The days of Britain ruling the waves are apparently over. “The Royal Navy can only send a quarter of its warships to sea due to spending cuts which have left the armed forces ‘struggling to protect Britain’s citizens.’” This is due to a lack of supplies, lack of manpower and lack of fuel (The Telegraph, September 14, 2017). Recently, the flagship of the Royal Navy was sent to the Caribbean for hurricane relief, but it “suffered engine problems while loading in Gibraltar.” Due to the current state of the Navy, there was no other ship to replace it. After its trip to the Caribbean, the HMS Ocean is scheduled to be retired. However, Britain’s new state-of-the-art destroyer HMS Dauntless is not mission-worthy due to lacking a full complement of crew.
For centuries, the Royal Navy has been a tremendous source of pride and power for Britain, and it is sobering to watch its demise. Long ago, God warned the Israelite-descended people, “But if you do not obey Me… and if you despise My statutes… I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:14-15, 19). We are witnessing that happening today! To understand how Britain became a world power and what the future holds for this island nation, watch the telecast “Who Made Britain ‘Great’?”