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  • Cloudy with the chance of a passing Chinese frigate…

    06/17/2016 1:46:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy News ^ | 17 June 2016
    HMS Somerset escorted the brand-new Chinese frigate Xiangtan through the Dover Strait as the Far Eastern warship made for Germany. During the several hours in company together, the Brits provided the Xiangtan with a weather forecast to help them on their way to Kiel for that city’s annual maritime spectacular. Picture: LA(Phot) Guy Pool SO AS a Brit, what do you do when you encounter a stranger and need to pass the time? That’s right, you chat about the weather. HMS Somerset met up with brand-new Chinese warship Xiangtan and escorted the frigate through the Dover Strait as it headed...
  • Britain's Royal Navy warships are breaking down because sea is too hot

    06/09/2016 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2016 | Bianca Britton
    Britain's £1bn ($1.4bn) warships are losing power in the Persian Gulf because they cannot cope with the warm waters, MPs have been told. Six Type 45 destroyers have repeatedly experienced power outages because of the temperatures, leaving servicemen in complete darkness.
  • The British Royal Navy Is Down to 17 Frigates and Destroyers

    06/08/2016 6:18:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 8, 2016 | David Axe
    The Royal Navy was, quite recently, one of the world’s leading fleets. But that was before several rounds of deep budget cuts, the most recent in 2010, that compelled the senior service to officially decommission some of its best ships. The escort force arguably suffered the most, declining to a modern low of just 13 Type 23 frigates and six new Type 45 destroyers. And now the escort force has shrunk even further.
  • Royal Navy's most advanced destroyers break down in the Gulf because the water is too WARM

    06/07/2016 10:46:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 7 June 2016 | TIM SCULTHORPE
    Royal Navy's most advanced destroyers break down in the Gulf because the water is too WARM, bungling defence chiefs admit Britain's £1billion a piece Type-45 Destroyer ships break down in warm water and are being retrofitted with diesel generators, defence chiefs have admitted. Complicated Rolls Royce gas turbine engines work in the cold water around Britain but the vessels have been left adrift in the Gulf on several occasions because of failures. The problem first became apparent when HMS Daring lost all power in the mid-Atlantic in 2010 and had to repaired in Canada. The ship needed fixing again in...
  • Britain's vast new aircraft carriers will make enemies 'think twice' about starting war

    05/20/2016 10:50:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | May 20, 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Longer than the Houses of Parliament and able to launch up to 108 air strike sorties per day, Britain’s new aircraft carriers will make potential enemies “think twice” about starting future wars, their senior naval officer has said. The new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will be become Britain’s most potent conventional weapon and change the way the Royal Navy does business, Capt Simon Petitt said. The two vast 67,000 tonne vessels, which have cost £6.2bn for the pair, are the largest warships ever built in Britain. The first of the ships to be ready, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to...
  • PETER HITCHENS: America isn't our special friend. It ruined our Navy, Empire and future

    04/24/2016 6:22:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 169 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 4/24/2016 | Peter Hitchens
    Now will we grasp that the United States is not our friend, but a foreign country whose interests are often different from ours? President Obama's blatant intervention in our internal affairs is not a sudden breach of a soppy 'special relationship'. The USA's only real special relationship is with Saudi Arabia, a 70-year old hard pact of oil, money and power, welded together with such cynicism it out to make up gasp. Barack Obama's open desire for us to stay inside the EU is by no means the first or worst example of White House meddling here in these islands....
  • UK: Muslim Navy officer joins the Islamic State

    05/08/2016 8:47:17 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | MAY 8, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    This typically witless Daily Mail piece claims that Ali Alosaimi was “radicalized” by viewing videos of the atrocities of the Assad regime. The Daily Mail and the rest of the Western media continue to view “radicalization” as if it were some sort of contagious disease that one might randomly catch, just by standing next to a carrier — or running into one on the Internet. Why other people who have been victims of atrocities have not become terrorists, and why the Internet’s version of Islam is so much more powerful than the supposedly benign version that we are told is...
  • HMS Illustrious the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the junkyard

    05/07/2016 10:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 7 May 2016 | ZZY FERRIS
    Britain's last working aircraft carrier and the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the scrapyard. At least three proposals to preserve HMS Illustrious for alternative uses have failed due to her size and the cost of maintenance. The ship, decommissioned in 2014, is now likely to follow its sister carriers and be sent to Turkey for scrap. HMS Ark Royal was scrapped for £2.9 million in 2013 and HMS Invincible fetched around £2 million in 2011. It is thought the ship, which was rushed in to service for the Falklands War and went on to sail...
  • Royal Navy fires warning shots as Spanish vessel harasses US sub in Gibraltar

    05/05/2016 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 58 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05-05-2016 | Ben Farmer
    The Royal Navy fired flares to warn of a Spanish patrol boat harassing an American nuclear submarine off Gibraltar. The fast patrol boat HMS Sabre fired warning shots across the bow of a Guardia Civil vessel as it twice tried to cut across the path of USS Florida during an incursion into Gibraltar’s waters. Gibraltar says Spanish vessels regularly stray deep into its territorial waters and the Foreign Office has attacked the incursions as provocative.
  • Researchers Believe Captain Cook’s Famed ‘Endeavour’ Rests at Bottom of Newport Harbor

    05/04/2016 3:22:10 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | May 4, 2016 | Scott Malone
    The wreckage of the Endeavour, the storied British ship that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook sailed through the uncharted South Pacific, may lie a few hundred feet off Rhode Island’s coast in Newport Harbor, researchers said Wednesday. The 105-foot (32-meter) long, three-masted bark, later renamed the Lord Sandwich, had been hired out by the British Royal Navy as a troop transport when it was one of 13 ships deliberately sunk by the British in 1778 in an effort to blockade the harbor.
  • Falklands fury as islands left unguarded for the first time since 1982 war

    04/02/2016 5:22:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The Sun, U.K. ^ | April 02, 2016 | SAM CHRISTIE
    THE Falklands Islands have been left without the protection of a British warship for the first time since the conflict 34 years ago. The Royal Navy has provided a "permanent presence" in the South Atlantic since British troops invaded the islands in 1982. But a manpower crisis, a need to deploy ships closer to home and a series of engine problems with the Navy's Type 45 destroyers has led to the islands being left unguarded. No warship has been dispatched since a frigate returned from the region in November, last year. Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry branded the situation as...
  • Taking shape at last: £6.3 billion hi-tech giants of the Royal Navy

    03/22/2016 3:52:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    EveningStandard ^ | March 22, 2016 | ROBERT FOX
    Each day and night some 5,000 men and women pour into the docks at Rosyth to work on the two giant aircraft carriers that in the next three years will become the pride of the Navy’s fleet. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are the biggest warships ever built in this country, and will be the cutting edge of the Royal Navy’s capability, giving it the second biggest carrier force in the world. The carriers don’t come cheap — £6.3 billion for the ships alone — and don’t come without controversy, both political and military. Construction work is...
  • Sea King Mk4 bids farewell to the Royal Navy with flypast

    03/21/2016 12:25:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 21, 2016
    A Royal Navy helicopter dubbed the "Land Rover of the skies" will make its final flypast later. The Sea King Mk4 has been flying for 36 years with the Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset. Five of the aircraft will fly from the base, visiting Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Okehampton, Bristol and Glastonbury. The fleet will be decommissioned at the end of the month. On Sunday a 'Junglie' Sea King landed for the final time on the flight deck of HMS Bulwark, which is currently at sea off the Devon coast. Captain James Parkin said: "The 'Junglie' Sea King...
  • Royal Navy fires first torpedo from stealth sub using new AI system

    03/02/2016 9:54:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 2 March 2016 | MARK PRIGG
    The British Navy has fired its first torpedo using a radical new 'brain' fitted to a nuclear submarine. The Royal Navy's latest and most advanced Astute class submarine, Artful, used the Common Combat System for the first time. It acts as the submarine's 'brain' – controlling its 'eyes', 'ears' and 'nervous system'. Artful, the third in the Astute class family, is the first to use this new technology which is now being retrofitted to earlier Astute class submarines. Work will soon begin to also retrofit Vanguard class submarines. Paul Beavis, Combat Systems & Support Director for BAE Systems Submarines, said:...
  • Six of Britain's newest warships worth £1bn each all need new engines

    01/29/2016 8:27:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 29 January, 2016 | MARTIN ROBINSON
    Six of the Royal Navy's most modern warships - worth £1billion each - all need new engines because they keep breaking down, it was revealed today. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that its Type 45 destroyers need holes cut in their sides during major refits. The ships, which have two engines already and are all less than ten years old, will need another engine to increase power amid concerns over their reliability. Troubled waters: HMS Daring, the first of six destroyers ordered by the Royal Navy, lost power in the Atlantic on her first voyage to the US...
  • Steel crisis: Tories reveal new warships could be Clyde built.. with steel from China

    01/22/2016 5:35:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Daily Record and Sunday Mail ^ | 22 JAN 2016 | BEN GLAZE
    A TORY minister yesterday admitted Royal Navy warships being built on the Clyde could be made from foreign steel. With the British steel industry already reeling from closures and massive job cuts, Defence Minister Philip Dunne’s admission was greeted with outrage. Eight T-26 Global Combat Ships are to be built at BAe on the Clyde to replace the Navy’s 13 ageing Type 23 frigates. Work is due to begin this year with the first ship scheduled to enter service in the early 2020s. David Cameron has said at least another five general purpose frigates will be built on the river....
  • The red button that could launch Britain's nuclear warheads

    01/22/2016 5:02:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 January 2016 | MARK DUELL & LARISSA BROWN
    With its slightly chipped red grip and retro look, it could be the hand control for a Scalextric set or games console. In fact, the device seen here for the first time is the trigger to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, a button that when pressed could destroy hundreds of thousands of lives. It is in the hand of Lieutenant Commander Woods, the weapons engineer officer on HMS Vigilant, one of four Vanguard class submarines that carries up to eight Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads. The 38-year-old father of three has spent 16 years training for the moment when Vigilant’s commanding...
  • Officer in charge of Royal Navy's new carriers is top RAF man who has never served at sea

    10/25/2015 8:13:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 25 October 2015 | JENNY STANTON
    The decision to put an RAF officer who has never served at sea in charge of the Royal Navy's £6.2billion aircraft carrier project has been described as 'barking mad'. Former Navy chief Lord West of Spithead claims the appointment of Air Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier will 'make Britain and international laughing stock'. Sir Hillier will be responsible for the two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers - the largest British warships ever built, designed to maintain security for the UK and overseas. The systems of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the two carriers, are now being tested and in...
  • Fears ‘problems with radars will leave navy vulnerable to attacks’ (Royal Navy)

    10/14/2015 6:36:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The News, Portsmouth ^ | 14 October 2015 | Tom Cotterill
    FEARS have been raised that a new state-of-the-art radar system being fitted to the Royal Navy’s future flagship could leave the force vulnerable to attack. The cutting-edge 3D radar system, known as Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation – or Artisan for short – has been installed on the navy’s latest aircraft carrier, the £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth. The hi-tech piece of kit is meant to be capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball travelling three times the speed of sound from more than 15 miles away. But The News can exclusively reveal that concerns...
  • Navy forced to hire foreign troops to fill the ranks ... (U.K.)

    10/14/2015 5:20:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    mail Online ^ | 13 October 2015 | Larisa Brown
    Navy forced to hire foreign troops to fill the ranks as former top brass warn 4,000-sailor shortage puts it in a 'perilous situation' The Royal Navy is in a ‘perilous situation’ and needs 4,000 extra sailors to man its new aircraft carriers and nuclear submarine fleet, it was revealed yesterday. Former military top brass warned how the Navy, Army and RAF had been hit with massive manpower shortages after devastating cuts to Britain’s Armed Forces. Defence chiefs are now asking countries across the world to loan Britain troops in a desperate bid to make up the numbers, it was said....
  • DSEI: U.S. Marine F-35Bs Will Operate From British Queen Elizabeth Carriers

    09/21/2015 5:49:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Jon Rosamond
    LONDON — The U.S. Marine Corps will deploy its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II strike fighters on combat sorties from Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, a senior U.K. Royal Navy officer has confirmed. Rear Adm. Keith Blount, who is responsible for delivering the two 65,000 ton ships, said that using Marine aircraft and pilots to bolster the U.K.’s nascent carrier strike capability would be a natural extension of coalition doctrine. “We are forever operating with allies and within coalitions. It’s the way wars are fought”, the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation, Amphibious Capability and Carriers) and Rear Adm....
  • HMS Hi-tech, the warship of the future: Royal Navy's Dreadnought 2050 has space-age control room

    08/31/2015 2:47:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    mail Online ^ | 31 August 2015 | SEAN POULTER
    Sleek and stealthy, it resembles something from Star Wars. In fact, this is what British warships could look like in as little as 35 years. With RAF jets already being replaced by drones piloted by men sitting at computer screens many miles away, the Royal Navy is now investigating how technology will change the fleet. The answer, it seems, could be a generation of largely remote-controlled seafaring beasts with ‘speed of light weapons’ and a hull that can make them invisible to the naked eye. Glimpse of the future: Engineers have unveiled a series of images of the ground-breaking vessel,...
  • Royal Navy's £10billion submarine project at risk due to delays and overspending

    08/13/2015 5:10:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 12 AUGUST 2015 | BEN GLAZE
    At risk: The new Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute The £10billion project to create a fleet of seven Royal Navy submarines is in yet more troubled waters, a watchdog has warned. Its report on the Astute-class attack boats reveals costs are still rocketing. The subs have been plagued by a string of technical hitches and delays since the first vessel was ordered 18 years ago. And the mammoth project was expected to cost another £87.5million more than planned last year - up from £558.1million to £645.6million. The watchdog, the Major Projects Authority, has issued an amber/red alert, meaning there are...
  • Cyber attacks 'as big a threat to new warships as missiles and torpedoes'

    08/06/2015 6:25:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 August 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Hackers and cyber attacks pose as great a threat to Britain's hi-tech warships of the future as missiles and torpedoes, the man in charge of building the Navy’s new frigate has warned. Increasing levels of computer control and automation mean protecting vessels against electronic attack has become a focus of shipbuilding for the Navy. The new Type-26 Global Combat Ship, which is designed to be the workhorse of the Royal Navy when it is built, has been designed to protect its weapons, engines and systems from cyber warfare. Geoff Searle, head of the Type-26 programme at BAE Systems, said: “It...
  • Navy has no sailors for new aircraft carriers (U.K.)

    07/11/2015 8:25:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Sunday Express, UK ^ | Sun, Jul 12, 2015 | PAULA MURRAY
    An online campaign group made the stark warning amid concerns Armed Forces are facing even more cuts with another Defence Review scheduled for later this year. Save The Royal Navy believes the service will be hard pushed to man even one of the massive ships because of the depleted number of sailors. The organisation also expressed concerns the record low staffing levels will lead to “dangerously small crews” while uncertainty over the number of aircrafts on board the carriers and lack of escort vessels could leave them vulnerable to an attack. So far only three of the eight F35 type...
  • World’s Oldest Active Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat Set to Be Museum Ship in India

    07/07/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | 06 Jul 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    INS Viraat on its 50th anniversary in 2009. Indian Navy Photo The oldest active aircraft carrier in the world will be converted into a docked museum when the ship, now in the Indian Navy, decommissions next year. INS Viraat (R-22) was commissioned in 1959 into the Royal Navy as HMS Hermes (R-12), the last of the Centaur-class conventional aircraft carriers. It was transferred to India in 1987 after undergoing refits and equipment upgrades, according to The Tribune in India. After 57 years of service life, the ship will decommission in 2016. The Tribune reported that Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation...
  • British Pilot Becomes the First to Test F-35B Ski-Jump Launch

    06/24/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | June 23, 2015
    LONDON — BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete “Wizzer” Wilson became the first pilot to launch the Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing variant of the Lightning II from a ski-jump, BAE Systems said in a June 23 release. The launch took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on June 19 from a land-based ski jump and marks the start of an initial testing phase expected to last two weeks. The trials demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to take off safely and effectively from a ski-jump ramp similar to that which will be used on the United Kingdom’s new...
  • Royal Navy helicopter gets new surveillance system

    05/22/2015 7:42:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Engineering and Technology Magazine ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Onita
    A Merlin helicopter will be fitted with a new on-board system to deliver essential anti-snooping watch and send early warnings if security threats are detected. The Merlin Mk2 helicopter will act as the Royal Navy’s eyes and ears for its next generation carriers, replacing the Sea King’s helicopter’s surveillance capabilities. Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, said: “It is essential that our ships and particularly our future aircraft carriers will have the best possible protection. “The Crowsnest system on board our new Merlin Mk2 helicopter will deliver an essential surveillance and intelligence capability, providing early warnings to our...
  • Revealed, Royal Navy has just ONE nuclear submarine on active duty

    05/03/2015 4:03:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Mail Online, UK ^ | 3 May 2015 | CLAIRE CARTER
    The Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine in operation after the rest of the fleet has been left out of action due to defects and damage. Four of the Royal Navy's new multi-billion hunter and killer submarines are still in dock at Barrow-in-Furness because of defects that have delayed their production - 15 years after the new ships were first ordered. Only two of the boats have actively joined the fleet, and one has already had to return to the dock and can only be used for training after more than 50 defects were found. Just the HMS...
  • Prince Charles joins his son Harry and world leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the disastrous

    04/24/2015 7:28:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    Prince Charles and his son Harry today joined world leaders to mark the centenary of the catastrophic Gallipoli landings which claimed 140,000 lives during World War One. The royals met descendants of fallen soldiers on the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark in Turkey's Dardanelles straits, the same crucial waters the Allies hoped to control 100 years ago. Instead tens of thousands lost their lives on both sides in a nine-month battle between the German-backed Ottoman forces and Allies including Australian, British and New Zealand troops trying to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. Today, soldiers from both the...
  • Admiral Warns: Potential for Islamist Raids on European Islands

    04/24/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The security situation in the Mediterranean will continue to deteriorate to the point where we can expect Islamist raids on European islands, a recently retired Royal Navy Admiral has told Breitbart London. [snip] Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, the straight-talking former Director General of the Ministry of Defence Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, ... made the comments in an interview this week as European nations gathered to discuss the sudden migrant crisis gripping the Mediterranean. THE THREAT OF ISLAM Parry, who warned in a government paper in 1990 that Islam would replace Communism as the main threat against the West...
  • The Bridge Of The HMS Prince Of Wales Is Straight Out Of Star Wars

    04/21/2015 5:57:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    BAE Systems Maritime rolled out the bridge module of the Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class carrier, the HMS Prince Of Wales yesterday, and it looks more like it should be orbiting a planet in the Outer Rim and launching Tie Fighters than sailing the high seas. The 70,000 displacement ton carrier will be commissioned in 2020, and like her sister, the Queen Elizabeth, she will carry around 40 aircraft. The mainstay of which will be the Royal Navy’s F-35Bs, along with pretty much every helicopter asset in service with UK forces, including Merlins, Apaches, Lynx Wildcats and Chinooks. Top...
  • Election manifesto: UKIP will increase defense, NHS spending

    04/15/2015 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2015 - 21:33 | (With Reuters)
    The UK Independence Party launched its election manifesto on Wednesday, appealing to Conservative voters with pledges to raise defense spending and bring forward a vote on Britain’s EU membership. […] (Nigel) Farage vowed to spend “substantially” more than the NATO minimum of two percent of GDP on defense in a move that he said would “rattle the dwindling number of Conservative voters who still see (Prime Minister David) Cameron’s party as the party of security”. […] The anti-mass immigration party, which had two MPs at the end of the last parliament, also promised to cut small business taxes and boost...
  • British Air Power Is Fading Away

    04/14/2015 7:01:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/14/2015 | David Axe
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has released an accounting of all the aircraft in Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army service — and the overall tally is tiny … and getting tinier. As of March this year, the air forces of the United Kingdom possessed no more than 362 combat-ready warplanes and drones plus 249 helicopters — a mere 611 military aircraft. Britain’s air force, navy and army together have another 93 planes and copters that are in deep maintenance or rework plus 18 that are in storage. None of these 111 aircraft are immediately available for combat. It’s worth noting that...
  • Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sighted in River Forth as fitting-out continues

    03/02/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online, UK ^ | 27 February 2015 | JENNIFER SMITH
    The next phase of work on the Navy's largest ever warship is underway, with the upper decks of the huge vessel gradually taking form. Workers were seen on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dock in Fife, some seven months after being first floated on the River Forth. She was unveiled by the Queen in 2014 after the ordinarily dry dock was flooded with water. The ship is Britain's largest ever maritime vessel weighing 65,000 tonnes and measuring 918ft from bow to stern. At almost 230ft, she stands as tall as Niagara Falls from the keel to the masthead. Once...
  • US squadrons 'may use UK carrier' for operations

    11/26/2014 3:31:24 PM PST · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th November 2014 | BBC News
    'The Royal Navy may ask US squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier following delays to its new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight has learned. MoD insiders said the US Marine Corps would be offered the use of HMS Queen Elizabeth II for flight operations. The UK plans to have its first F35 squadron operational by 2018, but Newsnight has learned that there may be further delays.'
  • Laser imaging reveals how far its warships have come since HMS Victory's glory days

    10/22/2014 5:52:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 22 October 2014 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    The British Navy has seen significant changes over the past 200 years, since Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson sailed HMS Victory to glory in the Battle of Trafalgar. And to celebrate 2014 being the 209th anniversary of Trafalgar Day - when Admiral Nelson hoisted the flag in conquest - BAE Systems has revealed just how far naval engineering has evolved. Using laser imaging techniques, experts have been able to get under the skin of HMS Victory - the oldest commissioned warship in the world - allowing them to draw direct comparisons between the vessel, and Type 45 Destroyer HMS Defender. The...
  • 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...