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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Royal Navy News

Queen Elizabeth Welcomes UK’s New Aircraft Carrier

Her Majesty The Queen at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Royal Navy)

The U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet this morning by Her Majesty The Queen. Serving as the ship's Lady Sponsor, The Queen addressed guests before the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, and read the commissioning warrant at a ceremony in Portsmouth Naval Base. The ceremony, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson and military chiefs, marked the first time the Queen has visited the new warship since the formal naming ceremony in Rosyth in July 2014.

Royal Navy Submarine Incident Kills Two

Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless (S88) SHOWN in the arctic ice. Tireless is taking part in ICEX-07 with the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) and the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS). U.S. Navy photo by Lt. The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless, participating in the Joint U.S. Navy/Royal Navy Ice Exercise 2007 (ICEX-2007) in the Arctic Ocean, experienced an explosion of a self contained oxygen generation candle that killed two crew members and injured one. The explosion occurred on March 21. The injured member of the crew has been transported by an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 to Anchorage for treatment. ICEX-2007 and Royal Navy officials have confirmed that the Tireless is safe and operational and that a full assessment is being conducted.

OSI to Integrate Software for UK Royal Navy

U.K. Royal Navy photo

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract to integrate its flagship software, ECPINS-W Sub, into the U.K. Royal Navy’s T45 Destroyer Integrated Bridge System (IBS). Under the terms of this contract, OSI will provide software engineering activity to fully integrate ECPINS into the existing IBS system architecture. OSI supplies the Royal Navy with its advanced NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564 certified ECPINS-W Sub software across all operational ships, submarines, shore headquarters, and training establishments.

UK Warships in Multinational Gulf of Oman Exercises

HMS Westminster in background: Photo credit MOD

Two British warships joined those from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - including an old Royal Navy favourite - for the war games in the Gulf of Oman. In the seemingly ever-present haze of the Gulf region, a Trafalgar Class submarine (T-boat) and an approximate American counterpart, USS Pittsburgh, led a seven-strong naval task group as the exercise drew to a close. Exercise Arabian Shark 2012 is the latest in a regular series of anti-submarine exercises held in the Middle East region for the past decade.

Former Seafarer Encourages Surrey Youngsters

 Royal Navy Veteran Roy Ticehurst with pupils from Woodmansterne Primary School Helen Marshall, James Stephenson, Azura Stones and Dylan Brown, all aged 11

A Royal Navy Veteran visited a Surrey school to encourage youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, ahead of World Maritime Day on Thursday 27th September. Roy Ticehurst is a resident at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society; a Surrey based nursing home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants. The visit to Woodmansterne Primary School will raise awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in our society among the younger generation…

BAE Systems: 5-Year Royal Navy Contract

BAE Systems won a five year contract to provide information services vital to the successful operation of the entire surface fleet for the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary in Portsmouth. The Configuration Accounting Service involves the management of a huge central information system, known as the Surface Ship Definition Database, which contains over five million records relating to Royal Navy ships. The company’s engineers work to ensure all data, including technical documents, design change guidance and spares lists for each ship, are accurate, up to date and easily accessible. Crucially, this information is required to coordinate all maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the fleet effectively.

UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced. The 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long Artful left BAE Systems’ construction yard at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria several days ago before sailing to her new home at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde. HMNB Clyde will become a home for the Royal Navy’s submarines and associated support by 2020, creating a submarine centre of specialization.

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.

BAE Systems to Build OPVs for UK Navy

BAE Systems OPV

BAE Systems has been awarded a £348 million contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defense to construct three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy. The new 90-meter vessels will be built at BAE Systems’ facilities in Glasgow and will provide additional capability for the Royal Navy. Based on a proven design, the ships will be used to support counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the waters around the U.K. and will protect other U.K. interests abroad.

UK’s Royal Navy Launches HMS Dragon

The Royal Navy’s latest addition to the Type 45 destroyer fleet, to be called HMS Dragon, pulled into the Clyde from BVT’s shipyard at Govan on Nov. 17, 2008. As well as providing air defense over a wide area, including for the future aircraft carriers, the Type 45s will be able to conduct a variety of operations. They will be able to carry up to sixty Royal Marines Commandos and their equipment and operate a Chinook sized helicopter from the flight deck. “I am delighted to be here today to witness the launch of our latest destroyer Dragon.

Eighth and Final Royal Navy Frigate Upgraded with Sonar 2087

Photo: Thales U.K.

Following an extensive refit, HMS Portland has become the final Royal Navy Type 23 frigate to be fitted with Thales U.K.’s Sonar 2087, a towed array sonar system that enables warships to hunt submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range from which they can launch an attack. Portland has now returned to service, with a rededication ceremony on March 21. The 12-month multi-million pound refit in Rosyth Royal Dockyard of Portland’s sensors, weapons and systems…

British MoD Denies Report of Royal Navy Ship Reductions

The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) refuted a report that the Royal Navy would reduce the number of ships due to budget pressure. The Sunday Telegraph reported earlier in the day that the MoD has drawn up secret proposals to slash the number of ships in the Royal Navy. The MoD has produced a plan to decommission five warships starting next April, which would reduce the Navy's capability to the level where it could carry out only one small-scale operation, said the report, citing an email from a whistle blowing official inside the department. The official gave details of a disagreement over the allocation of money to the MoD over the next three years, said the report.

Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman Win UK Navy Contract

Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman Win UK Navy Contract Aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce Plc and U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman have been awarded a $121.7 million contract to supply gas turbine packages for the UK's Royal Navy. The contract, awarded by British defense group BAE Systems Plc, will see the two companies supply 12 WR-21 marine gas turbine packages for the first six ships of a new fleet of Royal Navy defense destroyers.

Dragon (Type 45 Destroyer) Comes Home

Dragon, the fourth Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has set sail from the Clyde for the final time this week. Dragon set off from the company’s Scotstoun yard this morning, with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew, as she embarked on the journey to her new home port of Portsmouth. The vessel will be formally handed over to the Royal Navy at a ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. Despite the early start, around 100 employees came to watch as the ship they have worked on since in December 2005 made its final journey down the Clyde.

Royal Navy of Oman: New Ship Launched

The last of three corvettes under construction by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) was formally named in a launching ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base today. Employees and guests, including senior representatives from the RNO and UK Royal Navy, gathered at the naval base to watch Lt General Hassan Mohsin Al Sharaiqi, Inspector General of the Police and Customs of the Sultanate of Oman, formally name the RNO’s newest vessel, Al Rasikh. Mick Ord, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division…

New British Warship Enters Service Early

HMS Duncan: Photo courtesy of MOD

HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer, has entered into service from BAE four months ahead of schedule. The 7,500 tonne vessel will now embark on a program of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment. HMS Duncan is the final Type 45 to enter service with the Royal Navy. Her handover to the Fleet marks the end of a 13-year build programme with BAE Systems to deliver the six ships – Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.

Scottish Jobs Boosted by £348-M OPV Shipbuilding Contract

River-class PB's: Photo MOD

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow, informs the UK Ministry of Defence. Featuring a redesigned flight deck to operate the latest Merlin helicopters as well as increased storage and accommodation facilities, the OPVs build on the proven capability of the Royal Navy’s current River-Class vessels. "UK warships are only built in UK shipyards.

Offshore Systems Meets Milestone in Warship-AIS Program

With the installation of Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) on HMS Illustrious, the current Fleet Flag Ship of the Royal Navy, Offshore Systems Ltd. meets a major milestone of the first major platform fit of this capability. W-AIS provides the Royal Navy with exciting new capabilities that enhance situational awareness for bridge teams through the overlay of AIS contact data onto Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System (WECDIS), whilst providing the military user with a broad source of information and tools that help to extract military advantage from any AIS message including a comprehensive Recognized Maritime Picture. HMS Illustrious is the twelfth Royal Navy platform to receive this capability.

UK's Latest Submarine Arrives Homeport For Sea Trials

Submarine 'Ambush': Photo credit MOD

'Ambush', second of the Royal Navy's, new Astute Class attack submarines, sails into Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde today to begin sea trials. The 7,400-tonne submarine sailed from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where she was built, to HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland. The seven Astute-class boats planned for the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea. They feature the latest nuclear-powered technology, which means they never need to be refuelled and can circumnavigate the world submerged…

VT Group Signs $600m Oman Ship Contract

VT Group (VT), the Support Services and Shipbuilding Company, has signed a contract with the Government of Oman to supply three Ocean Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. Work will start immediately on the programme with the first of the ships, which are approximately 100 metres in length, scheduled for hand-over in early 2010 and the subsequent ships at six-month intervals. The programme is valued at around £400 million over a five-year period, including initial support. VT Group Chief Executive Paul Lester commented: “This is a major export success for the UK and maintains the long and successful relationship we have had with the Royal Navy of Oman over the past 25 years. These ships will be the most advanced of their type in the world when they are completed.

UK Submarines to Get Northrop Grumman PMS

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected to supply the Platform Management System (PMS) for the Royal Navy's fifth Astute-class submarine, Anson. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will supply the PMS for Astute Boat 5 under a performance partnering arrangement (PPA) with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarine. BAE Systems will install the PMS equipment, which controls and monitors the submarine's platform machinery and onboard systems, at its shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, U.K. The contract also includes software, safety case, equipment and obsolescence management. The Astute-class is the Royal Navy's latest series of nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarines. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit previously supplied the PMS for Astute Boat 4, Audacious.

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 Abdulhameed Al Sinani…

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, the other three vessels being HMS Ursula, HMS Unicorn and HMS Upholder. All four submarines have been mothballed since the mid-nineties following the UK Government's decision to pursue an all-nuclear Submarine policy.

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