Saturday, 16 June 2018

The £6 billion Royal Navy fleet that hardly ever went to sea: Warships that can't sail in the heat spent 80 per cent of the year in dock

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  • The British Royal Navy's six Type 45 £1 billion destroyers barely ever leave their docks
  • HMS Dauntless and HMS Defender, spent no time at sea during 2017 despite it being 'year of the navy'
  • The Type 45 destroyers all have engines fitted in 2008 that cut out in warm seas
  • In December Britain didn't have a single ship on overseas operations anywhere 


By LARISA BROWN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 02:04 BST, 16 June 2018 | UPDATED: 02:24 BST, 16 June 2018

Britain's six Type 45 destroyers, described as the backbone of the Royal Navy, spent 80 per cent of last year in dock.

The ships, costing £1billion each, need a multi-million pound refit after repeatedly breaking down in the Persian Gulf. But the work is not due to start until 2020.

Two of the cutting-edge warships, HMS Dauntless and HMS Defender, did not go to sea at all during 2017 – which had been hailed by officials and ministers as 'the year of the Navy'.

All six warships, which entered service from 2008, were made with an engine system which cuts out in warm seas, leaving sailors stranded for hours in total darkness. ........Continue reading: HERE

Britain's six Type 45 destroyers, described as the backbone of the Royal Navy, spent 80 per cent of last year in dock

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