• GERMAN NAVY: Long term investment

    GERMAN NAVY: Long term investment

    30th June 2011

    Production of the first Type 125 frigate for the German Navy got underway on 9 May with a steel-cutting ceremony at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg. The four ships of the class are to be built by a…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Antarctic patrol vessel named

    16th June 2011

    In a ceremony in Portsmouth the Royal Navy’s new Antarctic patrol vessel was officially named HMS ‘Protector’ before being formally commissioned into the Navy’s fleet on Thursday, June 23rd. The ‘Protector’ has been leased from Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping for…

  • IRAQI NAVY: Iraq’s self-sufficiency

    IRAQI NAVY: Iraq’s self-sufficiency

    1st June 2011

    An eight-year mission safeguarding two important oil platforms has come to an end for Coalition forces, with the Iraqi Navy taking over full responsibility for their security. Since the fall of the Saddam regime in 2003, the waters around the…

  • 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…