As few as 50 sailors will be needed for the next generation of British warships, less than half the 105 crew members that are currently required, according to defense contractor Babcock, The Telegraph reported on Monday.
This advancement in technology comes as the British armed forces are facing severe recruitment shortages, with the Navy falling 27% short of its annual recruitment target in the year to the end of March 2023.
Babcock noted existing pressure on, pointing to how crew sizes have already reduced significantly on some ships.
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