Defence Secretary visits Appledore yard as warship competition ramps up

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson paid a visit to Babcock’s Appledore shipyard this January 8th, as the company announced further details of its bid to help build a new class of warship. The Ministry of Defence announced plans to procure a new class of frigates, the Type 31e, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy which was launched last year. The warships will be built in the UK, with a set price cap no more than £250M per frigate for the first batch of five, with an investment decision to be…

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Babcock launches ‘Team 31’ bid for new UK frigate

Babcock today announced it will lead a bespoke team of industry partners in a bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme, building on the success of its role within the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. Two of the UK’s leading defence suppliers – Babcock and Thales – have joined forces with BMT, Harland & Wolff and Ferguson Marine to form ‘Team 31’ to deliver world-class ships that will drive economic benefits throughout the UK. The highly experienced team will seek to…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 1 January 2018

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 01 January 2018 Information regarding Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) Ref: HOCS 2017/09876PDF, 180KB, 5 pages Career projection for named ranks within the navy Ref: Defence Statistics 2017/09010PDF, 498KB, 4 pages Request named documents relating to army equipment Ref: DE&S 2017/10573PDF, 8.75MB, 345 pages Request number of personnel in RAF Aircrew Training Pipeline broken down by ranks for financial years 2015 to 2018 Ref: RAF 2017/06564PDF, 234KB, 5 pages Information on statistics of women at RAF Benson Ref: RAF 2017/09053PDF, 181KB, 3 pages Copy of High Wycombe Station Safety, Health and Environmental…

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Seven year contract awarded to provide mission-critical combat systems support across Royal Navy fleet

BAE Systems has been contracted by the Ministry of Defense’s (MOD) Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) team to ensure the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures aboard 38 Royal Navy platforms will remain available, coherent, safe and secure. The Joint Support Solution 2 (JSS 2) program will maintain high levels of equipment availability, overcome obsolescence, and improve combat systems reliability and flexibility, building on the success of the original Joint Support Solution (JSS) contract signed in 2010. JSS supported essential combat systems through a dedicated ship support team providing…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 04 December 2017

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 04 December 2017. Safety data sheets for aviation turbine fuel FSII (AVTUR) Ref: HOCS 2017/08652PDF, 1.92MB, 6 pages Information on Royal Navy Marine Enforcement Officers involvement in slavery in fishing Ref: Navy 2017/11034PDF, 112KB, 2 pages Number of South Atlantic Medals without rosette issued as at 3 November 2017 Ref: DBS 2017/11071PDF, 35.2KB, 1 page No information held on Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees regarding Subject Access Requests from 2014 to 2016 Ref: DBS 2017/10393PDF, 57.2KB, 2 pages Request copy of results from Stress Indicator Survey by Institute of…

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Military Aviation Authorities (MAA) certification of the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review announced the procurement of 9 maritime patrol aircraft to re-introduce a capability that had been dormant since the withdrawal of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Nimrod MR2 in 2010. In July 2016 it was confirmed that the RAF would receive 9 Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft to meet this requirement. The Poseidon is designed and built by the American aerospace company Boeing and can trace its’ heritage to the company’s 737 narrow body airliner. The Poseidon was developed to meet the requirements of a…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 6 November 2017

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 6 November 2017 Documents Request named documents for Lieutenant Commander to Commander Promotion Selection process Ref: Navy 2017/08276PDF, 458KB, 6 pages Request statistical information regarding weapon engineers submariners Ref: Navy 2017/08718PDF, 128KB, 2 pages Information regarding MOD Police informants from financial year 2012 to 2016 Ref: MDP 2017/07922PDF, 230KB, 3 pages Information relating to job evaluations for named positions within the navy Ref: Navy 2017/09263PDF, 199KB, 3 pages Request list of named documents for ex-military vehicle Ref: DE&S 2017/09171PDF, 6.4MB, 435 pages Request information on 42 Commando Royal Marines Ref: Navy 2017/09017PDF, 84.3KB, 2 pages…

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Statement from Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said, “I am both honored and excited to have been appointed Defence Secretary. I have always had the greatest admiration for the professionalism and valour of all those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces. “The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security situation, making Defense’s work all the more important. It is imperative that we continue to take the fight to Daesh and keep Britain safe. As we leave the European Union, and forge a new Global Britain, Defence has the opportunity…

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Joint Doctrine Publication 0-10: UK Maritime Power (5th Edition)

JDP 0-10 explains the importance of maritime power to our national interest for joint staffs, officials, allies, and partners in industry. It outlines the enduring utility of maritime power and how the maritime environment is crucial to the rules based system within which the UK operates. It further explains the principles that underpin the way in which UK maritime forces operate to offer scalable and responsive options, without commitment, to our government in support of our national interests. The doctrine: defines maritime power explains the attributes of maritime forces explains…

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UK MOD Future of command and control (JCN 2/17)

Joint concept note (JCN) 2/17, future of command and control, aims to consider how we can deliver agile command and control (C2), to offer decisive advantage in response to operational complexity and how defense should best develop and sustain an enduring and agile C2 capability. This note should be read and understood by anyone with an interest in improving our command and control system. In particular, it must be read by those responsible for force and capability development, and by operational commanders and staffs as they consider how to better operate in…

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Ambitious future for Naval Shipbuilding in the UK

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has unveiled an ambitious new National Shipbuilding Strategy which meets the challenge set by Sir John Parker last November and sets out plans for the first batch of Type 31 frigates. Sir John Parker’s independent report into British naval shipbuilding proposed far-reaching recommendations to transform the UK maritime industry and boost the prosperity of regions, shipyards and maritime supply chains across the country. Today’s Strategy sees the Government accept Sir John’s recommendations and step up to what he called a prospective ‘renaissance’ in British shipbuilding….

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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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