December 18, 1941: the Alexandria Attack

December 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – “The assault vehicle is the only means of war that asks itself for the prodigious characteristic of achieving decisive results without mourning any family . This puts it in a position of unequivocal legitimacy in the face of the maritime law of war, but above all places operators in unparalleled moral position “. These…

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Merlin Carrier Shield Stronger After WESTLANT Deployment

December 18, 2019 – The Navy’s premier submarine hunters are much better prepared to defend Britain’s future flagships after a three-month workout in the USA. Merlin helicopters of 814 and 820 Naval Air Squadrons – based at RNAS Culdrose – joined new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and frigate HMS Northumberland to form an invisible, impenetrable ring of steel around the…

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HMS Richmond to be ASW Escort for HMS Queen Elizabeth

December 9, 2019 – Gearing up for an imminent return to sea are the crew of HMS Richmond, emerging from refit as the nation’s most advanced frigate. Long-based in Portsmouth, the ship has switched homes for Plymouth – where all the dedicated submarine-hunting Type 23s are being concentrated. While in the hands of the engineers at Babcock, Richmond has undergone…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Hosts Atlantic Future Forum in Annapolis

November 21, 2019 – The 2019 Atlantic Future Forum (AFF) will take place on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, Thursday 21st November at anchor off Annapolis, Washington D.C., during her deployment to the USA. The event, a full day conference, brings together the brightest minds and most influential thinkers-from defence and beyond-to strengthen the US-UK special relationship and encourage collaboration between…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth put through her paces during Westlant 19 deployment

October 7, 2019 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two new aircraft carriers, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia last month as part of the 65,000-tonne warship’s second-ever international visit. Cammell Laird completed a two-and-a-half year, multi-million pound project to build flight decks for the carrier in March 2013. The award of a £44m contract by the Aircraft Carrier…

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Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Commander Visits USS Dwight D Eisenhower

September 27, 2019 – Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group commander Commodore Mike Utley OBE RN and HMS Queen Elizabeth commander Capt. Steve Moorhouse OBE RN visited Carrier Strike Group Ten and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Sept. 27. The Royal Navy senior officers were invited by CSG-10 and the IKE in order to gain a better…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Makes First Visit to Canada

September 12, 2019 – The UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this morning in an historic first visit. The 65,000-tonne warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbour by other ships from the UK Carrier Strike Group who are on a deployment called ‘Westlant 19’. The main purpose…

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La Motte-Picquet Trains with the Royal Navy

September 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – After setting sail from Portsmouth on August 30, 2019, anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet conducted a series of joint exercises with HMS Queen Elizabeth , the first aircraft carrier of this class and flagship of the Royal Navy , and RFA Tideforce . Various maneuvers were conducted off the coast of England, including coordinated flights…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Sails to US for F-35B Trials

August 30, 2019 – Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth today, bound for the east coast of the USA for operational trials. For the first time, UK fighter jets will join this state-of-the-art ship in a significant milestone for the program. The deployment, known as ‘WESTLANT 19,’ will see the carrier conduct ‘Operational Testing’, with…

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History made as UK F-35s complete first operational missions

June 25, 2019 – The UK’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions. F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, the Defence Secretary has confirmed. This follows a successful training period in Cyprus, known…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Prepares for Transatlantic Training

June 4, 2019 – HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s future flagship, will deploy in late summer for the eastern seaboard of the US, including a port visit in the Washington area where she will host the Atlantic Future Forum. The UK’s largest and most advanced warship ever will be making the transatlantic journey for the second consecutive year to train…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth to Join NATO Rapid Reaction Force

June 4, 2019 – The Prime Minister announced today that the Royal Navy will ready the UK’s largest and most advanced warship ever to join allies in forming part of NATO’s major ‘Readiness Initiative’ when she becomes operational. The first of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, together with the formidable F-35 fighter jets, will fly the flag of…

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Apache Gunship Trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth

June 4, 2019 – The Army’s ‘flying tank’ has debuted aboard Britain’s biggest warship as the Apache gunship undergoes three days of trials with HMS Queen Elizabeth. Having already hosted RN Merlin and Wildcats and RAF Chinooks to help write the ship’s ‘operations manual’, the team on the carrier are now working with the gunship to practice some of the…

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Gavin Williamson Unveils Vision for Defense in Global Britain

February 11, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined the global role of the UK’s Armed Forces and defense industry after leaving the European Union and beyond in a speech at RUSI today. The Defence Secretary acknowledged that the UK faces a world of competing powers, hostile states and stateless ideologies, who are happy to operate in a ‘grey zone’…

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Scottish yard awarded HMS Queen Elizabeth contract

January 9, 2019 – Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A Scottish dockyard has been awarded a contract to carry out the first planned dry-dock maintenance of Britain’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The £5 million contract,…

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