Navy jobs Down Under would save careers of sailors, says admiral

Whitehall watchdog hits out at ‘unaffordable’ defence plan

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ONE of the Royal Navy’s former top brass has predicted many redundant sailors will apply for jobs afloat Down Under.

Rear Admiral Chris Parry, from Portsmouth, said opportunities for them to join the Royal Australian Navy would be too good to turn down.

It would give them the chance to continue using the skills learned here, he added.

The RAN is planning to take on some of the 5,000 personnel who have already lost their jobs and those who will continue to be axed as part of the defence cuts to save £5bn.

Rear Admiral Parry, now a strategic defence expert since retiring from the navy, said: ‘This is an ideal opportunity for many of those made redundant to move to the other side of the world to continue their careers.

‘Asia is the place where it’s all happening at the moment. Australia feels it has to reorientate its strategic position because of the growth of countries like China and India.’

This meant that it was investing heavily in its armed forces,he said.

‘Australia has ordered 12 new submarines plus amphibious ships, an amazing investment in these times,’ he added.

‘The Australian economy is booming because of the natural resources it has which are wanted by the big industrial powers such as India and China.’

The Ministry of Defence has said it ‘makes sense’ for sailors to use their skills in a similar role when they leave the Royal Navy.

In addition to the navy cuts, the armed forces will have lost 12,000 army posts, 5,000 Royal Air Force jobs and 25,000 civilian staff.

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