The number of vessels from the British Navy in the Parliament of the Kingdom acknowledged the “frustratingly low”
Naval forces of Britain be able to resist the threats facing the state, only if the government will modernise the Royal Navy. This conclusion was reached in the Committee of the house of Commons of the British Parliament on defence. The number of available ships from United Kingdom parliamentarians found it “disappointingly small.”
In the report the defence Committee says that the importance of the Navy of Britain as an island nation “should not be underestimated,” writes The Guardian. According to the parliamentarians, the current number of frigates, destroyers and naval personnel from the state “does not adequately reflect the potential threats and vulnerabilities facing the UK and its interests abroad.”
The Chairman of the defense Committee Julian Lewis warned that the Ministry of defence risks leaving Britain with less than 19 frigates and destroyers. According to him, the number of ships in the British Navy “unfortunately, in General, already small”. According to Lewis, over the last decade, the number of patrol ships of the Royal Navy was in “extreme decline”.
The Chairman of the defense Committee believes that the number of vessels present was below the “critical mass” that would have been required to perform many tasks in case of deterioration of the international situation. All that’s left of the surface fleet of Britain, now faced a “long period of uncertainty”: class frigates replaced in full, and the destroyers carried out urgent repair works because of the unreliability of their engines.
According to the parliamentarians, if the courts will be even less, even for a short time, it will make the UK vulnerable, including threats from Russia and the Middle East. Under these conditions, the Kingdom will not be able to resolve conflicts in the South China and East China seas, and to perform its obligations as a NATO member.
“Then the United Kingdom will not be enough naval forces to cope with the threats that we face now, not to mention the future. We put the defense on notice that it would not allow it,” explained Lewis, announcing on Monday 21 November, the release of the report of the defense Committee of the Parliament.
In this document, the parliamentarians criticized the defense Ministry for mistakes in the construction of destroyers the type 45, after it became clear that they had faulty engines. The MPs accused the Ministry and contractors in a serious omission when testing the system, which cannot continuously work in the warm waters, and warned of a “potentially dangerous” consequences of this problem. “It is striking that the characteristics of the type 45 does not include the requirement for vessels to operate at full capacity and for long periods in hot regions such as the Persian Gulf,” – said in the report of the Committee.
According to the parliamentarians, to the continuing presence of Britain in the Persian Gulf is a requirement for the engine should be the key. The inability to guarantee the availability of this feature “will supply the personnel and ships of the Royal Navy in danger”, believe in the Committee.
The MPs also stated that uncertainty remains with plans to replace old frigates, which should be decommissioned by 2035. A total of 13 vehicles have to leave the service for an annual period between 2023 and 2035 years.
MPs have serious concerns about the funding and schedule of the fleet, which will replace the old court. To modernize the Navy of Britain is planned including using combat frigate, the type 26 frigate and utility type 31.
In the defense of Britain, The Guardian said about the plans of modernization of the Royal Navy. According to the Agency, the British Navy planned to expand with the construction of two aircraft carriers, type 26 frigates, submarines, Dreadnought class and Astute, and Maritime patrol ships.
“We are also developing a new class of lighter General purpose frigate to 2030, we could increase the fleet. This major investment programme will ensure that the Royal Navy will remain one of the most modern and powerful in the world, with true global reach,” added the Agency.