Half of Britain’s warships are out of action because they are undergoing maintenance and upgrades, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defense.
Four of the remaining 12 Type 23 frigates are in berth, while the remaining eight are considered “operationally available”. One of the older Type 23s, HMS Monmouth, left service last month, reducing the number of frigates from 13 to 12.
Last week it came out five of the fleet’s six Type 45 destroyers were also being repaired or undergoing maintenanceleaving only nine out of a total of 18 Royal Navy escort ships available for operations around the world.
Five of the fleet’s six Type 45 destroyers are being repaired or undergoing maintenance
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Commenting on the figures, former Rear Admiral Chris Parry said the fleet had to increase the availability of its surface fighters.
“We have that
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