The Royal Marines will lose 200 posts as the Royal Navy seeks to reshuffle its staff before the arrival of a new generation of vessels.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, said the force would make the cuts as part of its efforts to “adapt to meet the challenges of a dangerous and uncertain world” as it introduces new ships, submarines and aircraft to the service.
It is not thought that any Marines will be made redundant, and instead the Navy will rely on natural wastage of staff for the overhaul.
The force is facing a staffing crisis before the completion of the first of two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, a Whitehall spending watchdog warned last month.
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