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Con-Dem navy cuts 'a disgrace'

BRITAIN’S former naval chief said yesterday that Con-Dem cuts to the navy are a “national disgrace.”

Former First Sea Lord Alan West said the coalition has not just cut to the bone but “into the bone,” saying that Britain had been left with too few ships to escort naval convoys.

The Labour peer also claimed that the possibility of Scottish independence poses the greatest security and defence threat to Britain.

Mr West told the BBC that Britain was still at the heart of global shipping and condemned the whittling of the navy’s fleet to just 19 escorts.

He warned of possible disruption to imports of liquefied natural gas shipped from Qatar which supply 13 per cent of Britain’s gas.

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