GBNATO wrote:I'm sure you'll get a chance soon enough
Not so sure: your budget cuts are much more leathal to your armed forces than any foreign army or navy could.
Soon, there won't be anything British to sink ...
France plans to reduce the number of warfighting escorts (DD/FF) to 15. So we have 4 more of them.
France has 1 old CVN hasn't started building replacements. We have 1 CV commissioned. 1CVF in the water being outfitted. 1 mid build.
France has 6 SSNs. We have 7.
France has 3 large Amphibious ships UK has 4. With 3 Auxiliaries.
I'd say the cuts to your Fremm project. To your Carrier replacement. To your Amphibious building plan. To your SSN replacements. To your Horizon project are much much more damning.
The RN has gone through all its cuts. Hell we came out of last year with 3 new OPVs being built for us. The 2 CVs have been agreed to be kept. The Type 26 long lead items are ordered and 8 are coming in first ASW batch with 5 GP after for a 1:1 replacement. We have the new tide class. The RN shouldered some pretty brutal cuts but with Russian activity in the NA. Crimea, Syria and Libya as well as tension in the gulf things are looking good for the RN... if not the army.
Still the most potent Navy in Europe. Still in the top 7 in the world. Not bad for a tiny Island.