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Recent reports 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 invited members of the public to share their views on the potential impact of these changes.

The Defence Committee asked for public views on the following questions:

  • 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 was Thursday 21 December 2017.

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Barbara Hancock

03 December 2017 at 09:20

We are an island race and it is crucial that we maintain our sea defences, we need to have the right ships in readiness for action at all times. It is imperative that we maintain our highly skilled marines in order to properly service and operate our fleet. Further cuts will demoralise the remaining marines, and prevent them operating effectively thereby decreasing our security and leaving our islands open to attack.

Mark Holden

03 December 2017 at 09:15

The UK is already retreating from the world stage and it's holding on the UN security council and other influence multipliers is waning. Coupled with our ineffective use of the foreign aid budget we are teetering on the brink of irrelevance. However power projection through a strong Navy and amphibious force has the ability to redress this.The population migration to the world's coastal areas cries out for a navy to assist in times of humanitarian strife. Militarily it is power projection that Europe needs and particularly our ability to support the smaller EU members will create more influence (which would certainly not be the with France or Germany) Further afield we see need in the middle East and increasingly the Pacific. Also how can we maintain our industrial and scientific base without the means to showcase them (note current interest in the Type 26 with Canada and Australia) it is still the case export or die!. Again the Navy and amphibious forces should be expanded not reduced, an Island nation has to protect it's lines of communication and without a critical mass it is impossible,at present we could not sustain even small losses and our yards may not be capable of repairs or a replacement building program.

MEDERIC PAYNE

03 December 2017 at 08:58

I believe that the Royal Navy and Marines in all their capabilities play a critical role in providing professional military services, appropriate to the nature of our maritime history , geography and ability to strike anywhere in the world if need be. For example the Falklands and potentially in Asia (North Korea). The Royal Marines in particular are part of some of the most respected and well trained military personnel in the world. We should be increasing the ressources to the Cammando units, increase the numbers of troops and ships to support. The world is entering one its most dangerous and unstable periods of its known modern existence owing to power struggles around the world. We need the Marines to provide the citizens of the United Kingdom with a defence force of its coasts and a deterrence against any future aggressive sovereign powers. Furthermore, with the post Brexit era soon upon us, we need a stronger larger Royal Navy and Royal Marines amphibious capabilities. I would rather we invest and even carryout more United Nations peace keeping roles to maintain operational effectiveness. My plea to the government and the parliamentary select committee is to maintain or increase the budget. I would rather we paid higher taxes, increased military jobs and show our courage as a maritime nation of how Great our Marines are.

Jon Langston

03 December 2017 at 08:58

As a former serving Royal Marine, I am fully aware of the resource and capabilities the Corp bring to UK Defense. Having trained and worked in desert, tropical, and arctic conditions. No other area of UK military is there such diverse ability to adapt and function as an effective force. Our specialists in arctic/mountain warfare are second to non, and we continue to provide the greatest individual contribution to the UK Special Forces Group (the Royal Marines at 4.4% of UK military manpower, currently provide 43% of frontline, ‘badged’ Special Forces). Plus with well over 60% of the worlds population living within 100km of the coastline, removing the amphibious capability the Corp bring would be detrimental to us as a nation and our defence capability.

Paul Oldhams

03 December 2017 at 08:26

The Royal Marines have historically played a major role in the defence of the UK and dependencies. The cuts in the armed forces generally have left the country in the position that we are possibly unable to carry out our existing commitments to our allies. Perhaps cuts to the ridiculous funding for overseas countries should be made so that our defence can be assured

martin welch

03 December 2017 at 02:15

The Royal Marines and Albion class ships are surely going to be even more important to us in the UK if we are going to be independent from the EU, if we are seen to be reducing our defensive capabilities, certain foreign powers could be tempted to take advantage as happened in the Falklands; the ongoing cutbacks, not only in the service but also to the benefits of those personnel, are reducing the moral of those who we rely on to defend the nation and our way of life. As for there only being one Albion class ship at readiness, that is very worrying; in business there is a scenario referred to as ‘single point failure’, if there were a problem, breakdown or damage to a ‘one only’ machine that is pivotal to an operation; the alternatives, notably air transfer although very good in most situations are not suitable or available in all scenarios; it also gives us extra flexibility during ops planning and in the field. Our service personnel are and need to be highly trained to minimise risk to themselves and to maximise their effectiveness against what could easily be a larger force and kept at readiness to deal with a variety of threats; we need to fully support those who may ultimately put their lives on the line for us, as well as supporting the communities and infrastructure that support them.

Gordon Richard Sims

03 December 2017 at 01:14

Having been one of the sailors who commissioned HMS. Centaur I am very familiar with the Albion type carrier and I feel that their role in the defence of the country is extremely essential considering the state of the world as it is today. The Royal Marines, one of the finest fighting forces in the world should definitely not be reduced, they are an essential part of the fighting forces of the UK. It would be far better to stop ALL foreign aid at the present and put those wasted funds to good use and bolster up the country's defences. Our Navy at present is only 5th. in the most potent navies behind India !! (They receive foreign aid from the UK) !! ridiculous.

Clive Hunter

02 December 2017 at 23:54

Primarily, ships change the appropriate manpower is the important factor suitably trained to man them. The Royal Marines as a whole need sufficient numbers to mount and sustain a viable operation/conflict. Governments in the past have approved building programmes which take years, costs never go down! It begs the question whether 2% of GNP is wise with spiralling costs. Most organisations need flexibility in numbers, especially with manpower (Falklands BCR's) Fleet Reserve. Less numbers, less flexibility to also sustain Special Forces. Good training/exercises are important for morale, 'the devil will find work for idle hands'. After 45 years service in the RM I think we are on the cusp of a deteriorating spiral if we reduce numbers further. It reminds me of a recruiting slogan in the late 60's "to constantly keep the RN before the public". May common sense prevail.

Anthony McKiernan

02 December 2017 at 23:51

As an island nation, we are heavily dependent on a strong Royal Navy. As an internationally-respected nation, we have a duty to maintain a Navy capable of projecting power and offering humanitarian assistance on an international basis. It seems a huge backward step to remove our marine capability, thus sending the wrong message to friend and foe alike. Our armed forces deserve the best equipment and suitable personnel numbers to undertake the many operations worldwide. Please consider the above and increase the support rather than reduce it. Thanks you.Re

Peter Webb

02 December 2017 at 23:44

I am totally against cuts to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, especially in their amphibious capabilities. We are an Island nation and emerging threats as well as established ones may threaten our ability to defend ourselves. The Navy and Marines have a skill set in amphibious operations that cannot be replaced in a short time and I feel that if our national interest is to be served properly, the defense budget should increase to keep this capability.

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