How many years is the US Navy behind the Royal Navy? Perhaps my Baby Boomer Shipmates who were on active duty through the Carter years can help out - buy my Salamander senses put it just a few years lagging behind the economic problems. So - I think 7-12 years.
Then again - when you do your wargames and then look at what we actually have in the magazines at sea and ashore ... maybe a bit closer in some warfare areas.
In any event - the Brits are walking a rather thin line methinks ....
Royal Navy officers said HMS Westminster was “dangerously under-defended” when it was called on to patrol close to the Libyan port city of Benghazi in March.
The warship can carry 32 Seawolf and eight Harpoon missiles but it is understood that military cutbacks left the Westminster and its crew of 190 with only a fraction of that capability.
As Seawolf missiles — which are used to intercept incoming missiles — are fired in pairs, sources said the Westminster had just two rounds to defend against missile attacks from Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.A hollow Navy defined. Nice E-Ticket part of the 1,000-ship Navy we have there.