedly be a ‘crunch point’ in the future when the RN is unable to “fight and win”. So do what you can now.

We welcome any suggestions and comments and you can contact us here.

11 Comments

  • Only by voting for alternatives to the LibLabCon Party will You see a real difference all Parties still support giving £50million a Day to the useless EU but can’t afford to Protect Our Country vote UKIP http://www.lawfulrebellion.org http://www.thisisourland.info

  • With the navy much reduced in hull numbers and other countries utilising low cost corvettes it seems such a shame the BAE corvettes laid up ex Brunai could not be adapted for R N regional policing roles.

    • Those corvettes have been sold to Indonesia. Although they would have been a handy ‘emergency’ acquisition but I don’t think they would suit RN requirements very well. Apparently accommodation was very basic and not compatible with RN standards.

  • The Royal Navy is a fundamental condition for maintaining UK’s status as a global economic, military, political, and cultural super-power. Without a blue-water navy — an essential prototype for naval organisation & structure worldwide — Britain will be marginalised amdist the bellicosity of the US and the expanded influence of China, the EU, and Russia. As a former naval officer, I have seen firsthand how the Royal Navy links this country to its Commonwealth partners and projects its strength to the trouble zones across the globe (be they terrorist havens, failed states, or natural disaster areas). The Royal Navy has written Britian’s glorious history and there can be no comparable future without it. “Si vis pacem, para bellum”

  • An island nation with few boats…need i say more?

    stm

  • Thanks to the past and present UK governments incompetence of cost cutting Britain has little to no chance to mount any credible defence of the Falklands or its home waters, no carriers no harriers it’s a shambolic shower of shit! Well done the MOD for your complete incompetence past and present.
    Morale at an all-time low in the armed services the UK never learn from its mistakes, history will repeat its self with an ever expanding Chinese fleet now complete with carriers alarm bells are ringing, we are an island nation and we need a capable navy army and air force, one example is the continued incursions in around the waters of Gibraltar with Spanish fishermen, well I guess we have a couple of gunboats stationed there.
    Another point to mention is the tragic loss of skill and expertise that the armed services are now loosing when men and women are made redundant or leave the services due to lack of quality of kit lack of training and ever increasing pressures put on individuals.

    Best regards

    Mark Butler

  • Following the First World War the Navy was depleted, and in 1939 we were up to our eyes in another major conflict, and the country had to invoke an Emergency War Building Programme to produce the ships we badly needed. Thankfully we had the Shipyards that could do it. The same situation exists now where the Royal Navy is so depleted that it would be unable to defend the Nation properly and if another conflict did surface, we do not have the ships or the facilities to do anything about it.I think that the current and past Governments should hang their heads in shame and learn the lessons of the past that have cost this country dearly and could be even worse in the future. A viable Naval Force is an imperative to the wellbeing of this country.

  • A strong Royal Navy is fundamental for the defence of this Country.To make savage cuts to our surface and submarine fleet for purely cost cutting reasons is extremely shortsighted, and reckless as to the defence of the British people.The building of more ships would increase employment and contribute to the recovery of the economy.For this and previous recent governments to have made the swinging cuts in defence leads to one questioning the true motives of our politicians and as to were their loyalties lie.We must remember that the emerging superpowers who are building up their Navies may well be our enemies in the future.

  • You see my views about the MoD, SDSR and the Navy by following the link.

  • I completely support the need for a strong Royal Navy and the crucial role it undertakes, albeit ever more restricted thanks to a continually sea blind country and government, and this website and the
    naval communities, charities, funds, trusts and other organisations have my full backing and support. If the actions of Westminster and Whitehall don’t change for the better very soon we are going to plunge
    ourselves into a very murky pit indeed. We need to get vocal about this and really make a stand, for its always the most relevant and useful organisations which feel the blade of cuts and reviews. Something must be done, now.

    • well said You must be aware that whilst Cameron is cutting Our Armed Forces He is still handing £50m a day to the pointless EU Foreign Aid and the Green Scam only UKIP offer change

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Records on defence...


David CameronDavid Cameron

2010 - Present
Before being elected Cameron claimed the Tories were the "the party of defence". Once in power, his government rushed through the ill-thought out 'Strategic Defence Review' which was in no way strategic just a slash and burn cost-cutting exercise with the Royal Navy hardest hit. The sudden crisis in Libya highlighted this folly yet the cuts are still going full ahead. In a cynical move to take the focus from massive defence cuts, Cameron announced that the Military Covenant (welfare benefits for service personnel) will be enshrined in law.

Gordon BrownGordon Brown

2007-2010
With an instinctive dislike of the forces, as both Chancellor and Prime Minister, Brown took every opportunity to reduce or put-off defence spending. Curiously though, he was a strong supporter of the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier programme (which provides many Scottish jobs near his consituency). When he left office the Ministry of Defence finances were in a catastrophic state and Brown must take much of the responsibility for this.

Tony BlairTony Blair

1997-2007
With a strong economy while in office, Blair cannot be excused from his failure to fund the Royal Navy properly and he was responsible for cutting the fleet in both the 1997 and 2003 defence reviews. Just 1 small patrol ship and 1 submarine were ordered for the RN between 2003 and 2007! He essentailly funded his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by reducing expenditure on equipment for the armed forces that do the fighting.

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