56 games canceled this year, the British Ministry of Defense exercises to reduce expenses (Figure)
data Figure: British military personnel participated in combat
Song China Global Times special correspondent reports, according to the British “Times” reported on December 24, the need for spending cuts, the British Ministry of Defense has canceled dozens of British Army training exercises .
“The Times” noted that the British Land Army active-duty Army and are subject to a cost-saving effect, the United Kingdom was forced to withdraw from a large-scale NATO exercises. There are only 56 games this year, the British exercise was canceled, which raised the specter of military personnel to Afghanistan to combat readiness level of concern.
British Army Chief of Staff David – Sir Richard admitted that there is a long-term risk to cancel the exercise. The death toll in Yingjun more than 100 people this year, which is the British decades suffered the most heavy casualties. The Government has been faced with inadequate investment in the British front-line combat to be adversely affected criticism.
Media in October this year has revealed that British soldiers have been ordered to land stopped six months basic training, in order to save 20 million pounds. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to convince the Ministry of Finance in providing the funds for this command was only canceled.
Sir Richard of “The Times” said: “In ideal conditions, we would hope to those who have been canceled training exercises, but in fact the military currently focuses on the defense top priority Services – training for the war in Afghanistan. “Richard said, soldiers in combat missions intervals may not have time to complete all of the exercise program. He acknowledges that this will jeopardize the long-term core training techniques. Richard added that next year’s strategic defense review will need to address this issue.
British Shadow Defense Minister Lim – Fox said: “Clearly, the government is to reduce the combat capability of troops to save money. Training is not a joke and our Navy in the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy, the Army and Marine Corps operations in Afghanistan, we need to make their military skills to maintain the highest level of combat readiness of the Government must ensure that the armed forces, funding cuts would not affect their current operations or emergency response readiness of the . “
British Armed Forces Minister of State – Bill Rammell criticized the Conservative Party in artificial panic. He said: “All the soldiers sent to Afghanistan have been adequately trained. Taking into account our current task, we must ensure that action is the core of the forces to respond to the challenges they will face to prepare and any claim that the military did not to the emergency preparedness of claims are nonsense, as we have seen, the army last month’s floods in northern England, made a quick and efficient response. “
UK 23 Department of Defense announced that another soldier killed in Afghanistan, which makes self-Arab war British death toll since the start of up to 243 people. The soldier in Helmand province, along the central and Afghan forces were killed while on patrol. 23 Buckingham Palace announced the evening of the Queen in her Christmas speech to pay tribute to the armed forces.