Control of Royal Marines could be handed to the Army instead of Navy
COMMAND and control of the Royal Marines could be handed over to the British Army, instead of the Royal Navy, according to a national newspaper.
The Financial Times says that a proposed overhaul of armed forces in Britain could slash 30,000 troops and give the army command of the Royal Marines.
The Marines have been under the command of the Royal navy since 1755.
The Ministry of Defence has refused to comment.
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But according to the FT military planners are looking at combining eight brigades of land forces into five brigades, giving the Army operational command of the Royal Marines and combing the Royal Marine corps into a single expeditionary brigade with the Paras.
The FT also predicts cutbacks in amphibious warfare, whcih is the cornerstone of Plymouth's defence operation.
The newspaper says amphibious assault and landing ships could be scaled back.
A senior defence figure told the FT: "Are the plans are touch mad? Possibly.
"Are they being discussed? Absolutely."