From today's Times. What price cutbacks in the fleet now? Navy moored for firefighting duty By Michael Evans SEVEN warships are to be made fast in port as crews begin firefighting training for next months threatened national fire strike. HMS Turbulent, a nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Gloucester, a Type 42 destroyer, HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate, and four mine counter-measure vessels are under orders to stay in port for an unspecified period. Commanding officers of the warships on the list have been told to expect a potentially lengthy time in port. One military source said: The problem is that the firefighting commitment is open-ended. If the fire strike goes ahead we have no idea how long it will last. The mooring of so many Royal Navy ships comes less than a month after the Government announced that it was to cut the fleet by six destroyers and frigates, three mine counter-measure vessels and three Hunt class patrol vessels. Two of the three destroyers will go next year. Under the plans to replace the Fire Brigades Union with servicemen and women, the MoD has been asked to provide 11,500 personnel, of whom 7,000 will come from the Army, and the remainder from the Navy and the RAF.