Naval

  • 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…

  • FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    23rd March 2011

    The deployment of FNS Pohjanmaa, to take part in EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta, sets a new precedent for the Finnish Navy. Although Finland has provided staff in Force Headquarters and Operational Headquarters in Northwood for the Somalia operation, it is the…

  • RAN: More care and attention

    RAN: More care and attention

    23rd March 2011

    The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new amphibious ships was launched with a bottle of Canberra regional sparkling wine at Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in northern Spain on 17 February. The future HMAS Canberra will be…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    23rd March 2011

    The UK MoD has invited tenders for the decommissioned Type 42 destroyers Exeter, Nottingham and Southampton via its Disposal Services Agency auction website. This follows the successful sale of the former HMS Invincible by the same method in January. The…

  • 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…

  • GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    23rd March 2011

    Canada has been revealed as another potential market for BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship (GCS). Dubbed the Type 26 in the UK, the frigate-sized ship is also being pitched to Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, New Zealand and Turkey. In common with…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    10th March 2011

    Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s new Astute class submarines, was officially named in Barrow-in-Furness on 16 December 2010, although a technical fault with the lifting equipment prevented her being rolled out from the Devonshire Dock Hall for the…

  • DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    10th March 2011

    The UK MoD’s Disposal Services Authority has offered ex-HMS Invincible for sale by tender on its website. The aircraft carrier is listed as sound for towing but not in running condition, and will almost certainly be scrapped, with the MoD…

  • US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    10th March 2011

    The US Navy has capitalised on lower than expected tenders for a major contract to design and build up to 55 warships. Instead of an original intention to order a batch of ten Littoral Combat Ships of the winning design…