Warship and army equipment availability in the UK's Royal Navy and British Army has been hit by poor contractor performance, a shortage of spares, and a rising operating tempo, according to the country's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation.
In its annual report and accounts published on 29 January, DE&S said it had failed to meet key targets in its army and navy maintenance programmes in 2018-19.
"We failed to achieve the British Army sustainability target during the year and a demanding operational tempo was a significant contributing factor for the Navy Command support targets not being met," said the report.
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