What kind of Royal Navy does Britain need w? The 21st century promises to be one of huge uncertainties and challenges for the senior service. Does Britain have the right naval strategy to cope with emerging threats (does it have a naval strategy at all, and should it?) and, if so, does the Navy have the right ships and eugh of them to implement it? Nick Childs looks at the changing strategic environment (including ecomic difficulties and the growth of other navies such as China and India). He asks what Britain's role in the world could or should be - is she still interventionist? If so, should our forces be designed purely to work with US, UN or Western European forces? What are the options for a naval strategy? The author considers what kind of navy would be needed to support such options. What kind of ships are needed and how many? What of aircraft carriers and the nuclear option? What are the techlogical developments affecting current and future warship design projects? Is the new Type 45 destroyer what is needed and worth the cost? Given the depths to which the RN has shrunk in terms of numbers, public profile, and strength relative to its peers, this probably is a critical period in terms of determining the RN's future. This new paperback edition has been revised and updated to take into account the most recent developments and government defence decisions.
Nick Childs is a World Affairs Correspondent for BBC News. He has previously been Defence & Security Correspondent and Political Correspondent for BBC World Service radio and World television and he was the BBC's inaugural Pentagon Correspondent. He has covered international news for the BBC since 1982 (including the conflicts in the Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and the Balkans). He worked as a reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly and has written numerous articles on naval and other defence issues. His last book was The Age of Invincible (Pen & Sword, 2009).