Seemingly the Royal Navy is on standby to deploy, what the government would have us believe is, the world's most advanced destroyer to protect the 2012 Olympics from attack.
One of the new Daring class of Type 45 destroyers will be deployed in the Thames estuary.
All very well. However, the ships are not yet fitted out and are not expected to be ready until at least 2011.
There is a very real chance that delays and teething problems will mean that the destroyers will not be ready in time for the 2012 Games.
Additionally, owing to government cutbacks (how ironic given the cost of the Olympics!), the destroyers will not have their missile systems installed at the time of their planned Olympic deployment.
What exactly are they expected to be able to do then?
Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics
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