Royal Navy? Protecting Brits? You must be having a bloody laugh!

We are an Island nation. Our very history stems from the fact that, from the earliest days of trade, our national need for imports and exports have demanded a competent naval force to protect our island’s interests. From the ‘King’s Navee’ to the masterful force which was the Royal Navy in the years just after WW2, we have had, made and determined policy by the presence and actions of Navy warships.

The names cascade down British history’s ledgers: Anson, Hood, Drake, Frobisher, a dip into any historical archive shows that seamanship, service and above all, loyalty and dedication to the rigours and rules of the Navy handed we Brits a stacked deck almost every time our Island Nation was tested. Apart from the defeats by the Dutch Admiral De Ruyter, Britain, or rather England, ruled the waves as never seen before or since. The British Crown and Navy took on Napoleon in his various disguises as a republican general, and then a dictator masquerading as an Emperor, and virtually dictated the course of the wars fought at sea; ending with the defeat of the French at Trafalgar by the naval genius of Lord Nelson.

The Great War saw Britain’s Fleet take on the German Grand Fleet, and after Jutland, where the navies clashed for perhaps the only time, saw the Germans holed up in their anchorages, with the British Fleet guarding the boltholes. The Germans nearly succeeded in starving Great Britain with the U-boat submarine fleet, but once deterrent measures were introduced, the subs were denied access to the North Sea, and were defeated.

The Second World War saw Britain’s naval forces, as usual, emasculated by politicians who just did not want to understand that, although Defence does not win headlines, if properly funded, it wins victories. Our Navy was badly funded and run during the peacetime years, and when the great conflict began, naval forces were stretched to breaking point by stupid decisions made by politicians with ideas of grandeur.The Royal Navy was partly modernised in the second half of the 1930’s, but the upgrade missed HMS Hood (sunk with a single shell from Bismarck), HMS Barham (torpedoed despite alleged anti-torpedo upgrade) and HMS Repulse (sunk by the Japs after sailing without any air cover whatsoever). We managed to win through, partly because the Krauts made more mistakes than we did; but mainly because the Japs attacked Pearl Harbour, and America came into the war, and saved the West for the second time in twenty years. The calibre of the Royal Navy’s officers and men were such that a naval action between the destroyer Glowworm and the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, a vessel ten times the size of the destroyer; and where the destroyer sank after attacking and ramming the Hipper, allowed the Admiralty to place the Glowworm’s captain to receive the Victoria Cross posthumously on the recommendation of the German Cruiser captain, and his captured log.

As I have previously written on the Royal Navy, and watched its long decline in both ships and men, I would point to two items; one very recent, the other many years back.

Captain E.S.F. Fegan, V.C. Royal Navy; the sailor who turned his ship, H.M.S. Jervis Bay, to steer directly towards the Admiral Scheer, a heavy German cruiser intent upon savaging the convoy which ‘Jervis Bay’ was protecting. Without any hesitation, this man sailed his ‘Armed MerchantMan’ in under the guns of this mini-battleship, and took his ship, along with all her crew, to their deaths; but the convoy was saved, as they scattered before the killer cruiser could catch them.

British fishermen legally went in to Channel fishing grounds to harvest scallops, but were set upon, harassed and attacked by a much larger contingent of French fishing boats, outraged that the ‘RosBifs’ had the audacity to fish in grounds favoured by the French. The Brits called for protection from the Royal Navy, but to no avail. Of the FOUR R.N. vessels delegated for fishery protection duty, one is 8,000 miles away in the Falklands, HMS Forth is unable to sail because of the huge numbers of defects found after handover from BAe Systems the builders, (inclusive of electrical busbar connection bolts being GLUED back on after rupture),; one is in dock for repairs, and the fourth is in Norway at, wait for it; a Culture Festival.

Great Britain had been promised, by the Brexiteer politicians, that we can have and hold our own fishing grounds once more after ‘freedom day’. At the rate seen by this observer, all we shall be able to do to protect our own fishermen from the likes of the ‘effing French is to wave a white flag from a bloody ferry.

5 comments for “Royal Navy? Protecting Brits? You must be having a bloody laugh!

  1. john in cheshire
    September 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Mike, I’m in full agreement. And what’s more, our despicable swamp dwellers in the HoP and in the communist infested Civil Service have had over two years to place orders for new ships and as an interim, purchase second hand craft to use to patrol our waters. Have they even thought about a recruitment drive to man the ships we’ll need?

    I don’t know how much the appropriate vessels will cost but I’d have thought in total it’s a fraction of the money Mrs May wants to give away to Brussels. In addition, she could reduce the foreign aid budget to help fund our defense needs. And cancel the HS2 project.

    I’m not watching any of this very closely but I don’t see any efforts by this bunch of losers in government doing anything to fulfill their primary obligation of making sure we can defend our country. That’s what they are paid to do and if they can’t or will not do this, then what’s the point in paying for them?

  2. Errol
    September 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Yet we built aircraft carriers. And we’ve unarmed destroyers, of course. Why did we build those carriers if we could have simply bought cheaper ones? Well, that can be summed up in two words:

    Gordon Brown.

    He wanted to buy the Scottish and used English money to do it. He wasted billions on the unnecessary aircraft carriers when we needed small patrol boats.

    Yet again, Labour ruined the nation and wasted money.

    As for the Frogs fishing in our water, they always will. Next time, hole them with a gun. Tell the damned thieves to sod off by sending them to the bottom, where the EU belongs.

    • Pcar
      September 1, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Gordon Brown also mandated compromised design & capabilities to ensure they fitted under Forth bridges Once:

      Two islands, shallow draught…

      • ScotchedEarth
        September 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm

        Our problems predate Gordon Brown by a considerable margin.

        Second Cod War (1972). While it is not to USG’s credit that they sided with Johnny-Come-Lately Iceland instead of their ally of three wars, it is also not to HMG’s credit that we bent the knee. Strategically situated Perfidious Iceland threatened to leave NATO and the US pressured us to grant their maritime claims; I’d have thought the UK geostrategically important but we were at least bringing far more to the party in 1972 than tiny Iceland (no armed forces at all)—HMG could have thrown its greater weight about by threatening to leave NATO as well.

        Suez Crisis (1956). While it is not to USG’s credit that they sided with a Soviet-backed Muslim dictator rather than be loyal to NATO allies who only 3 years prior had been shoulder to shoulder with them in Korea, it is also not to HMG’s credit that we cried ‘Uncle’. HMG had no choice but to accede to USG’s demands as they were threatening to crash Sterling (and, presumably unknown to us, were even contemplating military action against us(*)); however, HMG did not need to surrender so completely. After agreeing to withdraw from Suez, we could have announced that an ‘ally’ who sides with a non-NATO Soviet-backed dictatorship against their NATO allies was not an ally at all so we would consequently withdraw from NATO too. In 1956 we were very close to France and they would likely have followed us—which would have effectively ended NATO as a serious alliance. We might have created an Anglo-French alliance and declared neutrality in the US–USSR Cold War confrontation. HMG had a very big stick to wave at Ike; instead, we saluted him with it.
        (* See: Kyle, Keith. Suez: Britain’s End of Empire in the Middle East. 1991. London: I.B. Tauris, 2011. 412; & Calhoun, Daniel F. Hungary and Suez, 1956: An Exploration of Who Makes History. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991. 381.)

        American support for the IRA (19th Century to present). While it is not to USG’s credit that they allow their courts to shelter and citizens to supply terrorists killing their NATO ally’s soldiers and subjects (to the extent that even their CIA worries that the US will be increasingly seen as a rogue state and ‘exporter of terrorism’), it is also not to HMG’s credit that we tolerated this behaviour. We could have informed NATO that the security situation in NI demanded ever more of our NATO-assigned assets withdrawn and retasked to NI, and if our NATO partners didn’t close off supply and sanctuary from their end, we would ultimately reach the point of having no assets at all left to assign to NATO.

        Labour’s Wilson was one of the few post-war PMs to exhibit at least a trace of a spine when he declined USG’s generous invitation to get our troops slaughtered in their Vietnam s***fest.

        But our decline goes back even further than our post-WW2 acceptance of reduction to US-vassalage.

        In 1921, to the astonishment of the IRA, the government of Lloyd-George sought a truce. Michael Collins is on record admitting: ‘You had us dead beat. We could not have lasted another three weeks. When we were told of the offer of a truce we were astounded. We thought you must have gone mad.’ It is even questionable how popular separation from Britain was in Ireland, and it is of note that in the 1918 election Sinn Féin, Nationalist and Independent Nationalist votes combined amounted to barely a third of the Irish electorate—we let down many loyal Irish by leaving.

        But meek surrender to Irish republicanism goes back even further than that, with the opium-imbibing surrender-monkey Gladstone publicly declaring for ending the 1801 Act of Union in 1886.

        According to ‘Shylock Holmes’, our decline dates back to at least 1887. Drawing on noted contemporary James Anthony Froude, Shylock observes that the British West Indies could have been as profitable and habitable as colonial Rhodesia and South Africa was; but already the British were losing the will to expand our race and culture, and left our Caribbean colonies to decline under devolved rule.

        (Froude’s The English in the West Indies, or, the Bow of Ulysses (1900), like many old and undeservedly forgotten books, is available at the Internet Archive—probably should get them before the liberals notice and take them away.)

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