Friday 26 June 2020 / 12:01 AM Defence / John Healey

Ministers have left Britain with no capability for ship-launched aircraft – John Healey

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the publication of the National Audit Office report on Carrier Strike, said:

“This is the latest in a long line of NAO reports to say the Government can’t get its defence equipment budgets or buying right. Ministers are letting Britain’s defence down.

“For the last 10 years Ministers have left Britain with no capability for ship-launched aircraft to deal with military conflicts or humanitarian relief.

“Despite some progress, Carrier Strike is still undermined by the failure to secure sufficient munitions, tactical IT systems and the critical radar system, which will affect its capabilities in its first two years. The Defence Secretary must get a grip of these problems and guarantee this vital part of our country’s defences.”