‘Vicious cycle’ of keeping old warships is depleting the Royal Navy

Welding taking place on the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.  Picture: Sarah Standing
Welding taking place on the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. Picture: Sarah Standing
  • Independent report finds it takes too long to build new naval warships
  • The result of this is forcing the navy to rely on ships ‘beyond their sell-by date’
  • Report calls for a radicalisation of the UK’s warship building operation, sparking hopes shipbuilding will return to Portsmouth
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A ‘VICIOUS cycle’ of ageing warships being kept beyond their sell-by date is depleted the Royal Navy’s stretched fleet, an independent report has warned.

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