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15 octobre 2015 4 15 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems


15 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems


Unmanned technology with the potential to change the face of naval operations within a decade has successfully been demonstrated for the first time by BAE Systems in partnership with ASV at a site near Portsmouth Naval Base. The new system will allow crews to carry out vital tasks such as high speed reconnaissance and remote surveillance while keeping sailors out of harm’s way.

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24 mars 2015 2 24 /03 /mars /2015 13:50
USS Theodore Roosevelt on visit to the UK - photo Sky News

USS Theodore Roosevelt on visit to the UK - photo Sky News

24 mars 2015 Royal Navy


As images of US-UK partnership working goes they don’t come much stronger than this – the USS Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Stokes Bay near Gosport.

The 100,000 tonne ship and her escort – the destroyer Winston S Churchill – will be in Portsmouth waters until the end of the week as the carrier’s first port of call on her global deployment.

With a 4.5 acre flight deck that can launch aircraft every 30 seconds the USS Theodore Roosevelt has a crew of 5,000 sailors, many of which were keen to offer advice to Royal Navy sailors for when they join the UK’s new aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Lt Courtney Callaghan said: “I am really excited about the news that the Royal Navy will get two new aircraft carriers. There is nothing like serving on a carrier – it is a completely different environment to other ships. My top tip would be to really learn about your department, learn who is in your department and how it integrates with the others on the ship. It is a huge space to learn your way around so they need to take their time and just enjoy it.”

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
USS Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying warships - photo US Navy

USS Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying warships - photo US Navy


22 March 2015 from Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


The 100,000 tonne aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off Portsmouth on a round-the-world deployment.


The giant aircraft carrier and her escort, the destroyer Winston S Churchill, arrived on Sunday for five days on the first stop of a world wide deployment.

The visit forms part of an ongoing partnership between the US and UK on carrier operations in the run-up to the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne ships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales – entering service.

Among the 5,226 crew on board the carrier are six Royal Navy aircraft handlers who are honing their skills ahead of serving on board HMS Queen Elizabeth which is due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017.

Another crew member is on board the support ship Winston S Churchill, 27 year-old Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Lynsey Sewell is the ship’s navigating officer. The position is always filled by a UK navigator to honour the ship’s British connection.

Senior officers on board both ships will call on senior Royal Navy officers during the visit to discuss recent global operations and get an update on the UK’s carrier programme.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, said:

The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s visit shows yet again that UK/US relations are as close as ever. Ten days ago, I was the first of his counterparts to meet incoming Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

Having the Roosevelt in Portsmouth today is yet another example of the world’s broadest, deepest and most enduring defence relationship at work. I’m thrilled to be going aboard today to welcome the crew personally.

The Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:

It is excellent to see US Navy carrier steel in Portsmouth. And in barely two years we will see UK carrier steel here too.

We warmly welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group - a reflection of the close partnership between our nations and navies, and the value of credible seapower in support of our shared national interests.

Across the spectrum – from Type 45 destroyers providing area air defence for US carriers launching air strikes against ISIL, to generous US support as we regenerate our own carrier strike capability – our common bond has never been richer.

USS Theodore Roosevelt will anchor off Stokes Bay near Gosport on Sunday at 17:00 and the USS Winston S Churchill arrives at Portsmouth Naval Base at approximately 13:30. Both leave Portsmouth on March 27.

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30 janvier 2015 5 30 /01 /janvier /2015 12:50
Plans to deliver the most modern Navy in the world


30 January 2015 HM Treasury, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP and Ministry of Defence


£100m investment in Portsmouth Naval Base confirmed.


Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne today (Friday 30 January) visited Portsmouth where he set out the government’s next steps in building the most modern navy in the world.

On a visit to the home of the Royal Navy, the Chancellor announced a new national shipbuilding strategy in advance of a decision later this year on orders for the brand new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The Chancellor also announced that these multi-million pound ships will be based at the Navy bases in Portsmouth and Plymouth.

As part of the development of the national shipbuilding strategy, the Chancellor has asked to look at the potential to build a new complex warship every two years.

As well as maximising export opportunities, this will ensure the Royal Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect our nation’s interests, retaining its status as the most modern Navy in the world.

The strategy will help deliver world class ships for the Royal Navy while ensuring the best value-for-money for the taxpayer. It will also ensure that the Navy continues to have the capability it needs to protect our nation’s interests and ensure continued investment in UK warship production. It will help maintain jobs, provide new apprenticeships, and develop advanced engineering skills.

The announcement builds further on the government’s commitment to Defence and the Royal Navy. Today, the Royal Navy is being modernised with new equipment, ships and submarines; it is building two of the second largest new aircraft carriers in the world, which will operate the most sophisticated fighter aircraft ever produced.

It will receive the world leading new Type 26 frigate. Two Astute Class submarines, the most advanced nuclear submarines in the world, have already deployed on operations and the UK is working to deliver a further five of the class over the next decade. Combined with the Type 45 Destroyer and four modern tankers to support the fleet at sea, as well as the forthcoming renewal of Trident, this means the Royal Navy of today is being equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.

While on the visit to one of the world’s oldest dry docks, the Chancellor also announced almost £100 million of infrastructure development in new dock facilities at Portsmouth Naval Base to further support the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The new work will encompass berthing and jetty improvements, new power supply and distribution, and significant dredging in the approach to the harbour to enable the base to accommodate the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

The move will provide significant employment opportunities in the Portsmouth area over the next Parliament.


Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

Ensuring a better and more secure future for Britain means equipping our Royal Navy for the challenges of the 21st century. It is only because we have a long term economic plan that we able to invest in our national security. Our ambition is to deliver the most modern Navy in the world which the government believes is a national necessity. It will maintain and create jobs and deliver a more secure future for Britain.


Responding on behalf of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord said

I am delighted by the Chancellor’s announcement today. The commitment to a new national shipbuilding strategy is not just a very significant investment in the UK’s shipbuilding future. It is also a powerful statement that our nation’s global interests will be protected by a credible, world class Navy – equipped with fast-jet aircraft carriers, submarines, destroyers and frigates which will be the best and most modern in the world.

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15 décembre 2014 1 15 /12 /décembre /2014 17:49
HMS Astute (S119) photo Royal Navy

HMS Astute (S119) photo Royal Navy


15 December 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


The deal with BAE Systems ensures the sustainment of the UK’s torpedo manufacturing capability in Portsmouth for another 10 years.


The MOD has awarded a £270 million contract to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes.

The Spearfish programme supports 60 jobs in Portsmouth where the torpedo is designed and manufactured with an additional 40 new skilled engineering vacancies being recruited for to work on the programme by BAE Systems.

The company also estimates that hundreds of jobs will be sustained in the company’s supply chain.

This year the MOD has already awarded BAE Systems a £600 million contract to run Portsmouth Naval Base and a £70 million Type 45 destroyer support contract that combined sustains more than 2,000 jobs in the Portsmouth region, including skilled engineering roles.

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:

This contract award is good news for the Royal Navy, the UK and the city of Portsmouth where around 100 engineering jobs will be created or sustained.

Portsmouth continues to play a significant part in defence as illustrated by this contract award and has a bright future ahead of it thanks to recent investment such as the £600 milliion contract to run the naval base, sustaining thousands of jobs, and the upcoming £100 million of infrastructure work to prepare the city for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.

The Spearfish Upgrade includes a new warhead, a change to the fuel system to improve safety, full digitisation of the weapon and a new fibre optic guidance link to improve performance.

They are carried by the Royal Navy’s Astute, Vanguard and Trafalgar Class submarines and can target both underwater and surface threats.

Once the torpedo has been fired Spearfish homes in on its target using sonar and will be controlled by the submarine after launch via the new fibre optic link.

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23 octobre 2014 4 23 /10 /octobre /2014 11:30
photo Royal Navy

photo Royal Navy


Royal Navy


HMS Kent left Portsmouth today for a six-month deployment focusing on maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean. HMS Kent will continue the Royal Navy’s long-term presence East of Suez as she replaces HMS Northumberland currently on station. Having been through intense training the ship is ready for a challenging deployment as part of the Royal Navy’s standing commitment in the Middle East.


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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Michael Fallon appointed as Defence Secretary


15 July 2014     Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


Today, 15 July, the Prime Minister has announced the appointment of the Right Honourable Michael Fallon MP as Defence Secretary.


Previously Mr Fallon was Minister for Business and Enterprise, Minister of State for Energy and Minister for Portsmouth.


For more information see his official biography page on GOV.UK.

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