Was pondering the ponderable in the back yard over a few becks... (maybe some jaeger and red bulls). The Americans have an "extra" (discounting the USMC) Armed Force in the shape of the US Coast Guard. Whose mission is, broadly, to protect the Coast of the USA. THis includes promoting maritime safety (checking boats are seaworthy, etc.), maritime security (illegal immigrants and drugs), maritime mobility (keeping sea lanes open), protection of natural assets and finally defence. Would it be worthwhile setting up a Royal Coast Guard consisting of elements of the RN who currently carry out (full time) tasks as above, the Coast Guard itself, the RNLI (in one way or another, don't want to tamper with it too much), elements of the Police (ie River police, MoD Police), the new border patrol mob, and a few others. RAF Rescue Helis could also be merged in... Which led me to a whole new thought.... Merge in the Mountain and Cave rescue mobs. As a para-military force, could this organisation effectively police our borders and national waters, and ensure safety and protect our natural resources? Not all of the members would need to be armed, as per the USCG, although they are classed as an Armed Force, they are more like a Police Force with Rescue capabilities aswell.