Has anyone seen the most recent effort at Documentaries aboard Royal Naval Vessels?
This time its a 3 parter aboard HMS Ocean. The largest vessel in the Royal Navy (their words).
It joins the ship and it's crew as it leaves the UK and transits through the med, on its way to Join the USN in the Gulf.
What's clear from episode 1 is Ocean is mechanically unsound, and not fit for purpose. RN discipline also seems quite lax, with a mech apprentice wandering, in overalls into the wardroom to fix a socket, with no supervision from either her branch or the wardroom staff. Another mech apprentice hangs off a stepladder watching as her colleagues rebuild a cylinder head.
Within the episode they mention how other navies would look at the RN ships and think "Oh- I don't think I'll take them on", without much in the way of evidence to support this assertion. The "Warship" is a hastily built lightly armed helicopter carrying ship, that is in urgent need of replacement after only 20 years service.