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Royal Navy down to dangerous levels

Updated on November 21, 2016
Royal Navy warship docked in Portsmouth
Royal Navy warship docked in Portsmouth | Source
Sinking of British warship in the 1982 Falklands war
Sinking of British warship in the 1982 Falklands war | Source
Statue of Lord Nelson who fought the French at the battle of Trafalgar
Statue of Lord Nelson who fought the French at the battle of Trafalgar | Source
Francis Drake who fought the Spanish and their armada
Francis Drake who fought the Spanish and their armada | Source
Russian aircraft Admiral Kuznetzov streamed through English Channel on its way to Syria
Russian aircraft Admiral Kuznetzov streamed through English Channel on its way to Syria | Source

If Francis Drake or Lord Nelson could see the Royal Navy today they would be amazed at the technology and type of ships the Royal Navy has. Saying that it is possible they would also be disappointed by how the Royal Navy has fell into decline down the years with a report from a defence select committee in parliament saying the Royal Navy is at a dangerous and historic low level when it comes to the number of warships in the fleet.

The report continues that the Royal Navy needs restoring and increasing particularly in a dangerous world we live in today. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetzov recently steamed through the English Channel being shadowed by Royal Navy ships and with Russia resurgent the UK needs a strong navy as part of NATO and for its own protection too.

In recent memory the Royal Navy had its finest hour when it fought the Argentinians for the Falklands. When the Argentinians invaded the islands and the UK sent a naval task force to expel the Argentinians from the islands what were and still are very much British territory. The war was savage with naval, aircraft and combat soldiers all suffering which in the end the British won.

The question has to be asked could the British launch another task force like that if needs be and it is highly likely the answer would be no as right now the Royal Navy does not have any operational aircraft carriers as such. Two new aircraft carriers which are huge should be ready some time in the near future but they are already over budget apparently.

In response to this criticism the MOD or Ministry of Defence have said they are investing in the Royal Navy obviously mentioning the long over due and over budget aircraft carriers but also saying there are new types of destroyers and frigates on the way as well submarines. By the 2030's the UK should be up to par as regards having a proper fighting fleet with all mod cons but can the Royal Navy last until 2030?

The UK always prided itself on being a naval power and once Britain had one of the most powerful navies in the world if not the most powerful. The UK has a long history of being a seafaring nation that have produced heroes in the military aspect of the navy and now to see our navy reduced to this is a sure sign of decline.

List of Royal Navy victories

1) Sluys France 1340

2) Quiberon Bay France 1759

3) Trafalgar 1805

4) Spanish Armada 1588

5) Barfleur France 1692

6) Jutland Germany 1916

7) Taranto 1940

8) Nile 1798

9) Bismark Germany 1941

10) Glorious 1st June 1794



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