Britain’s Future Navy

Nick Childs

Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8pp color plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473823242
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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What kind of Royal Navy does Britain need now? The 21st century promises to be one of huge uncertainties and challenges for the senior service. Does Britain have the right naval strategy to cope with emerging threats (does it have a naval strategy at all, and should it?) and, if so, does the Navy have the right ships and enough of them to implement it?

Nick Childs looks at the changing strategic environment (including economic difficulties and the growth of other navies such as China and India). He asks what Britain’s role in the world could or should be – is she still interventionist? If so, should our forces be designed purely to work with US, UN or Western European forces? What are the options for a naval strategy? The author considers what kind of navy would be needed to support such options. What kind of ships are needed and how many? What of aircraft carriers and the nuclear option?

What are the technological developments affecting current and future warship design projects? Is the new Type 45 destroyer what is needed and worth the cost? Given the depths to which the RN has shrunk in terms of numbers, public profile, and strength relative to its peers, this probably is a critical period in terms of determining the RN’s future.

This new paperback edition has been revised and updated to take into account the most recent developments and government defense decisions.

About The Author

Nick Childs has been the naval and maritime specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies since 2015. For over thirty years prior to that he worked for the BBC, much of that time as a World Affairs Correspondent, covering a range of international, diplomatic, and security issues from London and on assignments around the world. He was the BBC's "inaugural" Pentagon Correspondent from 2002 to 2005. He has accumulated much experience of working with and reporting on the armed forces of various countries.

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