Royal Navy Decommissions Ships for Lack of Sailors

The British Royal Navy will decommission the recently refurbished hms Westminster warship and the hms Argyll this year due to a shortage of sailors, the Telegraph reported on January 4.

This exposes a concerning lack of British service members at a time when global crises are rising rapidly.

Recruiting crisis: This story hits after a British recruiting crisis.

  • Its armed forces fell to a record low, dropping 7,440 personnel for the year from October 2022 to October 2023—3.9 percent lower than the previous year.
  • The Navy’s numbers dropped 22.1 percent compared to the previous year.

We are losing operational ships—which is all very well as long as there’s no war in the next few years. … With the number we’ve got, if we get involved in any action, we are really poorly placed.
—Lord West, former first sea lord

Prophesied decline: The fall in troop numbers is the result of societal decline and specific prophecies in your Bible. You can read about both these causes in Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry’s article “Britain’s Hollow Military.”