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HMS Ocean preparing to depart for the Caribbean. (British Navy)

(B2) The British Navy: A big joke? » today's daily headline The Telegraph which attacks marbles in the lead.

13 of the 19 major ships docked

Three-quarters of the Royal Navy's ships are currently incapacitated, according to senior military sources who spoke to Con Coughlin, the daily's defense editor. “ 13 of the navy's 19 major ships – Type 19 frigates and Type 45 destroyers – cannot put to sea due to either a lack of personnel or fuel and equipment ". In question, according to him, the reductions in defense spending which have seriously undermined the ability to react of Great Britain.

Engine failure delays aid shipment to Caribbean by a week

As for the shipment to the Caribbean to deal with Hurricane Irma of HMS Ocean, the amphibious assault ship that is currently the flagship, its departure was delayed by a week " by engine problems ».

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Small clarification (provided by one of our readers): a recurring problem in the British (and German) navy, as testified by Admiral Prazuck, during his hearing by the National Defense Committee of the National Assembly, at the end of July : “ the submarines sometimes stay at the dock because they no longer have sufficient crews – this is the black point of these [British and German] navies. The British ask me to lend them petty officers, mechanics, electricians to navigate their units. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).