That lad doing the research.... hang on....Ellwood is pro-Remain. Thus, likely on his way out in terms of being a minister. He can therefore speak his mind. However, we've been short of ships all the time he's been a minister, and for many years before, and I bet he's not been this open/critical in that time. Politics and the post '89' Peace Dividend' is killing the forces and you can't just ramp up capability / forces overnight. That being the case, we need to stay out of trouble until we can deal with it, or accept that we may be embarrassed, or much worse.
@HRJ1993 are you with us?