Royal Navy Launches Missile from a MADFOX USV

The Royal Navy launched a missile from its autonomous boat MADFOX during NATO’s biggest autonomous war games. The navy’s innovation experts NavyX deployed to Portugal with uncrewed technology for the annual experimentation exercise. The two-week exercise aimed to test the integration of NATO systems and explore existing and new military roles for autonomy. At the centre of the Royal Navy’s…

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Nuclear-Powered Submarines Welcomed

Former Royal Navy (RN) nuclear submarine executive officer, Captain Henry Finnis (ret’d), sees the benefits of Australia acquiring the vessels as he reflects on his career as a submariner. On September 16, the Prime Minister announced a new trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, called AUKUS. Despite being surprised by the Australian Government’s announcement to…

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JPN-USA-GBR-NLD-CAN-NZL Multilateral Exercise

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) unit conducts a multilateral exercise with the U.S. Navy (USN), Royal Navy (RN), Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in order to strengthen cooperation and realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with…

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Japan-U.K. Bilateral Submarine Training Exercise

The JMSDF conducted a bi lateral exercise with the Royal Navy in order to strengthen cooperation and realize a “Free an d Open Indo Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with the Royal Navy 2. Period September 14 1 5 3. Exercise Area in the vicinity around Japan 4. Participating…

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Historic Royal Navy ‘Spitfires of the seas’ take center stage in new exhibition

July 12, 2021- Two World War 2 boats are to be the stars of a new exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Explosion Museum in Gosport. Coastal Motor Boat CMB331 and Motor Torpedo Boat MTB71, each measuring almost 60ft, will be in The Night Hunters: The Royal Navy’s Coastal Forces at War, which tells the story of…

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First Combat Air Strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

June 22, 2021 – The UK’s Carrier Strike Group has joined the fight against Islamic terrorism with F-35 jets carrying out their very first combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Stealth jets of the renowned 617 Squadron RAF (The Dambusters) carried out operational sorties for the first time in support of Operation Shader and US Operation Inherent Resolve. Defence Secretary…

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Submarine training facility takes shape at HMNB Clyde

June 9, 2021 – Work is well underway on a new training facility which will secure HMNB Clyde as the central base for submariners in the UK. Last year the Defence Infrastructure Organization (DIO) awarded a contract worth £100-million to Kier Graham to deliver the works, which are expected to complete in early 2022. The Submarine Training Facility (SMTF) building…

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RAF & RN Combine to Deliver Vaccines to Tristan da Cunha

April 29, 2021 – For the first time, the Royal Navy assisted the RAF and Strategic Command in a 6-day operation this month to the isolated South Atlantic island community. An RAF Voyager aircraft made the 8,000 mile trip from RAF Brize Norton to the Falkland Islands, via Dakar in Senegal to refuel, before HMS Forth sailed the 2,000 mile…

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