British Navy In A State Of Disrepair With Hostage Crisis
If anything, the British Navy proved their sorry state of disrepair and serious lack of discipline among their sailors with their miserable humiliation by Iran. There cannot be much joy among either British or American military officials with this outrageous event where Iran was allowed to toy with what should have been a major world military, and bring shame upon the british Navy to further Iranian government propaganda goals.
In Iraqi waters while boarding a suspect ship on rafts, British sailors allowed themselves to be taken captive by small Iranian gunboats without returning fire, as their helicopter security left and returned back to the British support ship and failed to protect them. It would be difficult to imagine that the American Navy would conduct itself in such a manner and make itself vulnerable to such an attack. Further, in the absense of torture, the 15 British sailors quickly confessed to false wrongs, and brought further shame on their nation by aiding the Iranian propaganda machine.
The British military is already under a huge stress, where as much as half of it's 91 warships were facing mothballing this year to cut budget costs. But what internal changes to the British Navy that will result from this disasterous event will likely result in major security and policy changes that won't leave British sailors open to such an attack by a hostile force. Compared the British Navy of the past, once a very powerful force, this entire Iranian hostage crisis has presented this once great navy in a very sorry light.
Demotions or dishonarable discharges of some members of the British navy might even be in order.