After the American Revolution, transportation of criminals from the overcrowded prisons in Britain to North America was no longer an option, so the Crown turned to Australia for those who didn’t quite merit capital punishment, but weren’t fit to serve in Her Majesty’s fleet.
The Australian navy plans to recruit up to 1,000 Royal Navy sailors facing redundancy under the Government’s defence cuts.
The Royal Australian Navy has sent a delegation to Britain to investigate the plan, which would look to recruit some of the 5,000 Royal Navy personnel due to lose their jobs over the next four years…
The Royal Navy is cutting up to 5,000 jobs reducing personnel numbers to just 30,000 as part of a plan to slash the defence budget.
No word as of yet whether Oz is considering offering the same opportunity to the nearly 17,000 British Army sojers being cut free.