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  • Cameron says second UK aircraft carrier will be brought into service

    09/05/2014 11:38:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 5, 2014 | Kylie MacLellan, Michael Holden
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that a second aircraft carrier, currently being built, would be brought into service, ending speculation about its future. "This will ensure that we will always have one carrier available, 100 percent of the time," Cameron said in a speech at a NATO summit in Wales. The fate of the carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was not due to be decided until a defence spending review in the second half of next year after a national election, and defence experts had said it could be mothballed or sold. In July, Queen...
  • Britain's High-Tech New Plan to Rule the Waves

    08/14/2014 12:03:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.14.14 | Bill Sweetman
    The Royal Navy is in the midst of a radical reboot—and that’s on top of the secret edge they’ve got on every other fleet. After too many years of hearing senior U.S. Navy officers gripe about budget cuts and political interference, it’s refreshing to hear a flag officer sounding optimistic. Britain’s First Sea Lord—the Royal Navy’s senior officer—is Sir George Zambellas, educated as an aeronautical engineer, a helicopter pilot by specialty and a confessed “antisubmarine warfare guy.” He was in Washington late last month, in part, on a mission to boost the Royal Navy’s capabilities, which former defense secretary Bob...
  • First female warship captain stripped of command over affair allegations (Royal Navy)

    08/08/2014 5:50:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 64 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 07 Aug 2014 | Keith Perry
    Commander Sarah West, 41, is sacked as skipper of the frigate HMS Portland over claims that she had a relationship with her married third-in-command Commander Sarah West, who was the first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire The first female captain of a Navy warship has been stripped of her command over allegations of an affair with a fellow officer. Commander Sarah West, 41, was sacked as skipper of the frigate HMS Portland. It follows reports revealing claims that she had a relationship with her married third-in-command. A Royal Navy spokesperson said: We can...
  • Sampson radar - UK pursues at-sea missile defence capabilities

    07/28/2014 7:15:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Benjamin Fuchs
    The BAE Systems Sampson multi-function radar fitted to the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 45 destroyers forms part of the Sea Viper naval air defence system, but it could also play a role in ballistic missile defence. Amid warnings of a growing threat of ballistic missile attacks against British targets, a recent series of tests were conducted to determine whether it fits the bill. Is there nothing the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers can't do? The six Daring-class vessels patrol the world's oceans, taking part in missions as diverse as counter-piracy, tackling drug smuggling, hunting submarines and, vitally, defending the...
  • HMS Illustrious is greeted by thousands of well-wishers as she docks for final time

    07/22/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | 22 July 2014 | MARK DUELL
    'Lusty' has returned home after 32 years of service with decommissioning ceremony to be held later this year Will be replaced by HMS Ocean which has received £65m refit until next generation of aircraft carriers are built Illustrious was rushed into service for the Falklands War, and has served in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Lebanon Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones praises her 'long and proud history' and says she has 'protected nation's interests' 685ft-long vessel Illustrious could be turned into floating museum in tribute to decommissioned class of warship Greeted by waving bikini-clad women standing in the water, it was...
  • Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier officially named

    07/04/2014 6:43:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    The UK Royal Navy’s first new aircraft carrier has been formally named the HMS Queen Elizabeth, during a ceremony at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh, Scotland. Performed on 4 July by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the milestone marks the completion of the lead vessel’s 65,000t structure, with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance also having started the flood-up of its dry dock before the ship will be floated out later this month. First Sea Lord Adm Sir George Zambellas says the new carrier’s role “will be global, strategic and one of inter-service and international partnership.” Current plans call for the Queen Elizabeth...
  • The aircraft carrier that never was

    07/03/2014 5:47:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 2, 2014 | By Nick Childs
    The Queen is about to name the first of the UK's controversial new-generation aircraft carriers in a ceremony at Rosyth. But a plan for a super-carrier five decades ago ended in acrimony. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a major milestone for the Royal Navy and for British defence. It also provides a strong echo with the past, and the Royal Navy's last - failed - bid for a new-generation of full-size aircraft carriers half a century ago. The first of those ships was designated CVA-01. Like the new ship, she would have been called HMS Queen Elizabeth. But she was the...
  • Britain Frets Over Cost of Restoring Carriers to Royal Navy

    07/03/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 2, 2014 | ROBERT WALL
    Queen to Christen First of Two New Aircraft Carriers, Second Headed for Mothballs ROSYTH, Scotland— Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled on Friday to christen the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, despite lingering questions over whether Britain can afford both vessels. HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to start sailing with combat jets in 2020—a decade after Britain suspended its membership in the elite club of militaries with that capacity, one that already includes India and China. For the Royal Navy's top brass, the carrier represents another milestone in the country's storied history as a naval power....
  • Russian stealth corvette put British Navy on alert off Danish coast - media

    06/26/2014 6:13:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 25, 2014
    The Soobrazitelny head corvette (RIA Novosti / Alexei Danichev) A British frigate was dispatched to track a mysterious battleship that covertly sneaked in close to Denmark’s coast. The ship turned out to be Russian stealth corvette conducting a complex checkout of battle systems, according to British media. Russian naval drills in the Baltic Sea drew some heat after British HMS Montrose (a type 23 frigate) had to establish line-of-sight range with an unidentified warship cruising off the territorial waters of NATO-member Denmark on June 19. In harsh conditions of 30 knot winds, British sailors identified the warship as Russia’s 104-metre-long...
  • Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

    06/23/2014 9:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2014 | GAVIN MADELEY
    Britannia rules the waves: Inside brand new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth that boasts 33-ton propellers twice the size of a double decker bus and a four acre deck HMS Queen Elizabeth is Britain's biggest engineering project Two 33-ton propellers are twice the height of a double decker bus The carrier will finally take to the water next month when the Queen visits Standing on the bridge of the mighty HMS Queen Elizabeth, it is the sheer scale of the largest warship in Royal Navy history that hits you. This hi-tech batcave commands a view that runs for miles from...
  • Soldiers secretly join pacifist group that forbids bearing arms in remarkable breach of military law

    06/01/2014 2:19:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:20 EST, 31 May 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organization directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have joined Veterans For Peace UK, which campaigns against armed conflict. It also campaigns to stop the UK Government “intervening in the internal affairs of other nations”, and has organized protests at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as well as visits to schools to teach pupils the “true nature” of armed conflict. Last night, there were...
  • ANALYSIS: UK aircraft carrier nears programme milestone

    05/02/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flight International ^ | 05/02/2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Two months from now, the UK Royal Navy’s largest ever warship will be named, before being floated out of its dry dock in Rosyth, Scotland, as the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The first of two 65,000t vessels to be delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the lead ship is still more than four years away from receiving its first visit by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and over six from reaching full operational status. Aircraft Carrier Alliance With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to perform the naming act on 4 July, the ship that will bear her name is...
  • Britain's largest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth nears completion

    In exactly 100 days, the Royal Navy’s biggest ever warship will be named by the Queen, who will smash a bottle of champagne on the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier’s bow and name the vessel after herself. The ceremony will mark 16 years of work on the £6.2bn project which now employs 10,000 people at 100 firms working in every region of the country. When the HMS Queen Elizabeth becomes operational in 2020, she will deliver a radical change in the Navy’s capabilities, with her 4.5 acres of flight deck and 40 F35B joint strike fighters able to deliver bombs with...
  • PHOTOS - circa 1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier

    03/02/2014 10:54:01 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1927 | Retronaut
    1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier HMS M2 was a Royal Navy submarine monitor completed in 1919, converted in 1927 into the world's first submarine aircraft carrier. She was shipwrecked in Lyme Bay, Dorset, Britain, on 26 January 1932. She was one of three M-class boats completed. • Design and Career Four M-class submarines replaced the order for the last four K-class submarines, K17-K21. Although they were similar in size, the M class was an entirely different design from the K class, although it is possible that some material ordered for the K-boats went into them. In any event, the end of...
  • French ‘subsidise Royal Navy’s new carriers’

    02/13/2014 12:35:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The News, UK ^ | 13/02/2014
    FRENCH taxpayers have subsidised the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, it was claimed today. It is estimated the French have paid out between €100m (£82m) to more than €200m as a subsidy for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, The I reports. The newspaper says it comes after former prime minister Tony Blair and then-President Jacques Chirac signed a defence co-operation agreement in 2006. The French public spending watchdog spotted the loss in the details of the 2013 French defence estimates. Cour des Comptes says the deal led to ‘a French contribution pure and simple to the financing...
  • New surveillance system for Royal Navy aircraft carriers

    02/04/2014 12:09:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ministry of Defence, UK ^ | 3 February 2014
    Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will get helicopter-borne early warning systems 18 months earlier than planned, saving £22 million. Following renegotiation of the aircraft carrier contract to deliver savings to the taxpayer, the Defence Secretary has accelerated the Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control programme to ensure it is operational by 2019. Using high-power radar to provide long-range air, maritime and land tracking capabilities, Crowsnest will be an integral part of future carrier operations. It will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s fleet of upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopters, including those to be embarked on the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. The decision...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Vultures hover over HMS Illustrious

    01/18/2014 2:03:54 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 17 January 2014 | Berenice Baker
    The Royal Navy’s sole remaining aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is due to be withdrawn from service in 2014. Image courtesy of LA (Phot) Nicky Wilson/MOD. The Royal Navy’s sole remaining aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is due to be withdrawn from service in 2014 after 32 action-packed years, but her future may be somewhat less glorious. While for the time being Illustrious is still conspicuously active, by the end of the year she could be headed for a new career as a conference centre, hotel, tourist attraction or even promotional yacht. Illustrious was undergoing fitting out when the Falkands War broke...
  • Navy’s new carrier so large the crew need an app to find their way about (Royal Navy)

    01/17/2014 9:27:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 14 January 2014
    Making waves: a CGI of how the 65,000-tonne HMS Queen Elizabeth will look. They have been joining up the dots —almost literally — on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the new aircraft carrier, the largest warship built in Britain, which is now towering above the rooftops in Rosyth dockyard. The five huge sections from different yards for the 65,000-tonne ship have been assembled. In the coming year it will be floated out of the dock, and named by the Queen — the first naval ship to bear her name. Crew members are shortly to be given a special app for their mobile...
  • Battle stations! Navy scrambles destroyer to challenge Russian warship off British coast

    01/05/2014 9:08:48 AM PST · by protest1 · 35 replies
    The Dailt Mail, UK ^ | 5 January 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Battle stations! Navy scrambles destroyer to challenge Russian warship off British coast (but it takes 24 hours to make 600-mile journey from Portsmouth base - was Putin testing our response time?)
  • Royal Navy’s final type 45 Destroyer enters service early

    12/30/2013 9:35:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    UK MOD ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013
    HMS Duncan, the UK’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer, has entered into service with the Royal Navy four months ahead of schedule. The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties. The 7,500 tonne vessel will now embark on a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment. HMS Duncan is the final Type 45 to enter service with the Royal Navy. Her handover to the Fleet marks the...
  • Britney Spears' Music Used by British Navy to Scare Off Somali Pirates

    10/30/2013 1:09:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 29 October 2013 | Tim Jonze
    'As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can,' says merchant naval officerIn an excellent case of "here's a sentence you won't read every day", Britney Spears has emerged as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates. According to reports, Britney's hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are being employed by British naval officers in an attempt to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is quite as intimidating as the sound...
  • Exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the Royal Navy's gruelling submarine command course

    10/13/2013 11:40:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 12 Oct 2013
    Exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the Royal Navy's gruelling submarine command course known as Perisher 12 Oct 2013 11:53 THE RECORD is the first paper to go behind the scenes as officers are put through their paces to test their talent and nerve in the exhausting and body-aching submarine command course nicknamed Perisher. Dan Simmonds is put through his paces Brad Wakefield LIEUTENANT Commander Dan Simmonds gave the order to raise hunter killer HMS Talent to periscope depth before launching his torpedo attack. This was his most dangerous mission yet. Admiral Corder was standing feet away, his eyes flicking...
  • UK Will Try To Boost F-35B Landing Weight

    07/10/2013 3:43:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN Online ^ | July 5, 2013 | Chris Pocock
    UK Will Try To Boost F-35B Landing Weight July 5, 2013, 12:50 PM Senior British military officials confirmed that the UK will conduct shipboard rolling vertical landing (SRVL) trials on the F-35B version of the Lockheed Martin Lightning II stealth combat jet. The SRVL technique would allow the aircraft to land at higher weights than is currently possible in the VTOL mode. The F-35B has faced weight problems, leading to concerns that it could not “bring back” to its aircraft carrier a useful weapons load that has not been expended in combat. The British have done nearly all the previous...
  • Bridge installation a milestone for UK carrier build

    03/15/2013 3:48:48 AM PDT · by Smartisan · 10 replies
    The Defence Secretary was in Scotland today to watch an enormous bridge section fitted to the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier. During a visit to Rosyth shipyard, Mr Hammond oversaw the 700-tonne section being lifted into place on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Nearly two thirds of the ship has now been built and the structure is due to be completed by the end of this year. The carrier is then expected to leave the dockyard in 2014 before beginning sea trials with the Royal Navy. The forward island, fitted today, houses the bridge where the captain and navigation...
  • What a way to treat a heroine: Royal Navy girl who fought in Afghanistan told to cover up uniform

    03/11/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | march 8, 2013 | Ian Drury
    For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban. But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her – by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was ‘offensive’. They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead. -snip She was confronted by a G4S security guard and Virgin Atlantic...
  • Royal Navy girl told to cover up uniform on Virgin flight in case it offended other passengers

    03/09/2013 12:14:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:23 EST, 8 March 2013 | Ian Drury
    For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban. But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her—by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was “offensive”. They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead. … They told her—wrongly—that it was the company’s policy not to allow military personnel...
  • British Destroyer to Participate in U.S. Missile Defense Trials

    03/07/2013 2:15:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | March 7, 2013
    British Destroyer to Participate in U.S. Missile Defense Trials Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers could join future missile intercept testing conducted by the U.S. missile defense agency (MDA), the British Ministry of Defence announced. MOD have teamed with UK industry-run Missile Defence Centre (MDC) to support the integration of Type 45 destroyers and its primary Sampson radar, as a sensor supporting ballistic missile defense networks. The Sampson radar is part of the vessels’ Sea Viper air and missile defense system. These tests will task the Sampson radar in detecting and tracking ballistic targets but will not include actual intercepts of...
  • Royal Navy's new radar revealed

    03/06/2013 12:43:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Sky News, Australia ^ | March 6, 2013
    Royal Navy's new radar revealed Updated: 06:42, Wednesday March 6, 2013 A new radar that can detect a tennis ball travelling at three times the speed of sound from more than 15 miles away has been fitted to a UK Royal Navy warship. The Artisan system, which was developed by BAE Systems, was installed on HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate. BAE says the medium range 3D surveillance radar is five times more efficient than any other radar currently used by the fleet. HMS Iron Duke is the first ship in the class to have received the new radar...
  • New aircraft carrier next to Houses of Parliament shows giant scale of Navy's latest warship

    01/07/2013 6:36:13 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th January 2013 | Harriet Arkell
    'These new computer-generated images put into context the huge scale of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) has released a series of powerful posters illustrating the sheer size of the warships. The computer-generated images show the warships dwarfing some of the country's most recognisable landmarks. Another notable poster is of the under-construction HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed alongside in Portsmouth, Hants. The ACA is a consortium of defence companies behind the construction of Portsmouth's newest carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Ian Booth, programme director of the ACA, said: 'These...
  • Prince Harry Set to Expose Chopper Once Again. (Deployed as Apache Pilot in Afghanistan)

    09/07/2012 9:14:48 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 7th September 2012 | BBC
    Prince Harry has been deployed to Afghanistan for four months, the Ministry of Defence says. The prince, an Apache helicopter pilot, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand. The 27-year-old, who is third in line to the throne, will take part in combat missions against the Taliban. It is his second Afghanistan deployment - he spent 10 weeks in Helmand province in 2007-08 but was pulled out after media reported his secret deployment. Captain Wales, as he is known in the military, arrived as part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air...
  • Navy's oldest commissioned warship to sail again

    08/17/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 65 replies
    AP via Tampa Bay Online ^ | Aug 17, 5:26 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides." The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the...
  • Cutting missile system leaves warships at risk

    06/10/2012 6:17:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 09 Jun 2012 | Thomas Harding
    Cutting missile system leaves warships at risk The Royal Navy’s warships will be vulnerable to enemy attack after a key project that allows ships to fire each other’s weapons was dropped. The revolutionary Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), which has taken 12 years to plan and already cost £45 million, would have allowed ships tracking a low-flying jet or missile to pass the data to the targeted vessel, allowing it to launch defensive missiles, or for them to be launched by remote control. The decision was criticised by a Navy commander who said it could mean placing the new billion-pound aircraft...
  • Not so Dauntless…(Royal) Navy's £1 billion warship blacked out by a £10 fuse

    05/11/2012 10:41:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:00 EST, 5 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:00 EST, 5 May 2012 | Christopher Leake
    Bristling with cutting-edge technology and carrying an awesome array of weaponry, the Royal Navy’s new destroyer HMS Dauntless is said to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful warships. But the £1 billion ($1.61 billion) vessel was left helpless and stranded—when a £10 ($16) fuse apparently blew. Dauntless was left without power and plunged into darkness. According to one source on board, the ship was ‘drifting for several minutes’ before the fault was corrected. No official cause for the problem has been given, but Navy insiders suggested that the fuse blew because a complicated water-cooling system had not been...
  • UK Reverses Decision On US Fighter Jet Deal

    05/11/2012 8:33:41 AM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Thu, 05/10/2012 - 9:21am | David Stringer, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint StrikeFighter — reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin Corp. fighter jet because the cost of modifications to ships needed to accommodate the plane would be about 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion). The jet's design — which does not include vertical take-off and landing — means aircraft carriers would need to be fitted with catapults and arrester gears. Hammond...
  • Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless

    05/01/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Jonathan Beale
    Life on Royal Navy's Falklands-bound HMS Dauntless It is one of the Royal Navy's most advanced and powerful warships, now on its way to the other side of the world; destination - the Falkland Islands. HMS Dauntless is the largest destroyer ever built for the Royal Navy, made from nearly 3,000 tonnes of steel. Its wide hull helps to support its two massive radar. This Type 45 destroyer is radically different in design from earlier warships. The sleek, angled lines means it appears no larger than a fishing boat on another ship's radar. It is the navy's first stealth warship....
  • New warplanes 'less capable', secret paper shows (Royal Navy)

    04/20/2012 9:10:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2012 | Thomas Harding,
    New warplanes 'less capable', secret paper shows Britain’s Armed Forces will be less able to undertake future military operations with the fighter jets ministers are preparing to buy in a cost-saving exercise, secret defence plans have revealed. The Daily Telegraph has seen a Ministry of Defence document setting out secret contingency planning for future British military operations in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the Falklands and Africa. The highly-classified report which shows that planners have grave doubt on the jump-jets ministers now want to buy for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers. David Cameron is poised to approve a decision to abandon...
  • Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet

    04/17/2012 5:42:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 April 2012 | Tim Shipman & Ian Drury
    Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet David Cameron has agreed to an embarrassing U-turn on the future of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers. The Prime Minister has decided to reverse a decision on the type of jets due to fly from the two warships. In doing so he has returned to a plan by Labour that he once derided as an ‘error’. Senior Downing Street sources say Mr Cameron has decided to follow military advice and abandon plans to buy the conventional F-35C Joint Strike Fighter after costs soared by £1.8billion....
  • Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy

    04/08/2012 9:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    defence management ^ | 05 April 2012
    Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy 05 April 2012 Brian Johnson, UK business development director at BAE Systems, answers questions about the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Can you provide some detail on the size and makeup of the team involved, their experience levels and the overall working approach to the design process? The team working on the Type 26 programme is currently around 250 strong. The team is centred in Bristol but a large design team is also based at BAE Systems' facility at Scotstoun in Glasgow. The team is a genuine 'rainbow' team comprising of...
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • New delay over fighter jet choice

    03/25/2012 10:23:37 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/25/2012 | Sean Rayment
    The Government is poised to perform an about-turn on its choice of plane to fly from two new aircraft carriers that will enter service in 2020. Senior officers have advised the Prime Minister to axe plans to buy the Joint Strike Fighter F-35C after the cost of converting the carriers to use them rose to £2 billion – on top of the £6.2 billion cost of building the vessels. The F-35C is propelled off the deck by a catapult, and "trapped" when it lands. Commanders have formally recommended that the Government buy the F-35B, which operates like a Harrier jump...
  • Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers

    03/24/2012 7:35:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/24/2012 | Thomas Harding
    Converting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter will require significantly less than the £2 billion quoted by officials, the assistant secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, insisted. In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, he told Peter Luff, the defence procurement minister, that the necessary equipment would cost £458 million before installation. Defence experts estimate the installation cost at £400  million. The letter was sent to Mr Luff before the Prime Minister met Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, at an emergency meeting about the carrier on Monday. The...
  • Scrapping Trident nuclear missiles 'would save £83.5bn'

    03/21/2012 11:41:52 PM PDT · by U-238 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    Scrapping the Trident nuclear missile system would save £83.5bn and many of the jobs at risk could be transferred to alternative defence projects, according to an authoritative study published on Wednesday. An average annual saving of £1.86bn would be made until 2062, it says. The study, commissioned by senior figures from all three main parties, points out that the savings would not be available immediately because cancellation and decommissioning costs would have to be taken into account. The report, by Professor Keith Hartley, a leading defence economist, is published by a commission set up by the British American Security Information...
  • Building the world's most advanced ships was never going to be plain sailing

    03/21/2012 7:41:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 March 2012 | | Will Cook
    Building the world's most advanced ships was never going to be plain sailing It’s news to reassure anyone who's worried that the sovereignty of the people and penguins of Port Stanley has been put at risk by government defence cuts. Defence sources have told the Evening Standard newspaper that Britain’s two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers – currently under construction – are ‘unnecessarily large for the needs of the Royal Navy’. 'Unnecessarily large': An artist's impression of a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier, two of which are under construction for the Royal Navy There is even the suggestion that the...
  • Daring enjoys ‘truly amazing’ experience working with American carriers

    03/20/2012 8:33:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Royal Navy ^ | 20/03/2012
    Daring enjoys ‘truly amazing’ experience working with American carriers 20/03/2012 Britain’s most advanced warship, HMS Daring, has worked with two American aircraft carrier groups as her Gulf mission steps up a gear. The new destroyer has been showing off her air defence and fighter control prowess with the USS Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln and their task groups. Turning away from the most powerful surface ship in the world is the most advanced warship in the Royal Navy. On her maiden deployment, HMS Daring has worked with not one but two US Carrier Strike Groups – here the USS Carl...
  • Peru cancels visit by British frigate over Falkland Islands

    03/20/2012 9:33:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 20 Mar 2012 | Paul Carsten
    Peru cancels visit by British frigate over Falkland Islands Peru has cancelled an upcoming visit by a Royal Navy frigate to the country as tensions between Britain and Latin America mount over the Falkland Islands. HMS Montrose was scheduled to dock at Peru's El Callao naval base this week, but the visit has been cancelled by Peru in a show of solidarity with Argentina. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has criticised Britain’s territorial rights to the Falkland Islands, known in Latin America as the Malvinas. The dispute comes ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war in April,...
  • UK Aircraft carriers 'may get jump jets'

    03/19/2012 8:51:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    British Forces News ^ | 3/19/2012 | Kaija Larke
    It is reported that spiralling costs for the new aircraft carrier programme could force the Government to scrap the cat and trap version of the new Joint Strike Fighter in favour of a jump-jet variant. The Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers both report Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wants a U-turn after projected costs for modifying the carriers to take the F-35C fighters reached as much as two billion pounds. It is understood Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned the carrier programme could be delayed by as much as seven years – or until 2027 – if existing plans are...
  • Lockheed could accommodate UK reversal on F-35 variant

    03/13/2012 5:36:34 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/15/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    A possible UK decision to reverse a variant switch on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would not cause a problem for Lockheed Martin, according to one of the company's senior programme officials. Speculation has mounted over recent weeks that the UK government could backtrack on its decision to shift its interest in the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to the C-model carrier variant. The move was included as part of its Strategic Defence and Security Review of late 2010, but has prompted concerns over the costs involved with modifying the Royal Navy's future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers with...
  • Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles

    03/12/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
    Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles The costs of refitting a Royal Navy aircraft carrier so it can be used by a new generation of fighter jets have more than trebled, defence sources have told The Daily Telegraph. Estimates for adapting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter are understood have risen from £500 million to £1.8 billion. Millions have already been spent on studies to look at how to convert the ship after ministers decided to scrap the jump-jet variant of the plane in favour of a conventional take-off and landing...
  • US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute (British sub)

    03/06/2012 8:15:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Defence Management ^ | 06 March 2012
    US 'taken aback' by HMS Astute 06 March 2012 The United States Navy was 'blown away' by the performance of HMS Astute during sea trials in the Atlantic recently, the ship's commanding officer has said. Commander Ian Breckenridge, 45, led HMS Astute through four-and-a-half months of sea trials off the US east coast and said the submarine had demonstrated "tremendous capability". "We met and surpassed every expectation. She is just better than any other submarine I have ever been on," he said. During the trials, Astute took part in simulated battles with American Virginia Class submarine USS New Mexico, deep...