Saturday, October 16, 2010
Swapping Budgets of the Army and Navy
The present Army budget is almost double the Royal Navy's Budget
What type of Navy could we get for the Army Budget ?
3* Queen Elizabeth Class
3* Carrier Air Group 69* F35C 4*E2D Hawk-eye
12* Type 45 Destroyer
12* Type 26 Combat Ship
12* Type 23 Frigate
Amphibious Task Force
4* Juan Carlos LHD
4* Albion LPD
8* Bay Class LPD
Minor War Vessels
12* Khareff Class Corvettes
12* River Class OPV
3* Commando Brigades
1* Deploy able Divisional HQ
What Kind of Army Could we have with the Navy's Budget?
The Army could field 5 medium brigade's as well as it's special forces such as 22nd SAS regiment. This would allow the Army to deploy and sustain a single brigade.
On this budget we could sustain 3 reservists brigades constituting the bulk of the UK's armoured capability.
While the Army would be slimmed down dramatically the extra Commando Brigades as well as the Reservists in the Armoured Division would give the UK almost the same capability as at present.
Which structure is Better?
In the modern environment of asymetric warfare fought on distant battle fields faster lighter forces are what we need. A Commando Division would give us the ability to not only respond in force but sustain a brigade much more easily than the present force structure can. With the Army budget the Navy would be comfortably the second biggest and most capable in the world.