UK Joint Expeditionary Force Deploys to Baltic Sea

May 20, 2019 – Royal Navy flagship HMS Albion deploys to the Baltic Sea today to lead a multinational task group in support of European security. Thousands of UK armed forces personnel will take part in the first UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) maritime deployment. HMS Albion carries the joint staff who will command the deployment – codenamed Baltic Protector – drawn from the Plymouth-based headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and the staff of the Commander of the Amphibious Task Group. It marks the first deployment of the…

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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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First Class training as 825 NAS embark in RFA Argus

Naval Air Squadron is at the forefront of training tomorrows Fleet Air Arm. 825 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) Commanding Officer, Commander (Cdr) Simon Collins, bids farewell to the Squadron Operations Officer, Lieutenant Rob Kenchington as he prepares to embark the last of five 825 NAS Wildcat HMA Mk2 aircraft in RFA Argus. This detachment of five aircraft and 90 personnel on 825 NAS is the largest activity undertaken by Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton and the Wildcat Maritime Force (WMF) annually, allowing staff instructor-aircrew the opportunity to put student…

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New Pilots Hone Skills on RFA Argus

A month at sea blooded 14 new aircrew in the art of naval aviation as they hunted down submarines and ships around the UK. An 88-strong detachment of air and ground crew from 824 Naval Air Squadron took three Merlin Mk2 helicopters aboard RFA Argus for four weeks of flying, first off the Cornish coast, then in the wilder waters off the Hebrides. The goal was to qualify five pilots, four observers (navigator/weapons specialists) and five Aircrewman (weapons specialists/winchmen) in the art of landing and taking off at sea, refuelling…

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Accelerated officer program embark on RFA Argus

Whilst the world’s eyes were on the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sailed into Portsmouth for the first time during mid-August 2017, RFA Argus, anchored off Portland, Dorset, prepared to embark a 35 strong group of Officer Cadets (OC) and Directing Staff (DS), making up AOP17 (Accelerated Officer Program), on board for week 6 of their training. The excitement grew as the passenger boat Kara Kara arrived, transporting the OC and DS onto RFA Argus deck via a roped ladder. Overcoming the rope ladder climb was their first…

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RFA Argus’ recent operations

February 10, 2017 – RFA Argus sailed from Falmouth under the command of Captain Peter N Selby on the 23rd of January 2017. Having completed a busy Scheduled Maintenance Period (SMP) at A & P Falmouth, she went straight in to a busy program of Deck Landing Training (DLT) with 845 Squadron. On the 25th of January she topped up on fuel with a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with RFA Wave Ruler (who was accompanied by a pod of porpoises throughout the serial). Captain Selby commented “It was great to…

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