By Jason Moore

IT has been a rather tough time for the Royal Navy over the last few months; first its flagship is scrapped, then its new nuclear submarine runs aground and hackers have ripped apart its website. It is still out of action clearly underlining the dangers of so-called cyber-warfare. But for the Royal Navy losing its website at this vital time is a major blow. You would have thought that there would have been more sympathy for the Royal Navy with the loss of the Ark Royal. But unfortunately, the loss of its website has meant that it lost a vital tool in which to canvas support. The decommissioning of the Ark, failed to make the headlines despite the best efforts of the Royal Navy´s PR department and with no website the once master of the seas was rather scuttled. The defence cuts are going to slash the Royal Navy to the bone and there isn´t much on the horizon until the new aircraft carriers come into service in about a decades time. And also the Royal Navy has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons; first the grounding and then the website. But one of the biggest problems for the Royal Navy is that it has been unable to rally the support of the British public. The defence cuts have been made and little has been said. The victor of Trafalgar finds that it has a small fleet and no aircraft carrier but the British public has said little. The army and Royal Air Force are all involved in Afghanisan but the Navy is out of sight. This is probably one of the reasons why the fleet has been cut without a whisper.


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