The former chief of the Royal Navy has warned maritime forces face ‘disaster’ as its fleet shrinks to a historic new low.
The size of the Royal Navy has shrunk considerably over the decades. In 1982, the UK had 43 frigates and 12 destroyers; it now has 13 and six respectively.
It is now on course to have the smallest fleet in its 474-year history. New Type 31 frigates will not be ready until 2024, when the old ones are on their way out.
Falklands War veteran Lord West says with just eight frigates operational by the middle of the decade the Royal Navy is facing ‘disaster’.
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