Peter Rhodes on numbering warships, flat batteries and a bizarre recreation of the Elephant Man
OLD habits die hard. In the Second World War, the British had only one airborne division but named it Sixth Airborne to fool the Germans into thinking there were more. Today, HMS Montrose, the Royal Navy frigate on duty in the Gulf, carries the identification mark F236 which might suggest there are at least another 235 in service. The shameful truth is that our navy has only 13 frigates.