Telegraph: "Royal Navy To Halve Number Of Staff At Headquarters, As Sailors Are Redeployed To Front Line Roles"

soleil

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"First Sea Lord Admiral Anthony Radakin wants to move 1,000 from their Portsmouth hub onto ships and bases worldwide.

The Royal Navy is to halve the number of staff working behind desks at its headquarters and redeploy them to front line roles, the First Sea Lord has announced.

The radical reshaping of the Navy’s management structure will see around 1,000 people move from their Portsmouth hub onto ships and bases worldwide, said Admiral Anthony Radakin.

It is understood that around five of the 13 Admirals based at their Whale Island site will lose their roles, to be replaced by more junior officers, in a cost saving drive ahead of a review of Defence spending by the government.

“We are going to challenge ourselves and see whether we can decrease our headquarters by around 1,000 people,” Adm Radakin told Defence IQ’s Surface Warships conference.

“That’s as much as 50 per cent, which will give us more people and more money to reinvest at sea.

“We are redesigning our headquarters so that we have a flatter structure and we empower high quality people to take decisions and quite simply to get on with stuff.”

Citing the Danish navy’s Huitfeldt class of frigates, he said: “They have only three different grades of engineer on board. We have nine different grades. So can we get flatter, leaner and more efficient?

“Can we slow down or even stop the constant churn that we have in our personnel structures?

“And can we make the front line, for the sailor or marine, the best place to serve in the Royal Navy with the most stability, the best leave patterns and the best chance of doing adventurous training?

“I believe that we have the appetite for these conversations. If we admit that yes we can be better then we can drive a 20% increase in productivity over the next two to three years.”

In practice, this means taking specialists from shore and putting them back at sea.

“For example we have divers working in service capability management,” said a Navy source close to the plans.

“We would send them back to work on a ship, while their jobs would be done by either reducing the rank that it’s done at or we would potentially civilianise them.”

The Navy says their current personnel deficit against the workforce requirement is 5.2 per cent, or 1,500 people. They have only increased the number of regular forces by 100 since October 2016.

In 2000, Britain had 39,000 sailors. It now has just over 30,000.

In 1990, the government spent about four per cent on defence, while that is now closer to two per cent.

Today, the Navy has 77 commissioned vessels, including six destroyers, 13 frigates and 10 submarines.

30 years ago, it had 138 ships and 33 submarines.

Despite this, last month, the First Sea Lord was told by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace “to get what you’ve got, working.”

The Defence Secretary said he would be “laughed out of the building” by the Treasury if he sought extra money for more ships without fixing the existing problems in the fleet.

Another shot was fired across the bows by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief special advisor, who described the procurement of Britain’s new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth II and HMS Prince of Wales as “a farce” and said “they have built platforms that already cannot be sent to a serious war against a serious enemy."

A government Strategic Defence and Security review is set to commence next month, covering all defence spending.

Adm Radakin also announced plans to test “large drones” on aircraft carriers for the first time next year.

In the future, the Navy wants to be able to launch and land devices that could undertake reconnaissance missions and also deploy missiles."

 
I look forward to Army HQ's response...
 
The Meon mafia and dog shit city, a marriage made in heaven.
I remember the last experiment moving matelots from shore to sea in the mid 90s though - resulted in Dryad and Collingwood being effectively run by a "ten percenter mafia". Said to be 10% of applicants had to be disabled or minority of sorts.

Have you ever seen how 'entitled' a one-legged former argos team-leader becomes when placed into a position formerly occupied by a warrant officer?
 
Is Whale Island really that bloated with scrambled egg on caps nowadays?
genuine thought - either we need to triple the size of it or do what 1SL has done and make it much smaller.
 

A2_Matelot

LE
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I remember the last experiment moving matelots from shore to sea in the mid 90s though - resulted in Dryad and Collingwood being effectively run by a "ten percenter mafia". Said to be 10% of applicants had to be disabled or minority of sorts.

Have you ever seen how 'entitled' a one-legged former argos team-leader becomes when placed into a position formerly occupied by a warrant officer?
You must have missed 300/600 - reduce 300 Officer posts to generate 600 OR posts.

A huge success
 

A2_Matelot

LE
Book Reviewer
genuine thought - either we need to triple the size of it or do what 1SL has done and make it much smaller.
I'd wait to look at what the other two transformation workstreams (shore and operational workforce) and the IR/SDSR20 outcome looks like first, then decide how we might need to be shaped.
 
I remember the last experiment moving matelots from shore to sea in the mid 90s though - resulted in Dryad and Collingwood being effectively run by a "ten percenter mafia". Said to be 10% of applicants had to be disabled or minority of sorts.

Have you ever seen how 'entitled' a one-legged former argos team-leader becomes when placed into a position formerly occupied by a warrant officer?
Yup....living it every day! Civil Service doing exactly that! Doing the job of a Cpl, but shouting how they are Captains and Major equivalent! FFS!
 

jrwlynch

LE
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Yup....living it every day! Civil Service doing exactly that! Doing the job of a Cpl, but shouting how they are Captains and Major equivalent! FFS!
Excuse me, my "equivalent rank" was Captain(RN) or Colonel, I'll have you know!

Which, along with a couple of pounds, would get me a coffee in Costa...
 
You must have missed 300/600 - reduce 300 Officer posts to generate 600 OR posts.

A huge success
Is that the one that included Warrant Officers (ORs) in the Officer Numbers and got rid of some Officers and some senior ORs (WOs) to generate OR posts. That one? Wasn’t quite as advertised was it?
 

Rab_C

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I remember the last experiment moving matelots from shore to sea in the mid 90s though - resulted in Dryad and Collingwood being effectively run by a "ten percenter mafia". Said to be 10% of applicants had to be disabled or minority of sorts.

Have you ever seen how 'entitled' a one-legged former argos team-leader becomes when placed into a position formerly occupied by a warrant officer?
Pompey was dead in the late 80s early 90s. Excellent had decommissioned the dockyard was dying, they hung on with the 42s and flat tops. Real work was done from Guzz or Faslane but the Admirals all lived in the Meon valley so guess what happened?
Signed a bitter Guzz rating.
 
Pompey was dead in the late 80s early 90s. Excellent had decommissioned the dockyard was dying, they hung on with the 42s and flat tops. Real work was done from Guzz or Faslane but the Admirals all lived in the Meon valley so guess what happened?
Signed a bitter Guzz rating.
Excellent was still there in the 90's matey.
So was Suamaris block at Nelson :)
Flag officer Plymouth got canned in the '90s. It was Pompey where ...it was at.

I think the RN lost it's mojo though once the 42s went.
 

Rab_C

War Hero
Excellent was still there in the 90's matey.
So was Suamaris block at Nelson :)
Flag officer Plymouth got canned in the '90s. It was Pompey where ...it was at.

I think the RN lost it's mojo though once the 42s went.
I was at HMS Excellent decommissioning 1985, it then became an out station of Nelson. FOPlymouth was canned in 1996. I was working in the Dockyard in DSC early 90s and it was on the bones of its arrse. Pompey got 1 x 42 refit at a time as the dockyard was on its last legs, everything else was Rosyth and Guzz. Sorry to piss on your bonfire but what I state are facts. I loath the place and its inhabitants but that’s another fight.
 
I was at HMS Excellent decommissioning 1985, it then became an out station of Nelson.
We are into semantics then shippers cos...it was still known as Excellent / Whale Island. Last time I was there was killick's course '99...then the NBCD24 course a short time afterwards. Accom was on the Bristiol for the NBCD4 - or whatever it was called. I immediately booked out and got a transit mess at Nelson. Sea cadets running everywhere on Bristol would have been irritating.
 

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