Two of Britain’s four Trident-armed submarines have spent a year undergoing repairs in a threat to the credibility of the nation’s round-the-clock nuclear deterrent, the defence committee chairman has said. Tobias Ellwood raised concerns over lengthy works undertaken simultaneously on a pair of Vanguard-class boats, which he said left the Royal Navy “limping on” with only two operational nuclear missile-carrying submarines alternating missions. While most military maritime operations rely on the rotation of three surface ships, the continuous-at-sea deterrent is based on four submarines to ensure its resilience. This model envisages that at any one time there is one boat deployed, a second preparing for deployment, a third undergoing short-term works after returning from a deployment and a fourth that may be in longer-term maintenance.
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A PAPER produced by Britain’s oldest military think tank has concluded that the past 20 years of UK defence policy has been a failure and recommends wholesale changes, according to the convener of SNP CND. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) paper foresees the UK abandoning its role as a military auxiliary in the USA’s foreign adventures, implicitly points out that the “the independent deterrent” Trident isn’t independent and argues the UK needs to stay closer to Germany and France than the USA.
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