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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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Photos: Royal Marines Test Jet Packs for Amphibious Raids

By Royal Navy News 2019-05-07 21:57:44

The Royal Navy's amphibious assault specialists, 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM), recently brought emerging civilian technologies to their RM Tamar base in Devonport Dockyard for an innovation day. The idea was to study and think about how new tech can be brought to the battlefield. It allowed the coxswains and operators of 1AGRM’s raiding craft the opportunity to open their minds further to future developments, using augmented and virtual reality kit, as well as the chance to question how unmanned...

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UK Permanently Stations Surface Combatant in Persian Gulf

By Royal Navy News 2019-04-12 19:58:24

A new era in Royal Navy operations in the Middle East began this week with the arrival of HMS Montrose in Bahrain – ready to begin a three-year mission as the first forward-based frigate in the Royal Navy's new Bahraini base.  After a six-month, 47,000-mile journey from her home in Plymouth, the frigate sailed into the Navy’s new support facility in the Gulf kingdom, the hub of Britain’s naval operations east of Suez. From there she will conduct regular patrols...

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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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