Does the UK need a new Royal Yacht, as though that would really spur more shipbuilding

Several hundred million pounds of the UK Treasury may get allocated to a new, replacement yacht for the Queen, likely to be used more by Prince Chuck. Because that’s where national wealth should go. Most of the announcements have resembled Trumpist PR for Space Force.

Given previous attempts at such a flagship have said that it would be a new ‘royal yacht’, this must be a deliberate omission.

One would not accidentally fail to mention that the new ship was to be a royal yacht and have royal blessing if such things were true.

Indeed, the glaring omission in the announcement indicates that the announcement is a negotiated document, where the wording has been subject to intense consideration and internal discussions and approvals.

And so, although the Crown is prevalent in the polity of the United Kingdom – from underpinning the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, royal charter bodies, the maintenance of the queen’s peace and the armed services – there appears to be one thing the royalty does not want to be connected with, and that is this ship.

Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, was the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997.…

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure from royalists and some Tory backbenchers to order a £200 million vessel and name it HMS Prince Philip in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and there have been repeated calls for a successor ship.

But the idea gathered pace in the aftermath of Prince Philip’s death last month.

The vessel would be used to promote British business overseas by hosting trade negotiations, diplomatic talks, mooring at trade fairs, and sailing across the world.…

HNLMS Piet Hein was built at KM de Schelde in Vlissingen. The keel laying took place on 28 April 1977 and the launching on 3 June 1978. The ship was put into service on 14 April 1981.[1]; Yas is a private superyacht rebuilt by ADMShipyards of Abu Dhabi, launched in 2011 and delivered in 2015.[1] At 141 metres (463 ft) in length she is one of the largest motor yachts in the world.[2]

Piet Hein in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Named Swift141 during development, Yas is based on the hull of a former navy frigate. HNLMS Piet Hein, a Kortenaer-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy was launched in 1978 and sold to the United Arab Emirates Navy where she was operated under the name Al Emirat. A second frigate of the same class is undergoing a similar conversion: HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, renamed Abu Dhabi and Swift135.[3

  • June 6, 2021
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