Following the announcement of the National Security Capability Review in July, a number of reports have suggested that significant changes to the structure of the Royal Marines and UK amphibious forces are being considered as part of this exercise. These changes are said to include the consideration of substantial reductions in the strength of the Royal Marines and the possible deletion of the Royal Navy’s Albion class ships. The Committee will examine the UK’s amphibious capability and its importance to UK defence.
Recent reports have suggested that the Government is considering changes to the amphibious capability of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines as part of the ongoing National Security Capability Review. The House of Commons Defence Committee are inviting members of the public to share their views on the potential impact of these changes. Views are particularly welcome from communities where Royal Marines, Army Commando units and amphibious ships are based, given that they would be most directly affected by any major decisions on reconfiguration.
The Defence Committee welcomes your answers to the following:
- How important is the amphibious capability provided by the Royal Marines and Albion class ships to the UK?
- What is the likely impact on unit morale and satisfaction with Service life if the reported changes and reductions are implemented?
- What is the likely impact on the communities where these capabilities are based if the reported changes and reductions are implemented?
Deadline for submission to the web forum is Thursday 21 December 2017.
Contributions can be anonymous, but if participants doing so wished to indicate any particular connection to amphibious forces (such as being in the family of a member of serving personnel) and/or their locality in a way which would not personally identify them, then this would be welcome. This includes any connection to any units from the three Services involved in delivering amphibious capability. This is a public forum and participants should not include any information which they would not wish to have published. The forum will be pre-moderated by Committee Staff. Comments that do not comply with Parliamentary Outreach’s online discussion rules will be removed. Comments will not be covered by Parliamentary Privilege.
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