Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope - Royal Navy

The general election in spring this year, and the Defence Review that will follow it, provide an opportunity for defense in the UK to look afresh at its structures and how it delivers security into the future. That will bring challenges for the Royal Navy, because no ship, no matter how capable, can be in two places at once, and we have already seen some reductions and delays in areas of our equipment program. All this notwithstanding, my assessment is that we remain in good shape, and we are seeing versatile new ships and submarines come on line to replace aging stock. At the same time, I am not complacent. Issues of quantity are common to many navies, and I know I am not alone in welcoming the prospects of greater multinational cooperation between navies and other maritime forces in working together to deliver security at sea.


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