Lucas makes RN history in new training aircraft

All smiles – and why shouldn’t Lt Lucas Harrisson be delighted after his first solo flight. Even more so as the junior officer became the first ever Royal Navy student to fly the military’s new trainer on his own. This is the Grob Prefect, which has replaced the Tutor as the aircraft of choice for teaching future pilots and observers the fundamentals of flight. It’s more powerful than its predecessor (turboprop not piston) and its cockpit is ‘digital’ – no dials, buttons and knobs, just display screens – mirroring the…

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Business contribution to Britain’s biggest warships recognized

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin recognized the vital contribution that businesses have made to the construction of the Royal Navy’s largest ever ships December 2nd. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s future flagship and the first of Britain’s two new 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers, will be formally commissioned into the Royal Navy by Her Majesty the Queen next week (07/12). But the construction of the 280 meter-long ship would never have been possible without the essential work undertaken by small and medium sized enterprises (SME) from around Britain. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said:…

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HMS Albion training for global duties

The crew of Britain’s future flagship HMS Albion are half-way through all-action autumn training to prepare them for duties around the globe. Three weeks into her operational sea training off the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, HMS Albion has already sent Royal Marines ashore to ‘storm’ West Country beaches, patched up a mock community affected by natural disaster, and launched an attack on a Cornish fortress. This is the final hurdle the sailors and Royal Marines must overcome to prove they are ready for the potential real challenges ahead. The…

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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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Babcock’s down-selection as preferred bidder for key Royal Navy support contract

April 3, 2017 – Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, has been selected as preferred bidder for all four elements of a Ministry of Defence program, potentially worth in the region of £360m over seven years, to become Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers and Type 45 Destroyers. Subject to contract, Babcock, with the support of our key support partners, will become the Systems Technical Authority for the platform and propulsion systems on both classes of vessel. As…

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100 Challenge January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017

In 2017 we are celebrating 100 years of service and help that we have provided for people in the maritime community by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. You can get involved in the celebrations and help us to continue our support for seafarers by taking part in our 100 Challenge. All you have to do is simply choose your very own personal challenge, large or small, serious or silly, raise…

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75th anniversary of Channel Dash heroes commemorated

February 10, 2017 – The gallant actions of naval aviators 75 years ago in The Channel Dash were commemorated yesterday at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church in Yeovilton. A flypast of four Wildcat helicopters, 825 Naval Air Squadron’s 21st century successor to the Swordfish biplane seen in the skies 75 years ago, helped mark this commemorative occasion. Commanding Officer of 825 NAS Commander Simon Collins said, “I am delighted that we are able to mark this significant anniversary today in such a fitting manner, to remember the bravery and sacrifice…

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UK invests in new submarine training school on the Clyde

February 2, 2017 – HM Treasury this week approved the Initial Gate Business Case for the new submarine school to be built at Scotland’s largest military establishment this week. Final design approval is expected soon, which will allow work to begin later this year. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: We are now making a long-term investment of hundreds of millions of pounds to improve and upgrade the waterfront at Clyde to make sure it is ready to support the United Kingdom’s whole submarine fleet. As well as a boost to…

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FOI release FOI responses published by MOD week commencing 23 January 2017

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Freedom of Information (FOI) responses published during the week commencing 23 January 2017. Documents Cost to the Royal Navy of monitoring the Admiral Kuznetzov in October 2016 Ref: Royal Navy FOI 2016/11694PDF, 50.2KB Details of recommendations from the Cadet Convention 2014 and Civilian Instructor Convention 2015 Ref: RAF FOI 2016/10645PDF, 6.02MB Details of software contracts due to expire by December 2017 and details of expenditure on software licences from 2014 to 2016 Ref: UKHO FOI2016/09249, 09250 and 09251PDF, 54.1KB Details of facilities management contracts Ref: UKHO FOI2016/08927PDF, 160KB Request for UKHO annual report 2015/16…

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