Once the most powerful militarily nations in the world, the benefits of statist socialism have taken their toll. The U.K. looks like it is ill prepared to do battle with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Maybe that’s why Kirchner is flexing her country’s muscle.

From The Telegraph. January 13, 2013.

How Britian’s current military forces compare to 1982:

1982

Armed Forces Personnel: 320,000

Ships: 2 Carriers, 2 Assault ships, 32 Submarines, 15 Destroyers, 46 Frigates, 1 Ice Patrol Ship, 12 Hydrographic survey ships, 15 Patrol ships/craft, 29 Minesweepers and minehunters, 45 Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Aircraft: 400 plus

2013

Armed Forces personnel: 160,000

Ships: 0 Carriers, 9 Submarines, 7 Destroyers, 13 Frigates, 2 Assault/Helicopter Carriers, 2 Assault/Command Ships, 3 RFA Landing Ships, 3 Survey ships, 1 Ice Patrol Ship, 4 Patrol Ships, 15 Minehunters, 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Fighter Aircraft: 130

 

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