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  • 2 September 2016
    Industry news

    The crucial importance of Royal Navy shipbuilding contracts to the Scottish economy has been laid bare in a report commissioned by GMB Scotland today (Friday 2 September). An economic analysis of Scotland’s defence sector by the Fraser of Allander Institute revealed that: · 5,943 jobs and £162.7 million in wages are supported by BAE’s yards […]

  • 16 May 2014
    Industry news

    Publication of the UK’s first ever National Strategy for Maritime Security, launched on May 13th at the UK Chamber of Shipping by the Shipping and Armed Forces Ministers, is a major step forward for the shipping industry, according to the UK Chamber of Shipping it demonstrates the UK’s commitment to seafarer safety and securing world […]

  • 10 February 2017
    Equipment & technology

    UK Defence secretary Michael Fallon has been warned that there will be further delays to the government’s flagship Trident programme, unless the long-running pensions’ dispute at AWE plc – the Atomic Weapons Establishment – is settled. Gail Cartmail, acting general secretary of Unite, the country’s largest union, has written to the defence secretary asking for […]

  • 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 […]

  • 1 September 2016

    RFA Mounts Bay has assisted in the removal of the last batch of known materials which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons from Libya. The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary […]

  • 27 July 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and ships from its carrier strike group arrived in Portsmouth, UK, today ahead of a major two-week drill. Accompanied by the USS Philippine Sea, USS Donald Cook and Norwegian ship HNoMS Helge Insgstad, the aircraft carrier is on the final leg of its deployment in support of […]

  • 17 July 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy sailors and marines exercised with their counterparts from other countries during a five-month annual French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East. UK forces joined the French Navy assault ship FS Mistral in March as part of the Jeanne d’Arc 2017 French task group, which has visited Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Guam, Australia […]

  • 22 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The UK and US will be teaming up in the fight against growing cyber threats, UK defense secretary Gavin Williamson announced from aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth which is currently on a port visit to New York. Speaking at the Trafalgar night dinner on board the carrier, the defense secretary announced that […]

  • 3 November 2017

    UK worker union GMB has slammed the UK government’s decision to put up an international tender for the construction of three Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, saying the decision “udermined the national interest”. The union further said that all Royal Navy and RFA ships should be built domestically and has called for cross-parliamentary support of MPs as […]

  • 11 May 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Unite, the UK’s largest union representing defence and shipbuilding workers, backed today’s demand by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for the three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels to be built in UK shipyards. Government plans to put the £1 billion contract for building the ships out to tender in international shipyards would be an ‘act of […]

  • 4 December 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The French Navy is considering allowing UK’s Royal Marines greater access to its amphibious ships should the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion amphibious assault ships be axed as part of defense cuts. This was revealed by senior French officials, according to a report in Financial Times, who said that the French Navy was ready […]

  • 11 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Defense ministers of the UK and Norway have agreed to step up their defense relationship during a November 10 meeting where UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced new cooperation on maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and exercises. After a visit to Norway’s top military headquarters, close to the Arctic Circle on Thursday, Fallon announced that the UK and Norway […]

  • 7 March 2013
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The potential for Type 45 destroyers to help protect deployed UK and Allied forces from threat of ballistic missiles is to be investigated. Building on its relationship with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the joint Ministry of Defence and industry-run UK Missile Defence Centre (MDC) has agreed to take part in a trial which […]

  • 16 August 2019

    The UK and Norway have reinforced their commitment to joint anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic. On August 15, 2019, Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted at RAF Lossiemouth Norwegian State Secretary Tone Skogen to discuss NATO and the UK’s role in the North Atlantic. The UK is investing £3 billion in nine new Boeing Poseidon […]

  • 12 June 2014
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded up to £111 million worth of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats.   Six UK companies will benefit from the five year contract that will involve support for 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. They are: – […]

  • 4 April 2012
    Equipment & technology, Training & Education

       The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded Raytheon UK a replenishment contract for Paveway IV, the latest generation GPS precision-guided munition, as part of a 60 million pound contract. Raytheon UK is focused on a technological growth path which, under the UK MOD’s SPEAR (Selective Precision Effects at Range) CAP 1 program, will […]

  • 12 June 2014
    Industry news

    Thales Alenia Space announced on June 9 the completion of the acquisition of the space activities of Systems Engineering & Assessment Limited (SEA), part of Cohort plc.   This acquisition will reinforce the perimeter of its new subsidiary Thales Alenia Space UK and will boost its growth in systems engineering and research & technology (R&T). […]

  • 31 January 2012
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The MOD has confirmed the development of a new Royal Navy missile defence system which will be able to intercept and destroy enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds. The £483m contract to develop this cutting-edge air defence system – known as Sea Ceptor – is being awarded to UK industry. The system uses a new […]

  • 12 September 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Raytheon UK has taken its first order for a pre-production MiniGAS, the latest in GPS Anti-Jam technology, designed and manufactured by the company in the U.K. This contract, awarded by an undisclosed customer, requires Raytheon UK to produce demonstrator units for customer evaluation. MiniGAS is the latest in Raytheon’s GPS Anti-Jam family of products, and […]

  • 28 October 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reached an agreement in principle on an order for the first production batch of four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft. The aircraft will operate from both the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers and RAF land bases. It is expected that a […]

  • 5 January 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The UK government is setting aside £30 milion for the development of a laser weapon prototype that is to be developed under the Laser Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) capability demonstrator. After several months of preparations, the UK Ministry of Defense on Wednesday officially awarded the contract to an industry consortium named UK Dragonfire. UK Dragonfire’s goal will be […]

  • 4 September 2017

    As the UK and Japan defense ministries are stepping up their cooperation in response to the unprecedented threat posed by North Korea, the Royal Navy is sending a Type 23 frigate to Japan. In December 2018, HMS Argyll is set to be sent to the region. UK troops exercising jointly with their Japanese counterparts next year […]

  • 22 October 2014

    The 32 UK-funded vehicles are on their way to Sierra Leone where they will transport staff, medicines and equipment to help defeat Ebola. 32 UK-funded pickup trucks to assist efforts to defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone have been loaded aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus during a planned stop at a British Naval Base […]

  • 11 July 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it signed a deal to purchase nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Boeing’s P-8A MPA are being purchased from the US Government via a Foreign Military Sale. According to the MoD, the cost of developing and delivering the UK’s MPA capability, […]

  • 10 February 2020
    Training & Education, Vessels

    Four F-35 Lightning jets have completed night landings in HMS Queen Elizabeth flying over UK waters on operational training, the UK Ministry of Defence said. As explained, Exercise Lightning Fury training over the North Sea is aimed at ensuring 207 Squadron achieves essential carrier flying and Landing Signals Officer (LSO) supervisory qualifications. The exercise builds […]

  • 24 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Marines 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group took part in an exercise named Revenant Shadow, sharpening their commando skills. The 550-strong Faslane-based unit performs the most important duty of any military personnel in the land – except submariners operating Britain’s nuclear deterrent: namely protecting that deterrent on the Clyde, berthed in base or at the nearby […]

  • 8 September 2013
    Authorities, Industry news

    Prime Minister David Cameron will today give his backing to a new joint government and industry vision for growth in the UK Defence sector. Securing Prosperity – a strategic vision for the UK Defence Sector will be launched this morning (Monday). The new document identifies the sector’s core strengths and sets out how government and […]

  • 2 October 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The UK Navy’s HMS Bulwark exercised with the French warship, FS Courbet, after passing through the Suez Canal on passage to the Gulf. A Task Group made up of RN and RFA vessels including HMS Northumberland, RFA Lyme Bay and RFA Wave Ruler, are on a planned annual deployment called Cougar 14. This has been […]

  • 16 January 2013
    Training & Education

    Personnel on board Portsmouth-based HMS Atherstone have put aside their minehunting skills to instead imitate pirates as part of an exercise with HMS Monmouth in the Gulf. The joint operations come as the Devonport-based frigate builds up to operational patrols policing international trade routes in the Middle East. HMS Atherstone, based in the Gulf as […]