Britain is vulnerable to a terrorist attack from the water, MPs have warned. Our coastline is protected by a small Royal Navy contingent, supported by a 'motley collection' of other vessels, said members of the Commons DefÂence Committee. There was neither the resources nor the coordination to cope with an attÂack. What forces existed were 'largÂely reactive' and a 'deterrent capability' to ward off an attempt on civilian targets was needed, it added. 'We are concerned at the level of actÂion being taken to address identified threats to aspects of critical national infrastructure, such as ports,' the cross-party MPs said in their report. Britain's coastal waters are patrolled by six Royal Navy warships â three Type 23 frigates and three mineswÂeepers â plus two offshore patrol vessels and a support tanker. But they are supported by police, MoD, Coastguard and UK Border Agency vessels, with no organisation in overall control. The MoD was also urged to use the Territorial, rather than regular, Army to help with civil emergencies such as floods or disease outbreaks. Using reservists would be 'practical and good for morale', MPs added. Found in the Metro this morning. I wonder if they've been reading ARRSE?