Letters: Experienced ‘amateurs’ could offer added protection in the Channel

SIR – The idea of second-hand patrol boats, in conjunction with light spotter aeroplanes (Letters, December 28), might help stem the flood of illegal immigrants. It would also free up both the Royal Navy and the Border Force to confront drugs and arms smugglers, unlawful fishermen, real criminals and the Queen’s enemies in general.

However, in both the RN and RAF there is a manpower problem. As the crews of the proposed small vessels and light aircraft need not be trained to service standards, may I suggest the reintroduction of the Second World War’s successful Royal Naval Volunteer (Supplementary) Reserve, along with an RAF equivalent?

Before 1939, the ranks of the RNV (S) R were drawn from…

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