John Redwood writes –
The Navy is a paragon of virtue compared to the army. Now that there are just 31 warships (destroyers and frigates and submarines), there is a mere one Rear Admiral per ship. Most of the ships are commanded at sea by Commanders or lower ranked officers. Very few Captains go to sea in command of a ship. We do still have 300 captains, however, to sail desks and fire up bureaucracies. That’s almost ten captains per warship. There are just two full Admirals and 7 Vice Admirals.
The Senior service is better equipped with Commodores, in case squadrons need to put to sea. There are 80 of those, or almost three per warship. It still gives a lesson to the army in making do with fewer top ranks.
TAP The navy had 800 warships at the end of WW2. The number of captains hasn’t reduced at the same speed, by the look of it.
My Grandfather commanded one battle in 1942 in the Med where he had 150 ships under his command, many of them merchantmen on their way to Malta or North Africa. He lost 9 warships which was careless, and suffered many casualties. He was knighted and given a KCB by the King, but the battle never made it into the newspapers. Bad for morale. Luckily for him he was sent to command the Western Atlantic after that, where sailors had a longer life expectancy.
And to think, the whole thing was organised by the banking elite for profit and to extend the reach of Communism and break the British Empire, with Churchill’s, Stalin’s, and Roosevelt’s knowledge. Hitler was the mug in the game. Luckily no one lower down the hierarchy knew in those days. Most people still don’t know. I’ve ordered a couple of books on Hitler being lifted from Berlin in 1945 to live out his years in South America. I’ve read a bit of Greg Hallet ‘Hitler Was A British Agent’. It’s all surprisingly convincing. I’m ready for the comments.