The Royal Navy may cut key strategic warships in order to plug a £20bn black hole in funding.
Gavin Williamson, the UK’s new defence secretary, may have to axe HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, Britain’s two amphibious assault ships. Presently, the UK and France are the only two nations in Western Europe with the capacity to conduct large-scale amphibious assaults on enemy territory. As such, the possibility of the UK scrapping this capability has prompted worry among its NATO allies. The US has said that the removal of the UK’s amphibious ships would strongly impact America’s strategy in Europe while also strengthening the hand of NATO’s opponents.
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