Royal Navy Acquires Saab’s ASW Training Systema

May 14, 2019 – Saab has received an order to provide the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy with the AUV62-AT anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system. Delivery is expected to take place in 2019. Saab has received this order in collaboration with the UK-based company QinetiQ. The order comprises of Saab’s AUV62-AT autonomous underwater vehicle system. This system is a cost-efficient training solution allowing ASW units to train in a wide range of scenarios. This procurement follows a period of testing and evaluation together with QinetiQ and the Royal Navy. “We welcome…

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Fourth New Royal Navy SSBN Named HMS King George VI

May 3, 2019 – The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognize the Royal Navy’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years. The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognize the Royal Navy’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years. Since April 1969, a Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine has…

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Continuous at sea deterrent 50: what you need to know

Known as Operation Relentless, at least one Royal Navy ballistic submarine has been patrolling the world’s oceans, unseen and undetected for 50 years. CASD is the longest sustained military operation ever undertaken by the UK. CASD 50 was officially launched on 16 January 2019 when the First Sea Lord visited HM Naval Base Clyde to highlight the 50 year anniversary and present Royal Navy submariners with the new, silver, deterrent pin which will be awarded to those who have completed ten or more patrols. The history of the UK’s nuclear deterrent stretches back to…

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£75m to Revolutionize Royal Navy Operations

April 1, 2019 – Robots and autonomous mine-hunters are set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations after the Defence Secretary announced a £75million injection into pioneering new technology. The funding boost will be spent on two new autonomous mine-hunter vessels with cutting-edge sonars to enable remote mine-hunting at higher range, speed and accuracy in the Gulf, as well as a new joint military and industry hi-tech accelerator, NavyX. The Royal Navy’s new autonomy and lethality accelerator will look to overhaul and turbocharge the way the Royal Navy buys the latest technology,…

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US, British Navies Conduct Maritime Security Drills

February 20, 2019 – U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236) conducted maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea, Feb. 18. The drills involved Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members. During a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, Montrose’s boarding team embarked and secured Guadalupe, which simulated a vessel engaged in high seas trafficking. The ships also practiced replenishment at sea using NATO procedures, which ensured that the two ships, despite never having…

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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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