As the Scottish MSM continue to feast on the delayed Calmac ferry story, reader Alex Montrose suggests:
An article comparing to ferry debacle to the destroyer debacle? 2 ferries in Port Glasgow running late and over budget set against 6 destroyers tied up in Portsmouth awaiting new propulsion systems.
and shares this from the Portsmouth Times:
ALL six of the Royal Navy’s state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers are currently docked in port, at a time of heightened tensions with Russia.https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/all-six-of-the-navys-destroyers-are-in-port-amid-on-going-tension-with-russia-3558275
stewartb then fills in the detail:
The Ferguson ferries situation and comparing this to MoD/Royal Navy fleet management:
Source: House of Commons Defence Committee (7 December, 2021) “We’re going to need a bigger Navy (https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/8205/documents/85026/default/)
Para 128. ‘The low availability of the UK’s Type 45 destroyers and recognised issues in their propulsion systems are a major cause for concern. The destroyers cannot do their job or effectively deter adversaries if only half, and sometimes only one, of the six ships is available for operations at any time.
‘The PIP(Power Improvement Project) that is intended to improve this situation is scheduled for completion in 2028 but there are indications that TIMELINES MAY BE SLIPPING. We find it EXTRAORDINARY that the Navy is prepared to WAIT SEVEN YEARS TO FULLY REPAIR THESE £1 BILLION DESTROYERS, which are arguably the most powerful units in the surface fleet after the aircraft carriers.’ (my emphasis)
Para 127. ‘Reporting (by the MoD) of (warship) availability must improve to AVOID CONCEALING ISSUES with the availability of specific classes of vessel.’
And as someone earlier noted, it seems matters have become even worse, with all six of the RN’s destroyers currently not in service.
Source: Evening Standard (7 February 2022) ‘All six Royal Navy destroyers in port for engine repairs amid heightened tensions with Russia – The Defence Select Committee warned in December 2021 that availability of the ships was a ‘major cause for concern’
‘All six of the Royal Navy’s state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers are currently docked in port, at a time of heightened tensions with Russia.’