New stealth fighter jet ‘takes off’

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson experienced the world-class technology of the new F-35 today in a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator in London. At an event held at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, the Defence Secretary was joined by MPs and journalists to see what it is like to fly and land the pioneering fighter jet which will protect British lives around the world. The global F-35 programme will support 20,000 UK jobs over the 30 year production period and already the programme has generated over £9 billon for UK…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 17, 2018

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (90 percent); Troy, Alabama (5 percent); and Owego, New York (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of…

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USN Admiral visits HMS Queen Elizabeth

During a recent visit to Portsmouth, the Commander of the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Commodore Andrew Betton OBE hosted Rear Admiral Patrick Piercey USN, Director for Operations US Pacific Command, onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Admiral was visiting the Home Base of the Royal Navy’s Carriers as part of a wider UK visit organized around defense engagements at Joint Headquarters in London. During his tour of the impressive new aircraft carrier, which will be the home for the Royal Navy’s CSG, he was shown around the hanger and…

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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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Sea Ceptor missile test firing complete at sea

Firing trials from the first Royal Navy ship to test the new Sea Ceptor air defence system have been successfully completed. The second ship fitted with Sea Ceptor has also conducted a successful firing to verify the weapon system upgrade. The new missile defence system will provide UK personnel with a powerful shield against airborne targets – including hostile combat jets and helicopters, as well enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds. The completion of the firing trials from Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll means Sea Ceptor can proceed to 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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Gulf mine forces link up for final workout of 2017

A giant America Sea Dragon helicopter passes HMS Bangor during the last all-action minehunting exercise of 2017 in the Gulf. The Royal Navy’s entire Middle East mine warfare force – five ships and a command team – were committed alongside American robot boats and the US minehunter Gladiator to test the two navies’ ability to keep vital sea routes open should any nation or group sow the waters with mines. The two navies share the same base (Bahrain), much of the same equipment (in particular the remote-controlled submersible SeaFox which…

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UK takes delivery of final F-35B Lightning this year

Operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, the F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked on the UK’s new aircraft carriers. This delivery is a significant milestone for the Lightning Program and in particular, alongside the formal commissioning of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier into the Royal Navy earlier this month, demonstrates the advancement towards the establishment of the UK’s Carrier Enabled Power Projection capability. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: This Christmas delivery is the 14th jet to join our fleet of…

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Dry dock reopened to boost warship engineering support

The arrival of a new caisson at Portsmouth Naval Base has enabled a former dry dock to be reopened for the first time since 2002. This multimillion pound uplift will increase the level of engineering support and warship maintenance on the base, boosting operational capability. Reopening this dock takes the base capability up to 11 dry docks which can support ships up to the size of a Type 45 destroyer. Captain Bill Oliphant, Captain of the Base said, “Today is a significant moment in the regeneration of Portsmouth Naval Base….

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Unions Urge Defense Minister to End Unacceptable Peg on RFA pay

Nautilus has joined with other unions representing Royal Fleet Auxiliary staff and seafarers to make a top-level protest over the ‘untenable’ pressure on members’ terms and conditions. In a letter to defense minister Gavin Williamson, the general secretaries of Nautilus, the RMT and the PCS union call for a meeting to discuss concerns over the damaging impact of seven years of tough pay restraint following another year in which a 1% pay cap was imposed on RFA seafarers and shore-based staff. They stress the strategic significance of the RFA to…

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Royal Navy Major Mission Milestone

Royal Navy Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde marked a major milestone recently with the successful completion of the 350th deterrent patrol. As the country’s ultimate weapon, submarine operations and movements are kept a closely guarded secret, but the Silent Service has temporarily broken its silence to reveal the significant achievement.  “Our nuclear submarines are among the most complex machines ever built and ensuring that one is at sea continuously is a huge challenge,” said Rear Admiral John Weale OBE, Head of the UK Submarine Service.  “That the Royal Navy…

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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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