Why the US Navy’s ambitious 350 ship fleet should including purchasing Queen Elizabeth class-like...
President Trump has recently set out plans to build a 350 ship fleet, should vessels similar to the Queen Elizabeth class be part of that?
Britain could enter into a period of relative military decline and without a fresh strategic defence review, there is fear this decline will become irreversible which will impact on our standing in the international arena.
Such are Anglo-French relations, imperfect and uneasy, but when the situation has seemed bleakest, we stand together as equals.
There are planned defence cuts which may see the British Army shrink even further from the 82,000 regular personnel it currently has.
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One side, the Scottish government, say that naval shipbuilding would continue on the Clyde. The other side, the UK government, say it would not.
Issues like this occur often on vessels of all types, especially during a phase of their life designed to identify and rectify faults. This is not a serious concern.
While it is the case that Britain only had a Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015 circumstances have clearly changed.
The construction of more affordable and hopefully more exportable 'budget frigates' could help revitalise the British shipbuilding industry.