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  • 15 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was at the center of an important milestone for the F-35 program as an F-35B performed the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) British test pilot Peter Wilson conducted the landing this weekend. Previously the jets have conducted only vertical landings, hovering by the side of the […]

  • 4 October 2018

    At the beginning of October, the third of Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new tankers headed to sea to begin military trials.  RFA Tidesurge (A138) — one of four Tide-class ships built to support the new carriers and their battle groups — has already proven her seakeeping abilities courtesy as she arrived in Falmouth earlier this year from […]

  • 20 September 2018

    The Royal Navy’s Sea King Mk7 helicopters officially retired from active service as two Sea Kings from 849 Naval Air Squadron performed a final, three-hour flypast on September 19. Helicopters ZE420 and ZA126 flew as far east as Teignmouth, over the wilds of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, the northern Cornish resorts of Padstow, Newquay and St […]

  • 19 September 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    A facility for the manufacturing of LiftFan systems for F-35B jets has been ceremonially opened by UK defense minister Stuart Andrew at Rolls-Royce in Bristol today. Production at the site has been building up since 2009, with the official opening now marking the fact that the facility is heading towards peak manufacturing levels. The ‘LiftWorks’ […]

  • 14 September 2018

    The Royal Navy’s newest survey vessel HMS Magpie has made her maiden visit to her affiliated town of Salcombe.  The 18-meter catamaran has spent three days at sea under the White Ensign for the first time as her crew get to know how the survey ship handles. A replacement for HMS Gleaner which retired earlier […]

  • 6 September 2018
    Equipment & technology

    Technology company ABB has been contracted to supply a shore-to-ship power solution to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth. The naval base in Portsmouth, spread over 150 hectares, with 10 kilometers of waterfront, is home to almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, including frigates, vessels and the Fishery Protection Squadron. In addition, the base […]

  • 23 August 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A team of four F-35B test pilots are making final preparations for taking their aircraft aboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth next month. Two specially-modified F-35Bs and four pilots – Mr Wilson from BAE, the RN’s Cdr Nathan Gray, Sqn Ldr Andy Edgell and a US Marine Corps aviator – will conduct the […]

  • 3 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Navy has commissioned its second Tide-class tanker RFA Tiderace in a dedication ceremony in Portland. In a half-hour ceremony, attended by the 39,000-tonne ship’s sponsor, Lady Anita Lister, the head of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Commodore Duncan Lamb and crew, RFA Chaplain the Rev Mike Hills welcomed the new tanker to the naval […]

  • 26 July 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The UK’s short take off vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B jets have started training on the first of three vertical landing pads at RAF Marham. The VLPs are built for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation by a joint venture between Galliford Try and Lagan Construction. The Norfolk site is the main operating base for the F-35 in the UK. […]

  • 12 June 2018

    The lead ship of a new fleet of Royal Navy tankers recently carried out her first real at sea refueling. While the RFA Tidespring earlier practiced the maneuvers with other navy ships, including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the tanker. Fellow tanker […]

  • 7 June 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Navy and Air Force welcomed their first F-35B Lightning II fighter jets as they landed at RAF Marham in Norfolk on June 6. The aircraft arrived in the UK following a one-day delay caused by adverse weather conditions over the Atlantic which complicated the necessary aerial refueling procedures. As each of the aircraft needed […]

  • 25 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Navy has taken delivery of the first upgraded Commando Merlin Mk4 which has been designed for Royal Marine aircraft carrier operations. The helicopters are being upgraded to a faster and more powerful aircraft than their predecessors. With a new maritime grey coat, a folding main rotor and tail, upgraded flight controls and a tactical […]

  • 16 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The first Royal Navy and Air Force F-35B jets are scheduled to fly into their new home at RAF Marham next month, the UK defense minister has announced. Four F-35Bs will arrive in the first tranche of stealth fighters to transfer from the USA to the UK, flying into RAF Marham in East Anglia. The Norfolk […]

  • 23 April 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    The first in a new class of Royal Navy tankers – the RFA Tidespring – arrived at the Royal Navy’s Faslane base for her first visit to the Scottish establishment and for her first participation in a major international maritime exercise. Built specifically to support HMS Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and their task groups, Tidespring […]

  • 13 April 2018

    UK’s F-35B Lightning jets which will be operated by the Royal Navy and Air Force recently achieved another first in their preparation for operations in UK skies. The Royal Navy has now shared photos of what it says is a first “full-British” aerial refueling of F-35B jets. To travel 4,134-miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the […]

  • 13 April 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    UK defense contractor BAE Systems has announced a £10 million (approx. $14.2m) investment into upgrades of the Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) aimed at improving research into artificial intelligence, information and electronic warfare, unmanned vehicles and new weapons. Located in Portsmouth, the MISC is a specialist facility providing vital support for Royal Navy warships whilst […]

  • 6 April 2018

    A new naval support facility in Bahrain for Royal Navy operations was officially opened in a ceremony on April 5. The facility will be the hub of the Royal Navy’s operations in the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. The base will be capable of meeting the needs of British warships operating in the region […]

  • 28 March 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s third Tide-class tanker RFA Tidesurge arrived in Cornwall, England, on March 27 where it will undergo further outfitting and trials before entering service. Tidesurge arrived from South Korea where it was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. It is the third of four tankers in its class, designed and acquired to […]

  • 21 February 2018

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is so big that the crew have had enough space aboard to set up a ping pong club, according to a recent Royal Navy story. The Royal Navy says that the ride of the 65,000-ton ship is smooth enough to provide a stable platform for the […]

  • 1 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Navy’s smallest commissioned vessel, Her Majesty’s Survey Launch Gleaner, returned to Devonport homeport one last time on Tuesday ahead of her decommissioning. In mist and rain, and with a 16-metre decommissioning pennant tied to the stern rail to prevent it flapping around uncontrollably, three of the nine crew lined up for Procedure Alpha as […]

  • 26 January 2018

    After concluding operations with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Rosalie switched to supporting the US Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group. As Fort Rosalie joined the US task group in the Persian Gulf, RFA Fort Rosalie personnel were welcomed aboard their American equivalent flying from their ship on a US MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to […]

  • 19 January 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy hosted a “multi-national fleet synthetic training group command exercise” recently at HMS Collingwood with the aim of preparing to work as part of a battlegroup with the country’s new aircraft carriers. Personnel from five Royal Navy ships took part in the latest validation exercise run by the US Navy and joined by French, […]

  • 11 January 2018

    The Royal Navy has bid farewell to a Commodore who became longest serving naval base commander “since the Napoleonic era.” Commodore Jeremy Rigby spent six years as commander of Naval Base Portsmouth and served for 37 years in the Royal Navy. Handing over the reins to Commodore Jim Higham who will take over the position of […]

  • 25 December 2017

    The Royal Navy will have a total of 13 vessels and one of its four Vanguard-class submarines on deployment overseas and in home waters over the holiday season, according to the Royal Navy. What is missing from the list of deployed assets are any major warships as no frigates or destroyers are currently underway. The […]

  • 22 December 2017

    UK Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has been floated and moved to her fitting-out berth at Rosyth, the navy informed. In an overnight operation, sluices were opened and water gradually filled the dry dock, specially enlarged for the 65,000-tonne warship and her older sister HMS Queen Elizabeth. The next step is […]

  • 19 December 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The fourteenth and final F-35B Lightning II to be delivered to UK this year rolled off the production line and flew into Beaufort, South Carolina, to join the Lightning Fleet which will be operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked […]