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RFA Mounts Bay Returns for Atlantic Hurricane Season

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-28 09:29:25

RFA Mounts Bay is returning to the Caribbean islands she helped restore last autumn. With the 2018 hurricane season now upon us, the amphibious support ship is revisiting British territories in the region to help them prepare for this year’s storms. The 2017 storm season was among the worst in recent memory, with a succession of hurricanes battering the region. It prompted a major relief effort by the UK military (Operation Ruman) to assist the British citizens most affected: those in Turks and...

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HMS Albion Honors War Dead in Rare Far East Visit

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-27 17:59:33

In a recent port call in Busan, sailors and Royal Marines from Britain’s flagship paid tribute to their countrymen who saved South Korea from Communist rule nearly 70 years ago. Almost the entire ship’s company of HMS Albion paid their respects to the 900 Britons who made the ultimate sacrifice and rest at peace in the free soil of South Korea. Around 2,300 servicemen from 11 countries are commemorated at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan – the only...

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Royal Navy Shadows Russian Warships in English Channel

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-26 17:44:57

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose recently shadowed two Russian warships in the approaches to the English Channel after they ventured out of the Baltic. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed up the Channel to meet with corvettes RFS Boikiy and Stoikiy as the Russian vessels left their base in the Baltic and entered the North Sea. HMS Montrose worked alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to track the two vessels as they maneuvered in some of the most congested waters in...

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Video: Divers Detonate WWII Mines Off Estonia

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-22 15:02:14

This is the end of 550 pounds of TNT – safely detonated off the coast of Estonia by Royal Navy divers as they tackled the aftermath of "Russia’s Dunkirk." A dozen-strong team of divers and mine warfare experts traveled to the Baltic to join like-minded experts from 15 nations in dealing with unexploded bombs, mines, and torpedoes littering the waters off Estonia. Unexploded mine on the seabed off Estonia (RN) In both world wars,...

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Royal Navy Supports Record-Setting Ocean Swim

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-20 10:13:18

Fitness guru Ross Edgley enjoyed a brief rest aboard Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Charger on the 20th day of an epic swimming challeng set by the Royal Marines. The patrol ship HMS Charger and her sister ship Biter met Ross off the Devon fishing port of Brixham, one fifth of the way into his Great British Swim around the entire mainland of Britain. Ross left Margate on June 1, spending six hours at a time in the water before...

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Royal Navy Returns to Minesweeping with Autonomous Boat

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-08 21:00:00

Minesweeping is back with a bang in the Royal Navy as it tests its first autonomous system to deal with 21st-century mines. Motor boat Hussar can be sent off on missions, using a series of small, hi-tech boats trailed behind it to detonate the latest underwater explosive devices – potentially clearing minefields en masse. The Royal Navy last conducted real-world sweeps off Iraq in 2003 using remote-controlled boats, while HMS Ledbury conducted the final run out of traditional sweeping gear off...

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Royal Navy Prepares for Royal Wedding

By Royal Navy News 2018-05-18 12:49:00

Sailors from the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines have been training at the UK Maritime Warfare School for their duties at the much-anticipated wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle this Saturday.  Royal Navy sailors from the Fleet’s Small Ships and Diving Units and 30 Commando IX Group Royal Marines from Plymouth will join the Armed Forces’ ceremonial contribution to the Royal wedding. 24 ratings and one officer from the Royal Navy and the same sized...

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Royal Navy Recognizes 14 Sailors for Bravery

By Royal Navy News 2018-05-11 17:50:00

A rookie rescuer who plucked the a sailor from raging seas, an intelligence expert behind a $12 million drug bust and a diver who saved a shipmate from being gassed in a partly-flooded compartment are being decorated for their skill and bravery. The trio are among 14 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines to be recognised in the latest Operational Honours, which acknowledges bravery and commitment by the men and women of the UK Armed Forces on the front line. A daring...

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Submarine HMS Trenchant Calls at the North Pole

By Royal Navy News 2018-04-20 20:23:00

Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant has broken through the ice of the North Pole with two U.S. Navy submarines to bring Ice Exercise 2018 to an end. A few weeks after punching through the ice off Alaska, the hunter-killer submarine emerged at the top of the world some 2,750 miles from her home base of Plymouth, UK. Trenchant joined the USS Connecticut and USS Hartford for the ICEX 2018 drills, co-ordinated by the US Navy’s Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and broke through the ice...

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Royal Navy Opens Base in Bahrain

By Royal Navy News 2018-04-06 19:14:00

On Friday, the Royal Navy formally opened its new naval support facility in a ceremony at Mina Salman port in Bahrain. The facility will play a central role in the UK’s ability to operate in the region, and it will be the hub of the Royal Navy’s operations in the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. “Our armed forces are the face of Global Britain and our presence in Bahrain will play a vital role in keeping Britain safe as well...

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