The Type 055 Renhai destroyer, which displaces 12,000 tonnes, represents a significant advance in People’s Liberation Army Navy blue-water surface combatant vessel capabilities, in terms of both size and complexity
The importance of space to the UK’s national security, military and international relationships means it should be a key issue in the upcoming Integrated Review. However, a shift in thinking on activities in this environment is needed to ensure that the right questions are being asked.
It is easy to view the incident as a singular calamity. In reality, it is the result of systemic factionalism, greed and incompetence on the part of the Lebanese government. Until that is addressed, it will not be the last tragedy to befall the country.