DS wonders if the Prime Minister is being briefed truthfully as to the state of the Armed Forces by the MOD’. The herculean efforts being made by Service personnel with unreliable systems & equipment, terms & conditions in times of increasing threat are truly outstanding.
Prime Minister’s Questions 23rd November 2016
Wayne David (Caerphilly) (Lab):
“In these uncertain times we would all surely agree that Britain needs strong defence, so how can the Prime Minister justify her Government’s decision to scrap all the Navy’s heavyweight
surface-to-surface guided missiles without any replacement?”
The Prime Minister:
“I do not recognise the picture that the Honourable Gentleman presents of what the Government are doing in relation to the armed forces. We are investing billions of pounds in ensuring that our armed forces do have the missiles, the ships for the Royal Navy and the other pieces of equipment for the other armed forces. The picture that he presents is not the picture I recognise.”
Yet the the First Sea Lord has publicly stated in his recent speech…. (more…)
DS has now had time to digest the House of Commons Defence Committee’s report ‘Restoring the Fleet’ and the immediate Ministry of Defence (MOD) response. Frankly the very idea postulated by the MOD that their procurement programme for the Royal Navy was ‘growing’ the fleet was greeted with incredulity. To then add insult to injury by, yet again, confusing the billions of pounds spent as a guage of how effective the RN is or will be, left us almost speechless. But not quite! Here is the DS response: (more…)
DS is pleased to publish the recent House of Commons Defence Committee report – Restoring the Fleet. We agree in principle with the report but feel that it may fall short in certain aspects. For example, there is no overt mention of the cost (value for money) of current UK warship procurement only an intriguing reference to the Danish Absalom Class frigate which DS understands costs one third of the price of the proposed Type 26. We also worry that the report underplays the requirement for UK warship procurement to form part of a wider National Shipbuilding Strategy. Overall DS supports the conclusions reached. (more…)
DS is most grateful to the editor of the Forces Pension Society and Professor Sir Hew Strachan for permission to reproduce a recent wide ranging interview covering UK military strategy and the need for more public debate. Subjects that resonate within DS.
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