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Fishermen's Tech Helps Marines Scout Beaches 

By Royal Navy News 2019-02-13 18:57:59

Royal Marines are harnessing technology used to find fish in shallow waters to perfect beach reconnaissance for their landing craft to move in safely and put troops and their kit ashore without mishaps. They are testing the Hummingbird 10 system - the latest technology leap taken by the Corps since it held an ‘innovation day’ last year to showcase off-the-shelf tech which could improve the lot of commandos in the field under the RN’s DARE initiative. It's already resulted in...

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Workers Find Remains of First Sailor to Circumnavigate Australia

By Royal Navy News 2019-01-25 18:17:52

Workers building the new London-Birmingham high-speed railway line have unearthed the grave of the Royal Navy sailor who gave Australia its name. For 180 years the last resting place of explorer and navigator Captain Matthew Flinders has been lost among 40,000 other bodies in graves near Euston station. But archaeologists excavating St James’ burial ground to pave the way for the new HS2 terminus have identified the officer’s grave out of the thousands at the site. The lead depositum plate – breast...

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Royal Navy Delivers for Antarctic Ice Research Effort

By Royal Navy News 2019-01-14 19:07:23

The Royal Navy survey ship HMS Protector smashed through nearly 300 miles of Antarctic ice to help scientists begin a five-year mission to understand how West Antarctica is contributing to global sea-level rise. Working together with British Antarctic Survey’s vessel RRS Ernest Shackleton, the ice-strengthened vessel crunched her way to a remote Antarctic ice shelf to support a team of around 100 scientists who seek to understand a glacier the size of Great Britain. The gigantic Thwaites Glacier is melting...

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F-35 Fighter Comes Alive for the Royal Navy

By Royal Navy News 2019-01-11 13:42:59

Royal Navy aviators can now fly the world’s most advanced fighter on front-line missions. In front of a new hangar built to house the stealth fighters at their home on land – RAF Marham in Norfolk – UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the fifth-generation jet is now operational and ready to take its place in the nation’s aerial order of battle. Nine F-35s are on UK soil at present, flying with the 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron. It is a Royal Air Force formation, but...

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HMS Montrose Aids the Fight Against Ocean Plastic

By Royal Navy News 2019-01-03 20:17:47

For two days in December, the Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose aided the fight against ocean plastics by recording litter levels on the beaches of four Pacific islands - including Pitcairn, the final resting place of the HMS Bounty. The Pitcairn Islands – Pitcairn, Dulcie, Oneo and Henderson – are British Overseas Territories, and they are protected against illegal fishing and pollution. However, Pacific currents dump masses of plastic debris on their shorelines – especially on Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...

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Air-Defense Destroyer HMS Dragon Seizes $100M in Hashish

By Royal Navy News 2018-12-24 08:10:58

The Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon has seized and destroyed ten tonnes of hash worth nearly $100 million in a record-breaking drug bust in the Persian Gulf. In a productive 48-hour window, the Type 45 destroyer intercepted two dhows carrying a haul of illicit drugs on the notorious drug smuggling route known as the "Hash Highway." It marks the biggest seizure of illegal narcotics ever recorded in the history of the Combined Maritime Forces, the multinational organization in charge of policing this...

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Royal Navy Joins USNS Comfort's Relief Mission in Colombia

By Royal Navy News 2018-12-07 10:44:44

A team of Royal Navy medics have joined the U.S Navy's hospital ship deployment to provide health care relief in nations affected by the Venezuelan migrant crisis.  Three medics – Lieutenant Commander Mark Beswick, Chief Petty Officer (Naval Nurse) Stephen Brazier and Medical Assistant Chelsea Smith – are working side-by-side with the hundreds of American personnel embarked on the huge hospital ship USNS Comfort throughout Enduring Promise 18. It is the second time this year that British...

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Royal Navy's First New Carrier Visits New York City

By Royal Navy News 2018-10-19 14:58:33

Britain's biggest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth made waves Friday in the Big Apple, beginning a historic week-long visit to New York. The Elizabeth dropped anchor within sight of the Statue of Liberty and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan to begin seven days in New York’s Upper Bay – in full view of Ellis and Liberty Island tourists and thousands of commuters on the Staten Island ferry. The visit – on the back of three weeks of intensive trials with the new F-35 Lightning jet...

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After Eight Years, Royal Navy Welcomes Back Carrier-Based Jets

By Royal Navy News 2018-09-28 16:32:39

Fast fighter jets are once again flying from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier as the first F-35s have landed on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were the first pilots to make history by landing their F-35 Lightning stealth jets on the flight deck of Britain's newest carrier. Shortly afterwards, Commander Gray became the first pilot to take off using the ship's ski ramp. The flying operations mark...

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Royal Navy Tracks Russian Warships as Med Buildup Continues

By Royal Navy News 2018-09-03 18:55:54

As the Russian Navy prepared for a mass exercise in the eastern Mediterranean, the Royal Navy warship HMS Hurworth shadowed two Russian vessels through the English Channel in less than a week. The Portsmouth-based minehunter monitored the Russian intelligence-gathering ship Yuri Ivanov as it passed through the UK area of interest. HMS Hurworth conducted the task only days after shadowing another Russian warship, the frigate Admiral Makarov, as it deployed through the English Channel to the Mediterranean.

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