Royal Navy has 16 top brass for each warship, Potters Bar’s MP reveals
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 October 2013
The Royal Navy has 40 admirals and 260 captains for just 19 ships, Potters Bar’s MP has revealed.
The scale of cuts to military forces were laid bare by Hertsmere Parliamentarian James Clappison, during a defence debate in the House of Commons last week.
Mr Clappison has since spoken to the Potters Bar Edition and demanded the Government halt the belt-tightening at the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF.
Mr Clappison highlighted the plight of the Navy by revealing there are now 13 captains for every destroyer and frigate, and about two admirals for each warship.
In a stinging broadside he said: “One is tempted to guess that, although in the past the dream of a captain may have been to command a ship, today his dream may be to set foot on one.”
Mr Clappison said that the Navy’s warships had “very great capabilities” but warned that other potential rivals like China were boosting naval spending at the same time as the Ministry of Defence was making swingeing cuts.
The Navy is cutting its force by 5,000 sailors and four warships.
A move Mr Clappison said was foolhardy and insisted the country “needs to have strong defence”.
He told the Potters Bar Edition: “I think we know from history that you never know where challenges are going to come from – we need a Navy and Air Force and an Army.”
He added: “I know they [the Government] have a very difficult job to do with the budget because of the inheritance [from the previous Labour Government], but I do hope they think again.”
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