An overstretched defense budget has forced the Special Air Service to mothball its state-of-the-art base and reduce its training schedule. The camp has effectively been closed by limiting helicopter flights to and from the barracks, as well as having civilian workers take their summer leave at the same time as soldiers. Thousands of computers and lights were disconnected. Accommodation blocks, offices and training areas will remain closed this week.
The move comes as the Ministry of Defense faces a £7 billion black hole in its ten-year plan, according to the House of Commons spending watchdog. The Public Accounts Committee said earlier this year that the MoD did not have a credible funding plan to solve the cash crisis.