RichardIC wrote:It's a law enforcement matter. It doesn't need military involvement.
shark bait wrote:In Germany the coastguard is "a civilian law enforcement organisation whose primary missions are border protection, maritime environmental protection, shipping safety, fishery protection and customs enforcement".
That's why I specifically mentioned the Germans, there's no need for a military coastguard. Keep the military for the higher value roles.
Scimitar54 wrote:If you really believe that, then by the same definition, why have QRA for incursions into UK air space, or an Army to defend against invasion. A raid on UK fish stocks IS an attack on the assets of this country and individuals who commit such offences (with or without political support from a foreign power) are highly likely to be committing other offences as well. Or perhaps you think that unarmed policemen still deter armed robbers as well. Get real!
Repulse wrote: as a lily pad for a ASW Merlin in UK and Atlantic waters has great value.
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