The Sun has reported that the UK will retire two of it’s thirteen Type 23 Frigates as part of the upcoming Integrated Review.

An excerpt from this article states.

“The Navy will lose two specialist sub-hunting frigates, HMS Montrose and HMS Monmouth, as well as its 13 strong fleet of minehunters which are due to be replaced by drones.”

You can read more by visiting the original source here.

You can also read more about Type 23 by visting the link below.

A guide to the Type 23 Frigate

The final details of this will be revealed later today in the Integrated Review.

The ‘Integrated Review’, to give it its full title the ‘Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy’ is effectively a defence review.

According to a Ministry of Defence announcement:

“General Sir Nick Carter has been central to setting the vision for our future armed forces. The Prime Minister has asked General Carter to remain in post to ensure continuity and stability while the conclusions of the Integrated Review are implemented following the £24.1-billion settlement for defence announced last year. 

The Integrated Review will be published on 16 of March and the Defence Command Paper will be published on 22 of March. The selection of General Carter’s successor as Chief of the Defence Staff will begin in the autumn.”

The review was previously described by Boris Johnson as the largest review of its kind since the Cold War and will be published later this month.

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Gunbuster
Gunbuster
7 months ago

No surprise.
Montrose will go on her return to the UK from the Gulf. Saves on needing to do a big repair package and docking period which will be due on her return. At least the crew may get a good paying off run around the UK if COVID has eased by then.
Monmouth we all know will quietly disappear from its current position welded to the jetty!

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

Most likely to train using counter hacking software!

JohnG
JohnG
7 months ago

Cheers for the link, one of the reasons I like this site, saves me having to trawl through various papers for snippets of defence news. A couple of thoughts. I wonder how long before China gains the technology to successfully intercept an ICBM or render individual missiles obsolete. I understand progress has already been made by the west in intercepting shorter range ones, the time has to come, I simply wonder when and what it’s implications will be for our nuclear arsenal. I do understand each missile contains several different delivery modules, so intercepting just one missile would simply be… Read more »

Ulya
Ulya
7 months ago
Reply to  JohnG

To your second point regarding classification, to me it’s more political issue than military, the UK needs trade with China, to say China is enemy will hinder that, with Russia trade is not important

farouk
farouk
7 months ago
Reply to  Ulya

Ulya wrote:  the UK needs trade with China, Australia has found out the hard way, that trade with China entails dancing to the tune they play, if you don’t dance to that tune , then they will cut all trade links with you, which is what is happening with Australia where it was reported by the Guardian last Oct, that Australia lost out to the tune of $47 billion last year in trade with China because Australia demanded an international inquiry into the origins and handling of Covid-19 which angered Beijing, which opined that it was a political move targeting China.… Read more »

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

There is a limit to how many nations China can refuse to trade with at once before it becomes self imposed sanctions.

if they are arguing with the UK, AUS, JPN & US at the same time then China’s economic maneuvering space is quite limited. They need the western economies to buy their products.

The key is to stick together and not take a craven position.

The issue always was that the EU, as a trading bloc first, was always cow towing to China as was the UK under Cameron / Osborn: not a good look.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago

Dot forget India.

Andy G
Andy G
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

IIRC Australia demanded a weapons inspector style investigation, it was very poor form. China does not need the West to buy it’s goods, they have changed their strategy to have their domestic market as primary, and the international market as support for that. Also, chinas biggest trading block is now ASEAN. Also, you are totally wrong about China entering other countries airspace, you mean their ADIZ, and just to be clear: Taiwan’s ADIZ is INSIDE China, So many mistakes in your post. I attach a map of Taiwan ADIZ, though I doubt it will do any good because the truth… Read more »

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

It will be a vary long time, before the vast majority of Chinese citizens earn enough money, to buy all the goods that China makes.
So, good luck with that idea then!

Andy G
Andy G
7 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

It’s not my idea, It’s Chinas well documented strategy.

You do realize their GDP per capita is at $10,000 right? And that they will at least double this by 2035.

There are 1.4b of them.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

China’s citizens are going to need a GDP per capita of at least $40000 to buy all their own goods made in China. Like a 1st world country.
So China could be subject to economic boycotts in the meantime. Like restricted investment and trade restrictions.

Last edited 7 months ago by Meirion X
Sean Crowley
Sean Crowley
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

China is doomed in the ASEAN block as the majority are Muslim and HATE China to the point people of Chinese heritage in these countries are openly discriminated against . Pakistan will play its two sided game telling China what it wants to here while supplying resurgent Taliban with the means to undermine China’s borders . China , has helped India now which is about to take off and they will need Steel and Gas which they will get from Australia cheap thanks to China not competing for the same raw materials .

Paul.P
Paul.P
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Chinese trawlers have been fishing around the Galapagos. There are reports that China is planning to ‘forward base’ its fishing fleet on Australia’s door step in Papua New Guinea. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/chinas-fishing-fleet-heading-for-australia-amid-trade-war/S5DVWRRFTB2IPAYSB3S3KWHFLI/ They are already asserting themselves near Singapore. https://thetaiwantimes.com/chinese-coastguard-loitering-in-indonesian-waters-latest-frontier-challenge-by-beijing/ The latest additions to the Chinese Coastguard are larger in displacement than a Ticonderoga. It is going to take a decades long team effort to constrain China with naval assets as she attempts to feed her population. She needs to import food. We have something in common at least. The only way to bring China to be a democratic country is to… Read more »

Ulya
Ulya
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

You make alot of good points Farouk, but none of that make any difference, the UK still needs trading partners and China is too big a market to ignore. Politicians are pragmatic not moral

Andy G
Andy G
7 months ago
Reply to  JohnG

China has an advanced anti ballistic missile defense already, with many examples of successful intercepts. I fear they already think they can counter Trident.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

An ABM system can only successfully intercept an ICBM in the boost stage, that is relatively near a launch site.
Mid course interception, is much harder, but then again you would need ABM systems based in other countries like the US has, or from ships 1000s Km’s away from homeland.

Last edited 7 months ago by Meirion X
lesliejohnson
lesliejohnson
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

Thinking you can counter an IBM? You’d better KNOW you can.

Andy a
Andy a
7 months ago
Reply to  Andy G

There is huge difference between intercepting a short or medium range and taking out an incoming trident mirv. I assume that’s the thinking behind using warhead numbers to counter anti ballistic kit. USA has most experience with there several systems but most have to hit target shortly afte launch. GMD I believe hits in orbit before entry, patriot aegis thaad, the costs are huge and it’s success rate against ICBM limited

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
7 months ago

I am just thinking of a few new flavours of jam we will be promised later today; Cyber, Space Command, Tempest, Autonomous blah blah, Type 32, Research Vessel, Strike Brigades (an old jam but rebranded due to poor customer experience).
I am so pleased they are growing the RN.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

It’s going to be interesting to see if anything substantial is announced or if it is just vague statements about investing in new tech and nothing actually confirmed on details of how this money will be spent or how the threat will be combated. From the rumours it seems a fair bit of the money will be gong to UK based jobs to shore up the union after the mess Boris has made of it recently.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

What mess? You are just making it up. The SNP will sneer at who ever it suits them. Even their former leader.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

Boris fake holiday, his trip to Scotland during lockdown, general feeling of mishandling covid, attempts to reign in the power of the Scottish government etc etc, they have all basically helped the SNP. Right now if there and an vote today, independent Scotland would happen unfortunately. Luckily it won’t happen today and there is time to fix things.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

You are talking nonsense. He is PM, he can go to Scotland. Ministers have been visiting places.
You are all fake.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

Not really. The country is in lockdown and the guidance is only travel where it is required. Why does the PM need to travel to Scotland to visit a drug company for a PR stunt. It just erodes the countries faith in the approach. Same with Cummings, he should have apologised when he breached the rules but instead the Boris backed him blindly. Like it or not this has all impacted the vote and opinion polls put a independence win as much more likely now that it was a year ago.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Why is Eastenders being produced in a distanced way? Why are other TV programmes which are produced all over the country in a distanced way?

Your argument falls totally flat. The PM is not running around in a mob like left wing anarchists. Its his job. Suck it up.

OldSchool
OldSchool
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

You’d almost think Steve is a Guardian reader. LOL.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

Very True!

Andy a
Andy a
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

For gods sake get grip it’s getting as bad as USA with all political woke rubbish backstabbing and tittltattle. If milkmen traffic wardens delivery guys, postmen, car garages, newsagents are open I think the guy in charge of the country can visit an area under his control. Just keep to defence and not the blah blah I hate boris and he’s so mean rubbish. You have an election, vote, u lost now put up and vote him out next time, it’s called democracy. Any defence stuff u want to talk about?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

I believe the details are on the 22nd in the DWP. Today is general ISR direction and usual political grandstanding.

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
7 months ago

Your right it is the 22nd for the details and I should apologise for my rather sarcastic sense of humour but having seen how U.K. defence policy has been handled for the 35 years I can’t help it.
Given Boris is making today’s announcement it will certainly be devoid of detail.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Don’t apologise. I share it!!!

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Yawn.

Herodotus
Herodotus
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Talk about jam tomorrow, this government must have shares in Hartley!

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Disappointing that we have to wait. This review not only is of interest to defence, but the wider economy and how the tories are going to manage the massive new debt caused by covid.

Splitting it means they can grandstand today and win votes with vague promises of investment and jobs and then try and hide the cuts later on. Good political move, but not a good one if you care about how our public money is actually spent.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The debt just stays there. like the same debt that the whole world has run up. What is important is to get those who lost their jobs back to work. But in terms of retail there are a whole world is in the middle of changing. I dont see the jobs of shop assistants and fitters comn back.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Extra 24 billion? How much jam do you want. The trouble is that the services, not least the Army, have wasted a whole larder full of jam.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Are they actually expanding it I wonder. We suspect there will be short term cuts and 1-2 frigates and the mine hunters seem likely. In replacement we will probably get vague promises of expanding the fleet through the new t32, but at a guess they won’t start being built until the t31 have been finished, which means pletny of time to get cut back due to budget limitations etc and/or also cut back the t26 (maybe on the basis that the 2nd order is no longer needed as automonus platforms has made them redundent). We have all seen it time… Read more »

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The T32 has to be designed first. Its all speculation that it would be just a version of the 31. The 32 did not come from the politicians, it came from the requirement of the Navy.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

It might be a requirement of the navy but it is proceeding due to politicians. I doubt the navy has ever asked for cuts etc, but they get forced on them. Let’s hope the t32 actually is a war fighter and not another opv in digise.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

It comes down the the mandate given to the navy. If that mandate was you have to have ships in all these waters for flag flying and increase the overall vessel count but with no extra cash and no mention of needing them to be war fighters, then the navy would have no choice but to go for more stretched OPV with the hope one day they will be fully fitted out.

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
7 months ago

The Sun? I think it’s best we just wait for the review to publish later on than pay even the slightest attention to what the tabloids are saying

John Clark
John Clark
7 months ago

That can’t be right Levi, the Sport mentions we are getting a moon base, or was it a bus on the moon, I get confused with advancing years??

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
7 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

I should stop reading the Sport mate !!!!

farouk
farouk
7 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

It was a WW2 bomber on the Moon and a Bus inside an Iceburg. That said I did (and still do) like watching the intro to the TV program UFO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2PoXfZdYVU

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Ha…. Is it the lass with the Blue Rinse ?

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

The theme tune from UFO is the ringtone on my phone and how cool was SkyDiver, now THAT could be the future of the RN/FAA !

RobW
RobW
7 months ago

If true then it was entirely predictable. Both would need significant work during LIFEX for only a few more years of service. Not great but it’s only a temporary reduction in numbers.

Paul T
Paul T
7 months ago
Reply to  RobW

Hasn’t Montrose already been LIFEX’D .?.

Paul42
Paul42
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Yes she has. Came out of one refit/maintenance period and went back in for LIFEX.

RobW
RobW
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

my bad yes she has. Will still need a lot of maintenance after her current deployment. I would imagine her material state isn’t good.

Paul T
Paul T
7 months ago
Reply to  RobW

I wonder if She will see Service elsewhere, Greece might be a possibility even as a Stopgap ?.

RobW
RobW
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul T

Likely with some work done to her beforehand, much like we did with Chile. Basically the price was the cost of the maintenance and upgrades. Keeps the yards busy. I would imagine the MOD has been drumming up interest already.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
7 months ago
Reply to  RobW

It’s actually pretty good. The issue will be the mandatory docking period that will turn up a load of issues to fix. So better to not bother.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
7 months ago

This doesn’t sound good.

“Tobias Ellwood, Conservative chair of the Defence Committee, said on Monday that the country was about to witness a “shocking reduction” in conventional hard power in favour of “niche capabilities”.

He said the UK must adapt to new threats but this “does not mean that the old threats have disappeared”, adding that severe cuts to the armed forces would “worry our closest allies and delight our competitors”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56410532

John Clark
John Clark
7 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Let’s see guys, hold off judgement until it’s released.

I’m not too concerned about the loss of a couple of hanging Type 23’s that are only effectively scrap anyway.

By the time these vessels had gone though very expensive refit, they would be ready to be sold anyway….

Providing this news is accompanied by full confirmation of T26, T31 and more news on T32. Let’s hope this is a continuation of T31 build with a better equipment fit.

I’m looking for confirmation of 24 Frigates and Destroyers with a time frame for the builds.

Mark F
Mark F
7 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

equipment fit.

I’m looking for confirmation of 24 Frigates and Destroyers with a time frame for the builds.
Standby to be very disappointed.
Its more Jam tomorrow and will be cancelled or trimmed back over the coming years.

John Clark
John Clark
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark F

I fear you are right Mark, but life hasn’t quite managed to kick the glass half full out of me yet!

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
7 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

24 Frigates and destroyers ? What at the same time ? dropping two before any of the 26, 31 and 32’s will cause a mathematical problem 11+6 = 17, + a dribble of type 26’s and “At Least 5” type 31’s over a long, long build time will i very much doubt give us the 24 often quoted.

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

All these numbers are not active at the same time.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

No, Really ?

Paul42
Paul42
7 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

That is effectively coming from the horses mouth as it were and is extremely worrying. Our forces have seen horrifying cuts that have reduced them to a mere shadow of what they were. What was it Boris said – no more cuts????

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

24 billion extra announced?

Paul42
Paul42
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

That should just about cover the Blackhole in the existing budget. But nevertheless, cuts will be made to already badly overstretched assets we currently have, leaving us no better off…..

Yovi
Yovi
7 months ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

My cynicism with the establishment and their foolish attitudes on UK defense, would lead me to believe Tobias Ellwood, one of a small number of MPs who seems to have any concern or knowledge on defense issues. I can not understand what possible benefit UK receives from this endless series of cuts, the word reckless, complacent and dumb come to mind !

Challenger
Challenger
7 months ago

Not a huge surprise on the T23’s as they would presumably require LIFEX for only a handful of years more service. The fate of the Hunts and Sandowns is more concerning. I’d like to think the announcement will be for a gradual draw down just a little ahead of schedule – with some solid plans for remote mine-hunting kit and other hulls (sadly not a new class in all likelihood but a mix of existing assets) to be ready for a phased change-over. If the lack of gossip means that nothing else that previously looked vulnerable like the Albion’s will… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

Indeed. If just 2 T23 and the MCMV I’d bite your hand off.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

See that is the thing re the MCMV for me.

They can self deploy, the new boats cannot. So an escort or RFA / future mothership type, whatever, has to be committed.

If rapid deployment is needed, if the Hercs go and we are left with 8 C17 and 22 Atlas that is now another commitment they take up while also now carrying out the mission that 14 Hercs were needed for, and a vital one at that.

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
7 months ago

Having seen the new boats up close in Plymouth Sound anything more than a force 4 and their actually practical use would be suspect. Are we only going to do mine clearance in calm weather? The loss of the Hercs would be a very poor decision. Whilst I reluctantly except we are no longer a serious land based player we do offer NATO some capabilities that only the US can otherwise provide and our airlift capability is one of them. Given we may find our forces deployed in part in the Far and Middle East retaining the Hercs provide airlift… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Agree. The Hercs loss is the one worrying me most, more than anything else in this review.

John Clark
John Clark
7 months ago

Very true Daniele, They do appear to be suggesting a proper shift to Strike Brigades, that means heavy airlift. For Strike brigades to have the same psychological impact as having an aircraft carrier ‘on route’, then you need to get the lead combat elements into position quickly and world wide. That means a small balanced force of 1800 ‘ish’ mobile troops, bristling with firepower, drones in over watch and an AH64E and Typhoon force detachment to protect them and Helicopter support etc. Ideally, you would want the first boots on the ground inside 24 hours, SF and the required SF… Read more »

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
7 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Totally agree with all of this and for me it will be a litmus test of the Government’s intent on genuinely adapting our defence posture to becoming lighter but more mobile with a maritime focused U.K. military. Anything else is just the same old patter.

Paul42
Paul42
7 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

If indeed the drips/rumours are true, Montrose will be sold complete with Sea Ceptor to Brazil opening up a new export market for the missile and further Type 23s. Not sure if Monmouths LIFEX has already been paid for? If it is cancelled it will have a knock on effect for Babcock, but I suspect it might be completed with subsequent sale to Brazil. The Type 23s are decent ships and will find homes with Foreign navies, whilst we put HMS Victory back into active service and start fitting small weapons to rowing boats.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Paul42

Monmouth has had her main gun removed.
She looks like being used for spares!

Paul42
Paul42
7 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

Shes been stripped ready for LIFEX, same happened to a lot of the others including Lancaster and Iron Duke.

David Barry
David Barry
7 months ago

Should there be no votes in defence, then why are the Sun even wasting space on speculating? Thinpinstripped line went through reasons for losing FOUR T23, so the news is? Vis: They are knackered They’d cost too much to refit Allows crews down time as important PIDs are filled on other ships Brings, some, balance to the budget Of course that view may be correct however, it ignores the woeful procurement timeline of T26, added to which is my personal bugbear of announcing things several times – this government announce an arrival more times than the announcer at Clapham Junction.… Read more »

Mark F
Mark F
7 months ago

I hope you like a dogs dinner because I plenty of it being made.

Airborne
Airborne
7 months ago

While its always shitty to get anything cut, this is probably the safest and best of a few bad options for the RN. Wont have much of an impact on routine dpeloyments and training, i dont think? However my fear is the for the Puma fleet, the C130Js, the “x” amount of chinooks (no new ones or getting rid of a few older models?) and the loss of 24 Typhoons, alebit tranche ones, useful but pretty much again again probably best of some more bad options given to the RAF. As for the Army, yes deep cuts expected but a… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
7 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

Bloody hell are my fingers getting wider or my phone is shrinking, far to many spelling errors…oops.

Andy P
Andy P
7 months ago
Reply to  Airborne

I hear ya bro, I much prefer using the laptop to the phone due to snorker fingers.

As for the cuts, sorry, ‘review’, I’ll wait until this afty but its hard not to be cynical.

farouk
farouk
7 months ago

So whilst we all wait with baited breath regards the latest defence review, on how the Tories will fund the military regards defence of the realm from outside influences such as Russia and China. I read that not only does the government seek closer ties with China but they paid a Russian company to build the new media centre in Downing st: Russian link to Boris’s £2.6m press briefing room: Downing Street suite was kitted out by firm linked to Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT The £2.6 million renovation of Downing Street’s new White House-style press briefing room was carried out by… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by farouk
David Barry
David Barry
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Could you make it up? Seriously??

Love the name of the Russian company Okno – now, I would translate that as… Window… In the 60s the Sovs bugged the communication cables running past the Russian Embassy to GCHQ et al, now, they get invited in to deck out a secure area, hello FSB.

SoleSurvivor
SoleSurvivor
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

The current Tory government has become one of the most corrupt in the world since Johnson became leader, Cameron and May kept the corrupt away from office as much as they could but in the end the corrupt lot are now in charge. They’re all millionaires in some cases billionaires with shady offshore accounts in the Cayman islands and links to Russian oligarchs, getting paid substantial sums of money from Russians for a game of Tennis or a cup of tea and a chat, they’re sole purpose in government is to get themselves and they’re allies/friends as rich and powerful… Read more »

TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago
Reply to  SoleSurvivor

Ha ha ha ha…

David Barry
David Barry
7 months ago
Reply to  TrevorH

TrevorH I agree with you, the statement by SoleSurvivor was funny. Most Con Govts are corrupt.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

I agree as well!

Nick C
Nick C
7 months ago
Reply to  farouk

I read that report as well and had a good snigger. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when they sweep it for bugs, and also to be in Moscow when they realise one or two have got through the net!

Rob
Rob
7 months ago

Surely the difference between 180 thermonuclear warheads & 260 is the difference between killing everyone twice or three times and offers very marginal extra deterrence? Surely the money would be better spent on the cash strapped conventional forces? Honestly I don’t get it so if someone could explain…

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Rob

A Trident based in the Pacific, would be a better location, to cover both Russia and China.

Last edited 7 months ago by Meirion X
Steve Salt
Steve Salt
7 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

CASD ! Who knows where they are ?

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

All the minesweepers/minehunters? So much for the millions spent on establishing a naval base in the Middle East then! These politicians don’t know what they are doing. A growing navy? Who are they kidding?

Last edited 7 months ago by Mike
TrevorH
TrevorH
7 months ago

This is previewed on several sources. Seems sensible. They would be refurbished only to then go almost soon after.

David Barry
David Barry
7 months ago

Er… is anyone listening to the online IntReview? Bluffer Blowjob has just said that we will have 24 frigates mid 20s as opposed to the fifteen we have now!

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
7 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

15 ?