UK ‘abandoning maritime patrols’
Defence chiefs are being forced to draft in aircraft from Nato allies because they no longer have the ability to patrol Scotland’s seas, it was claimed last night.
A UK Government minister has confirmed that the US, France, Norway and Canada have all sent maritime surveillance aircraft to RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and RAF Leuchars in Fife since December.
The SNP said it exposed the reality that Britain has been “relying on the goodwill” of allies to protect its own waters since scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 contract in 2010 – a decision which cost taxpayers £3.4billion and led to the closure of RAF Kinloss.
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