UKIP Defence Spokesman, Bill Etheridge was furious as news emerged about further issues with the UK’s new generation ships.
The new Type 26 Frigates are to be fitted with launchers that will not fire a British made missile. It means US Tomahawk missiles will have to be bought a massive extra cost. However, the Ministry of Defence’s £178billion ten-year equipment plan does not currently include any money which is allocated for their purchase.
This news comes after revelations that the Type 45 destroyer has engines that are so noisy they can be heard by a Russian submarine 100 miles away and break down in warmer waters. The UK's own submarine fleet was recently revealed to be all in dock due to breakdowns and refits, with only one vessel out on sea trials.
Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “The Royal Navy were once the envy of the whole world, now it is being made to be a laughing stock.
“If you wrote a comedy show where there were aircraft carriers without aircraft, it would be dismissed by the programme schedulers as too unrealistic.
Yet this sort of idiocy is happening again and again!
“Far from Defence Procurement being able to use joined up thinking, I am beginning to wonder if they can manage joined up writing!”