‘A national disgrace’

A LACK of British warships to help reinforce a crucial Nato naval group has been branded a “national disgrace”

Lack of British warships a ‘national disgrace’

by DAVID MADDOX

A LACK of British warships to help reinforce a crucial Nato naval group in the face of the renewed threat from Russia has been branded a “national disgrace” by the former head of the Royal Navy.

Retired First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West said the UK government needs to find money for more frigates and destroyers.

His comments follow the revelation last week from Defence Minister Mark Francis that the UK has provided no ships for the Nato maritime patrol group in the eastern Atlantic since 2009.

The group was recently reinforced by Nato allies including the US, Canada and Turkey in the light of the Ukrainian crisis and concerns that Russian president Vladimir Putin has an expansionist agenda after annexing Crimea.

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Source: scotsman.com

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