Military Capabilities

British Army and Royal Navy hit by support problems

31 January 2020

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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