The Royal Navy in the Twenty-first Century: Does it have a role beyond the defence of Britain’s seas?

By Eric J. Grove, published February 2011


The article asks pertinent questions about whether or not the Royal Navy could protect Britain’s seas, and lays out the historical context in which such decisions were made over the years. The response to the threats in many areas and tension between the Royal Navy and NATO was recognised by the acceptance of her ‘particularly valuable role’, but the Falklands saw the end of increases in expenditure. The Strategic Defence Review of 1998 saw the role of the Navy confirmed as needing to ‘project power .. around the world.’

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Subjects include: Navies

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