Report: Britain's navy ill-equipped for a major war

UK Paper: Navy would barely be able to repeat its role in the Iraq war.

December 2, 2007 01:59
jpost services and tools

jp.services1. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Britain's navy is no longer equipped to fight a major war because of years of underfunding and cutbacks, a newspaper said Sunday, quoting what it described as a leaked Ministry of Defense report. The Sunday Telegraph said the navy would have to struggle even to repeat its role in the Iraq war and is "far more vulnerable to unexpected shocks" because of its "under-resourced" fleet of "aging and operationally defective ships." The paper said the report was ordered by Defense Secretary Des Browne and concludes: "The current material state of the fleet is not good; the Royal Navy would be challenged to mount a medium-scale operation in accordance with current policy against a technologically capable adversary." Asked about the report on Saturday night, the Ministry of Defense said it always declines to comment about "leaked documents." But it said it issued a statement saying: "The government values the Royal Navy greatly," has invested billions of pounds (dollars/euros) in new ships and submarines, and ordered two new aircraft carriers "which will be state of the art technology and allow us to project force around the globe." The ministry said the new ships will be far more capable than their predecessors.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy
April 22, 2019
Strong ties with Ukraine expected to get stronger under new president