Ex-First Sea Lord, Lord West, said the 'insufficient' numbers of vessels had been exposed by recent clashes
An ex-Navy chief has warned the UK doesn't have enough ships to patrol its territorial waters after British and French mariners went to war over scallops.
Former First Sea Lord, Labour's Lord West of Spithead, said the 'insufficient' numbers of vessels had been exposed by recent clashes between fishermen.
Rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles are reported to have been hurled at English and Scottish vessels during the confrontation in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
French fisherman are angry about a domestic ban preventing them from harvesting the scallop-rich region while British boats are free fish.
'It is clear that we have insufficient ships to patrol the United Kingdom's territorial seas and our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),' Lord West wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
'Co-ordination of the few ships we do have is fragmented. In theory, co-ordination is exercised by the co-located Joint Maritime Operations Command Centre.
'But this command centre