A shocking revelation about the Royal Navy was published by The Times. Half of the Royal Navy’s frigate and cruiser fleet is out of service, according to the report.
More specifically, of the 13 Type 23 frigates and 6 Type 45 cruise missiles, only 6 frigates and three cruisers are operational and can be sent on missions.
The reason for this situation is the upgrading work of the frigate engines to extend the operational life of the ships, while the cruisers are also carrying out maintenance work on their propulsion units as it was found that the ships are having difficulty sailing in areas with high temperatures such as the Persian Gulf.
This, practically, means, out of the 19 Royal Navy main surface combatants only 9 are directly operational, ie 47% of the surface fleet.
To understand the problem facing the Royal Navy it is worth noting that at the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s the Royal Navy fleet numbered 47 frigates and cruisers along with three light aircraft carriers, and today it barely has available 19. frigates and cruisers along with 1 + 1 large aircraft carriers.