Cammell Laird strikes ‘Teaming Agreement’ with BAE Systems in bid to build Type 31e Frigates

Merseyside-based shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird is today announcing a new partnership with BAE Systems to position the companies to build five Type 31e Frigates. The Teaming Agreement has been formed in response to the UK Ministry of Defence Request for Information and will now be part of a competitive tender process. The agreement will see Cammell Laird act as the Prime Contractor to build the Type 31e Frigates with BAE Systems providing warship design, engineering capability and combat systems expertise. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said…

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Cammell Laird shipyard welcomes Defence Secretary saying “we can build Type 31s on Mersey”

Cammell Laird has welcomed Sir Michael Fallon Secretary of State for Defence on a visit to the yard. The company said during the visit it intends to design and build a world leading Type 31 Frigate that will meet the Royal Navy’s specification and budget and will market the platform globally and capitalise on major export opportunities to Britain’s international allies around the world. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said it is ‘ready, willing and able’ to build five new Type 31e frigates for the budgeted £1.25billion for the…

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F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off, Defence Minister Tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier as the momentum continues for this game-changing jet. This milestone comes as our pilots and planes prepare to return from the States, ready for next year’s unforgettable flight trials from…

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Royal Navy bomb disposal experts free tanker from historic torpedo

Royal Navy divers have destroyed a test torpedo which had been speared by the anchor of a merchant vessel – that was also carrying fuel – in Portland. The historic ordnance had been pierced by the fluke of the anchor as it landed on the seabed, and had then been dragged up from around a 15-metre depth. Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 were dispatched to the scene where they immediately evacuated the majority of the crew. However six, including the Master, stayed on board in readiness to fight any fires…

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Albion prepares for amphibious test after plaudits for her regeneration

The clouds do their best to obscure the harvest moon which casts its bright light on a docked-down HMS Albion as a large LCU Mk10 landing craft returns to ‘mother’, carrying the naval leaders of tomorrow for their first extended period at sea: six weeks aboard assault ship. As you read this, the future flagship (she assumes the title next year from Ocean), is beginning a month and a half of intensive amphibious training – her core business – as part of her Operational Sea Training (OST) package, after which…

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Royal Navy relies on Thales’s communications support for Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers

As a leading provider of intelligence systems , smart connectivity and associated services to the UK MoD, Thales has secured a seven year contract to provide through-life support for communications systems of the Royal Navy’s fleet.   Key Points  Thales has won a 7 year £100m contract with the UK Royal Navy to provide communications systems support to the fleet Thales’s communications systems are critical to the new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers coming into service The contract secures 40 jobs in the UK The £100m contract provides an intelligent, unified…

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Mounts Bay performs RAS – Replenishment Along Side

Under brilliant Caribbean skies, support vessel RFA Mounts Bay takes on fuel for herself and her Wildcat helicopter… courtesy of the newly-arrived Dutch ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. A difficult – potentially dangerous – maneuver it’s typically performed mid-Ocean between a Royal Fleet Auxiliary and a warship to allow the latter to remain on station for extended periods. Like HMS Ocean, the Doorman – an amphibious support vessel – was sent across the Atlantic in the wake of last months hurricanes. As well as loading relief from her native country to…

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Wreck of WW2 submarine Narwhal found after 77 years

This is HMS Narwhal, sent to lay mines off German-occupied Norway in late July 1940. Sitting upright on the seabed about 300ft down around 150 miles east of Edinburgh, she was discovered by Polish deep-sea explorers who were looking to solve one of their nation’s greatest maritime mysteries. In 1939 the submarine ORP Orzeł escaped the German invasion of Poland and internment in Estonia and fled to the UK. She conducted half a dozen patrols – including taking part in the Norwegian campaign – before disappearing on her seventh tour…

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HMS Monmouth’s never bored by board and search operations

As Royal Marines scurry down a rope from a Wildcat helicopter on to a ship’s forecastle, a speed boat packed with sailors races alongside the hull – and the men and women of HMS Monmouth hone their terrorist take-down skills. They devoted a day in the oppressive heat and humidity of the Arabian Sea practicing essential board and search techniques – techniques which have already brought the Royal Navy’s biggest drugs bust of the year. Few operations are more fast moving – and more dangerous – than board and search….

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Third Type 26 Named HMS Belfast

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unveiled the name of one of the new Type 26 frigates as HMS Belfast during a trip to Northern Ireland September 27th. The second to be named in the City Class of eight brand new, cutting-edge, anti-submarine warfare frigates, HMS Belfast will provide advanced protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The Defence Secretary revealed the name at Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, which built the Royal Navy’s last HMS Belfast, in 1938. Defence Secretary Sir Michael…

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Scotland set to host largest military exercise in Europe

A major UK-led multinational exercise is set to begin next week when Exercise Joint Warrior gets underway. One of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe, Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield. Fourteen nations will participate, bringing ships, aircraft and troops to military ranges across the country and to maritime exercise areas off the west and north coast of Scotland. Activity will feature: Thirty-five naval units from Belgium,…

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RN Helicopters Survey Damage Caused by Hurricane Maria

Naval aviators were airborne at dawn 21 September for the first overall look at the damage caused on the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria. The storm, which hit the British territory yesterday, was the second Category Five hurricane to strike in a fortnight. The archipelago was hit head-on by Irma and her winds of over 150 mph. Maria skirted the islands, which were still subjected to winds in excess of 60mph and torrential rain falling at the rate of an inch in three hours at its worst. When the…

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Future flagship Albion completes sea trials after £90m overhaul

The only way is up for Britain’s future flagship as she successfully completes her sea trials this week following a massive £90m revamp. HMS Albion is in the Channel preparing to flex her gunnery muscles as she re-masters the art of military operations after six years away from the front line. The Devonport-based assault ship completed initial sea trials in the late spring when machinery systems and sensors were tested. After summer leave for the 350 or so sailors and Royal Marines on board, trials resumed with the emphasis on…

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Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems to Partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program for the Royal Navy

Lockheed Martin UK and Elbit Systems UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program (MEWP) for the Royal Navy. The MEWP is a significant procurement to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Electronic Warfare capabilities. Delivered in increments, the upgraded system will be fielded on the Royal Navy’s frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the program expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course. Lockheed Martin has a proven track record of developing and integrating complex maritime systems into the United States…

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Cathelco to supply equipment for Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates

Cathelco have signed a contract to supply equipment for the first three vessels in a new generation of warships which will have a major role across the full spectrum of the Royal Navy’s operations. The Type 26 Frigates will be installed with two types of Cathelco systems, one protecting the underwater hull surface against corrosion and the other designed to prevent blockages in engine seawater cooling system pipework caused by bio-fouling. Due to start the manufacturing phase in the coming weeks at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow, the first ship…

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