NO MORE CUTS PLEASE !

Our TIRED and KNACKERED Navy

One of the ways of assessing our navy of today, is by looking at a book called ACP 113 [Ships Callsign Book].

I am looking at the 2008 edition.

In this edition, the ships controlled by the Royal Navy are shown to be 292.

However, of that number, our "FIGHTING NAVY" can be seen to consist of 54 ships and submarines, BUT, of those listed, several are no longer in service and several are not yet in service, so the number is less that 54. Of that lesser number, several are now old and near to, if not past, their "sell by date". Rephrasing "fighting navy", we observe that our current "MODERN FIGHTING NAVY" is appreciably less that 54 vessels.

Thus, the navy CANNOT support further cuts as proposed by the Coalition Government. SEE BELOW for update after the Defence Cuts were announced on the 19th October 2010, and also to view the March 2010 BRIDGE CARD.

Our less than modern fighting navy consists of:-

3 Carriers
3 Assault Ships
14 Destroyers
17 Frigates
17 Submarines

but as I say, some of those have gone and some of the listed are yet to come.

These are in type order as shown above:-

 

INVINCIBLE (CVS) (R05)

GUCL

 

ILLUSTRIOUS (CVS) (R06)

GVUH

ARK ROYAL (CVS) (R07)

GCDG

 

ALBION (LPH) (L14)

GDIU

BULWARK (LPD) (L15)

GDIV

OCEAN (LPH) (L12)

GCOU

 

 

DARING (DD) (D32)

GPLA

 

DAUNTLESS (DD) (D33)

GPLB

DEFENDER (DD) (D36)

GMIA

 

DIAMOND (DD) (D34)

GPLC

 

DRAGON (DD) (D35)

GMIB

DUNCAN (DD) (D37)

GMIC

EDINBURGH (DD) (D97)

GBBE

EXETER (DD) (D89)

GVUJ

GLOUCESTER (DD) (D96)

GBBF

LIVERPOOL (DD) (D92)

GZIS

MANCHESTER (DD) (D95)

GYHG

NOTTINGHAM (DD) (D91)

GZIR

 

SOUTHAMPTON (DD) (D90)

GVUK

 

YORK (DD) (D98)

GBBB

 

 

ARGYLL (FF) (F231)

GACG

 

CAMPBELTOWN (FF) (F86)

GABK

 

CHATHAM (FF) (F87)

GABL

 

CORNWALL (FF) (F99)

GDLU

 

CUMBERLAND (FF) (F85)

GAAP

 


IRON DUKE (FF) (F234)

GCOB
 

 

KENT (FF) (F78)

GDIR

LANCASTER (FFGH) (F229)

GACH

MONMOUTH (FF) (F235)

GCOC

 

MONTROSE (FF) (F236)

GCOD

 

NORTHUMBERLAND (FF) (F238)

GCOH

 

PORTLAND (FF) (F79)

GDIS

 

 

RICHMOND (FF) (F239)

GCOJ

 

 

SOMERSET (FF) (F82)

GDIP

 

ST ALBANS (FF) (F83)

GDIT

SUTHERLAND (FF) (F81)

GCOZ

WESTMINSTER (FF) (F237)

GCOK

       

 

AMBUSH (SSGN) (S96)

GYAT

ARTFUL (SSGN) (S95)

GYAS

ASTUTE (SSGN) (S94)

GYAR

SCEPTRE (SSGN) (S104)

GQIL

SOVEREIGN (SSGN) (S108)

GPAB

 

SUPERB (SSGN) (S109)

GQIK

 

TALENT (SSGN) (S92)

GBNZ

TIRELESS (SSGN) (S88)

GBNM

TORBAY (SSGN) (S90)

GBNV

TRAFALGAR (SSGN) (S107)

GBKW

TRENCHANT (SSGN) (S91)

GBNY

TRIUMPH (SSGN) (S93)

GABY

TURBULENT (SSGN) (S87)

GBNJ

 

VANGUARD (SSBN) (S28)

GACK

 

VENGEANCE (SSBN) (S31)

GCUR

 

VICTORIOUS (SSBN) (S29)

GACP

 

 

VIGILANT (SSBN) (S30)

GCUQ

 

       

A further 44 warships are listed as follows, shown in alphabetical order and not by class:-

ARCHER (PBR)(P264)

GAAQ

ATHERSTONE (MHSC) (M38)

GBPJ

BANGOR (MHSC) (M109)

GCUL

BITER (PP) (P270)

GAAR

BLAZER (PP) (P279)

GAAU

BLYTH (MHSC) (M111)

GCUN

BROCKLESBY (MHSC) (M33)

GBPQ

 

CATTISTOCK (MHSC) (M31)

GYHJ

 

 

CHARGER (PP) (P292)

GAAX

 

 

CHIDDINGFOLD (MHSC) (M37)

GBPD

 

CLYDE (PPH) (P257)

GXRS

DASHER (PP) (P280)

GAAV

 

ECHO (AGS) (H87)

GAAC

 

ENDURANCE (AGSA) (A171)

GXRH

ENTERPRISE (AGS) (H88)

GXUH

 

EXAMPLE (PP) (P165)

GABA

 

 

EXPLOIT (PP) (P167)

GABD

 

EXPLORER (PP) (P164)

GABB

 

EXPRESS (PP) (P163)

GABC

 

GLEANER (AGSC) (H86)

GDJF

GRIMSBY (MHSC) (M108)

GCUK

HURWORTH (MHSC) (M39)

GBPL

 

LEDBURY (MHSC) (M30)

GWAE

 

MERSEY (PP) (P283)

GBSY

MIDDLETON (MHSC) (M34)

GYHL

PEMBROKE (MHC) (M107)

GCUJ

PENZANCE (MHC) (M106)

GCUI

PUNCHER (PP) (P291)

GAAW

 

PURSUER (PP) (P273)

GAAT

 

QUORN (MHSC) (M41)

GABT

RAIDER (PP) (P275)

GCUV

 

RAMSEY (MHSC) (M110)

GCUM

 

RANGER (PBR) (P293)

GAAY

ROEBUCK (AGSC) (H130)

GCYB

SABRE (LPV) (P285)

GWBY

SCIMITAR (LPV) (P284)

GWBX

 

SCOTT (AGS) (H131)

GCUP

 

 

SEVERN (PP) (P282)

GBSK

 

SHOREHAM (MHC) (M112)

GCVO

SMITER (PP) (P272)

GAAS

 

TRACKER (PP) (P274)

GCUU

 

 

TRUMPETER (PP) (P294)

GAAZ

 

 

TYNE (PP) (P281)

GAAD

 

 

WALNEY (MHC) (M104)  
 

GACT

 

         

Next comes 17 RFA's:-

ARGUS (AGH) (A135)

GDSA

BAYLEAF (AOR) (A109)

GCDC

BLACK ROVER (AOR) (A273)

GREU

CARDIGAN BAY (AOR) (L3009)

GCID

FORT AUSTIN (AFS) (A386)

GSEV

FORT GEORGE (AOR) (A388)

GCOG

FORT ROSALIE (AOR) (A385)

GSEU

FORT VICTORIA (AOR) (A387)

GACE

GOLD ROVER (AOR) (A271)

GRET

LARGS BAY (AOR) (L3006)

GCIA

LYME BAY (AOR) (L3007)

GCIB

MOUNTS BAY (AOR) (L3008)

GCIC

ORANGELEAF (AOR) (A110)

GURK

RESOURCE (AOR) (A480)

GRFE

SIR BEDIVERE (LSL) (L3004)

GSRE

WAVE KNIGHT (AOR) (A389)

GWBU

WAVE RULER (AOR) (A390)

GCVR

       

 The following vessels are listed as being under Navy control.  They are RCLV and RCTV, 13 in number,  respectively, Royal Corps Logistics Vessel and Royal Corps Transport Vessel:-

AACHEN (RCL) (L110)

GABU

AKYAB (RCL) (L109)

GCSQ

ANDALSNES (RCL) (L107)

GCSN

ANTWERP (RCL) (L106)

GBSU

AREZZO (RCL) (L111)

GABV

ARROMANCHES (RCL) (L105)

GBSV

AUDEMER (RCL) (L113)

GABX

BREAM (RCTV) (WB03)

GWOD

EDEN (RCTV) (RPL)

GDDZ

FORTH (RCTV) (RPL)

MTAN

MEDWAY (RCTV) (RPL)

MTAM

PERCH (RCTV) (WB06)

GWOG

ROACH (RCTV) (WB05)

GWOF

 

Combat Support Boats {?} are plentiful with 32 of them !:-

CSB0001 (CSB) MDVP4 CSB0002 (CSB) MDVG9 CSB0003 (CSB) MDVE7 CSB0004 (CSB) MDVQ5 CSB0005 (CSB) MDVG4 CSB0006 (CSB) MDVH5 CSB0007 (CSB) MDVF8
CSB0008 (CSB) MDVM2 CSB0009 (CSB) MDUM7 CSB0010 (CSB) MDUP6 CSB0011 (CSB) MDUS6 CSB0012 (CSB) MDUT6 CSB0013 (CSB) MDUV5 CSB0014 (CSB) MDWQ5
CSB0015 (CSB) MDWT7 CSB0016 (CSB) MDXD8 CSB0017 (CSB) MDWU3 CSB0018 (CSB) MDWU4 CSB0019 (CSB) MDWC6 CSB0020 (CSB) MDVV7 CSB0021 (CSB) MDVY2
CSB0022 (CSB) MEES4 CSB0023 (CSB) MDVX2 CSB0024 (CSB) MDVU9 CSB0025 (CSB) MDXX5 CSB0026 (CSB) MDXV6 CSB0027 (CSB) MDXH9 CSB0028 (CSB) MDXG7
CSB0029 (CSB) MDXX4 CSB0030 (CSB) MDVK7 CSB9931 (CSB) MDVD6 CSB9932 (CSB) MDVG5      

When I was a boy in the 40's, UTILITY WEAR was accepted as nowhere near the best but it will do because of the war shortages ! Now we see a list of 26 LCU's, LCU meaning Landing Craft Utility:-

 

9730 LCU 01  (LCU) (L3509)

GCYO
 


9731 LCU 02  (LCU) (L3510)

GCYN


9732 LCU 03  (LCU) (L3511)

GCYQ


9733 LCU 04  (LCU) (L3512)

GCYR


9734 LCU 05  (LCU) (L3513)

GCYS


9735 LCU 06  (LCU) (L3514)

GCYT


9736 LCU 07  (LCU) (L3515)

GCYU

9736 LCU 07  (LCU) (L3515)

GCYU

9737 LCU 08  (LCU) (L3516)

GCYV

9738 LCU 09  (LCU) (L3517)

GCYY

9739 LCU 10  (LCU) (L3518)

GCYZ

3508 LCU(9) (LCU) (L3508)

GIAL

700 LCU(9) (LCU) (L700)

GNWA

701 LCU(9) (LCU) (L701)

GOHZ

702 LCU(9) (LCU) (L702)

GQBH

704 LCU(9) (LCU) (L704)

GNZU

705 LCU(9) (LCU) (L705)

GPCU


706 LCU(9) (LCU) (L706)

GRBE
 

707 LCU(9) (LCU) (L707)

GTRU

708 LCU(9) (LCU) (L708)

GQJU


709 LCU(9) (LCU) (L709)

GQKH
 

710 LCU(9) (LCU) (L710)

GTBE

711 LCU(9) (LCU) (L711)

GVPA

713 LCU(9) (LCU) (L713)

GACL

714 LCU(9) (LCU) (L714)

GACM

715 LCU(9) (LCU) (L715)

GACN

   

Now to really scare the enemy, 61 auxiliaries of all sorts and sizes:-

 

LESLEY (AH) (A172)

GQOF

LOYAL WATCHER (AH) (A159)

GXHJ

LOYALTY (AH) (A360)

GBSS

MASTER CRAFTSMAN (AH)

GCOV

MELTON (AH) (A83)

GBSW

MENAI (AH) (A84)

GBSX

MEON (AH) (A87)

GBSZ

MESSINA (AH) (A107)

GBTG

MOORFOWL (AH) (Y33)

GACY

MILL REEF (WB) (WB08)

GABZ

MOORHEN (AH) (Y32)

GACX

MYRTLE (AH) (A199)

GQOJ

NETLEY (AH) (A282)

GACC

NEWHAVEN (AH) (A280)

GAAB

NEWTON (AH) (A367)

GURN

NIMBLE (AH) (A222)

GAAF

NUTBOURNE (AH) (A281)

GACA

OBAN (AH) (A283)

GACD

OILPRESS (AH) (Y21)

GXGH

OMAGH (AH) (A285)

GBBC

ORONSAY (AH) (A284)

GBBA

PADSTOW (AH) (A286)

GBBD

POWERFUL (AH) (A223)

GAAG

SALMAID (AH) (A187)

GAAM

SALUKI (AH) (A182)

GZMV

SALMOOR (AH) (A185)

GAAK

SHEEPDOG (AH) (A250)

GNIC

SPANIEL (AH) (A201)

GZCK

TORMENTOR (PB) (A142)

GXUJ

TORNADO (AH) (A140)

GXUG

WARDEN (AH) (A368)

GACZ

SULTAN ADVENTURER (AH) (A103)

GZEE

WATERMAN (AH) (A146)

GXHF

YARMOUTH NAVIGATOR

MLJT

ADAMANT (AH) (A232)

GDIQ

ADEPT (ATA) (A224)

GZAW

BOVISAND (AH) (A191)

GCUS

BUSTLER (AH) (A225)

GZAX

CAMERON (AH) (A72)

GCOL

CAPABLE (AH) (A226)

GZAY

CAREFUL (AH) (A227)

GZAZ

CAWSAND (AH) (A192)

GCUT

CONDOR (PB) (A305)

GBTB

COLONEL TEMPLER (AH) (A229)

GTTA

DEWDALE (AH) (A219)

GRFU

DEXTEROUS (AH) (A231)

GAAJ

DILIGENCE (AH) (A132)

GCPC

ENDEAVOUR (AH) (A361)

GBST
 

FAITHFUL (AH) (A228)

GAAH

FLORENCE (AH) (A149)

GZAU

FORCEFUL (AH) (A221)

GAAE

FRANCES (AH) (A147)

GZAT

GENEVIEVE (AH) (A150)

GZAV

HELEN (AH) (A198)

GZCH

HUSKY (AH) (A178)

GZBD

IMPETUS (ATA) (A345)

GCOX

IMPULSE (ATA) (A344)

GCOW

INTEGRITY (AH) (A306)

GBTD

IRONBRIDGE (AH) (A311)

GRIM

 

IXWORTH (AH) (A318)

GRFG

 

 

BLUE SWAN [RSC]

GBPO

 

Note the tiny little vessel
 above called the LOYALTY [A360].
Her callsign "GBSS" once
 belonged to the mighty Cunard
 Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth
 which caught fire
 and sank in
 Hong Kong's harbour.
 

They even add the leisure side of the navy into these lists! Here are the yachts [16 of them] attached to the naval college at Darmouth:-

HEADOVERHEELS (NCTY) GCUF HEADSIWIN (NCTY) GCUE HEADSTRONG (NCTY) GCUG HEDONIST (NCTY) GCUD FOXBRUSH (NCTY) GDIZ FOXCHASE (NCTY) GDJK FOXCUB (NCTY) GCUC
FOXDALE (NCTY) GDJL FOXFIELD (NCTY) GDJG FOXFIRE (NCTY) GDJH FOXGLOVE (NCTY) GCUA FOXHOLE (NCTY) GDIW FOXHOUND (NCTY) GDJE FOXLANE (NCTY) GDIX
FOXMARK (NCTY) GDIY

FOXTOR (NCTY) GCUB

 

         

And finally, no navy is worth its salt unless it has listed under its warship list {the very reason for having ACP 113}, 29 yachts belonging to the Joint Sail Association Training Centre

JSATC ADVENTURE (HMSTC) GXHA JSATC AMARYLLIS (HMSTC) (Y17) GCOM JSATC AMORIA (HMSTC) GDIA JSATC BROADSWORD (HMSTC) GUTC JSATC CALLISTA (HMSTC) GDIB JSATC CHALLENGER (HMSTC) GXHB JSATC CHASER (HMSTC) GUSR
JSATC DASHER (HMSTC) GUSZ JSATC DISCOVERER (HMSTC) GXHC JSATC DOSINA (HMSTC) GDIC JSATC ENDEAVOUR (HMSTC) GXHD JSATC ENSIS (HMSTC) GDID JSATC FIMBRIA (HMSTC) GDIE JSATC JANTHINA (HMSTC) GDIF
JSATC KUKRI (HMSTC) GUTB JSATC LAMBIS (HMSTC) GDIG JSATC LOARD PORTAL (HMSTC) GUTD JSATC MARLET (HMSTC) (Y2533) GCON JSATC MITRA (HMSTC) GDIH JSATC NERETA (HMSTC) GDII JSATC PEGASUS (HMSTC) (Y2534) GCOP
JSATC PLACUNA (HMSTC) GDIJ JSATC RACER (HMSTC) GUTA JSATC SABRE (HMSTC) GUBZ JSATC SEAHORSE (HMSTC) (Y2535) GCOR JSATC SYRINX (HMSTC) GDIK JSATC TROCHUS (HMSTC) GDIL JSATC VOLUTA (HMSTC) GDIN
JSATC ZIDONA (HMSTC) GDIO            

In summary, of the 292 vessels listed in ACP 113 as being under UK Naval Control, we have well fewer than 50 recognised fighting vessels.  Manifestly, an under sized, tired and almost threadbare navy. Lamentable !

Click to read the MARCH 2010 BRIDGE CARD. Note that HMS Bristol's callsign is not shown. She now uses the radio callsign 2AIT7 !

This picture was taken on the day the defence cuts were announced. HMS ARK ROYAL, pile of scrap metal, alongside in Portsmouth Dockyard.

and this is the overall affect of the defence cuts on our armed forces