PLANS TO CUT THE ARMED FORCES COULD MEAN MERGING ROYAL MARINES AND PARACHUTE REGIMENTS

According to The Times, cost-cutting plans in the Armed Forces propose 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade combining their forces.

PLANS TO CUT THE ARMED FORCES COULD MEAN MERGING ROYAL MARINES AND PARACHUTE REGIMENTS

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Merging the Parachute and Royal Marines Regiments is feared to affect fighting capability and make harder deployments for long operations.

The paper mentions plans for a reduction in the Army by 11,000 and  2,000 Royal Marines and sailors and 1,250 airmen.  This would mean fewer than 71, 000 of serving military personnel.

Another proposal could reportedly end in cutting the amount of Royal Navy warships and 100 helicopters.

The Times mentions the plans have been rejected by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson who calls them unacceptable.

Claims of The Times have been marked as speculation by the Ministry of Defence spokesman who said, that a whole range of options have been discussed:

“No decisions have been taken and any talk of an outcome is pure speculation.”

You can read the full article here: www.thetimes.co.uk

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