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 naval budget manpower cuts an attractive naval 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 Astute Royal Navy Submarine

Attack submarine force: sinking below critical mass?

Nuclear submarines: the key UK defence asset

The submarine force is the arguably most important of the RN’s assets. Not only do the 4 Vanguard class subs (SSBNs) carry the UK nuclear deterrent but the attack submarine force (SSNs) are the only vessels able to launch the Tomahawk land attack missile. Of all the problems facing the RN at present, the recent rapid decline in SSN numbers is the area for greatest concern.

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RFA Nightingale - British hospital ship

The case for building a British hospital ship

Royal Marines beach assault form LCVP

Happy 350th birthday Royal Marines, but mind the gap

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines – the Royal Navy’s soldiers, an elite fighting force with a proud history of successful operations almost continuously around the globe.

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HMS Diamond, Gibraltar

Gibraltar and the Royal Navy

A recent rise in tension between Spain and Britain over Gibraltar is a cause for concern,

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F35B in focus (PART 2) The multi-role marvel

F35B in Focus (PART 1) Background and cost

The F35 “Joint Strike Fighter” which will fly from RN’s aircraft carriers has proved to be a hugely controversial aircraft. The switch from F35B variant to the F35C and back to F35B has already been covered in much detail but here we to look at the aircraft itself.

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A maritime-centered defence strategy for Britain makes sense

With the fight against the Taliban drawing to a close in Afghanistan for better or worse, those planning the future of UK defence will be at something of a crossroads prior to the 2015 Strategic Defence Review.

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Examining the options for increasing funding for the Royal Navy

The case for naval expenditure

It is impossible to define the exact economic value to the nation of any of our armed forces but there are many examples of how the RN has been and could be crucial to protecting our interests. As our economy depends on the sea with much of it passing through vulnerable ‘choke points’, even a minor disruption to this trade could be disastrous with costs in Billions.

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