Naval

  • NEW FRIGATES: First dancing steps

    NEW FRIGATES: First dancing steps

    27th May 2011

    Aquitaine, lead ship of the FREMM multi-mission frigate project, put to sea for the first time on 18 April, a month ahead of schedule. The 6,000-tonne frigate conducted initial sea trials off the Brittany peninsula lasting several weeks. Key among…

  • AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Bargain basement Bay

    AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Bargain basement Bay

    27th May 2011

    Australia has successfully bid for RFA Largs Bay, which was declared surplus to requirements in the UK Government’s 2010 Defence Strategic Review. The five-year old Bay class landing ship was purchased for £65 million (approximately A$100 million). The acquisition is…

  • NAVY CUTBACKS: The greatest raid recalled

    NAVY CUTBACKS: The greatest raid recalled

    27th May 2011

    Not even the timely intervention by the Royal Navy in the Libya crisis has been enough to make the government reconsider a cut in the number of fleet escorts. Despite her prominent role in emergency evacuation of nationals and subsequent…

  • RN TRAINING SHIP: Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion

    RN TRAINING SHIP: Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion

    12th May 2011

    HMS Bristol has returned to Portsmouth following a major overhaul by A&P Tyne. The Tyneside-built warship underwent a £4 million makeover to bring her up to the latest safety standards that will keep her in service for another ten years.…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Bulwark back to front

    ROYAL NAVY: Bulwark back to front

    28th April 2011

    HMS Bulwark has emerged from an 11-month upgrade and maintenance period carried out at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth. The £30 million refit took place during the ship’s first major docking period since being commissioned in April 2005. The amphibious…

  • LIBYA: UN military action

    LIBYA: UN military action

    28th April 2011

    During March and April US and British warships and submarines launched a barrage of cruise missiles against a number of air defence systems in Libya. With a mandate authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 1973 more than 100 Tomahawk land-attack…

  • FRENCH NAVY: Barracuda jigsaw

    FRENCH NAVY: Barracuda jigsaw

    28th April 2011

    Progress on the French Navy’s next generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines has achieved another production milestone with completion of the first section of the second vessel, Duguay-Trouin, at DCNS’s Cherbourg facility. The steel alloy hull section weighing 40 tonnes will…

  • ICE PATROL: Navy leases icebreaker as a stop-gap

    ICE PATROL: Navy leases icebreaker as a stop-gap

    28th April 2011

    The immediate future of the Royal Navy’s ice patrol capability has been determined with the leasing of a commercial icebreaker from Norwegian offshore specialists, GC Rieber Shipping. MV Polarbjørn (2001/4,985gt) has been acquired for an interim three-year period, during which…

  • HMS CUMBERLAND: Welcomed home for final time

    21st April 2011

    HMS Cumberland, the 16th ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Cumberland, and her crew were welcomed back to Plymouth this month by over 1,000 delighted families and friends following a successful patrol including evacuating refugees from Libya…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    ROYAL NAVY: Cost effective or bust?

    23rd March 2011

    For the first time since World War II, the Royal Navy will not be deploying a warship to the Caribbean. Critics argue that the abandonment of a long-standing overseas mission is a sure sign that defence cuts have gone too…