What can you do?
The UKNDA is “a campaign for sufficient, appropriate and fully funded Armed Forces that the United Kingdom needs”. By joining (£3 per month) 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.
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
Penny Mordaunt replaced Gavin Williamson as defence secretary in May 2019. You can submit questions to the minister via email or write to MOD Ministerial Correspondence Unit, 5th Floor, Zone A, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB – let us know if you get anything other than a standard response.
Twitter: Twitter allows you to reach a potentially huge audience very quickly and raise awareness. We have a Twitter feed here which provides daily photos, news and analysis.
Facebook: Like the Save the Royal Navy Facebook Page where you can comment or share our content with your friends on Facebook.
Instagram: If you love photos and images of naval subjects you can follow us on Instagram here.
Write to the press / comment online
Writing a stiff letter to the Times may seem like an old-fashioned approach but most newspapers and magazines do still carry letters/emails which can shape opinions. The web offers a fast and free way to get the message out there. Whenever RN-related articles appear online in the media there is often an opportunity to comment on the story or vote in a poll.
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 cuts to the RN over the years, in-part because the media has ignored naval issues and many 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 our ‘sea-blind’ 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.