First round of Royal Navy redundancies imminent

After more than 2,000 soldiers and 1,000 airmen were sacked earlier this monthh, Royal Navy personnel will find out whose jobs are to go on 30 September. About 1,600 navy personnel out of a total force of 31,500 are expected to be laid off during the first tranche of cuts.

Although those who are within six months of deploying for an operation are safe from compulsory redundancy, some sailors who took part in the early stages of the Libya operation are eligible.

A report in the Daily Telegraph says that:

In a further blow to the Navy, a number of Royal Marines coming to an end of their six month tour in Helmand also face the sack when the second tranche of redundancies is announced next March as the Navy reduces by 5,000 to just 30,000 personnel.

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