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Telegraph last Thursday, 1st Sea Lord Adm Radakin plans for RN, interesting, some to be welcomed, others controversial and some news on drones.
In a cost saving drive aiming to reduce Portsmouth headquarters count by half, 1,000, onto ships and bases, reduce Admirals from thirteen to eight.
“We are redesigning our headquarters so that we have a flatter structure and we empower high quality people to take decisions and quite simply to get on with stuff.” “We would send them back to work on a ship, while their jobs would be done by either reducing the rank that it’s done at or we would potentially civilianise them.”
Citing the Danish navy’s Huitfeldt class of frigates, he said: “They have only three different grades of engineer on board. We have nine different grades. So can we get flatter, leaner and more efficient?
“Can we slow down or even stop the constant churn that we have in our personnel structures? The Navy says their current personnel deficit against the workforce requirement is 5.2 per cent, or 1,500 people. They have only increased the number of regular forces by 100 since October 2016. In 2000, Britain had 39,000 sailors. It now has just over 30,000. In 1990, the government spent about four per cent on defence, while that is now closer to two per cent. Today, the Navy has 77 commissioned vessels, including six destroyers, 13 frigates and 10 submarines. 30 years ago, it had 138 ships and 33 submarines.
Another shot was fired across the bows by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief special advisor, who described the procurement of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth II and HMS Prince of Wales as “a farce” and said “they have built platforms that already cannot be sent to a serious war against a serious enemy."
Adm Radakin also announced plans to test “large drones” on aircraft carriers for the first time next year. In the future, the Navy wants to be able to launch and land devices that could undertake reconnaissance missions and also deploy missiles.