Because we are an island nation, with 14 overseas territories and a military geared towards overseas expeditionary warfare. Not only that, but for the last few decades they have been the heaviest hit and most neglected.
The troops might fly in but all the heavy equipment, fuel, food and stores are taken by sea in Point Class RFA type vessels. They get RN escort through the difficult bits and have RN personal onboard for Force Protection.
Also to consider 95% of UK physical trade is moved via the sea. There are 9 key pinch points that over 80% of trans-ocean shipping must pass through and most of them are not in nice places. If terrorists or nation states start hacking at ships going through the Gulf of Aden and Suez Canal then all hell with let loose. Insurance costs will go through the roof and shipping will take the long route around SA. And the extra cost is only coming from one direction, the consumer.
So we need a balanced Navy to either protect our shipping or if necessary use a big stick on a country that thinks about blocking trade routes.
It was'nt a dig in general & i'm fully aware bulk logistics is transported via sea as with 95% of commercial freight goods etc, however it's the Top brass whom have to convince White/MOD where & what is needed, it is well known/common knowledge it's tit for tat fighting each service corner,
Also a UK Navy which is being reduced is ineffective and basically a mere home protection force in most cases, no wonder other Countries are monitoring our defences with a keen eye to the strategic importance of what the UK can only afford not commit to,
I 'do' agree we need a balance Navy, as for the case for Numbers? it's only media speculation to all this of which we'll find out the root & branch cuts next Month
If the ball was on the other foot similar debates would no doubt arrise....
Its also down to speed of response if the ballon goes up. There is the old (and slightly inaccurate) saying that you can build an army in months, an airforce takes years, but to build a navy takes more than a decade.................
Just one step closer to the time when we will have no option but to accept a united Europe military force. Seems all part of the masterplan. Just surprised about how blatent they've been about it - would've thought they'd at least put some effort into disguising the true intention.
To be honest, what exactly do we have left to protect?
Navy chiefs have been ordered to freeze the training of new recruits for six months in draconian defence cuts.
The Senior Service is expected lose of 10,000 of its 40,000 personnel in the next four years the biggest cuts since the Second World War.
The freeze will close the shore base HMS Raleigh, the Navys premier training establishment, for 30 weeks