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Shadow looms over UK amphibious capabilities

26th October 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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The future of the UK’s amphibious capabilities looks increasingly uncertain as the defence minister suggested it may no longer be a strategic priority.

At a meeting of the UK's defence committee, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon was grilled on reports that the level of defence budget cuts was leading the MoD to consider a significant reduction in the armed force's amphibious landing capability.

The concerns were prompted by reports, since ‘categorically’ denied by the MoD, that Chile and Brazil could acquire HMS Albion and Bulwark in the near future despite currently being scheduled for decommission in 2033 and 2034

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