Great Britain as a rich maritime nation, with its empire spread to almost all corners of the globe, is a thing of the past. This island nation, exercising sound maritime policy, has exploited the sea around it to become rich and prosperous. In addition, the Royal Navy has the distinction of being responsible for setting up the navies in the commonwealth group of nations, of which the Indian Navy was a beneficiary.
But in the last decade or so, the Royal Navy has been charting, or rather has been made to chart, an uncertain course, not knowing whether it will run aground at some point. This is a view shared by quite a few defense analysts east of the Greenwich meridian.