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Rescue op Navy sailors to lose jobs

Tuesday September 27th 2011

Royal Navy sailors from a frigate which helped to save British citizens from the troubles in Libya in February this year are to lose their jobs, it has been reported.

Scores of the 250-strong crew from HMS Cumberland who risked their lives in the operation are among those to be told on Friday that they will go, and crew members from eight of the other 10 ships in the campaign are also due to go, the Daily Telegraph said.

The paper understands that up to 400 officers and ratings are set to receive compulsory redundancy notices from the Government, with a total of 1,100 Navy personnel losing their jobs in the first round of redundancies made by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It was announced earlier in the year that jobs would be lost, and 11,000 redundancies could be made by April 2015 between the RAF, Army, and Royal Navy.

The aim of the job cuts is to combat the deficit and bring the defence budget under control.

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