HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet. Held at her home base of Portsmouth, the commissioning ceremony for HMS Forth represents the second ship to join the Royal Navy in less than six months. After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in December, HMS Forth is the next generation of warships to arrive as part of the government’s £178bn plan to give the Armed Forces the equipment it needs over the next decade. She is the first…

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Royal Navy prepares for future UK fishery patrols

HMS Forth is the first of five state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels designed for fishery protection, as well as counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, The Royal Navy has a proud tradition of protecting the UK’s coastline and keeping a close eye on our fishing waters. With these state-of-the-art, vastly capable ships we stand ready to protect our fisheries once Britain leaves the EU.” The River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ‘production line’ is moving apace with the £116 million ships emerging at…

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New Offshore Patrol Vssel Christened HMS Trent

HMS Trent, the third of the Royal Navy’s five new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named at the Glasgow shipyard where she was built. Within the next few days the 90-metre warship, which is the third to be named following HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will take to the water for the first time and make the short journey across the Clyde from Govan to Scotstoun where she will be fitted out for sea trials. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs Pamela Potts, officially named the ship by pressing a button to…

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Tri-nation Exercise for HMAS Toowoomba

HMAS Toowoomba has strengthened the Royal Australian Navy’s ties to international Navies after hosting personnel from the United Kingdom and New Zealand during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. A junior officer from each country worked onboard the frigate during Navy’s premier fleet warfighting activity to conduct formal warfare training and aviation familiarisation respectively. Ensign Sean Kerwick of the Royal New Zealand Navy has joined Toowoomba for a 12-month posting to complete training as a Maritime Warfare Officer. “Working onboard Toowoomba has been brilliant, there’s an excellent command team and personnel of…

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BAE Systems Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Supply Vertical Launching System for Royal Navy’s Type 26

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to equip the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). The MK 41 VLS is the only system capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike-length missiles. Once integrated with the Type 26, the MK 41 VLS will offer the Royal Navy unparalleled flexibility and capability. There have been more than 3,850 successful firings worldwide. MK41 VLS has been successfully integrated and is in service with the U.S. and 12 allied navies on nearly…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 26 February 2018

Documents Copy of named electrical documents relating to Land Rover Defender Ref: DE&S 2017/09738PDF, 1.5MB, 62 pages Documents relating to changes of right for Cadet Force under List B Commission Ref: Army 2017/13086PDF, 5.34MB, 39 pages Number of UK Forces Personnel in York and North Yorkshire as at 1 October 2017 Ref: Defence Statistics 2018/02751PDF, 461KB, 3 pages Information on scurvy read codes within The Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) Ref: Defence Statistics 2017/13216PDF, 322KB, 2 pages Information on United Kingdom Hydrographic Office social media Ref: UKHO 2018/01367PDF, 233KB, 3 pages Information on veterans in receipt of pensions and compensation Ref: HOCS 2018/00308PDF, 42.3KB, 2 pages Information…

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Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow. The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind and a key feature which sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay. The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System, will enable efficient movement of craft and…

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Farewell to HMSML Gleaner

HMSML Gleaner, the Royal Navy’s smallest ship and with a crew of just eight sailors, has decommissioned at Devonport Naval Base after 35 years of service. HMSML Gleaner – Her Majesty’s Survey Motor Launch – began her career as the Royal Navy’s Inshore Survey Vessel in 1983. Since then she has operated in the majority of ports around the UK ensuring that safety of navigation is maintained. Gleaner has also deployed outside of the UK to the Netherlands and Channel Islands and has the unique distinction of being one of…

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UK agrees sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil

The MOD has agreed to sell HMS Ocean to the Government of Brazil after 20 years of service. Sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84M, the profit generated from the sale will be reinvested in defence at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers. HMS Queen Elizabeth, which will eventually take on the role as the nation’s new flagship, recently set sail from the port of Gibraltar carrying two Chinooks and four Merlin helicopters as…

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HMS Ocean sails from Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the last time before she decommissions from the Royal Navy. The helicopter carrier and assault ship arrived last Friday to pay a brief farewell visit to the city before returning to her homeport of Devonport, Plymouth for the final time under a white ensign later this month. Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean, Captain Robert Pedre, said: “It is fitting that the Fleet Flagship should have this opportunity to bid farewell to the city before decommissioning; a…

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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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