L3 ASV Delivers Data Gathering Autonomous Vessel to the Royal Navy

L3 ASV announced February 5th the successful delivery of a long-endurance autonomous vessel known as the C-Enduro to the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology. “We are proud to support the Royal Navy in their plans to explore the uses of marine autonomy as they continue to invest in new and exciting technology,” said Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director for L3 ASV. “This vessel is an…

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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’ between war and peace. He claimed it is crucial that Britain’s Armed Forces and defense infrastructure are ready to meet these challenges and do not stand still as the world…

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Defence Secretary Reveals Future Assault Ship Plan

February 11, 2019 – Commandos of the future could be sent into battle from a new class of assault ships under plans being considered by the Naval Service. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today announced investment in a concept and development phase for the vessels – called littoral strike ships. It represents part of the Navy’s vision for the future of amphibious warfare, alongside plans for the future of the Royal Marines. These ships would form the backbone of a littoral strike group, a scalable force made up of different elements…

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UK Defense Minister Stuart Andrew Makes P-8A Announcement

January 31, 2019 – Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced the first fuel tanks supporting the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft have rolled off the line in Cambridge. The major milestone comes after the first cohort of RAF aircrew commenced their training for the program earlier this month, marking the start of a vital enhancement of the UK’s military capabilities in the maritime environment. The P-8A Poseidon is a new aircraft for the RAF designed to operate for long durations over water in maritime patrol roles, in particular…

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UK MOD Updates Maritime Safety Regulations

January 2, 2019 – These Ministry of Defence (MOD) maritime regulations are issued by the Defence Maritime Regulator and form the basis of MOD’s regulatory framework for MOD shipping, defense diving and MOD port operations. They should be read by personnel, people and organizations conducting maritime activity on behalf of the MOD. The goal of the regulations is to ensure that the management of safety and environmental protection of defense maritime activities can achieve outcomes at least as good as those governed by UK and international legislation. These regulations are in…

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Defence Secretary Announces £400m SSBN Funding Boost

December 6, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a £400 million funding boost for the Dreadnought program, as he opened a new training academy and revealed the name of the second Dreadnought submarine. The planned funding release, which supports the building phase of the programme, came as the Defence Secretary unveiled a £25 million BAE Systems academy that will upskill employees to work on Royal Navy submarines for the next two decades. The £400million investment will safeguard more than 8,000 jobs in Barrow and across the UK,…

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Sea King Helicopters and Asbestos

December 5, 2018 – Serving personnel, veterans, former MOD civilian personnel and contractors may have seen media reports about asbestos being found in some sea king helicopters. The MOD has undertaken an investigation and people that may have had an association with the sea king might find the following information useful in considering the possible risk of exposure: Asbestos in sea king the sea king first entered service in 1969 and the final aircraft were retired from the active inventory on 30 September 2018 historically, asbestos containing material was used where resistance to heat or…

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Shipbuilding Firms Chosen for Fleet Solid Support Competition

November 30, 2018 – A syndicate of British firms, along with four international shipbuilding companies, have been selected to compete for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The crucial vessels, which will deliver ammunition, food and supplies to UK forces across the globe, will work alongside the Royal Navy’s fleet of warships and will be an important part of the UK Maritime Task Group. The British consortium is made up of leading manufacturing and engineering companies Babcock, BAE Systems, Cammell Laird and Rolls-Royce. They…

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HMS Dragon Seized Three Tonnes of Hashish

November 26, 2018 – HMS Dragon has seized three tonnes of hashish in one of the most significant drugs busts in the Gulf this year, dealing a major blow to the funding of terrorism. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer was on patrol in the Middle East when they came across a suspicious dhow – a type of vessel common to the Middle East – in a notorious drug smuggling route known as the ‘Hash Highway’. Swooping into action, sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Dragon launched their fast boats to…

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Lightnings strike Eagles and Hawks as F-35s train to defend UK skies

November 30, 2018 – Side by side several thousand feet above eastern England three warbirds fly in close formation as UK F-35s take part in their first combat exercise in home skies: playing out a mock 21st-Century Battle of Britain. Two Lightnings – one flown by an RAF pilot, the second with a Fleet Air Arm aviator in the cockpit – joined 40 British, American and French jets over East Anglia and the North Sea for Exercise Point Blank. For the past three years, the US and RAF have been…

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Rolls-Royce to supply MTU generator sets for refurbishment of UK Type 45 naval vessels

November 26, 2018 – Rolls-Royce is to supply 18 MTU Series 4000 diesel generator sets to BAE Systems as part of the Power Improvement Project (PIP) to increase the resilience of the power and propulsion system in all six Type 45 destroyers. The two existing diesel gensets are to be replaced by three MTU gensets per vessel. The three MTU gensets will complement two existing Rolls-Royce WR21 gas turbines also supplying power to the electric propulsion system. Knut Müller, Head of MTU’s Marine & Government Business, said: “We are delighted…

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UK to double F-35 fleet with 17-jet order

November 15, 2018 – The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in the US, as well as two additional aircraft which are already on order. Overall, the UK has committed to procure 138 aircraft over the life of the programme. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “I am delighted…

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RFA Tidesurge Conducts Chinook Trials

November 12, 2018 – While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the UK Armed Forces’ books, the Chinook. Those trials, conducted off Portsmouth and in the Navy’s South Coast Exercise Areas, will help to write the operators’ manual for the Tide class, allowing…

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JMSDF Acknowledges Allies’ Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

November 6, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Defense and the SDF are monitoring waters suspected of violating UN Security Council resolutions in order to prevent “settlements”, and since January this year, since 10 cases that are strongly suspected of implementing ” I have made public. About one month from the end of April this year and about one month from mid September against the United States against illegal marine activities including North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by a UN Security Council resolution Half, based on the US Army…

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