Saab Receives Order for Maintenance of Polish Navy´s RBS15 Mk3 Missiles

April 19, 2017 – Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Naval Port Gdynia, Poland, for the maintenance and logistic support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system with deliveries taking place 2017-2018. Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s  Orkan-class fast attack craft. Included in the contract is scheduled maintenance of the missile system and additional ILS in the form of training and additional tool sets. “The RBS15 Mk3 is a world leading surface-to-surface missile system providing…

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Royal Marines to be restructured in line with growing Royal Navy

April 11, 2017 – With billions being invested into a growing Royal Navy, the Royal Marines have decided to restructure to better balance skills across the force. The move comes as part of the Navy’s regular review of its structure to ensure that it suits the operational demands of the 21st century, and is appropriately balanced for the future with 400 more personnel, more ships, new aircraft carriers and submarines entering front line service. Around half of the 200 roles being repurposed are backroom function roles, like drivers and administrative…

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Busy as a Battle Tanker

The Royal Australian Navy works hard at protecting the seaborne trade on which Australia depends for its livelihood and wellbeing – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And few have exemplified that commitment this year more than HMAS Success and her crew. In just three months after a long period alongside conducting maintenance, the Navy’s battle tanker has been busy certifying the platform and training the crew to perform the scope of maritime operations necessary to regional security. Commanding Officer, Commander Grant Zilko said Success was “straining at her lines”…

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Babcock’s down-selection as preferred bidder for key Royal Navy support contract

April 3, 2017 – Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, has been selected as preferred bidder for all four elements of a Ministry of Defence program, potentially worth in the region of £360m over seven years, to become Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers and Type 45 Destroyers. Subject to contract, Babcock, with the support of our key support partners, will become the Systems Technical Authority for the platform and propulsion systems on both classes of vessel. As…

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FOI responses published by MOD week commencing 27 March 2016

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 27 March 2016. Documents Number of Royal Navy helicopters ditched in 1975 Ref: Navy FOI 2017-01415PDF, 928KB Statistics on Royal Navy Engineer officers and ratings from 2011 to 2016 Ref: Defence Statistics FOI2017/00414PDF, 772KB Statistics on the number of Royal Navy and Royal Marines officers and ratings completed their length of service Ref: Defence Statistics FOI2017/00414PDF, 411KB Statistics on new entrant QARNNS officers Ref: Defence Statistics FOI2017/00415PDF, 470KB Statistics on the strength of UK armed forces personnel Ref: Defence Statistics FOI2017 01261PDF, 468KB Report on the number…

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Indian Navy Bears Retired

The Indian Navy is preparing for de-induction of TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after its 29 years of dedicated service to the nation. The aircraft would be formally de-inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff at a special ceremony scheduled to be held at INS Rajali, India’s premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on 29 March 17. To commemorate the stellar service of the TU142M, a TU Static Display Aircraft would also be inaugurated by the Chief of Naval Staff at…

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