Nick Childs looks at the changing strategic environment (including ever greater maritime trade and the growth of other navies such as China, India, South Korea, revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East). He asks what Britain’s role in the world could or should be – is she still interventionist? (Libya says ‘yes’). If so, should our forces be designed purely to work with US, UN or Western European forces? What are the options for a naval strategy?
The author then considers what kind of navy would be needed to support such options. What kind of ships are needed and how many? What of aircraft carriers and the nuclear option? What are the technological developments affecting current and future warship design projects? Is the new Type 45 destroyer what is needed and worth the cost?