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Submarine 'HMS Ambush' Commissioned

HMS Ambush on Trials: Photo credit Royal Navy

The Royal Navy's latest, most advanced attack submarine commissioned into the Royal Navy at HM Naval Base Clyde. Ambush was commissioned into the Royal Navy during a ceremony overseen by the submarine’s crew, naval base workers and around 500 invited guests. Among the dignitaries attending the event was the First Sea Lord , Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, and the vessel’s sponsor, Lady Anne Soar, who were joined by representatives from the City of Derby , to which the submarine is affiliated. Also in attendance were proud family members and loved ones of the crew. Admiral Stanhope said: "It is my great pleasure to welcome HMS Ambush into the Royal Navy fleet during this important and noteworthy occasion. HMS Ambush is the second of the Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarines. These vessels represent the cutting-edge of military technology and the future of UK submarine operations for many years to come. The Astute Class vessels will contribute significantly to our mission of protecting the UK’s interests worldwide." Launched on 5 January 2011 at the BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, Ambush arrived at her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde on 19 September 2012. Since then, the submarine has undergone extensive sea trials to ensure she is ready to become part of the fleet, with the White Ensign being raised for the first time on 18 January after the signing of the ‘certificate of acceptance’.


Bridge Layout Approved for Oman Navy Newbuilds

Rear Admiral Abdullah Khamis Al Raisi and Ben Wardle signing Bridge Mock-up Review and Approval Certificates (Photo: Austal)

The bridge layout for two 72-meter high speed support vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman has been formally approved during a ceremony held at Austal Australia’s shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, the shipbuilder announced.   Rear Admiral Abdullah Khamis Al Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, was guest of honor in celebrating the milestone. He was joined by Commodore Khalifa Hamed Al Qasmi and the onsite Royal Navy of Oman Representatives (RNOR); Captain


UK Hopes Navy Deal To Save Navy Jobs

The U.K. Ministry of Defense hopes a new contract with naval shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft would save 450 workers from the company's planned 650 job cuts announced in December. Vosper Thornycroft is building three offshore patrol vessels at its Southampton, southern England, shipyard for the Royal Navy. The vessels will replace existing ships involved with protecting fishing regulations. "Construction of the vessels is expected to safeguard around 450 jobs at Vosper Thornycroft's


Submarine Returns To Birkenhead Yard

Cammell Laird, the international marine services company, has been awarded a contract from BAe Systems to support the important maintenance of former Royal Navy submarine, HMS Unseen, for the Royal Canadian Navy. HMS Unseen is an SSK Upholder diesel-powered conventional submarine built at Birkenhead for the Royal Navy and is one of four conventional submarines that are to be transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy over the next few years


BAE Get £1.2 billion UK Submarine Contract

HMS Ambush: Photo credit MOD

The Ministry of Defence awards the contract for 'Audacious', the latest Astute Class attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy. Audacious is the fourth of 7 Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically-advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and offer a step-change in capability. The contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and represents a significant step forward in the Astute


Construction Begins on UK’s Next Warship

HMS Medway (Image: BAE Systems)

Construction of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second new Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has begun, marked by a ceremony led by Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon, at BAE Systems in Glasgow.   The Secretary of State formally started construction of HMS Medway, the second of three River Class Batch 2 vessels, by operating the plasma steel-cutting machine at a June 8 event attended by representatives from the Royal Navy, the local community and BAE Systems employees.  


ALSTOM Wins $102M Navy Deal

ALSTOM has won a second order of around $102 million to supply an integrated electric power and propulsion system for the Royal Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Type 45 Destroyers. Following on from the first contract in April 2001 for batch one, this order is for batch two vessels and was awarded by BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer Prime Contract Office. The order for the integrated electric power and propulsion system also includes the supply of major items of equipment including: 21 MWe


UK Tugboat in Trouble: Crew Taken Off

Eight crew members have been taken off a flooding tug boat a mile off Hope’s Nose, Torbay, on the south-west coast of England. The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the tugboat began taking water after it collided with the vessel on tow. Nearby Brixham Coastguard has been coordinating the rescue operation after the collision in the dark on Sunday evening. The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat and the Exmouth all-weather lifeboat were sent to the scene


MARINS Chosen for U.K.’s New Aircraft Carriers

iXBlue has been selected to provide inertial navigation systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the U.K. Royal Navy. The bridge system for each of the carriers will incorporate two iXBlue MARINS units. Trials have already been conducted to optimise the configuration of the units to meet the specific operational requirements of the vessels.


Offshore Patrol Vessel Contracts to Ease UK Shipbuilding Hiatus

RN River-class patrol boats: Photo credit MOD

The 3 new ships will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde in a deal that will sustain jobs in the UK’s warship-building industry, and will play a key role in counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations, according to a UK MOD announcement. The agreement with BAE Systems provides work for the company between the completion of the Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carriers and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship


New Vessel Traffic Management System for Portsmouth

Image courtesy of BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a £5.5 million contract to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbor and the Eastern Solent.    The contract is the latest development in the partnering


Thailand Buying 3 Chinese Subs

Image: U.S. Navy

 Thailand plans to buy three Chinese-made submarines for the Royal Thai Navy at a cost of 355 million dollars each.    Three Chinese-made submarines worth 355 million dollars each may be purchased by Thailand for its Royal Navy, the newspaper Bangkok Post reported today (Friday)


HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life

Philip Dunne powers up HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program.    Firing up the diesel generators for the first time in Rosyth was Philip Dunne


UK Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship Gets a New Coating

On December 2, 2013, HMS Protector conducted a base inspection on the Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base. The base was renamed Faraday Station in August 1977 in honor of British scientist Michael Faraday until Ukraine took over the operation of the base in February 1996. (Photo: UK Defense)

U.K. Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector is deployed on operations for 330 days a year, mostly in the Antarctic region, making it essential that her underwater hull is protected against the harsh icy conditions she faces.   At the end of May


ST Marine Celebrates Naming of Vessels

RNOV Shinas (Photo courtesy of ST Marine)

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Naming Ceremony today for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas, and the interim delivery for the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).


SENER Inaugurates Manchester Office

From left to right: Fernando Sánchez, Ian Stewart and Rafael de Góngora (Photo: SENER)

The engineering and technology group SENER has celebrated the inauguration of its facilities in Manchester, the group’s base for engineering and construction in the United Kingdom, which have been fully operational since 2014.  


New Storage Facility in Portland, UK

Aerial Photo of Portland Port Picture by Portland Port

  A unique storage facility adjacent to one of the busiest shipping trade routes in the world is soon to become available. Since 2001, Portland Port located on the south coast of the UK has leased its bunker storage, pipeline and berth facility to Aegean Marine Petroleum Network


Marsh to Take Over as Lloyd’s Register CEO

Alastair Marsh (Photo: LR)

Alastair Marsh, current CFO at the Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd. (LR), has been appointed as the successor to CEO Richard Sadler who has decided to step down at the end of 2015.   Sadler will pass the CEO role to Marsh on October 1


HMAS Anzac Visits Portsmouth, UK

Australian Navy frigate visit

  The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Portsmouth, England, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.   Anzac departed Sydney in March 2015, and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal


Saudi-Indian Naval Ties Renewed

SG photo by Hassan Cheruppa

 Reviving glorious memories of historic bonds and trade relations between Saudi Arabia and India that date back to the time of Prophet Muhammad  and beyond, an Indian sailing ship docked at Jeddah Islamic Port, reports Saudi Gazette.  


EU Naval Force Mediterranean Mission Should Be Multi-Agency

File photo

The EU Naval Force mission in the Mediterranean will need to be multi-agency in outlook if it is to succeed.   Strong liaison across different agencies, including the commercial shipping sector will need to be a central element in the EU’s plans to act against human traffickers in


Oz, NZ ships Seize $700 mi in Narcotics

Courtesy Australian Defence

  Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region during the past six weeks have seized almost a tonne of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $711 million.   Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate


China to Use Civilian Ships for Military

Photo: China Shipping Line

 The Chinese government has approved a set of technical guidelines that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency, the China Classification Society has revealed, reports Reuters.  


Vancouver Shipyard Starts Building First NSPS Vessel

Kyle Washington – Seaspan Executive Chairman, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, John Weston – MP West VancouverSunshine CoastSea to Sky, Minister Finley – Public Works & Government Services Canada

  The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country


Portsmouth Naval Base Harnesses Sun Power

Ken Hobbs, Head of Energy Solutions and Services at BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth Naval Base (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has completed a large scale installation of solar panels at Portsmouth Naval Base to increase energy efficiency and generate savings. In total, almost 2,000 solar panels comprising the latest photovoltaic technology have been installed on two key Portsmouth Naval Base buildings






 
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