HMS Queen Elizabeth, 3-4-19. Pic courtesy of the Royal Navy in Scotland Twitter account @RNinScotland
Continuing our Policies to help Build British Independence and Maintain the Union...
We often hear it said that "Britain is a maritime nation". "Maritime" means, "connected with the sea, especially in relation to seaborne trade or naval matters".
This has always been true and it always will be true. It is because we looked out at the horizon and wondered what lay beyond, that the people of these Islands were impelled to find out. It is our geographic reality which helps explain Britain's unique history of exploration and empire-building.
Shipbuilding used to be a massive industry in the United Kingdom. It is smaller now.
But we certainly continue to build ships, and this article advocates a logical programme in areas which will be necessary in the years ahead.