Great Britain Has a Total of 6 Destroyers. 5 Are Out of Action.

The "mighty" naval power that is currently sending China a "message" off the Chinese coast

When HMS Defender sailed into Russian territorial waters last month that was 50 percent of Britain’s operational destroyer strength (now 100 percent)

Five of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers are unavailable for deployment, leaving just one warship in the class capable of operations, defense procurement minister Jeremy Quin acknowledged this week.

Four of the Type 45s currently unavailable are in various stages of maintenance or upgrade. The remaining warship out of action, HMS Diamond, ran into technical problems earlier this month while escorting a Royal Navy–led carrier strike group on a deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

The one operational destroyer in the fleet, HMS Defender, is helping provide air defense cover to the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and other warships in a group which includes U.S. and Dutch vessels.

At present HMS Daring, HMS Duncan and HMS Dragon are docked, undergoing maintenance.

HMS Dauntless is undergoing an essential power improvement program. The first of the class to be fitted with the power propulsion update, the ship is expected to start sea trials later this year.

Although the MoD has not specified the exact cause of the problems which forced HMS Diamond to head for port it’s likely to be related to longstanding power and propulsion reliability issues with the otherwise highly capable anti-air destroyer.

Several reports in recent years have detailed propulsion breakdowns leaving Type 45s without power when the ship is deployed to areas with high temperatures.

Quin’s acknowledgement that working Type 45s had become a scarce resource came to light in a Parliamentary answer July 19, but the issue was raised again when the procurement minister was giving evidence to the defence committee July 20 about another troubled program – the General Dynamics Ajax tracked reconnaissance vehicle for the British Army.

Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood said the availability of the Type 45 illustrated that Britain needed a bigger navy.

“It’s an operational concern. HMS Defender is now our only currently operating Type 45. If that ship experiences propulsion problems, which we have seen across the Type 45 family, then the carrier strike group will be forced to lean on a NATO ally to ensure we have destroyer protection,” Ellwood said. “That really indicates the bottom line is we need a bigger navy.”

The defence committee chairman said that given Britain’s national and international obligations it was “not acceptable that the RN availability [of the Type 45] is now reduced to a single ship.”

The ship, HMS Defender, was at the center of a row last month between Britain and Russia over whether the warship legally entered Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea. The Russian’s claimed they had dropped bombs and fired warning shots to persuade the British to alter course.

The procurement minister Quin said the power improvement program is essential to upgrading the capabilities of the Type 45.

“Dauntless will be out of the [performance improvement program] by the end of the year and depending on operational commitments another Type 45 going in. I hope to see Dragon back on operations in the early Autumn … Diamond has got current issues which I hope we will be able to rectify shortly,” he told the committee.

In May, Quin reported to Parliament that the six-strong Type 45 fleet had been at sea for a total of 339 days during 2020. Two warships didn’t clock up any time at sea during the year, while the busiest vessel was HMS Defender, with 129 days.

In 2018 the MoD awarded an £160 million ($219 million USD) deal to BAE Systems, BMT Defence and Cammell Laird to improve the resilience of the destroyers by replacing the two diesel generators, fitting an additional diesel generator and modifying the high voltage system on each ship.

The warships also use a WR-21 gas turbine as part of the power and propulsion set-up.

Work is already underway to replace the destroyers by the late 2030s with a new warship known as the Type 83.

Source: Defense News

  1. ken says

    It’s funny watching the West boast of its technology and engineering capabilities and then can’t keep its boats at sea or aircraft in the air. On the ground it has transitioned from a respectable land force to a social gaggle of almost every depravity on the planet.

    Yeah the conversion from capitalism to cronyism, the elimination of math, physics and engineering as racist and White supremacy, the destruction of the fiat money, the debt and moral disintegration, the destruction of economies over fictional diseases and the pathetic ramblings of the tyrannical leaders of the once free world is a sight to see.

  2. Mr Reynard says

    IMHO the Brit government are faithfully copying the TV comedy.. “Yes Minister” & “Yes Prime Minister” ….

  3. yuri says

    may USA can sell them some canoes

    1. joeg says

      and donate some Trannies

  4. saoirse52 says

    Oh the comedy, this is “Global Britain”,I doubt if they could emulate America’s marvellous victory in Grenada against 11 part-time policemen and a flock of chickens…..and they still brag like they’re a first world country instead of a third world cesspit.

  5. joeg says

    The destroyers are undergoing sex changes in order to make them truly West and WOKIE 🙂

  6. mijj says

    how are you going to intimidate runaway slave states if military isn’t up to scratch?

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