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The flights, being undertaken off the coast rather than over Gaza and at 25,000ft, are solely to locate hostages.
Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey MP has fiercely criticised the Government’s handling of defence after a scathing report highlighted funding concerns.
Several commercial vessels, including two UK-owned ships, were attacked in the southern Red Sea, triggering a response from Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer USS Carney.
A recent report on the MOD's Equipment Plan states that the plan for a third squadron "is not accompanied by funding of £0.4 billion needed to operate the squadron".
A recent report by the National Audit Office explicitly states that there is a lack of funding to enable the Commando Force to operate in high-threat maritime environments.
"That is window dressing rather than having capability, is it not?", asked Kevan Jones MP.