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A navy ship doesn't deserve to survive because of the sentimentality of its crew. The military is a rough trade. Maybe we don't need to practise beach landings with the United Arab Emirates, send frigates to the Falklands, do anything about Libya or retain the capacity to rescue civilians. Maybe what happens in Syria is none of our business.

But to the extent that we think some of this matters, we do need armed forces. Our defence choices come down to being able to blow the world to Armageddon with Trident, being able to send in an army when the last thing any politician wants to justify is putting boots on the ground, or doing nothing.
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Default Re: Mothballing ships makes little sense. We need these armed forces

The Navy as other Military forces do this all the time. Why, CASH, Money, $$$, dollars it cost to man and use any of this equipment.

Like other in the govt., each of the military is cutting back where ever possible.

Plus the Navy is re-tooling to a newer Navy with all new ships that do more than one type of job while deployed.

And steel is needed to make the newer ships of all classes. And some equipment on board will be reused where possible if at all, copper will be sold, etc.

Plain simple reality.
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