UKIP defence spokesman, Bill Etheridge MEP, has blasted the government for their lack of spending on the Royal Navy as news emerged that the entire UK fleet of seven submarines is out of service.
The problem-hit Astute class, which has slowly been replacing the older Trafalgar class is built by BAE Systems, along with Type 45 Destroyers which break down in hot weather.
Only one submarine, HMS Astute, is at sea and she is having sea trials after a refit. She is said to be weeks away from being able to undertake missions.
Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “This story underlines two vital points that I have been making over the last few weeks. Firstly, that under-investment in our military capacity has left the cupboard bare - the slightest problem exposes the lack of back-up. Secondly, our defence procurement, headed by Tony Douglas, on a salary and bonus package in excess of £500k a year is definitely sub-standard.
“We now have ships that break down in warm water, aircraft carriers with no aircraft and not a single serviceable submarine.
“Quite honestly the man should do the honourable thing and resign. He has failed the troops, failed the tax-payer and failed the country!”