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The big sell off (Ministry of Defence selling off equipment)

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dgl

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I could do with some of the things in the sell off, I have some things that need sorting...
 

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Presumably all this equipment is "surplus"?

I wonder how long it will be before someone realises that, actually, selling this stuff might not have been such a good idea, with replacements costing far more than the sale value.
 

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But this is how it always goes: the taxpayer pays a fortune for new equipment, spends years getting the kit to work via extra expensive contracts (if the kit does work) and then it is flogged off for a pittance. But - here’s the important thing - it provides lots of money for the defence industry. HMS London and Coventry were sold to Romania for £116 million (the pair) by BAe: MoD got £100,000 (Guardian, 13 June 2006).

One also wonders how reducing, or at least failing to expand, our worldwide naval capabilities is going to fit with Global Britain and AUKUS. And of course the turning away from Europe means we are likely to be more reliant on food brought in over long-distance sea-routes. The lessons of two world wars seem to have been forgotten.
 

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One also wonders how reducing, or at least failing to expand, our worldwide naval capabilities is going to fit with Global Britain and AUKUS.
Can't even rely on the Australians buying British surplus now that the Yanks have got that market cornered too :p
 

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Most of it looks old.. 2 of the ships were used in the Falklands.

Considering the public shun their noses at 1970’s rolling stock, why should the forces have to risk their lives using out of date gear too ?

Sorry mate supplies didnt arrive as the engines packed up, you’ll have to fight your “insert local russian armoured rebel of choice here” using sticks and stones.

Spend money on the forces, everyone moans at taxpayer money wasted, if the armed forces fails due to knackered kit, everyone moans how we could send em out kak-handed… cant win.
 

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But this is how it always goes: the taxpayer pays a fortune for new equipment, spends years getting the kit to work via extra expensive contracts (if the kit does work) and then it is flogged off for a pittance. But - here’s the important thing - it provides lots of money for the defence industry. HMS London and Coventry were sold to Romania for £116 million (the pair) by BAe: MoD got £100,000 (Guardian, 13 June 2006).

One also wonders how reducing, or at least failing to expand, our worldwide naval capabilities is going to fit with Global Britain and AUKUS. And of course the turning away from Europe means we are likely to be more reliant on food brought in over long-distance sea-routes. The lessons of two world wars seem to have been forgotten.
The Royal Navy is currently more capable than it has been for a good 30 years.
 

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