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Admiral Lord West: Defence cuts 'becoming dangerous'

30 September 2011 Last updated at 10:07 BST

Labour peer and former head of the Royal Navy Admiral Lord West says that the government's cutting to defence forces "is actually becoming dangerous".

More than 1,000 Royal Navy personnel will learn they are being made redundant later as part of a first round of military job cuts.

Of about 1,020 job losses, a third are compulsory. Some 810 sailors applied for redundancy and 670 were accepted.

The navy is cutting numbers by 5,000 to 30,000 by 2015, as part of 22,000 armed forces cuts designed to help save £5bn.