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7th boat of the Astute-Class
Is not named HMS Ajax. It has never been officially named.
Boat 7 not HMS AJAX.
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2016/march/18/160318-hms-artful "HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, and now Artful, are the first of the Class to be accepted by Navy Command, which is responsible for operating all of the Royal Navy's vessels. The next two submarines in the Class, Audacious and Anson, are currently being built in Barrow, with Agamemnon and the unnamed Boat 7 to follow."
The Daily Express reported it thus: Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon refuses to rule out cut to number of Royal Marines
The Ministry of Defence is facing a £10 billion funding shortfall over the next ten years, and plans to reduce the number of marines include removing the frontline role of one of its three commando units, according to The Times.
The Conservative Cabinet minister said there was "not a lot" that he recognised in the report but repeatedly sidestepped questions over cuts to numbers.
He told Radio 4's Today programme: "We have got 7,000 Royal Marines. The actual balance, the number of sailors and the number of marines, that's a matter for the First Sea Lord to keep under review."
Told it was noticeable that he was failing to deny there would be cuts to numbers, he replied: "What I am saying to you is we have 7,000 Royal Marines and it is for the First Sea Lord, who runs the Royal Navy, to look all the time at the balance between marines and sailors, and I have not agreed any cut in the size of the Royal Marines.
Because the MOD has clearly linked the Navy and the Marines together, I think it is time to remove the Royal Marines from this page as it is misleading to present the Navy and the Marines as to separate and equal entities. -- PBS (talk) 15:09, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
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