A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Royal Navy vs Belgian Navy

I was sympathetic to Admiral Sir Jonathon Band's appeal for extra cash for the Royal Navy if it is to be expected to fulfill the busy role the Government wants it to - and before anyone asks, no my work doesn't involve advising any shipbuilding companies.

However, the Admiral's suggestion that the RN risked turning into a force on the scale of the Belgian Navy was just a tad hyperbolic, as the numbers show:

Current RN fleet:

3 aircraft carriers
3 amphibious assult ships
8 destroyers
17 frigates
4 SSBN Trident-carrying submarines
9 SSN attack submarines
1 Antarctic Patrol ship
5 patrol vessels
5 survey vessels
15 minehunters

Current Belgian Navy fleet:

2 frigates
6 minehunters

er... that's it unless you count tugs, a yacht and this mighty vessel which used to patrol the Rhine and now does "public relations missions":

So we have some distance to go before catching up with Belgium.


Blogger ROUGE GUNNER said...

Im sure the destroyer Brown will bring it into line with Belgium soon.

3:14 pm, February 19, 2007

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6:10 pm, February 19, 2007

Blogger Welsh Spin said...

May I be the first to say:
"Gallant little Belgians!"

12:32 am, February 20, 2007


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