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A Globally Postured Regional Navy

Main Image Credit Photographer: Brian Burnell. Licence: Wikimedia Creative Commons: HMS Daring (D32)

The new Royal Navy force structure and commitments announced in the Defence Command Paper should create a force broadly suitable for the foreign policy aims laid out in the Integrated Review. However, the second order implications may create problems in future.

The recent defence command paper has shed some clarity on the future of the Royal navy which will, it appears, be expected to meet a broad gamut of missions across the spectrum of operations. However, the paper and the integrated review have both underscored that the carrier-centric nucleus of the Royal navy’s capacity for high end warfighting will be available to NATO.  Beyond the Euro-Atlantic, the Royal Navy will primarily be committed to presence and engagement. In this

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Dr Sidharth Kaushal

Research Fellow, Sea Power

Military Sciences

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