I saw this on the Daily Mail and so was instantly dubious but no, tis true!
Please come back…
Words fail me, this is not how to manage your most precious asset and I can only imagine the nightmare the manning team in the RN is experiencing on a daily basis. Perhaps it is not a case of too many deployments and not enough ships but too many deployments and not enough people.
You also have to wonder if there are opportunities to cross post engineers from the RAF and Army, at least for the short term as a way of helping the Royal Navy, although I expect the opportunities would be limited.
OP ENTIRETY reciprocation springs to mind.