Too Little, Too Late: UK Faces up to a Fleet Spread Too Thin

Too Little, Too Late: UK Faces up to a Fleet Spread Too Thin
The seizure of the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero by Iranian Republican Guard forces in the Strait of Hormuz has brought the issue of UK Royal Navy destroyer/frigate numbers into sharp relief. Richard Scott reports<br />Penny Mordaunt's valedictory act as UK Secretary of State for Defence was to lambast previous reductions in the size of the Royal...

The seizure of the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero by Iranian Republican Guard forces in the Strait of Hormuz has brought the issue of UK Royal Navy destroyer/frigate numbers into sharp relief. Richard Scott reports

Penny Mordaunt's valedictory act as UK Secretary of State for Defence was to lambast previous reductions in the size of the Royal Navy's (RN's) surface fleet and to argue for coherent and long-term investment in defence.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on 24 July - the day her brief tenure as defence minister was ended with Boris Johnson coming to power - Mordaunt pointed out that plans for new ships had repeatedly foundered for lack of funds.

Source: www.janes.com