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Photos: First UK Fighters Land on New Royal Navy Carrier

By Royal Navy News 2019-10-15 14:03:44

UK F-35 Lightning fighter jets have landed on the new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, and they are now gearing up for a vital testing phase on the aircraft carrier’s Westlant 19 deployment. The jets – flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots – recently touched down on the new carrier as she continues her work off the east coast of the United States. Now that they are on board, the aim is to get them ready...

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Royal Navy Tracks Russian Task Group

By Royal Navy News 2019-10-07 21:42:31

The Royal Navy has spent three days keeping close watch on warships passing UK shores as HMS Mersey monitored a Russian task group. The Portsmouth-based warship was patrolling off the Norfolk coast when she was dispatched to shadow a three-strong group of Russian vessels, headed by the frigate Yaroslav Mudryy. HMS Mersey met up with the Mudryy, plus her supporting tanker Yelnya and the seagoing tug Viktor Konetsky on Saturday as the trio entered the UK’s area of interest on...

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Photos: Royal Navy Escorts 7M Tonnes of Shipping Through Hormuz

By Royal Navy News 2019-09-30 16:34:20

Over seven million tonnes of British shipping – the equivalent of about 20 wartime convoys – have been guided safely through the Strait of Hormuz by the Royal Navy since the start of its maritime security mission in July.  HMS Montrose, her sister frigate HMS Kent and the destroyers HMS Duncan and HMS Defender have accompanied British-flagged merchant ships in and out of the Gulf amid tensions with Iran. The warships, plus their helicopters, have been used to accompany and...

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Royal Navy's Second Carrier Sets Sail for the First Time

By Royal Navy News 2019-09-20 13:22:39

The UK’s second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has sailed for the first time. Eight years after she was laid down – and two years after her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from the same site – the 65,000-tonne carrier left the basin at Rosyth Dockyard on the Forth, ready to begin sea trials. At present, the ship’s company – currently 600 strong – are focusing on a successful spell of sea trials, having prepared for months, gradually...

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Escort Duty in the Strait of Hormuz: Close Encounters, Flares Fired

By Royal Navy News 2019-09-02 15:15:38

Nearly 90 British merchant ships and nearly six million tonnes of cargo were safely shepherded through the Strait of Hormuz by the frigate HMS Montrose and the destroyer HMS Duncan during the Royal Navy's first two months responding to threats by Tehran. Montrose passed through the narrow gateway to the Gulf 38 times – each time observed by Iranian forces, with drones watching every move overhead and boats often approaching with intent. The Plymouth-based frigate, which completed the first phase of...

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On First Mission, UK Patrol Ship Tracks Russian Warship in the Channel

By Royal Navy News 2019-08-16 18:42:48

A new Royal Navy patrol ship has monitored the transit of the second Russian warship to sail through the English Channel in a week. HMS Medway followed the progress of veteran Russian cruiser Marshal Ustinov as she sailed from the North Sea, past Dover and into the Channel. The brand-new patrol ship – on her first mission – was dispatched from Portsmouth to spend 36 hours monitoring the Ustinov before handing over to the Marine Nationale as the Russian warship...

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Royal Navy Shadows Chinese Destroyer Through Strait of Dover

By Royal Navy News 2019-08-06 13:49:36

On Saturday, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster kept watch on a Chinese warship as it transited the English Channel. Fresh off a five-month patrol with NATO in the waters of northern Europe, Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster was activated to monitor the progress of the Chinese Type 052C destroyer Xian. Three weeks after her sister frigate HMS St Albans escorted the Chinese warship up the Channel and into the North Sea, Westminster did the same as the Xian returned from her participation in...

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Video: Royal Navy Tests Rocket Suit Takeoff While Under Way

By Royal Navy News 2019-07-30 13:50:19

He can’t walk on water, but ‘rocket man’ Richard Browning can hop and glide over it as he demonstrated how the Royal Navy might use such a suit. The inventor, test pilot and former Royal Marines Reservist headed into the Solent with fast patrol boat HMS Dasher and a couple of boats to test his jet-powered body suit over the water for the first time. The real-life Ironman has demonstrated the potential of his jet-powered suit to the Royal Marines, joined...

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Royal Navy Escorts Russian Destroyer Through English Channel

By Royal Navy News 2019-05-17 18:09:17

Royal Navy warship HMS Northumberland has escorted a Russian destroyer through the English Channel. The Devonport-based Type 23 frigate was activated to meet the Severomorsk, an Udaloy-class guided missile destroyer. The Russian ship passed through the English Channel on the way back to her home port after operations in the Mediterranean. HMS Northumberland is one of the Royal Navy's ships kept at high readiness to protect the integrity of UK waters. Before shadowing the Russian vessel, the ship had been honing...

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Photos: Ice Diving with the Royal Navy

By Royal Navy News 2019-05-10 18:04:07

Royal Navy divers joined their Canadian and American counterparts in frozen British Columbia to observe the dangerous art of diving under ice. A six-strong team from the Northern Diving Group based at Faslane made the 12-hour/4,400-mile trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island to learn about the skills, techniques and equipment needed to plunge into near-freezing waters – with the surface covered by a thick layer of ice. Ice diving would be a useful additional string to divers’ already-impressive bow, especially...

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