http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/2104716/Navy-destroyers-sail-without-missiles.html Not much surprises me these days. But this did. "Two Royal Navy destroyers have been sent to sea without their guided missiles, in order to save money, it has been revealed. The Sea Dart missiles, which have a range of 40 miles, have been used to protect HMS Exeter and HMS Southampton against air attack. Without the missiles, it is believed the ships are defenceless against enemy planes. Both Portsmouth based vessels have been operating without the missile systems since last year, in that time, the Exeter has twice sailed to the Mediterranean to join a NATO-led operation." "A Royal Navy spokesman said: "Sea Dart was deactivated in both ships last year, as part of a short-term decision to save money. "The missiles have been moved to storage. However, the firing equipment has remained in the ships and that means Sea Dart can be reinstated if operational priorities change. "With regards to HMS Exeter and her visits to the Mediterranean, a risk assessment would have been carried out and the level of danger was not felt to be excessive." Ah, so that is all right then.