Book Review – ‘From East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic: British naval policy, 1964–70’ by Edward Hampshire
It is a curious thing that one of the biggest and perhaps the most traumatic decisions made by, and for, the Royal Navy in modern times, namely the proposed but finally abandoned acquisition of a new strike carrier in the mid- 1960s, has only now been really studied in depth. Instead, it has also been treated as part of a wider process by which a cash-strapped Britain abandoned its strategic role east of Suez. It has been used as evidence of the long sad decline of the Royal Navy, rather than discussed as such. With this authoritative book, Edward Hampshire fills the gap….