HMS Dauntless

HMS Dauntless’ routine deployment underlines Britain’s right to defend the Falkland Islands

In 1982 foolish cuts to the Royal Navy by a Conservative government were seen as a green light by the Argentines to invade the Falklands. 2012 is the 30th anniversary of a short but bloody war that had a big impact on British history.

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Highs and Lows - The Royal Navy in 2011

Highs and Lows: The Royal Navy in 2011

Info-graphic reviewing the Royal Navy in 2011.

Dominated by the successful operations in support of the liberation of Libya and devastating impact of the 2010 Strategic Defence Review.

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Type 22 frigates on 'death row' Devonport, July 2011

Type 22 death row: symptom of Britain’s self-destruction

4 Type 22 frigates on ‘death row’ Devonport, July 2011, Photo: Keith Reed

The harsh reality of the government’s “strategic defence review”. Amongst the most depressing sights in the UK today, HMS Campbeltown, Chatham, Cornwall and Cumberland lie at Devonport in various stages of dismemberment being stripped of secret formula radar-absorbent paint, weapons and other useful or sensitive equipment ready for scrapping.

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“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence”

“We do not have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong defence, Indeed, in the longer-term one provides for the other.” It’s hard to believe it, but this is Defence Secretary Liam Fox, (quoting the US defence Secretary) speaking this week at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute).

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