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The Royal Navy may very well be pressured to lease or purchase new ships to broaden its fleet, in response to a brand new report.

The report, written by William Freer and Dr Emma Salisbury underneath the title ‘A More Lethal Royal Navy: Sharpening Britain’s Naval Power’ units out each how Britain’s naval forces may very well be improved and assesses the state they’re in proper now.

One of the areas the report says the Royal Navy wants to enhance on is its replenishment functionality, that’s its capacity to refuel and restock ships with gasoline, recent water, meals, and ammunition for instance.

One of the suggestions within the report is that within the quick time period, some ships may very well be leased while vessels designed for the aim are accomplished.

The doc mentioned the Royal Navy may assess “options for short-term solid-store replenishment capability” to cowl the time earlier than information ships are introduced on-line reported the UK Defence Journal.

The newest suggestion into how the Royal Navy may very well be improved comes as Britain tries to rebuild its armed forces after years of cuts in preparation for a possible world battle sooner or later.

Earlier this 12 months, members of the RFA voted in a landmark choice to strike over pay, they have been ready to take action as somewhat than members of the armed forces, they’re employed as civil servants.

Speaking to Sky News concerning the dispute in April, director of organising on the Nautilus International Union Martyn Gray, mentioned: “For this group of professionals to have reached a point that they feel their only option is to vote for strike action, it should be a huge red flag that something needs to be done.”

Soon after the dispute, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps steered that folks working for the RFA – which has seen its sailor numbers decline lately – could must relinquish their proper to strike.

Mr Shapps advised the Telegraph: “We can’t have a military fighting machine subject to the ordinary rules of industrial relations. It just doesn’t work. That’s why the Armed Forces are not able to strike.

“We do need to look at that. It is not satisfactory to have armed forces, or even armed forces auxiliaries in support, who are subject to ordinary employment laws, for obvious reasons.”