Royal Navy has too few warships, says former minister

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THE Royal Navy has too few warships to carry out all its tasks, a former armed forces minister has warned.

Sir Nick Harvey said the forces risk being reduced to little more than a home guard if the defence budget is squeezed any further.

Sir Nick said recent defence cuts were close to bone and cannot be taken any further.

He said: ‘We lost things we could not afford to lose already.

‘The Royal Navy has got too few vessels in service, too little manpower, to execute the tasks already being asked of it.’

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