Cuts in Overhaul of Armed Forces; Restructuring Brings Major Changes
CUTS in warships, aircraft and heavy armour are expected under major changes to Britain's armed forces being announced today.
The three services are being restructured to meet the demands of the war on terror.
Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Michael Walker, warned of tough choices ahead of today's Government White Paper. But he insisted the process of change had the full support of military top brass.
"The changes we have started and will continue to make to our armed forces are fully supported by senior officers. They have not been forced upon us by politicians or accountants," he said.
The changes were driven by the need for more flexible and agile armed forces to counter the twin threats of international terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
"Counter-terrorism and counter- proliferation operations in particular will require rapidly deployable forces able to respond swiftly to intelligence and achieve precise effects across the world," he said.
Sir Michael said that as a Type 45 destroyer and two new aircraft carriers came into service, some older Royal Navy warships would no longer be needed, enabling some adjustments to be made to the fleet. …