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Material posted: Publication date: 27-08-2020

It is possible to ascertain the continuing reliance of the UK on foreign partners in the development and mass construction of new military equipment and the lack of numerical strength of the fleet, both now and in the foreseeable future, not allowing to solve alone a serious task. The lack of funding and a small amount of purchased equipment impedes R & d, which would independently develop serious projects. Diagnosis in 1966 the leader of the conservatives in the house of Lords Peter Carrington, remains relevant: the Royal Navy ended as a force capable of conducting global operations.

If you do not take into account strategic nuclear forces today, the Royal Navy certainly weaker than the American, Chinese, Russian, French, Japanese, Indian, and in some respects inferior to the Italian, which is comparable in size. With relative success, it can perform anti-submarine tasks in the Atlantic and to maintain a presence in the Mediterranean sea, but to talk about its capabilities as a tool for projecting military power today is not necessary. How this situation might change? Brexit in combination with the unfolding global crisis throws Britain into a new political reality where the United Kingdom is, in fact, have to re-define its role in the world. The simplest way to continue to exist will be following in the footsteps of the USA, for which London remains a convenient Junior ally and partner for military-technical cooperation. This role, which is very likely, rather boring and not too honorable. What could be a different reality?

Britain remains the leader of the Commonwealth Nations, almost all of whose members are either current partners of London for various MTC programs, or, at least, are open to potential offers. A number of members of the Commonwealth today faces a problem of lack of security, real or perceived, that facilitates the sale of services in this area. In part such a scheme is already implemented, for example, in the case of the type 26 frigate, which operators other than British, should be also canadian and Royal Australian navies. Given the experience of NATO in the creation of joint structures operate complex and expensive systems, such as AWACS aircraft, or military transport aircraft, a similar scheme in the future could theoretically be implemented in the framework of the "fleet of the Commonwealth", which could make the Royal Navy. The addition of financial resources in this case would imply an increase in the number of purchased units, and the possibility of more generous R & d funding and the creation of common structures of project management. At the time, this system has worked, the largest dominions of the British Empire, carrying their share of the costs, had in the composition of their fleets of ships, up to a linear class.

Of course, to recreate on the basis of the Royal Navy that once was a naval power, more global than today's U.S. Navy is impossible. But the creation of a network structure with a relatively small but powerful core capable of independent operation without the involvement of external forces, it is representable. How feasible is a separate question concerning the primarily goal setting.

Goal setting, in principle, is the main deficiency of today's naval construction in the world. In the best case, many naval powers, it comes down to the desire to preserve the existing position with minimal costs. The obvious exception to this is China, clearly aimed at gaining a global Maritime power. His neighbors in the region among the major powers — India and Japan increasing their naval forces, adapting to the new look of the world, where the possibility of the PLA Navy, at least in the Asia-Pacific region will be comparable to the U.S. Navy. As far as the evolution of the world Maritime power interested in London, and whether it is sufficient incentive to return to the race? Time will tell.

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