Must have been a really thorough Strategic Defence Review then…
A quote from Dr Liam Fox
What do the Challenger tanks in Germany and the costs of maintaining them and the personnel required to to train for them, what does that contribute to what’s happening in Afghanistan
This statement makes me think that he is basically unfit to be the Defence Secretary of toytown let alone the United Kingdom
Just a few things to counter that
1. The only reason Challenger 2 is not in Afghanistan is because the MoD does not want to fund them
2. Canadian and other forces have had tremendous success with their tanks in Afghanistan
3. Armoured engineers in Challenger 2 derived vehicles have been doing a brisk trade in Afghanistan
4. Those people he assumes are sitting on their arses in Germany polishing their Challengers are to be found driving Mastiff’s and other vehicles, guess where.
5.To see the latest casualty announcement click here and then see which regiment one of them comes from click here, does anything jump off the page? He might have chosen his words very carefully because strictly speaking they are a UK unit but 3 soldiers from 2 Royal Tank Regiment have also have died in Afghanistan and many more from the Formation Recce units, also stationed in Germany.
We all know we are going to have to face a reduction but please, lets stop pretending it is anything other than an exercise in cutting dressed up with the new clothes of some superior strategic insight or knowledge, because you are convincing no one. Picking on those so called Cold War relics and using them as a fig leaf for the unpalatable truth just demonstrates a serious lack of wisdom and beyond the idiots of the most of the mainstream media, you are becoming a figure of ridicule.
Just come out with, we are going to have to drastically reduce the budget and some things are going to have to go.
PS, is anyone missing Geoff yet?