UK Army to Ditch ‘Industrial Age’ Capabilities, Slash ‘10,000 Troops’ to Forge ‘Agile Military’

The UK government unveiled its long-awaited Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy 2021on 17 March, re-examining priorities and objectives and defining the country’s place post-Brexit.

As part of a major overhaul of Britain’s Armed Forces, the UK Royal Marines will be transformed into a new Future Commando Force (FCF), reported the Independent.

Set to be deployed globally on an “enduring basis,” the FCF will shoulder many of the traditional tasks of the Special Forces, the Special Air Service (SAS), and Special Boat Service (SBS) – Britain’s maritime special forces unit.

The FCF will operate alongside a new Army Ranger Regiment which will carry out “high threat” missions overseas, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The Royal Marines will evolve from an “amphibious infantry” to a versatile, special operations force “persistently forward deployed,” writes the outlet.

To “pre-empt and deter sub-threshold activity, and counter state threats,” the FCF will receive over £200m of direct investment over the next decade.

The reported changes are to be detailed in a defence command paper, following the publication last week of the Integrated Review of Foreign and Defence Policy.

​Ahead of the publication of the command paper, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was quoted as saying:

Re-haul of Capabilities

As part of the imminent changes, forces are to ditch or phase out some “industrial age” capabilities, such as ageing tanks, ships, and…

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