An infographic that gets your attention right away. It did for me.
"in·fo·graph·ic - - noun - - a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. - - 'a good infographic is worth a thousand words'"
RN = Royal Navy. UK = United Kingdom.
A whole variety of sources involved here. Thanks to all and in this particular instance to the Internet web site Zero Hedge.
Without further ado and not a whole lot of comment the infographic tells it all:
"Visualizing The UK's Shrinking Navy"
Number of full-time enlisted naval personnel in the RN now only three percent [3 %] of what was the amount in 1945. From the end of the Second World War to the present for a variety of reasons the RN has not fared well, total "staff" ever decreasing. Great Britain for centuries and largely in measure to the RN a world power and surly that most preeminent naval power. Those days long gone now and perhaps forever!
This infographic also true and with regard to scaling. I have checked for myself.