“an operation to monitor a Russian warship through British waters cost the Royal Navy almost £1.4m.Read more at”. On this January 24 reported the British edition of The Times.
In October, 2016 on the way to the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian battle group of ships off the coast of Great Britain is continuously accompanied by the destroyer “Duncan” and frigate “Richmond”. Soon members of the British Parliament issued a warning about the reduction of the country’s defense due to the small amount and “flagrant” structural deficiencies warships of the Royal Navy.
Russia has the right to warships through international waters, and the return of the ship strike group in Severomorsk not pose a threat to any European country.
There is an impression that the costly operation monitor and collateral information noise serve to knock out additional budgetary appropriations for upgrading and to divert attention from the real issues of the British fleet.
What is most lacking the Royal Navy?
Royal surface fleet has 13 frigates “Type 23” (built in 1987-2002), and six destroyers “Type 45” (2003-2013 years). According to statement of a British Ministry of Defence, the battle ships break down regularly. This also applies to the six new destroyers worth 1 billion pounds each (problems with the propulsion system). Repair costs tens of millions of pounds, in 2019 nearly new destroyers are planning to send to modernize. In the near future the problem can not be solved – costs are rising, the ships are not enough.
Pursuing the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” destroyer “Duncan” on 23 November, 2016 the motion lost and came back in Devonport do not perform the task of NATO exercises. This is an indicator of technical readiness of the Navy, because the “Duncan” – the newest, the latest in a series of “Type 45” is in service only three years. These ships are armed with anti-aircraft missile system PAAMS, 114-mm artillery installation, anti-aircraft machine guns, anti-submarine and mine-torpedo system.
In the British Parliament in 2009 talked about “excessive optimism and the underestimation of the technical problems” that led to an increase in naval expenditure of the country. As a result, the Royal Navy received six “world’s most powerful” destroyers instead of twelve.
The basis of the British defense strategy to 2020 – upgrading and modernization of the armed forces. Up to 2025-th United Kingdom plans to spend for this purpose 250 billion in dollar terms.
The Ministry of Defence argued that the billions of pounds spent on the creation of two new aircraft carriers and submarines. In the 2020 ‘s, the British plan to replace the frigate “type 23” on ships new project – Global Combat Ship In total, the NAVY within the framework of strategies can get 26 warships.
Strategic submarines of Great Britain (the base in Scotland) with intercontinental ballistic missiles, “Trident” on board primarily perform tasks combat patrol under the ice of the Arctic.
London considers its nuclear forces as the most effective means of deterring aggression, and to ensure national security, peace and stability. However, the Royal Navy’s nuclear missiles in the Barents Sea is not the best way to ensure the safety of the island nation, located in three thousand miles from the combat patrol.
Meanwhile, the Arctic is a priority of Russia’s maritime doctrine, and the marine component of the Russian nuclear triad remains the most effective. Is it worth risking British sailors under the thickness of the Arctic ice?
Against the background of the leakage of information about unsuccessful submarine Trident missile off the coast of the United States, the British Prime Minister, Theresa Mae confirmed January 22 the reliability of national strategic nuclear forces. On the causes of abnormal situation aboard the submarine “Vendzhens” not reported. It is known that the boat (type Vanguard) came into the sea after the repair cost of 350 million pounds, and soon after the incident, the British Parliament supported the modernization program “Trident” worth 31 billion pounds. The modernization process looks continuous from 2011 onwards.
Previously on the site WikiLeaks appeared a revelatory report submariners engineer William Maknilli about the security system “Trident” from which it follows that the United Kingdom is on the brink of nuclear catastrophe. Perhaps Engineer bit exaggerating, but still the fact of his revelations indicates the unreliability of the British submarine forces.
Head Boat Vanguard was put into operation in 1994, the fourth and last – in 2001. Their service life – 30 years. The project of the modernization assumes the replacement of the submarines of Vanguard from 2030 by new ones.
The Ministry of Defence has already signed contracts worth 79 million pounds with the company BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines for the development of the submarine Successor.
In the United Kingdom, a number of politicians are strong imperial ambitions. Suffice bleak for the London Naval painting the British Ministry of Defence seeks to mix the air force and land activity in the Middle East, Continental Europe and especially – in the Ukraine.
An anti-Russian activity deflects attention of taxpayers away from the serious problems the Ministry of Defence on the sea. And yet the reality is sobering.