HMS Westminster and HMS Argyll face the axe amid a recruitment crisis and fleet modernisation efforts.

According to The Telegraph here, HMS Westminster is to be decommissioned alongside HMS Argyll this year.

It is claimed that HMS Westminster will be scrapped or sold to an ally despite the long-held plan to renovate the warship.

Rumours have swirled for months about whether the Type 23 frigate, currently being held in Devonport, Plymouth, would ever be back on the open sea.

HMS Westminster’s future uncertain amid refit concerns

The report cites a “recruitment crisis” within the Armed Forces being responsible as ship crews will now be sent to work across the new fleet of Type 26 and Type 31 Frigates as they come into service.

A defence source told The Telegraph:

“We will have to take manpower from one area of the Navy in order to put into a new area of the force.”

The Royal Navy said:

“The operational requirements of the Royal Navy are kept under constant review. The Ministry of Defence is committed to ensuring the Royal Navy has the capabilities it needs to meet current and future operational requirements.”

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Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago

Would that put us down to 9 frigates? Westminster moment

Jim
Jim
2 months ago

30 Typhoons scrapped and 2 frigates when our security situation is the worse it’s been for 40 years and no replacements for 3 years.

The Torys are really strong in defence,

Keep the ship along side in reserve for a few years atleast, same with the typhoons.

Why sell these assets off to “Allie’s” for a few quid.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

But manning and resources are required to maintain reserve fleets. Even warships sat alongside very soon are not seaworthy without proper maintenance. Then, they require very expensive and time-consuming refits to get them operational. Same with Typhoon. It’s not like getting a Hawk T1 flying again.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Isn’t much of the maintenance done by private contractors? Seems more likely they want to save money on outside costs to me, I would suggest so that they can devote every penny to the new shiny new ships that they can promote more proactively rather than from a pr aspect at least to politicians renovating is dead money. Same reason they like the visual impact of impressive new ships as the public for the most part simply don’t get whether they are sufficiently armed or not and even if they are the Daily Mail will find fault somewhere so public… Read more »

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Maintenance is done by contractors. But it is paid for from the MOD budget. So reserve fleets are simply taking money away from the frontline. And our new warships will be well Armed and exceptionally capable. High inflation has taken away a lot of money from all government departments’ budgets. Fortunately, it is now coming down, which will improve the MOD’s longer-term budget planning.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Do we have a reserve fleet? Details please, Robert!

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

We don’t have reserve fleets. Not active readily available ones anyway.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

That’s what I thought. Apologies – I thought you suggested we had a reserve fleet but that it was undermanned.

Perhaps we do need a small Reserve fleet, manned by RNR!

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

The RNR has a surprising number of full-time billets. Especially at shore bases. Pretty good gig, really. All the benefits of being in the RN without having to spend much time away from home. 👍

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

The army too has a number of Full Time Reserve Service posts (FTRS). I would have thought most would join the RNR to go to sea and get away from boredom at home!

Bill
Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

The tories are really strong in defence?? Are you on a dry January??
The RN is a national disgrace. Where is the advertising campaign designed to entice new generations into the service. And l mean young men, the backbone of the armed services not pathetic adverts saying don’t worry if your’e ‘different’ and all that cobblers. An island nation and we still cannot man a navy or indeed the RFA sufficiently to maintain the smallest fleets of either of all time.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Hi Bill,

There was an article on Navy Lookout recently (2nd November) that looked at the RN’s latest in house selection system which has proved to be something of a step backwards to say the least. It is a depressing read but the most striking point is that volunteers are not the problem rather it is about getting them into the service. It seems that the services have rather lost their way when it comes to recruitment – very strange…

Cheers CR

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

Made in the royal navy and? S that the best we can come up with?

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Prior too me joining the Andrew in the 70ts an advert for the Navy had the ominous catch phrase ” Jion the Navy and feel a different man everyday ” at the time it was either funny or ? …… If you get my drift Andy

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  ChariotRider

I don’t think the services have very much to do with recruiting these days, unless they put out the ads and videos. Capita seems to do it mostly…..very badly!

Derek
Derek
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Capita has mismanaged on numerous occasions – losing many millions of taxpayers money (‘losing’ being a rather elastic word – they seem to have kept their profits). it is a wonder how they continue to win multi-million pound Government contracts. If anyone does ever find out why, I suspect the answer will be less than edifying. ‘Nuff said!

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I think adverts targeting a wider group of people to join the service are a good thing, half the nation are women after all and plenty have interest in the military. However, to attract talent you need to pay decent salaries and have good conditions, something that the armed forces aren’t always good at

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

Take a walk through married quarters and you’ll see why people are leaving. No schools,doctors or decent infrastructure less ships means. More time away. When I left nobody asked me why I was leaving,vto my knowledge that I’d still the case. Until you know why people are. Leaving, you can’t put it right can you?

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

They ask everyone why they are leaving.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

No they don’t or ever have

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Yes they do. Every year they send out employee feedback forms to everyone.

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

I think we’re agreeing it’s about the conditions then?

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

To an extent it depends on the individuals circumstances

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Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Lived in 2 married Qs Rowner which had Naafi shop Doctors Pub post office , handed over too the council and trashed by the new tenants, Eastney married Qs quiet until half handed over too the Council police round all the time from then on couldn’t put your washing out it would vanish , hate too think what the state of those properties are like now and for any ratings living in them

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

When I PVR’d from the army the application form asked me to state my reason(s) for leaving.

J c
J c
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Our armed forces, or what’s left of them is pretty much like the country … going dowhill fast. Not enough capial ships, front line planes and fighting soldiers. Whose fault is it if we haven’t got sufficient personnel to operate the weapon systems, to keep them maintained and fit for purpose. Only a handful of RAF/RN fighter pilots are trained each year. Every time there is a defence review cuts are made. Its a complete joke like most things our Politicians get to meddle with.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  J c

It’s okay to have people standing up in parliament saying we need more this and more of that, but if we don’t produce quickly enough, you’ll still be in decline.

cli

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  J c

The country is not going downhill fast. It isn’t the 1970s.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Just seems like it.

Ex-Marine
Ex-Marine
2 months ago
Reply to  J c

J c, you forgot about the LinkedIn job advert for a Rear Admiral in charge of Special Operations delivery and fast attack submarines! No one suitable apparently from within.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

He was being sarcastic or ironic, take your choice, but certainly not supportive of the literal comment.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

I think. And always have done,, is thiat he u.k should have or should have, is an agreement with the Americans, a first option to. Loan With the option to buy, any major pieces of equipment that they are. Retiring.1). That object is. Already built,2; it will be technology up to date,3; it will be cheaper to get an faster into service than we can name here in the u k.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

We did buy 1 hydroplane gas turbine boat of the Americans renamed it Hms Speedy in the 70ts found it unsuitable for our needs sat in 2bason Pompey dockyard for years

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

There are approximately 60 million snowflakes living in the UK. It’s damning just how few are willing to serve their country. It’s easier to just get paid loads of benefits or work for Lidl or Aldi or in a nice warm call centre somewhere.
I’m ashamed with the current state of our armed forces and the people that call themselves my countrymen/ women/ people.

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Every generation bemoans the next one. Watch the 1970s series Warship where there are complaints about the ‘youth of today, and the unions. There are plenty of Gen Z and millennial people dying in their droves fighting for their country and democracy in Ukraine. There are also plenty of that demographic serving in the UK military. Are you serving yourself? Also, are you going to have a pop at Andy for leaving the navy and not ‘doing his duty’!

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

I think 22 years was duty enough.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

😂😅🤣😂 I’ve served my country for 30 years so far….and counting.
Cheers Andy for your service. Yes 22 years is a very respectful stint. 👍

klonkie
klonkie
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Blimey Mr Bell – that’s an impressive batting innings!
Thanks for your continued service.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago

Wasn’t Warship a fictional BBC production revolving around a Leander class Frigate named Hms Hero ?

Tim
Tim
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Not all the young are useless lazy weaklings many are fit intelligent motivated young people it’s just all you hear from is the turds on the internet if push comes to shove the youth will stand up from all the council estates over the country and do there part

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

In 1977 as I was leaving school, two programmes warship and the documentary about the old ark royal were. Shown during prime time t.v th services are not sold anymore if you don’t plant the seed of ambition.nothing will grow maybe the careers offices would be more efficient if serving and ex servicemen and women visited schools might peak more interest

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

I HAVE A Petition going in. Parliament. Via my MP, for all ethnics convicted of criminal offences to have their and their families residential status checked it could be that a willingness to work for the nation should be part of the immigration policies.

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Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

We don’t push the honour and kudos of serving the nation enough. Made in the royal navy? Surely we can do better than. That.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

No. The problem is that the nation has a very high employment rate. There are more job vacancies than people to fill them. This means the Armed Force’s have to compete in a very competitive jobs market. Stop putting this country down because of a very narrow-minded very of the world. The young of today are better educated, fitter, and generally more sensible and make outstanding sailor’s soldiers and airmen. Every generation puts down the younger generation. When I joined the RN in 99, people said back then ‘its not the same as back in my day’. Utter rubbish.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Did you join up Bill?

Bill
Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

No l did not Robert.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

It’s not party politics,vis negligence

Jim Duffy
Jim Duffy
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Good sarcasm there mate,love it Tory’s strong on defense huh.

AlexS
AlexS
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

The Torys are really strong in defence,

Only the left can cut the NHS/Social State and not be criticized.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago

This is what happens when successive governments postpone replacements. I can recall Warships magazine T26 conceptual art back in 2001….

On and on it went, sandbox wars reared their heads and T26 remained nothing but a number that slowly gathered dust.

Labour started the mess and the Tories just carried on, ordering sod all, year in year out….

T23 is on its arse, what a bloody mess.

Bloody politicians😡😡😡

Bob
Bob
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Absolutely agree, our political system needs an overhaul and I don’t mean PR.

Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Personally I wish the military would institute a coup….anything but the Conservatives, Labour of the Lib Dems would be better than what we have now… A direct military dictatorship might actually clean this country up…No possibility it will happen though.

Tomartyr
Tomartyr
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

Which George is this?

ChrisLondon
ChrisLondon
2 months ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

The guy who posts under ‘George’ on its own. He used to post as George Parker. He has called for a military coup if Labour wins the next election three times in the last 8 weeks.

In fairness to him from prior service details he has posted with dates he is at least late 70s, possible older. I am happy to write his postings off due to age although I think they have to be challenged.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

I was thinking that democracy was, among other things, about not instigating a coup.

Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Are you sure we have a democracy? Really sure? No matter who we vote in we get the same set of policies.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

Ah, Can of Worms, yes. But since democracy is about us, then let us at least try to uphold the principal. The alternatives are what we’re intent on preventing, surely? Once again, I am tempted to reference Churchill with regard to the options. You’ll know what I mean; the one of two memorable pronouncements, alongside the Beaches speech.
KRs

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

We could give it a go, might be fun to have a general in charge wearing mirrored sunglasses…..

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Mind you MAGA seems to think it’s one and the same thing but so many coups start in the name of saving Democracy. Some indeed are but sadly that just muddies the water for the great majority that are anything but to claim it.

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Exactly what made me twitch when coup was mentioned. Too close for comfort. We’ve known blondie for decades here; there’s only ever been Trump First not America First. I’ve mentioned Timoleon of Corinth before as the only example, as far as I’m aware, of a powerful and very competent politician granted nigh-dictator status by a desperate Syracruse, who kept his word & handed back democratic process on completion of his remit. Realised to be so remarkable, indeed astoundinly unexpected, it was justly acclaimed nigh on two & half millennia back & is still recalled to this day for that reason.… Read more »

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Gavin Gordon

Probably depends where you are

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

How much is the net cost of these ‘newcomers’? How much of the financial woes of the UK since 2005 are down to migrants compared to the financial crash of 2008, COVID, Brexit, a land war in Europe etc?

Also, name one military junta that was good at ruling a nation?

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago

I would generally agree, but to be honest I would claim that the Egyptian one is rather better than those it replaced, though maybe I’m biased because it sure is better for us in the West. Not sure either that things change much in Pakistan between military juntas and those who were actually voted in who are generally totally corrupt and power crazed. In many places ‘democracy’ is anything but of course which complicates matters.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

Yeah and who do you think their political front man would be with the class and public ‘old’ school bias it would inevitably be Rees Mogg and given that freedom the ‘rest of us’ would have no greater rights than the slave labour the Nazis relied on to make Germany great again. They barely give a damn even when the Eton mob need voted to stay in office, even elite hangers on like Truss are screaming about wanting a Trump win when sane think tanks are telling us what a disaster for Britain, indeed the World that will be. Indeed… Read more »

Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

you don’t think a coup has already taken place over the last 25 years? We had Blair, Brown, Cameron, need I go on…these are all carbon copies of the same people and same policies (a very British coup). They were voted on platforms they never intended to implement and instead implemented their own policies. Mass immigration has been weaponised to destroy the bonds of the English nation and to limit the wage growth of the working class and lower middle class. We have a managerial class who are incompetent and corrupt (e.g., Royal Mail fiasco is just the latest in… Read more »

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

Cameron should be in jail

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

I’m all for that

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

We could have the manpower over ten thousand Nepalese wen for400 places in the British army the unsuccessful ones should have been given the option of the navy,HMS GURKHA ANYONE?

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Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Tribal class Frigate Gurkha’s are world renowned for their courage and fighting skills could be handy as boarding party especially out in the Red Sea Andy

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

👌👍.

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Starmer referred in his speech yesterday to ‘revolving doors’ and cronyism. Have to ask is he on to the problem..

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Mind you he is so nebulous you can read almost anything in pro what he says.

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

My take is that he is keeping his cards close to his chest. He will wait until Sunak and Hunt have played all their budget / tax / give away cards before making any commitments with a financial impact. Otherwise the current govt will set traps in the budget / autumn statement to position him in a stance he can’t defend. The Tory strategy will be to characterise Labour as the party of tax, borrow and spend. I can see the Daily Express / Mail / Telegraph …headlines already…..’the politics of envy….’ The true conservatives have lost control of the… Read more »

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

If he’s like any other labour leader, he’d throw money at i and bankrupt the country

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Morning, job already done. Thanks to 13 years of government cronyism, mismanagement, Covid, Brexit, Putin and Woke we are already broke. I see the latest Tory idea is to cut inheritance tax. I would have thought spending the money on flood defences or an extra frigate or some affordable houses was a better idea but hey…let’s push property prices even higher.

Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I genuinely believe that defence is too important to be left to politicians, stupid though that may sound. Defence is something that needs a far reaching and long term vision not bloody ‘We’re in for four years, what can we bugger up while we’re here?’
The very, very least we should change is that Defence like transport and power generation and other national infrastructure needs should be by total cross party group, that way they are all bloody responsible.

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

It’s funny how as a democracy we managed to Winn two world wars

Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago

We didn’t though. Democracy was suspended for a wartime unity government

klonkie
klonkie
2 months ago

well yes, but you did have an election in 1945 which Churchill lost .

Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
2 months ago

True, but I guess the point I really am trying to make is that modern defence strategy and the procurement process that is so embedded in that is a long term process. Take building a new range of armoured vehicles (or not) An understandably lengthy process. The expected end of operational life of the old kit is known, thus the need to replace is a known fact, we then decide functionality requirements and specifications, place tenders with potential suppliers, selection is made and then (assuming previous budgets have not now been cut) we place orders and after production and testing… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

We didn’t win two world wars….The remains of the British Empire won the wars…. Without the Indian/Australian/Canadian/New Zealand/South Africa, and all the other countries contributions, the outcome of the two world wars would have been quite different.

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

You should study a bit of history mate or go live in France.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago

😂🤣😅🤣😂 yes living in France will give you a unique twist to historical facts. I met some French businessmen that genuinely believed it was the French resistance that liberated France. Muppets.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

I will say this only once I take it that the French businessmen were avid watchers of Allo Allo too come to that belief Mr bell

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

Let’s drop the politics talk about why we’re here

Mickey
Mickey
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

You betcha. Canada kept supplies/resources flowing all through the war across the North Atlantic.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago

I don’t recognise the UK as being that country anymore. We have frankly shit politicians making shit decisions and believing in nothing but the financial markets and commercial consumerism.
Really sad state of affairs. We deserve to be militarily defeated and conquered.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

This country is run by the likes of Blackrock who instigate the premise of DEI and ESG scores the higher you and your company score the easier it is too borrow and trade bit of a controversy theory but all roads lead to WEF .Our political elite seem too be dancing to the tune of the pipid piper which is globalisation not Nationalism

klonkie
klonkie
2 months ago

hhm i think you may find the Soviet Union had a slightly different perspective on that, however -point taken.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

As long as it’s not run like the Post Office eh. Not sure we have yet another half billion to throw away on lack of supervision and very possibly outright fraud.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

I’d go further and make it clear via a constitution that politicians responsible for defence decisions are liable for those decisions for their lifetime. Ergo you make a cut and the cut leads to defeat or casualties you are prosecuted and sent to prison for life. That would be a very sobbering way to keep the political class in the real world.

Tim
Tim
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Rose

That’s a interesting idea I quite like it but maybe not cross party but by a panel of high ranking officers who get the defence budget and spend accordingly

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Or us ukdj!!

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

The Mod Is not fit for purpose. The curtains should be drawn. The doors locked. And have all the stuff currently being used by retired dusty admirals should be chucked into a skip. Then start again with people with knowledge, commonsense and ambition.or better still let us do it.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

I’d volunteer. Give me a few weeks and the ability to make decisions and the UK armed forces would be absolutely rocking.
Here’s an idea. Instead of giving the well paid junior doctors / trainees a 35% pay rise why don’t we give “pay restoration” to the armed forces instead. Recruitment and retention problem mostly resolved.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Scrap tHose pointless archers. They’re just fanny boats for the hooray henerys

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

And too start with drop these DEI ,ESG pronoun speaking idiots that are making the rest of the world laugh at us as well Andy

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

It’s not about delaying replacements. It’s about recruitment.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Bit of both, they need to generate crews for new ships but cant spare the staff, hence retiring old ships that will only serve a handful more years.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

You can keep old ships in reserve though. No need to sell them for a couple of quid.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

By the time we have new sailors there will be new frigates, thats why they may just decom it now.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

And what if we loose 5 or 6 frigates fishing a war with China. We would effectively cease to have a navy if we are down to just 9.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

If there was a war, these ships could not be activated and brought into service before it ended.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

Not at the pace we’d need poor idea sorry

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Hate to say it but our hole Military is in a absolute mess .Your right over the year’s we’ve sold ships off for next to nothing 😕

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Or decommissioned them.montrose, Monmouth, echo and enterprise could have given a couple more years

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Hms OCEAN Went for peanuts to Brazil and in today’s news 6.1.24 their getting pallid with the new Argentina President talking about the Falklands

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

There are enough scrapyards in turkey

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

Harbour training vessels should be considered for those 23s like the old Bristol ended up as

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

It absolutely is Matt, crewing aside, T23 is totally worn out and should have been replaced many years ago, both Labour and the Tories just kicked that can down the road and quite frankly didn’t give a sh#t, it’s really that’s simple…..

They both took a very conscious decision to allow the very working core of the RN to be run into the ground.

Don’t believe anything that comes out of Labour or the Tories on defence, they really don’t care a jot about defence of the realm and the evidence of this is absolutely plane to see..

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Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

It’s worn out by our standards but no doubt we will sell them to Pakistan and they will be in the water for two more decades.

We could easily keep these ships in reserve until T26 and T31 arrive.

farouk
farouk
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim wrote: “”It’s worn out by our standards but no doubt we will sell them to Pakistan and they will be in the water for two more decades.”” No a chance in hell, the Biggest recipient of British foreign aid has been using that aid money to purchase brand new ships from China Holland and Turkey So they have: 4 X Type 054A/P frigates specially modified by the Chinese for Pakistani service  (first ship laid down in 2022 last one last year) 4X Type 053H3 frigates (first laid down in 2009, last in 2013) 2X Yarmook-class corvette based on the… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

I seem to recall reading that before the old Ark Royal was retired in 1978, they had to resort to filling some of the bow compartments with concrete (I’m assuming mid 1970’s) to retain structural strength in high sea states, as the corrosion and stress cracking had reached such an advanced state…

I’ve often wandered if that was a fact.

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Hi John Clark, bow concrete’s probably the result of the Ark slicing a Russian destroyer (or was it cruiser)in two. ⚖ Off Gib, in the Med in the 70’s. We were in the area at the time on the RustyB (Bulwark) lol..
👌👍

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Sounds like a dockyard myth to me

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

And I believe one of the two non Chinese designs will have CAMM-ER. Give it 1-2 years and we’ll see Chinese copies…

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

I hear that ratings are being warned not to star jumps while doing PT amidships, in case T23’s break in half under the strain.

If you look closely you can see the rolls and rolls of black nasty running round the hull to keep them together Jim.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Yep did it with my old ship Hms London DLG handed over in 82 ended her time as Aircraft control for Karachi airport

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

More useful than it’s sea slug used to be

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

That Mk 1 SeaSlug was my work station many a time we’d play on that great big climbing frame on the AX

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Not wise to sell to Pakistan. Too close to China. CAMM, Artisan, TWS on these ships.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Pakistan got their money’s worth from theT21’s they had from us

Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Add to that law and order as well….the whole HMS Great Britain seems to be sinking beneath the seas….thanks to the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

It certainly does, I’m voting Reform because I literally see no other choice.

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

That’s me has well 👍

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

The recent dire by-election results show that if you vote Reform, you will let the Labour or Lib Dem candidate in

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

That might be the case, but with Labour and the Tories, you get slightly different socialist governments, who both believe in large overbearing government, very high taxation and writing cheques the country can’t afford on vast social spending programmes…

We are literally borrowing money to give it away and drowning in deeper and deeper national debt.

I’m voting Reform, because I believe we need a complete reset to the collective political insanity that occupies Westminster.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Good. Vote reform then. Split the Tory vote up nicely. Let’s have the Tories out. Labour in and see where we are in 5 years time.

andy a
andy a
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

trouble is we have seen both of them make a hash of it time after time after time.
time for a change

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

YAWN.ENOUGH OF THE POLITICS PLEASE EVERYONE

Something Different
Something Different
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

What are the pros and cons of voting reform? What are their costed defence proposals?

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago

They are just starting to roll out a full policy agenda, but basically it’s core ‘old’ Conservative values of small government, low tax, fiscal responsibility and a raft of common sense policies, a pro business agenda pushing forward on trade deals aggressively and creating growth.

Let’s face it, both the main parties are just two sides of the same coin.

Sky high spending beyond all sense, high taxation, weak leadership and absolutely terrified of breaking out of a Woke straight jacket.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

I think Liz Truss tried that for a week 😀

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

Probably don’t have ones

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

I’ve decided I’m not going to bother.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Is voting not compulsory in the UK? It is here in Aus.

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thorne

True words 🍺

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Spot on no interest in Defence even with war in Europe .Should be 3%GDP on Defence ,and stop blaming the Economy although it helps for it to be healthy , but would this make any difference ?

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Slash foreign aid Google where it goes and how much you’ll be enraged. Disgraceful and don’t get me going about the BBC.

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Cripes
Cripes
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

The reason the T23s were not replaced years back was more to do with the RN than the politicians. All escort planning and building ground to a halt after 2010 because the budget had to switch to paying for the carriers. The navy was on a fixed equipment budget and £7bn splashed on the carriers was the equivalent of 9 or 10 years of new ship construction for the rest of the fleet. It was said by many at the time that, even at 2.5% of GDP, as the defence budget was with Blair/Brown, the carriers were simply not affordable… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Cripes

Very good points Cripes, compounded with paying for the sandbox war years added to the mix, frigates seemed an even lower priority then and one that carried on being shoved further and further down the road.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

You can get sailors pretty fast in an emergency, takes about two decades to order and build a frigate.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Rubbish

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

More hard hitting analysis from David Lloyd 😂

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman
2 months ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

I agree, just look at how many ships we made between 1930 and 1945.. No lazer or computer just a fucking pencil and ruler.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

And rivets

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

And places to build them

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

and steel and grey paint…..

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Or four decades if the Clyde gets the job.

Challenger
Challenger
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Completely agree! The idea that when the T23 program wrapped up we could take a leisurely pause and drag our heels in getting the new class started was utter folly!

The only way to avoid the mess we’re now in with the surface fleet is to basically continually design and build.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

But it will take us 15 years to get the numbers back up. We need to keep what we have for longer like the USN does.

France is planning on sailing its SSBN’s for nearly 50 years as is the USN but apparently ours are knackered at 30.

The MOD is still thinking peace time, it needs to change.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

New french SSBN will come in 2035 so dont know where youre getting 50 years for them. Also you forget the fact the US has more vessels, so do not have to use the same vessel as often as us.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

They have an equally high, or higher utilization rate. The US ships deploy longer and farther.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris

The US are not deploying most of their fleet constantly to keep up with requirements. There is no magical difference in construction quality, the fact is RN warships are overworked.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

And the wrong ships are doing the wrong jobs batch river down in the Falklands? Echo certainly could

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

How could echo do it any better than a River

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Hugo

The French are planning to launch one every 5 years so that last boat hitting the water in 2050. The last in the current class will be 42 years from launching and 50 years from the keel being laid at that point.

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Thats hardly an ideal situation, nobody wants old ships

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

SSBN’s are not designed for 50 years of service. The French boats are not by some kind of magic built to last 20 odd years longer compared to our Vangard boats.

Last edited 2 months ago by Robert Blay
Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Vanguard class will do at least 40 years.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

But they will require longer and more complex refits to do that. Putting huge pressure on the overall force.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Yes of course, but it is what we are doing. I find it a puzzle as most if not all surface ships are retired after doing much less than 40 years and arguably they have a lighter duty cycle than a S/M.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Nuclear submarines are the most complex machines mankind has ever built. Including anything have put in space.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Yes, I know. I would put a service life of c.25-30 years on a SSN or SSBN.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Doesn’t apply to all the SSN clogging up devonport and rosyth

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

True, and thats sad. Many were taken out of service before their time. Defence cuts to save money.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

They might have to

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

If we can say our carriers will do 50 years why aren’t the rest?

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Because they have been designed for that lifespan. Vangard boats were not.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

In peace, prepare for war

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

And not spending5 years arguing about the shade of grey

Meirion X
Meirion X
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Was not the UK warship building industry busy with the T45 program, when T23 wrapped up?

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Don’t you remember how we don’t need Cold War relics any more and we won’t be going to war again and we punch above our weight blah blah blah.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Fed up hearing that lame dirge

Andrew D
Andrew D
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Bloody mess for sure ,unless the government put more money in its never going to change and for our politicians and PM to get there head’s out of the sand. 🙄

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Here we go again. Cuts from the Thatcher and Major Govts reaped the peace dividend and Labour then stuck that dividend into Degrees for sunflower gazers and making sure every teaching ASSISTANT had a lap top and a degree… does everyone need a degree in medicine? Seriously. The sand box wars were supported by the Opposition… Blair and Brown created a littorals fleet as the argument suggested interventions in places like Sierra Leone was the way to go. Russia got observer status at NATO… So this Party did this and that needs context. 30 years on from that peace dividend… Read more »

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Blair’s bunch were no better

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Well, thank you for your context laden reply. Really informative and interesting and will undoubtedly fuel the debate. Well done.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Up yours your arrogant dirge does you well, go back to bed you fool

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Stop mainlining the bleach. Hugs.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

The freedom.class of the LCS programme are now getting the ‘fixes, they are having. Successful deployments employments and operating well.we should loan with h open t buy them currently retired ones. Cross deck the30mm cannon sea ceptor and torpedo from retiring T23’s and then cancel theT32. Squire one every ten months the fleet could expand fairly quickly with vessels THAT ARE ALREADY BUILT.crews under 100? even we could manage that.

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Could you supply a link to substantiate your post.

Given USCG have rejected the little chappy ships, why do think the RN should acquire them?

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

The type 45 went through a always breaking down and a waste of time period before fixes were identified and put to use over half of the freedom class ships have had the gearing issue fixed and are successfully carrying out long deployments with the fleet the Au.k could bag a few of them for cheap and they’re already built. T32 could be cancelled to stop the inevitable waste of money in the design and tendering stages. You cannot get a half decent frigate for und A hundred million pounds so, a five ship ord will not com at less… Read more »

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

They cost too much to run. That’s why the USCG don’t want them.

For us, it’s another class of ship built to American requirements including manning.

Better to have a second batch of T31, IF they work successfully.

John
John
2 months ago

Typical. Nothing else to say.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Thanks?

Ian
Ian
2 months ago

The lack of investment over many years is a completely valid complaint, but it is also true that the Navy is having a very hard time recruiting enough people to man these platforms. If nothing is done about that then it makes no difference how many more hulls are ordered.

Challenger
Challenger
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Sounds like there is no shortage of applicants. It’s the process of accepting them that’s screwed! Sourced out to some private firm naturally!

And the problem is it takes many, many years to train and develop people into specialists which is all undermined when the inflow of new recruits is slow but the outflow of experienced people at the end of their careers (or mid career but have had enough) is high.

Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Privatisation has been the bane of the UK…we have privatised profit and nationalised debt….The only people that gain are the rich and feckless.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Agree, I have had friends have to wait years to get in to RN for this reason. Plenty of people willing to join and ship crews have nearly halted since the 90’s.

It’s all the same nonsense for the MOD just looking to save a few quid and kick the can down the road with no thought to ever actually fighting a war.

Micky C
Micky C
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Back in the good old days when we had numbers in all 3 services ,recruitment was done in house.
The deep thinking ones decided that civilians could do a better job.
How did that turn out !!
Why change a system that worked for years ?
Another brown envelope job !
Pissups and breweries.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Micky C

Take application forms into the schools

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

You can blame the rise in social media platforms for youngsters not feeling the need too step forward and serve their country CCF SCC Army cadets and Air cadets is where insterest seems to stop and go no further . Do I get a Like for this post ? (Sarcasm)

ChrisLondon
ChrisLondon
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Re cadets: They are not there any more most of the time. A friend left the RAF after 18yrs about five back. He had good memories of the Air Cadets who had set him up for the RAF. He looked for the chance to put something back and found the current network is barely 1/4 of what it was in his day. I mentioned this to a work colleague who is involved in the Sea Cadets and apparently they are the same. I would be surprised if the Army cadets were the exception but do not know anyone involved to… Read more »

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  ChrisLondon

My late father and his work buddy who was ex Navy looked around at the youth in our town and there was no SCC that was in 67 and 545 was born in 68 it was officially named Ts Sir Alec Rose its still going but not many now take the plunge and Join up not even as reservists getting likes on social media seems too be more important than defence of the Realm Chris

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Millom has a strong ish CCF, however, despite many Millomites serving or having served in the RN and Royal and a disproportionate amount of retired ‘Them’ (SBS), and a strong Inshore Rescue Service with a HM Coastguard from Millom, there are no Sea Cadets.

Parents work at Sellafield and are minted, kids get every xbox etc on earth.

Only rugby seems to hold any of the youth.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Both my boys had CCF at their school Slindon when most of the pupils had parents in the forces that was in the 90ts and they had too do a “Public Service” course learn about police,Fire,Border,Coast guard, Paramedic likewise most would join Army ,RM not the Navy but they had 2 weeks on-board Hms Bristol with the CCF learning too sail .

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  ChrisLondon

I was a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer for 5 years. The ACF has 38,000 cadets, and the CCF (Army) Sect over 30,000. I can’t say if the strength has reduced much in the last 20 or 30 years, but I expect so.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Born in Blythe made in the royal navy? Is that the best way to get to people and entice them to get a career? Over 20.000 Nepalese appled for the 400 places in the British army and the offer to join the navy should have been offered to those unsuccessful ones.H.M.S Gurkha anyone?

Bob79
Bob79
2 months ago

How about going back to having recruitment offices in city centres like they used to… I remember walking past the Army Navy RAF office in Liverpool and thinking what’s that all about, I wandered in and before I knew it was signing up for the Cheshire’s.. I’d never thought about a military career before but loved what they sold me in that office.

grizzler
grizzler
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob79

We couldnt have that old boy – a target for all sorts of subversive elements of the UK Society.
A bit like have careers fairs for schools- They must never include any branch of the military in those dontcha know.
I mean how could they possibly justify allowing such a xenophobic ,non-diverse group in schools….no matter what sort of career it could provide…where would it all end…

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  grizzler

IN tonight’s Forces Net page Ben Wallaces talks about Recruitment and how Gen z teenagers don’t wish to serve in the military.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

National service please

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Agree national service without Social media platforms

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob79

What and make great jobs for older ratings across the UK instead of retiering then when they don’t want to spend half the year at sea.

Don’t be daft we could not possibly do that.

Next you want to send them round schools recruiting kids for a well paid long term career.

Better just to bring in capita and give then a few billion 😀

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob79

My Schools careers teacher said too me ” as your Asthmatic and allergic to penicillin your never get in the Armed forces ” I bunked of School and went too Arundel St, Portsmouth Naval careers office 6 weeks later I signed the dotted line at Raleigh June 76

Challenger
Challenger
2 months ago

In 2010 we had 17 frigates and the oldest was approximately 20 years from being commissioned.

In 2024 we have 11 frigates and the oldest is approximately 33 years from being commissioned.

Not a single new frigate brought into service for 22 years now! It’s an absolute travesty!!

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

sums up the terrible way the whole sorry affair has been handled….

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

I seem to remember in 2010 George Osbourne being very pleased with himself after he moved successor funding from Treasury budget to the MOD.

This is the result.

Some how we still managed to add £1 Trillion in debt over the same period.

Great job George.

Remember when the treasury use to pay for wars as well. Some how now Ukraine funding. Ones direct from the MOD budget but the Tory’s are great in defence.

Cripes
Cripes
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

All three services are suffering the same way, with the very limited and deliberately glacial acquisition of new equipment nowhere near enough to replace the in-service kit. The result is that an ever-larger part of British kit is old and near-obsolete. The blame lies very plainly with the Conservative Government, which has turned axing service personnel and equipment into a political art form in their quest to cut public spending to the bone. That said, the Royal Navy is itself largely to blame for the state of the escort fleet. It was the RN who campaigned and lobbied incessantly for… Read more »

Peter S
Peter S
2 months ago
Reply to  Cripes

That “strange expectation” was voiced by Zambellas in an interview in 2005. Now we have got the carriers, politicians will have to deliver the escorts we need to protect them. West argued for ships large enough to match USN sortie rates.
So yes, the entire top brass of the RN pushed for the biggest possible carriers and showed utter naivety about the likely consequences.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

I sometimes find myself looking at the ships that were in the fleet review in the 70’s heartbreaking.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

I stood portside by the sidelift Hms Hermes Silver jubilee fleet review 77

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago

Please correct this post if inaccurate, but isn’t HMS Argyll still undergoing a post-LIFEX refit? Deciding, on balance, not to commit to the refurbishment of an older frigate is one level of a management decision making process, but abandoning a refit in mid-stream, so to speak, may be an exhibition of a different level of managerial competency. 🤔😳😉🤔☹️

Deep32
Deep32
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

You are correct, ARGYLL is due out of refit sometime this year having spent the last year in dock. Suddenly the MOD have decided(still awaiting official confirmation mind) to effectively abandon said refit on the grounds that as of now, we dont have enough sailors to man her! You just couldn’t make this shit up if you tried!😖

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

I think its got more to do with the fact Argyll is just simply worn out and needs scrapping, the material state of the T23 is now dropping off a cliff quite frankly.

You are better off transferring the refit money into up arming the T31’s and getting both the T26/31 delivered asap.

Deep32
Deep32
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Not sure how much that would now save, as Argyll has all but completed the majority of her refit! Clearly unsure as to how much work has actually been done, but she has been in dock for approx a year and is/was due out sometime this year. Why commit to a years worth of work to just suddenly abandon it, unless they have just discovered something seriously wrong with the state of her? Either way its not good news for ship numbers wise. The MOD isnt looking overly competent at the moment, certainly doesnt inspire any confidence in their managerial… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

Oh I see, I thought Argyll had been stripped and commenced her structural refit?

I assumed they found she was as rotten as an November Apple left on the tree and ready for the razor blade factory??

I didn’t know she was in an advanced stage of completion…

Luke Rogers
Luke Rogers
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

John Clark-
“ I assumed they found she was as rotten as a November Apple left on the tree and ready for the razor blade factory??”

Ding ding ding. I’m surprised they don’t crumple under their own weight once they are dry docked. Should have retired before my Dad did.

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

Who initially did the “survey”?

Deep32
Deep32
2 months ago
Reply to  DH

At a guess the dockyard/contractors.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

The only issue is the first T31 won’t arrive until 2027 and fleet numbers won’t grow if you junk T23 early until the late 2030’s By this point what ever Chinas going to do over Taiwan will already have happened. We need more ships in 2027 not 2037. T23 even in it’s dismissed state is an asset worth retaining atleast in reserve. Two of them detected half the Chinese SSN fleet in 2021. It’s still capable and it’s still floating. It will be sold to an Allie and I have no doubt will still be in the water 20 years… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

I wouldn’t worry too much about China Jim, if that particular bun fight kicks off, the UK will be on the benches with the wheezy boys anyway. By the time we managed to get an Astute there (our only possible real contribution to the fight), it would all be over, a clash over Taiwan will be a short, extremely bloody and brutal fight, ending with most of the Chinese Navy sat on the sea bed and the majority of its first tier J20/J15 fleet air force smashed to pieces. All we could really contribute would be a strongly worded letter… Read more »

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Apart from an A class sub we do have the heavily armed and frightening powerful offshore patrol vessel somewhere near the south China Sea promoting the flag and being used as the bench for the weezy boys when it comes too a confrontation with the CCP Navy.

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Mock the Week anyone? 😳 😅

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

A politician can’t remember who referred to theOPV as a powerful warship?!! The Thais have made their B2 river tasty with a main gun extra cannon and now harpoon oh dear. It’s bad when other nations are showing us how things should be rone

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

If Argyll emerges from a good and thorough refit, it can’t be described as simply worn out.

John Clark
John Clark
2 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

The problem is Graham they are having to spend a fortune structurally refurbishing hulls that were supposed to have a 20 year life. The programme has run slowly too, as the sheer amount of structural work became apparent on these aging hulls, you have to wonder what the point of spending £200 odd million on refurbishing a Frigate, only to run it on for five years before scrapping it….. It’s just bloody crazy. We are better off folding the money into T31 weapons upgrades and perhaps accelerating delivery of them and the T26 if possible. Theses probably enough saved cash… Read more »

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Thanks John. 20 years to me seems a somewhat short period for the life of a naval vessel. Are they being made with durability as a key design feature? Surely ‘heavy duty’ commercial ships with greater number of days at sea have a longer life? [The army makes many of its AFVs last 50 or 60 years! Only joking – not a serious comment]. I agree that it is pointless to keep a warship in service for only a few years after a major refit. Surely someone does a Business Case in the MoD before embarking on such a refit… Read more »

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

Almost unbelievable, and trust me, have encountered a fair share of bureaucratic SNAFUs. 🙄

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Deep32

Yep Deep, a right Sods Opera. 👉🙃

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

Sorry but you don’t think like the UK treasury. After LIFEX extension is paid for and cost over £100 million we can now sell her to Pakistan or Brazil for £25 quid.

That’s the real money saving right there 😀

You crazy American’s working your ships for 40 + years don’t know how to run a real budget, better to junk them early and save on the running costs well telling everyone how your supporting “Allie’s” 😀

Hugo
Hugo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

The Americans have more ships, of course they can run for longer, they dont have to do twice the work to make up for hull numbers

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Americans obviously require remedial instruction in high finance. 😁

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

😂

You should watch the old British comedy “Yes Minister” ( it’s on YouTube) it will explain everything about British government finance policy 😀

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

…or the sequel, ‘Yes, Prime Minister’. Absolutely brilliant.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

It will be interesting to watch the size of the American fleet shrinks, seeing as it appears to have the UK financial withering disease and the treasury tying up the purse strings

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Will we stick to the revised out of service dates of post LIFEX ships or just bin them anyway?

Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago

On reflection I’m not sure about this. It is red meat to Labour who are in campaign mode and have looked up defence and security a fair bit. Would expect Tory politicians to see that coming

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
2 months ago

Well it’ll save on aircraft I suppose. When we’re out of escorts we can sell the carriers to China for a couple of billion each. Keep illegal immigration going for a few months. 😡

Jason Hartley
Jason Hartley
2 months ago

I have several books on the organisation of the royal navy from 45 onwards. The reoccurring theme in it was jumps in pay to sort slumped recruitment from time to time . Time for another jump and stop this woke “any one but white men ” crap recruitment. Every part of Britain is in the Sh1t . Out rulers are imbeciles.. nothing more you can say , I no one can deny it ..you just listen to the faeces that flows from their low iq arrogant mouths makes me boil.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason Hartley

After OP Corporate Falklands half the Lads went F this for a game of Sailors and put their 18months notice in , But because of our victory the youth all wanted too join up there was an uptake in recruits for the Navy and Army

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

Start normal, the Admirals doing a top job running the Navy. Why does take so long to build a few frigates 5 years? , and was,n/t HMS Argil recently up graded, top sense in wasted million there.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

It’s closer to 10 years to build a frigate now.

Martin
Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

10 years will be out of date before the last in class is built, what a joke

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

No, they are not out of date. T31 is being built very quickly compared to previous classes.

Martin
Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

i was meaning if its 10 years to build on, the last one of the class is near out of date by the time is entering service

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

Designs are modified as time goes on during build. This means that the final batch is very different from the first. Lessons learnt during the build are applied and new systems installed. Plus, everyone else is doing the same. You can’t design a new class every 5 years. It’s simply too expensive. Modern warships like T26 and T31 are designed for future growth and to add new capabilities

Martin
Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Agreed, but ten years to build and test the first in class. The Type23 will need a walking frame by then.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Martin

That’s a financial choice. We have the ability to build quicker if available budgets allow.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Where?

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Japan builds in four to five years, and in tens per class or group.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

On the Clyde the government deemed it as being acceptable to wait four years for a patrol boat

Marked
Marked
2 months ago

Like absolutely every single government funded service, not fit for purpose. There is no exception to the mess this country is in.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Marked

Try living abroad then, pal. You’ll see our mess isn’t quite as bad as everyone else’s. I spend a lot of working time in Germany. The myths about Germany society being super efficient is off the chart. Germany is very backwards compared to the UK in many aspects.

Rowan
Rowan
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Really, what aspects of German life are so backwards. I’ve spent many years over there, seemed a much nicer place then here at the minute.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Rowan

I’m not writing you a list. But I know life in this country is not half as bad as some people like to make out. Usually, people who have spent very little time outside of our country apart from a week on a Spanish beach once a year.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago

Let’s just remember. This hasn’t been confirmed by the MOD. its just a news paper article. But it’s no secret the RN is seriously struggling for manning. On a positive note. We will be back up to 19 escorts. And the new warships do require smaller ships companies compared to T23. A couple of GP T23’s aren’t going to turn the tide of a major conflict. But some short term pain might make delivering T26 & T31 a little easier on the manning front. The RN also has to look at longer term deployments. And where the priorities are to… Read more »

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Sorry, even an outsider has learned the term “jam tomorrow (or next week, month, year, or decade).” At some point, will the great unrepresented masses demand proof of intent? 🤔😳

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

Sorry RB, simply venting because the storm clouds are gathering and Uncle Sam will need all of its capable allies.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

Know worries, mate. What we all have to remember is that it’s not only the RN with manning problems. Even the US Navy is struggling.

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

👍

Peter S
Peter S
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Dutch navy has had to take ships out of service because of crew shortages, the Irish navy opvs are alongside for the same reason. The USN is struggling both with manpower and maintenance. Doesn’t help with the UK problem but does show that recruitment and retention difficulties are quite widespread. Whether that is the prime reason for a further reduction in RN escort numbers or the material condition of ships now way past their design life isn’t entirely clear. If crew shortages are the biggest issue, then it might make sense to consider mothballing both LPDs rather than one. But… Read more »

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Peter S

I think the RN has just enough to cover current tasking. But leaves very little wriggle room. I’d very much like to see the long term plan to help recruitment and retention.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

There isn’t one

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
2 months ago
Reply to  FormerUSAF

There is jam tomorrow. Just a smaller pot and you have to throw out the 12 pots in the cupboard. But still a wee hotel size pot of jam tomorrow

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF
2 months ago
Reply to  monkey spanker

😁

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

The army could transfer some of its its 10,000 PIDs lost from the last defence cut to RN.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

Meanwhile Navy Lookout is posting that the MOD is looking for retired officers for Rear Admiral Director of Submarines, can’t fill internally?

farouk
farouk
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark wrote:
“”Meanwhile Navy Lookout is posting that the MOD is looking for retired officers for Rear Admiral Director of Submarines, can’t fill internally?””

That’s due to positive discrimination , resulting in straight white men not allowed to apply. 

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

How many non white straight men are there that could apply?

Mark Maher
Mark Maher
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

There’s probably be a hell of a lot more if they (as a social group) weren’t looked down on for even considering applying. The RN needs new blood, it wouldn’t surprise me if 2OE gets extended to keep senior rats in place to give them time to train new lads & lasses up to fill their roles. You know when push is coming to shove if they start calling the old sweats up to fill shore aide & some at sea roles the Mob just doesn’t have the bods for.

farouk
farouk
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark wrote: “”How many non white straight men are there that could apply?”” The reason I wrote that is that is the direction this country is going, where people are selected on the colour of their skin rather than on merit. We saw it with the RAF, we saw it with the Police .Remember this headline from 2019: Cheshire Police: Man rejected for job for being white and straight tribunal finds. And he wasn’t the only one. Not a fortnight ago we saw this as a headline: Aviva insurance says all new white male recruits must be personally signed off… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

As always, the truth. and yawning silence.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

I would actually suggest the trend you outline is now reversing (very slowly) “positive” discrimination has been legally challenged and organisation like the Labour Party have ceased to have all female shortlists due to this. They have never had shortlists based on race or sexual orientation.

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Agree. I think we have weathered the storm, largely to some high profile names like J.K Rowling who have skilfully resisted being ‘cancelled’ by social media. And to women like Mary Onuoha who have won court cases for unfair dismissal. But we can’t drop our guard.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Agreed society has been turned on it’s head if a white person goes for a job and an ethnic also applies the ethnic will get the job and crow about it diversity prowess

Jon
Jon
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

I thought they had to learn to bend over to get a job like that anyway. They could always fake enjoying it.

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I’ll do it.

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 months ago

Embarrassing and unfortunate timing; but given the state we find ourselves its the smart move. Westminster refit was planned anyway. Glasgow build has been accelerated I think and you can crew 3 T31s for every 2 T23s. Bulwark is planned to reenter service so there must be crew for her. The DT is not my trusted source of defence info.

Henry Lamb
Henry Lamb
2 months ago

Better be putting those funds into type 32 or arming type 31 sufficiently.

Either way reduction of numbers on the frontline, reduction of tanks, Typhoons and now, frigates down to 9. Tory Britain strikes again.

Tommo
Tommo
2 months ago

👍I couldn’t find a Salute moge Farouk fellow Corporate veteran

DH
DH
2 months ago
Reply to  Tommo

Tick ✅

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Odd timing, the same week as shipping badly needs protecting in and around yeman and somolia and it is decided to cut the fleet by 2.

The manning issues needs to be addressed, but only way that will happen is if extra funding is found.

Tullzter
Tullzter
2 months ago

I’m sure France will protect ya

David Barry
David Barry
2 months ago

Westminster not fit for purpose; who knew? 😉

Adrian
Adrian
2 months ago

This is good news because we will be ‘increasing’ our frigate fleet to 13 in the next decade…

FieldLander
FieldLander
2 months ago

A reasonable point, anger and disappointment is understandable and acceptable, expressing is this way is not and brings the site into disrepute.

ChrisLondon
ChrisLondon
2 months ago
Reply to  FieldLander

Sorry but are you saying that dissatisfaction with current defence spending is acceptable, calling for a coup is not? If so we agree.

If you are saying calling for a coup is wrong but calling it treason is also wrong then we disagree. Calling for the overthrow of the elected government is treason.

FieldLander
FieldLander
2 months ago
Reply to  ChrisLondon

Your first sentence is what I meant. It was not meant to be ambiguous, apologies.

Sam
Sam
2 months ago
Reply to  FieldLander

Agreed.

Phil Chadwick
Phil Chadwick
2 months ago

Clear misinformation from what was once a widely respected Newspaper. HMS Westminster has not been recently refurbished. On the contrary, she was at the start of a major refit and that has been stopped due to the material condition of the ship. HMS Argyll will stay in service until 2028. Ignore the toilet paper tabloids.

FieldLander
FieldLander
2 months ago

Moving crew to new ships is the bright side. The reality is both ships material state is likely beyond economic repair.
I wonder how many of the crew will still be in the navy when either T26 or T31 First of Class enter service?

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

I’m just saying… why do people seem surprised that this would actually happen? This has been on the cards for months!

How to run your armed forces, when you have no experience, no military knowledge, and certainly no sense of reality, of living in the ‘real world’, and the challenges and potential threats that it entails.

Its fair to say that I loathe bean counters, and all that they represent!

David Owen
David Owen
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Tom ,good comment, the truth prevails ,

Bringer of Facts
Bringer of Facts
2 months ago

Recruitment crisis caused by what exactly ?

Overly sensitive and highly entitled generation ? Or it it a case of the MOD being tight fisted again ?

JP
JP
2 months ago

The same folk who are also blaming the problems on the ‘ethnics’ but never get pulled up on it. Site has gone to the dogs.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Gen X not interested. Wonder why.

Well, when your media, Colleges, Schools, Universities and the woke tell your citizens that your country is rubbish and does not deserve to be defended, is nasty, is racist, and should have colonial guilt all day long, why would anybody join the Armed Forces? You can’t even fly the Union Jack without scorn now in the UK. Why fight for something that has no value??

ChrisLondon
ChrisLondon
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

That is part of the problem. Even as a Lib Dem I despair at the version of history being told in our schools.

Sam
Sam
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I think you mean Gen Z. Gen X are knocking on for 50 at this point.

Bringer of facts
Bringer of facts
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Some, but not all of Gen Z view everything through the narrow lens of racism, oppression, and colonialism.

We have to ask ourselves where these damaging narratives come from.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

My son hasn’t been taught any of that in school?

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

The problem is. We have a very high employment rate. Which means the Armed Force’s have greater competition to find recruits. Its a very competitive jobs market. Recession and high unemployment is usually good for Armed Force’s recruitment. But Recession is bad for all of us.

klonkie
klonkie
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Hi Robert I think the problem you reference is pretty ubiquitous. The NZDF is losing staff to Australia and has a real retention and recruitment problem. Interesting to note doctor’s and nursing staff are exciting the UK for Aussie – largely the lifestyle and possibly slightly better salary/tax.

The number of UK immigrants to NZ is significantly down however, indicating Aussie is the preferred choice . That being said, many young kiwis head over there too.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
2 months ago

Is there any ordering of additional T31s that was mentioned a while back on another post? There should be some transferable or sellable kit (CAMM, Artisan, TWS) on these two ships.

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago

No it would not. Don’t be ridiculous.

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David Owen
David Owen
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Blay

Try a bit of humour 😀, I take it your a tory ,but then living in this once great country is now a total craphole,hollowed out defence policy and that is the tip of the iceberg ,a military coup would be welcome

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
2 months ago
Reply to  David Owen

And when exactly did you last think it was a Great Country? Humour isn’t hiding what you really think.