Jake1992 wrote:Pseudo wrote:Jake1992 wrote:shark bait wrote:DFID? That has nothing to do with a Royal Yacht.
If the Private sector want to pay for one, and pay for ex-RN to crew it great, but no way can the MOD or any government departments justify the spending.
It could be used as a hospital ship just like the last one was.
As for no government department paying for it why not ? It would be used to drum up trade deals and diplotmatic relations so why shouldn't they ?
Your case for a Royal Yacht seems to be that it'd act as a floating embassy. I'd have to wonder what could be done in a floating embassy that would justify the expenditure that can't be done in the 129 British Embassies and Consulates worldwide?
As for your hospital ship idea, I'd be all for the idea of DFID commissioning one or two hospital ships that would be operated by the RFA and could be leased by the RN if necessary. They'd be a very visible symbol of the work DFID does and hugely effective in projecting soft power. Far more so than a Royal Yacht would be and a far better and more practical way to spend money.
Well to be fair the old royal yacht was pritty much a floating embassy, but the main thing the new one would be is a float PR simble for the UK as a whole, helping to push UK trade interests and forgian policy.
As today RN vessels are used to host a woah respective party's around the world a new Royal Yatch would do it much better, with the added benefit of a secondary hospital capabilty all for what £150m split between several different departments.
I'm think that even more 'woah' worthy than a Royal Yacht is a 70,000 tonne aircraft carrier, and the RN will have two of those in service soon enough. Put a massive marquee on the flight deck and I'd say you've got a perfect setting for pushing UK trade interests and foreign policy.