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21 janvier 2016 4 21 /01 /janvier /2016 17:50
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visiting HMNB Clyde.  Photo UK MoD

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visiting HMNB Clyde. Photo UK MoD


21 January 2016 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


Defence Secretary has visited the home of the Royal Navy’s submarine service to make clear the Government’s commitment to the nuclear deterrent.


Michael Fallon met submariners today (Thursday) and visited the Vanguard class submarine HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, at Faslane near Glasgow.

Vigilant is one of the four 16,000-tonne vessels which patrol the oceans and make up the UK’s independent strategic nuclear deterrent, which the Royal Navy has operated for more than 40 years.

Mr Fallon was briefed on the submarine’s operations by Vigilant’s commanding officer, Commander Dan Martyn, who guided him through the boat’s control room, missile compartment and missile control centre.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

Around the clock nuclear deterrent is as crucial to Britain’s defence now as it has ever been. It is the ultimate guarantee of the nation’s security.

We use our nuclear deterrent every day to deter a nuclear attack, nuclear blackmail and extreme threats that cannot be countered by any other means.

The Defence Secretary also had a chance to take in some of the infrastructure and world-class training facilities at the base.

Rear Admiral John Weale, Rear Admiral Submarines, said:

As a highly professional Service, the Royal Navy is entrusted with safely delivering continuous at sea deterrence. Since 1969 we have ensured at least one submarine was deployed at all times, as the nation’s ultimate security insurance policy.

We are now witnessing a resurgence in the Submarine Service; new submarines and driven personnel. Within the next four years all the UK’s submarines will be based in Scotland. This will lead to the creation of 1,400 new jobs taking the total number employed at HM Naval Base Clyde to 8,200 by 2022.

Commander Dan Martyn, Captain of HMS Vigilant, said:

The men and women of the Vanguard class submarines fully understand their role and responsibility in ultimately protecting the people of the United Kingdom.

The Submarine Service’s absolute professionalism ensures that the country’s nuclear deterrent provides safety and security for us all every hour of every day.

Vanguard Submarine infographic Photo UK MoD

Vanguard Submarine infographic Photo UK MoD

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16 décembre 2015 3 16 /12 /décembre /2015 11:30
Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender with French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. photo UK MoD

Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender with French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. photo UK MoD


16 December 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


The Royal Navy warship HMS Defender has joined the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle ready to support operations against Daesh.


The Type 45 air defence destroyer met the aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean to strengthen the French ship’s ability to conduct air strikes against the terrorist organisation in Iraq and Syria.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

This shows once again that Britain and France stand shoulder to shoulder against this brutal terrorist organisation.

Whether British tourists on a beach in Tunisia or French citizens in Paris, both our nations have had first hand experience of the evil that Daesh is capable of and we are united in our resolve to destroy them.

HMS Defender’s state of the art radars are able provide a clear picture of an area stretching over 300 miles and will defend mulitnational ships, aircraft and land forces part of this taskforce.

The ship’s company of HMS Defender is focussed on the successful outcome of this operation and everyone has their part to play. A constant dialogue with the French Carrier and specific training means that HMS Defender is ready in all respects to protect the task group from a wide variety of threats.

HMS Defender’s Commanding Officer Stephen Higham said:

Every sailor and Royal Marine serving in HMS Defender knows this ship directly contributes to the national security of the UK.

Whether interdicting illegal arms shipments to terrorist groups, delivering world-class air command from the sea or directing and controlling aircraft conducting strikes against Daesh overland, we are resolved to do all we can to keep our country safe and protect our nation’s interests.

HMS Defender is on a nine month deployment to the Middle East and will continue to work with the French Carrier Task Group well into 2016.

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15 décembre 2015 2 15 /12 /décembre /2015 19:30
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14/12/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées


Le 9 décembre 2015, après avoir franchi le canal de Suez pour rallier l’Océan Indien, le Groupe aéronaval (GAN), articulé autour du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, a intégré la frégate britannique HMS Defender. 


Le 18 novembre 2015, le ministre de la Défense britannique a annoncé l’intégration de la frégate HMS Defender dans le GAN français au titre de la clause d’aide et d’assistance mutuelle prévu par l’article 42.7 du traité de l’Union européenne invoquée par la France. Le HMS Defender est une frégate de défense aérienne mise en service en 2013. Elle contribue à la protection du GAN grâce à ses systèmes de missiles Sea Viper et ASTER. Elle permet de renforcer la maîtrise de l’espace aéromaritime du groupe.


Cet engagement est une marque de la confiance qui existe entre la France et la Grande Bretagne traduite dans le renforcement de la coopération bilatérale initiée en 2010 avec la signature du traité de Lancaster House. Il est une étape supplémentaire vers la capacité recherchée à terme de pouvoir déployer à terme, d’un groupe aéronaval conjoint.

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9 décembre 2015 3 09 /12 /décembre /2015 08:50
HMS Bulwark's Cougar 15 Deployment

4 déc. 2015 Royal Navy

HMS Bulwark is due home on Monday 7th December after operations in the Mediterranean leading the Royal Navy's Cougar 15 deployment.

Cougar 15 consisted of exercises with the French Navy off Corsica and then Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise for a decade involving 30 nations, 60 ships and 36000 personnel.

When away from exercises and operations, the Ship has paid port visits to Gibraltar, Toulon, Palermo and Malta. High profile visits have been received from the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and high ranking NATO officials culminating with a ‘Cheer Ship’ for Her Majesty the Queen in Malta.

HMS Bulwark completed the deployment by providing security support to the Maltese Armed Forces for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

This 3 minute video captures the essence of HMS Bulwark's deployment and the Cougar 15 deployment.

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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 13:50
£1.3Bn contract awarded for latest attack submarine

Anson Infographic - credits UK MoD


19 November 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP


A £1.3 billion contract to build the latest Astute Class attack submarine for the Royal Navy has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence.


Both time and money are being saved on the building of Anson, the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute submarine. Savings of £50 million for the taxpayer have been achieved during negotiations with BAE Systems, and the agreed build time is to date the shortest ever for the Astute Class, with a current schedule some nine months ahead of that for Boat 3 (Artful).

Defence Minister Philip Dunne made the announcement as he visited the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria and viewed progress already made on the new submarine.

BAE Systems employs more than 7,600 people in its Submarines business, which includes those that work on the Astute programme, with thousands more working in the 400 suppliers across the UK submarine supply chain.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

This £1.3 billion contract marks an important step in the progress of the Astute programme. This is a key part of our £166 billion plan to ensure that our armed forces have the equipment they need to defend the UK’s interests across the seas, in the skies and on land, both at home and abroad.

This new contract for Anson not only provides significant financial savings of £50 million to the taxpayer but also secures thousands of jobs in Barrow and across the UK supply chain, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to increase defence spending each year for the rest of the decade.

Director Submarines at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Rear Admiral Mike Wareham, said:

The Astute Class provides the Royal Navy with the most technologically advanced submarines, offering much greater firepower, better communications, and more advanced stealth technology than their predecessors.

The first two of class, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, are already in service and making a vital contribution to the defence of UK’s interest, both at home and overseas. Third of class Artful is undergoing sea trials and is due to be handed over to the Royal Navy by the end of 2015.

Featuring the latest nuclear-powered technology, the Astute class can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew’s oxygen from seawater as they go.

They also have the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected in almost all circumstances despite being 50 per cent bigger than the Royal Navy’s current Trafalgar Class submarines.

HMS Artful, the third of the Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, set sail from Barrow in July.

On his visit, Mr Dunne was also able to see the progress being made on Barrow’s £300 million infrastructure upgrade programme, which is due to be completed by 2022. This will prepare the site for investment in a new fleet of four Successor Ballistic Missile submarines and the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

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18 novembre 2015 3 18 /11 /novembre /2015 14:55
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18 Novembre 2015 à 14:42 Sources : Etat-major des armées / Marine Nationale


Le 18 novembre 2015, le Groupe aéronaval (GAN) a appareillé pour la Méditerranée orientale. Il prendra part rapidement aux opérations de la Coalition contre Daech et complètera ainsi le dispositif de l’armée de l’Air déjà engagé au Levant. Le GAN permettra de multiplier par trois le potentiel miliaire des moyens français engagés au Levant contre Daech.

Au cours de son déploiement, il participera également à des manœuvres conjointes dans un cadre multinational et interalliés, ainsi qu’à des manœuvres bilatérales avec les pays de la région. Dans le golfe Arabo-Persique, le GAN assurera durant plusieurs semaines le commandement de la Task Force 50.


Cette mission du GAN est baptisée Arromanches 2.


Constitué autour du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, le groupe aéronaval a pris le nom de Task Force 473 (TF 473). La TF 473 est placée sous le commandement tactique du contre-amiral René-Jean Crignola. Le GAN sera placé successivement sous le contrôle opérationnel de commandant de la zone maritime en Méditerranée et du commandant de la composante navale de la coalition dès son entrée en Océan Indien et jusqu’à sa sortie du golfe Arabo-Persique, puis du commandant de la zone maritime de l’Océan Indien jusqu’au franchissement du canal de Suez.


Le GAN est composé :

- Du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, du groupe aérien embarqué (18 Rafale Marine, 8 Super étendard modernisés, 2 Hawkeye, 2 Dauphin et 1 Alouette III) et de l’état-major du GAN ;

- D’une frégate de défense aérienne Chevalier Paul (+ 1 Caïman Marine) ;

- D’une frégate anti sous-marine La Motte Piquet (+ Lynx) jusqu’à mi-janvier 2016 ;

- D’une frégate multimission (FREMM) Aquitaine (+ 1 Caïman Marine) à partir de mi-janvier 2016 ;

-D’un bâtiment de commandement et de ravitaillement Marne (+ Alouette III) ;

- D’une frégate anti-aérienne britannique HMS Defender (+ Lynx et Merlin) ;

- D’une frégate belge Léopold Ier (+ Alouette III) du 18 novembre 2015 au 4 janvier 2016 ;


Il pourra être renforcé par la FREMM Provence (+ 1 Caïman Marine) lors de son déploiement de longue durée, et ponctuellement de moyens américains navals et aériens.


Des bâtiments de d’autres nations alliées pourront être intégrés au GAN.


L’interopérabilité des moyens français avec ceux des Marines alliées est l’assurance pour la Coalition de pouvoir agir avec une très grande réactivité au Levant.


La présence du GAN dans le golfe Arabo-Persique augmente ainsi les opportunités de coopération avec nos partenaires régionaux. Elle est le signe concret de l’intérêt que la France porte à cette zone.

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18 novembre 2015 3 18 /11 /novembre /2015 12:50
HMS Defender - photo Royal Navy

HMS Defender - photo Royal Navy


18 November 2015  Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender will support the French carrier group


The Royal Navy warship HMS Defender will support the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when she deploys to tackle ISIL. The ship will provide air defence cover for the French carrier.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

France is firmly resolved in its determination to tackle ISIL and we need to help too.

This barbaric terrorist organisation must be destroyed and it’s right that we offer all the support we can to confront them.

We will continue our own advanced surveillance and strike missions against ISIL. They are a threat to our security in the UK, as well as to France and the rest of Europe.

We will consider any further requests for support from France under Article 42.7 of the EU Treaty following Friday’s Paris terror attacks.

HMS Defender sailed from Portsmouth last month for a nine-month deployment under the command of Commander Stephen Higham.

HMS Defender is capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity warfare.

Defender has a ship’s company of 230 and commissioned on 21 March 2013.

HMS Defender is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 Destroyers. She was launched by her sponsor, Lady Massey, on Trafalgar Day (21 October) 2009.

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6 novembre 2015 5 06 /11 /novembre /2015 08:50
Xtract®2. Photograph: TSG Associates.

Xtract®2. Photograph: TSG Associates.


5 November 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP


Stretchers that weigh just 1.5kgs are amongst some of the innovations from Northern Powerhouse companies that have been praised by the MOD.


Speaking at the Northern Defence Industries (NDI) annual conference, Defence Minister Philip Dunne highlighted the invaluable and innovative work being carried out by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) across the UK’s Defence industry.


As part of his key note speech, the Defence Minister revealed that £1.4 million has been invested this year in 7,500 Xtract®2 stretchers from Yorkshire based TSG associates. Designed by Gulf-war veteran Colin Smart and his company, the stretchers weigh just 1.5kg, compared to the weight of a standard stretcher of around 10kgs, and are capable of carrying three times the weight of an average soldier.


Xtract®2 Photo TSG Associates

Xtract®2 Photo TSG Associates

Following his speech to the NDI, Mr Dunne paid a visit to Merseyside-based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co to review progress of a £2million deal to replace the generator sets on seven Royal Navy Mine Hunters.


With the generators now in place on all seven ships James Troop will focus on training naval personnel on engine maintenance as well as providing on-going technical and spare parts support.


Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

    We recognise that the UK’s defence contractors, whatever their size, are a vital source of innovation in our supply chain, and in the last year, the MOD has done business with over 5,400 Small and Medium Enterprises, worth over £800 million.

    By harnessing this expertise, whether from a veteran with front line experience or from one of the UK shipping industry’s oldest companies, we are securing highly skilled UK jobs and ensuring our Armed Forces have the very best possible equipment available.


The MOD and the Government have recently reiterated our commitment to SMEs. We launched the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge in March this year, while also setting up Supply Chain Champions, giving companies an easier “in” to the defence industry. They have also appointed an SME champion to be a voice for innovative SMEs across the country and are encouraging Prime contractors to open up their supply chains, to help bring innovative design and technology into the defence sector.

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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 12:30
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Nov 1, 2015 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Dubai - Construction work has begun in Bahrain to build Britain's first permanent military base in the Middle East since 1971, amid security threats in the region, Bahrain's state media reported Sunday.


"The ground-breaking ceremony for the establishment of the marine facilities headquarters in the kingdom of Bahrain" was launched on Saturday, the official BNA news agency.


The ceremony was attended by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa, it said.


Hammond tweeted on Saturday that "work starts today on new @RoyalNavy base at Mina Salman #Bahrain," and said the new base "is a symbol of UK's enduring commitment to Gulf security".


The new base is part of a deal reached last year between the two countries to increase cooperation in tackling security threats in the Middle East.


Bahrain -- which is part of a US-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- is already home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.


Britain is part of the US-led coalition but takes part only in air strikes on Iraq, with its warplanes taking off from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus, where it also has a second garrison.


The new base in Bahrain "will enable Britain to send more and larger ships to reinforce stability in the Gulf," British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said last year.


Sheikh Khalid, quoted by BNA, said the construction of the new base was expected to "strengthen the partnership between the two countries and enable the forces to carry out their duties effectively".


Construction of the base will cost £ 15 million ($23 million, 19 million euros) and, according to Bahrain's Al-Wasat newspaper it should be completed next year.


Britain withdrew from bases in the Gulf in 1971, in a move that led to the independence of Bahrain and Qatar and the creation of the United Arab Emirates.


Currently Britain uses US facilites in Bahrain's Mina Salman Port.

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2 novembre 2015 1 02 /11 /novembre /2015 12:55
Napoléon - Le « grand dessein » et Trafalgar


29 Octobre 2015 - Marine Nationale


Le 21 octobre 1805, l’amiral britannique Nelson, fort de vingt-sept vaisseaux, écrase les trente-trois vaisseaux de la flotte franco-espagnole commandée par Villeneuve au large du cap Trafalgar, dans le sud de Cadix, avant de trouver la mort. Napoléon perd toute chance d’envahir l’Angleterre. Mais en réalité il y a déjà renoncé et cette défaite, aussi humiliante soit-elle, n’a plus tant d’importance stratégique. Retour sur le « grand dessein » de l’Empereur.


Lorsque la guerre reprend contre l’Angleterre au printemps 1803, Napoléon veut en finir une fois pour toute grâce à un débarquement, déjà projeté au XVIIIe siècle et en 1801. Mais s’agit-il d’un coup de bluff ? C’est ce que pensent certains historiens qui voient le camp de Boulogne comme « une machine de guerre fabriquée pour un usage continental », les frontières de l’est n’étant pas si éloignées. Pourtant Napoléon y croit certainement, en particulier de l’été 1803 à l’été 1805. L’Empereur prétend cacher son besoin impératif de concentrer sa flotte en Manche pendant quelques jours en construisant des canonnières pour que sa flottille apparaisse autosuffisante : « si j’eusse [seulement] réuni quatre mille bâtiments de transport, nul doute que l’ennemi n’eût vu que j’attendais la présence de mon escadre pour tenter le passage ».


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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 08:50
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26 Octobre 2015 Marine nationale


Du 5 au 15 octobre 2015, la France a participé à l'exercice interalliés « Joint Warrior » dont l'objectif était de renforcer l'interopérabilité entre les forces armées des Etats membres de l'OTAN. Cet entraînement interallié majeur est organisé deux fois par an, au printemps et à l’automne, au Royaume-Uni par la Royal Navy et la Royal Air Force.


Durant une dizaine de jours, plus de trente navires et près de soixante aéronefs des pays membres de l'OTAN ont participé à de grandes manœuvres militaires qui ont amené toutes les unités à agir et évoluer en un groupe aéro-maritime mobile et rapidement déployable.


La frégate multi-missions (FREMM) Aquitaine, la frégate anti-sous-marine (FASM) La Motte-Piquet, ainsi que le patrouilleur de haute mer Commandant Blaison ont participé à cet entraînement opérationnel en mer d'Ecosse.


Dans le cadre de la lutte anti-sous-marine (ASM), plusieurs aéronefs de la force aéronautique navale ont participé à Joint Warrior : un hélicoptère Caïman marine embarqué sur la FREMM Aquitaine, un hélicoptère Lynx sur la FASM La Motte-Piquet  et un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 qui a réalisé 4 missions ASM.


Les forces en présence se sont plongées dans un scénario très réaliste : plusieurs États entament une course aux armements qui risque de dégénérer en guerre ouverte. Les forces alliées ont alors pour mission de maintenir la paix dans cette zone de tensions diplomatiques et militaires et de restaurer la liberté de navigation dans des eaux territoriales menacées par des mouvements terroristes et sécessionnistes.


La capacité à mettre en œuvre des forces flexibles, rapidement déployables et interopérables est un impératif opérationnel partagé entre les alliés. Joint Warrior a pour objectif de fournir un entraînement tactique interarmées, sous de multiples menaces, dans lequel le Royaume-Uni, les unités alliées et leurs états-majors œuvrent conjointement dans la perspective de leur potentiel emploi dans le cadre d’une force expéditionnaire interalliée et interarmées (Combined Joint Expeditionary Force).

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U.K. deploys Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond to stop migrant smuggling

The U.K. Royal Navy's type 23 frigate HMS Richmond now has powers to search, detain, and seize suspected smugglers. Photo: L(Phot) Gaz Weatherston/MOD


Oct. 26, 2015 By Ryan Maass (UPI)


The U.K. Royal Navy's warship HMS Richmond has joined the EU's Mediterranean mission to crack down on migrant smuggling in the region. The vessel was awarded powers to stop and detain migrant smugglers, as reports come of armed attacks on asylum seekers traveling by sea from the Middle East to Europe.


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16 octobre 2015 5 16 /10 /octobre /2015 07:50
Commando Fliers Receive Upgraded Merlins

AgustaWestland Merlin Mk3i helicopters arrive at their news base at RNAS Yeovilton, from where they will support the Royal Marines until their intended aircraft, the Merlin Mk 4, becomes available in 2017. (RN photo)


Oct 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Royal Navy; issued Oct 14, 2015)



On a very wet day in Somerset, the first of seven next-generation Merlins which will carry Royal Marines into battle arrives at its new home.

This is Merlin iMk3 – ‘i’ for interim – better suited to supporting the green berets on amphibious operations than the ‘basic’ Mk3.

The Merlin is taking over from the venerable Sea King as the workhorse of the Commando Helicopter Force.

A big step forward from its predecessor (it’s 30 years more modern), battlefield Merlin Mk3 – which has been transferred to the Fleet Air Arm from the RAF – prefers operations over land than sea, whereas the Royal Marines operate in both environments.

The iMk3 plugs the gap between the Sea King bowing out of service at the end of March and the arrival of the ‘fully marinised’ Merlin Mk4 in late 2017, when the first of 25 fourth-generation helicopters join the force at their base in Yeovilton.

The interim model features a folding main rotor head, strengthened undercarriage and communications upgrades – but outwardly looks pretty much the same as a normal Mk3.

The Mk4 goes further – enhanced avionics suite, automatic folding main rotor head and folding tail, making it perfect for operations at sea.

For the time being, however, the iMk3, delivered by the Merlin’s constructor AgustaWestland in Yeovil, fills the Sea King’s boots quite nicely.

“Today marks another key milestone in the history of the Commando Helicopter Force.

"With more iMk3s due to arrive soon, we’ll be well on our way to delivering real capability to our primary customer – the Royal Marines,” said Lt Cdr Ben McGreal, 846 Naval Air Squadron’s Merlin Flight Commander.

“It’s also not often that you can say that you’re the first to fly a new type of aircraft in the Royal Navy, so today is a very special day.”

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15 octobre 2015 4 15 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
Carrier Strike - Royal Navy

15 oct. 2015 by Royal Navy


Rear Admiral Graham Mackay talks about the capability of the new aircraft carriers.

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Artist's impression of the Successor submarine. Image by BAE Systems

Artist's impression of the Successor submarine. Image by BAE Systems


LONDON, Oct. 12 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)


BAE Systems starts renovation of naval shipyard for future Royal Navy nuclear submarines.


Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines. British Forces News said BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in anticipation of government approval of the nuclear deterrent submarines, which will replace Vanguard-class vessels. British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed earlier this week that Britain will order four new Successor submarines. BAE Systems was given an additional Ministry of Defense contract for the final phase of design work on the ships, which will carry nuclear ballistic missiles. Renovation of the central yard complex is expected to be completed the end of 2017, the British military's news service said.

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Black Alligator 2015: Close quarter battle

13 oct. 2015 by Royal Navy


Close quarters battle footage from Exercise Black Alligator. 42 Commando train to hone their skills in a unique training environment.

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7 octobre 2015 3 07 /10 /octobre /2015 11:50
Offshore Patrol Vessel

Offshore Patrol Vessel


7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today.

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today, as the Minister of State for Defence Procurement started a computer-guided laser to cut the first piece of hull.

During a visit to BAE Systems’ Govan yard in Glasgow, Defence Minister Philip Dunne saw progress on the build of the first and second OPVs and met members of the workforce on a programme that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs.

HMS Trent is the third of three Offshore Patrol Vessels which will begin joining the fleet in 2017. Alongside HMS Forth and HMS Medway, HMS Trent will go on to take part in counter terrorism, combating piracy, halting smuggling and defending UK waters.

The vessels are being built at BAE Systems’ shipyards on the Clyde as part of a £348 million contract.

Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, said:

These new ships will provide an important capability to the Royal Navy and our Armed Forces‎. They will perform vital tasks in defending the nation’s interests around the world.

This investment forms part of over £160 billion in our 10 year Equipment Plan which is funded out of the newly protected Defence budget.

Manufacture of these ships sustains over 800 quality engineering jobs here in Scotland, ensuring that the shipyards on the Clyde continue to sit at the heart of a thriving naval shipbuilding capability. They are paving the way for work to begin on our new T26 frigates next year.

This third generation of River-class patrol ship is expected to displace approximately 1,800 tonnes, be about 90m long and 13m wide and have a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.

Director Ships Support at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, Neal Lawson, said:

HMS Trent, along with HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will provide the Royal Navy with the flexibility to operate in a wide variety of roles in UK waters and overseas. More capable than the existing River class, they will have a flight deck to take the latest Merlin helicopters, fire fighting equipment, and increased storage capacity and accommodation.

But the importance of this programme is not only that the OPVs will have the latest technology in new ships, but also that the build programme acts as a stepping stone to work on our future multi-mission warship, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Construction of the first two ships, HMS Forth and HMS Medway, is already well underway.

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6 octobre 2015 2 06 /10 /octobre /2015 16:50
Artisan 3D fitting to HMS Queen Elizabeth

6 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems


Our cutting-edge 3D radar system, capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25Km away, has been successfully installed to the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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20 septembre 2015 7 20 /09 /septembre /2015 16:50
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A submarine may be subject to enemy action, mechanical failure, accidental damage or collision that results in it being immobilised. In these circumstances the crew will need to escape or be rescued quickly. The UK, Norway and France maintain the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) to provide timely and effective rescue.

This is another Think Defence Project, greatly expanded and updated from various posts, collected on a single page.


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Royal Navy warship offered to Mediterranean anti-smuggling mission


16 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


HMS Richmond has been offered to boost the EU mission to tackle people smuggling in the Mediterranean, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The frigate is set to join HMS Enterprise in the EU mission off Libya which is close to moving to its second phase, aimed at going after the criminal gangs responsible.

Enterprise has been essential in the efforts to move the mission to its next stage. Richmond will support the operational commander in the next phase which aims to conduct operations to board and seize vessels in the southern Mediterranean.

The ship will bring added surveillance and reconnaissance – including her Scan Eagle unmanned aerial system which can cover vast areas.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

The vital work of HMS Bulwark, HMS Enterprise and our Merlin helicopters shows the UK’s commitment to tackling the refugee crisis at source.

The Royal Navy has rescued thousands of people from peril but we’ve been clear we have to tackle the gangs behind this, which is why it’s important the mission moves to the next phase.

We will not stand by and let this smuggling trade escalate; we will confront this criminal activity which risks the lives of innocent people every day.

HMS Bulwark and Royal Navy Merlin helicopters played a key part in the rescue mission earlier this summer. Thousands of people were rescued from small boats operated by the gangs between North Africa and Europe. The EU mission is part of a wider comprehensive approach to tackling the migration crisis at the source countries in the region.

HMS Richmond, which has been on operations east of Suez, will be offered at an EU force generation conference today.

While it would not be her primary role HMS Richmond would be able to support Search and Rescue operations.

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Royal Navy to build laser cannon by end of the decade

The US Navy has already deployed a drone-killing laser cannon to the Gulf Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young


15 Sep 2015 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent


The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot.


Britain will test a prototype laser cannon on its warships by the end of the decade, the head of the Navy has said. The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot. It will see Britain join the laser arms race after America has already deployed a laser to the Gulf on one of its own warships. The announcement by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord, comes after the Ministry of Defence said it was looking for defence firms to build a military laser weapon.


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Strategic responsibilities of navies


14 September 2015 Admiral Sir George Zambellas - Ministry of Defence


Speech by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas.



It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the RUSI Seapower Conference.

In the UK, a very large part of the centre of gravity of our defence and security is steadily moving toward the maritime.

After a decade of enduring land operations, we are recapitalising our maritime capabilities, brought on by fresh thinking that I think will shape many of our wider defence and security options in the years ahead.

Some of us have used the rather challenging expression of the “maritime century” and I think it wont be for us to judge whether that’s true, it will take some years, maybe decades, to discover the truth of such a comment.

But what is true is things are changing.

So you, our partners and friends from around the world, many personal friends of mine, are very welcome to be part of this process and we look forward, as ever, to working with you.

Now we might be meeting in a corner of north west Europe. Yet the trends we consider daily are global; far beyond the remit of one government or one country; they span entire oceans and continents and are rooted in many centuries of connected history.

So, just as navies pool their ships and aircraft in response to contemporary challenges, so we must also pool our ideas in order to share our future maritime journey.

And whether here today we represent navies large or small, we all recognise maritime power is more than just a tool of defence and security; it is more than a contribution to the Joint; it actually practicalises our presence, our sovereignty, and our national ambition beyond territorial boundaries, in a world that is increasingly cross connected by the sea through trade and technology, culture and conflict.

Navies, by their nature, are strategic in effect. And when governments invest in maritime forces, as they certainly are in the UK, it is a deliberate and substantial commitment, placing demands on people and skills, and industrial capacity and performance, at home and abroad, on partnership and on economics. These demands also warrant considerable investment in their own right, because they can open wide opportunity as a spur for prosperity and growth and a focus for science and technological innovation, and much of that I’ll be discussing at DSEI tomorrow. So there are strategic consequences, and opportunities, for navies too, as well strategic responsibilities.

Certainly in the UK there is a growing recognition of how the Royal Navy can play across all arms of government, be it for hard or soft power; for physical security or economic security. Indeed I sense an increasing understanding that investment in the Royal Navy itself can play into the whole of the UK prosperity agenda, underlined by the instinct of government, reflected in the Chancellor’s repeated statement that he aims “to build the most modern navy in the world”.

So while I do not intend to rehearse every twist and turn of the Royal Navy’s journey over the past couple of years, I do intend to talk about our future, because I believe this has relevance amongst our friends here today far beyond the UK shores.

And while we have much to learn from our international partners, I am conscious that the Royal Navy has the privilege of international leadership roles with NATO, with the EU Naval Force Somalia and Combined Maritime Forces in the Gulf, and indeed for very many of you through the international reach of Flag Officer Sea Training and his people. Very many of you have generously contracted your futures, through us, into the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation and we’re deeply respectful of that priviledge.

So like-minded navies around the world must work together to extend their presence and capability, and supprt the rule of law, but there is a special responsibility placed on the Royal Navy to set an example and to contribute to the frameworks which can bring us together, and we feel that acutely as a service.


Global Context

From the UK’s perspective, our security is currently viewed through the simultaneous threats from franchised ideologies such as ISIL, as well as sophisticated threats from states such as Russia.

We do not know how these threats will evolve over the coming years, or what new ones might emerge. But, looking back over the past few years, the Royal Navy has launched maritime strikes against Libya, tracked submarines in the Atlantic, removed chemical weapons from Syria, rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, responded to pandemics in West Africa, and we have searched for missing aircraft in the Southern Indian Ocean. I have chosen this specific list, because unlike our standing tasks, none of it was predicted; and all of these tasks were performed at short notice. That’s the nature of the maritime domain.

And set against this sort of continuing requirement, the Royal Navy does I think offer agility and efficiency to UK defence, because of the nature of the efficiencies we have pursued to support maritime power effectively.

We can go where we want, as soon as we want. We don’t need to ask anyone’s permission, or rely on host nation or external support, because we take everything we need with us. And we use the sea to our advantage, to distance ourselves from some of the complications that come from being fixed ashore, particularly in the concept of protection ashore.

At the same time, the government wants to grow its national economic authority, by accessing new markets and pursuing technological advantage.

The Royal Navy fits neatly into that glove. Like the other services, the Royal Navy has its areas of concentration, like the North Atlantic and the Gulf, but we maintain a selective global presence, from the Caribbean to the Antarctic.

We can be anywhere, but very truthfully, not everywhere at the same time. But wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are demonstrating UK intent and the world is watching our performance. Take the destroyer HMS Daring’s deployment to Asia-Pacific. She was doing everything from ballistic missile trials with the US in Hawaii to delivering aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. Hard and soft power globally, both together, that’s what we tend to do best.

And soon the Royal Navy will be able to draw upon a new UK naval base in Bahrain which will create a Middle East hub, giving us hub and spoke option for deployers, bringing the Indian Ocean and Pacific, with its rising maritime economics and importance, within easy reach in support of UK and multi-national objectives.


The Future

So while we are not complacent about the outcome of the ongoing SDSR, and much remains to be decided formally, the Royal Navy expects to contribute to global security and stability, independently and in coalition, to advance our national and collective responsibilities and our prosperity.

We will do so through two key strategic outputs; through deterrence and through power projection. Both of those reflect our Nation’s status and ambition.

The Royal Navy has proudly delivered the continuous at sea deterrent for the past 47 years. Government will achieve the 50th anniversary of this unbroken undertaking in June 2019, within the life of this Parliament and, through successor, we will continue to do so for many decades ahead.

But the navy is also now developing the ability to project really meaningful force through a continuous carrier capability in a form that not only delivers from sea the most capable fifth-generation strike fighter in the world, that not only combines with our amphibious ships, our aviation and our marines to give credible and continuous amphibious readiness, but also offers so much more potential as a secure platform for future unmanned capabilities, counter-terrorism and intervention options.

We will bring these capabilities together into what is characteristically known as the Maritime Task Group, but it is so much more. It will provide strategic assurance and reassurance, and the means for all three services to project power and to mount sustained operations anywhere we choose, on our own through the Joint Expeditionary Force, or through a NATO framework or in a more ad-hoc coalition.

So our sister services and joint organisations within UK defence are very much part of this journey. We will draw, indeed we must draw, on their support to deliver the Maritime Task Group in a way that it is credible and resilient, but it also has the potential to unlock new solutions for them.

It is easy to see how, for instance, the Maritime Task Group could play a fundamental role to enable theatre access for special forces and the army as part of any larger joint response, supported by appropriate shipping. And as I will outline at DSEI tomorrow, the ability to unlock the connectivity in data transfer is a key and often unseen element of the capability growth that is necessary to achieve maximum advantage of such a construct.

We will draw on our international partners too. The Task Group is international by design because it will incorporate ships and aircraft from partner nations, just as we send our ships to join French and American carrier groups in the Gulf today.

Last month, the US Marine Corps declared an F35B initial operating capability. We will draw continuously on the generous partner support of the US Navy and the French who are making great progress helping us preparing to introduce the F35B into Royal Navy and RAF service. But, as for operating the jet, the US Marine Corps will show us much of the way.

Of course, there are a few more pieces of the Maritime Task Group jigsaw to put in place, including Fleet Solid Support shipping and the future of Maritime Intra Theatre Lift. We will also work with Joint Forces Command to get the enablers of command and control, and cyber and medical, exactly right.

But these are really significant opportunities that did not exist when I stood here 2 years ago. Then, our aspirational view as we looked forward to what might be at the back end of a focus on Afghanistan and the opportunity of a defence review, would never have been quite so characterized as they are by my words today.

And the next most important and outstanding component for our future is the Type 26 frigate. This is the lynchpin that holds together the continued success of the nuclear deterrent, the future success of the Maritime Task Group, and the Royal Navy’s contribution to joint operations. Our current Type 23 frigates are recognised globally as one of the quietest and most effective submarine hunters ever brought into service. But they are ageing and if we are to maintain this level of capability, against the backdrop of a global proliferation of nuclear and conventional submarines, then the Type 26 is crucial.


Maritime security

As well as these instruments of global, expeditionary power, the Royal Navy will continue to deliver its maritime security responsibilities.

Sometimes it is the nature of conferences that conversations tend to focus on the big stuff. Domestically, the signing of the UK’s first ever National Strategy for Maritime Security in 2014 and the creation of the Portsmouth-based National Maritime Information Centre represent really important steps on a genuinely cross-Government approach to Maritime Security. Already this year the Royal Navy has supported the Border Force and UK National Crime Agency in five operations, including the largest drugs haul in UK waters ever.

We can and must do more. After a successful trial earlier this year, we are already working closely with the Department for Transport and Home Office, to create a more effective operating model of joint employment of our older Offshore Patrol Vessels with the Border Force cutters, with combined law enforcement detachments embarked. This is really important, because across government it shows we’re not just willing but enthusiastic about the connectedness required to deliver a more agile response in UK waters.

But in this globalised world, the defence of our homeland begins at range, and we are confident that most, if not all, of the Royal Navy’s capabilities are powerful contributors to the counter-terrorism fight.

Much of this can’t be discussed here. Be reassured, we’re extremely focused on today’s world and today’s threats.

I would add as a footnote, the Royal Marines already provide 42% of our badged Special Forces personnel, despite representing only 4.5% of military manpower, and all our ships, represent mobile, flexible sovereign bases from which we can project capabilities from all manner of agencies and specialist forces.

Nor should we forget the Royal Navy’s built in ISTAR capabilities, including our submarines, which wait patiently, observing pirates, people smugglers or terrorists ashore with virtual impunity. They collect and process continuous streams of data across the electromagnetic spectrum, day after day, watching and waiting.

We don’t normally talk about these things, but in the counter terrorism fight they are important contributions to our capability.


Efficiencies and responsibilities

Beyond our focus on current operations, we must understand and reflect on the changing nature of threats we face in the subsurface, surface, air, land and cyber components of the maritime domain; we then have to grow our capability to match or, better, outstrip these challenges; and we have to resource this in leadership, in imagination and creativity, money and people. That will not be easy. I think that’s one of the conversations for today. How do we get our people to think differently, to be more ambitious and agile, and to lose the complacency of the isolated maritime domain?

We in the UK have an enviable track record of efficiency, from force generation to harmony, and we will continue down this path, because we know it is always possible to use our resources better and find more effective ways of working and what that allows us to do, in the economic construct that has been delegated to me, is particularly in the years ahead to spend our money much more as we would want.

The creation of centres of excellence in our 3 naval bases has been held up within defence as a model of efficiency for others to follow. This has included the co-location of specialist units and the release of vacant land back on to the market for commercial or community use.

And as I said before, we now have the delegated authority, and a budget, and these savings can be ploughed back into the frontline. So the incentive is there, we have our own economic war to fight, and I can assure you the Royal Navy will not let this opportunity pass us by.

But manpower will remain a critical challenge, not just for the navy, but for defence, in the years ahead.

The demographics are against us and as our traditional source of recruits gradually contracts, we must increase our efforts to recruit from the widest possible pool of talent available.

And there’s the conundrum. While we are leaders in technology and innovation, we are also demanding of our people, and the leadership required to make people stay in the service is key.


Prosperity and innovation

Within this manpower challenge is a fantastic opportunity to work with industry to our mutual benefit; to bring forward the engineering skills our country needs for defence and prosperity.

That’s why the Royal Navy is working really hard with industry to exploit science, technology, and engineering in order to promote UK prosperity.

And there are elements of this which are invisible to most of you. We are particularly proud to be the only Service to sponsor 5 University Technical Colleges, with several more in the pipeline, creating an annual flow of over 1200 additional technically qualified youngsters into our catchment areas.

Why would we do that?

We do that because we expect investment in technology and the excitement of innovation to be a national responsibility beyond just that of the Royal Navy.

We certainly don’t expect every student who passes through them to join the Navy, that would be unrealistic, but we do want to play our part to inspire and guide them toward a career in technology and engineering. The Government is promoting a prosperity agenda. We need to feed a strong and important and I hope growing industrial base, with the backing of research and academia, to do so.

It is difficult to quantify, but two recent reports from CEBR and Kings College London suggest strongly, but not definitively because more data is required, that for every £1 spent on defence you get £2 back.

High-end war-fighting demands timely research and development, industrial investment and the nurturing of considered technologies. As we face the proliferation of cyber skills, never mind the expanding market in cheap ballistic missiles and mines, we cannot ramp up R&D and an industrial response at very short notice, it just doesn’t work like that, because the skills and capacity don’t exist. We do have to invest now and seriously.

So, as I will outline tomorrow at DSEI tomorrow, while other navies pursue mass, and I can understand why that is the case, we are looking also to new ideas and technology to cut costs and reduce manpower demands, and to increase capability to retain a decisive advantage over more conventional opponents.

Maritime autonomous systems will steadily offer a range of lean manned, low risk, persistent solutions beyond ISTAR and into anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, command and control mechanisms and hydrography.

Elsewhere in our complex portfolio ahead, directed-energy weapons and rail guns are being pursued with vigor, and offer the route to address the spiraling costs of missile development and production, as well as reducing supply chain demands.

This is science fact, already in development using British expertise. Indeed, the Type 26 design is not entirely what it appears to be. It is not a simple ship. It is not a like-for-like replacement. It is centered on space, weight, power and cooling options, so it can flex to absorb new ideas, and has the right substance and support to encourage those ideas over the next 30 years.

So, both as a supplier of expertise, and as a customer of the products this expertise produces, the Royal Navy aspires to be at the heart of the UK’s technology led-recovery. Just you watch us.



Let me conclude by saying the government has set clear direction in our maritime investment. If you take the basic building blocks, it appears to be relatively straight forward, but within that journey is quite a challenge. That has set a challenge for more than just the Navy, it has set a challenge for Defence.

The sovereign and strategic delivery responsibilities of a replacement continuous at sea nuclear deterrence and a new continuous carrier strike capability will, together, determine our standing as a front rank military power, and a nation.

It is not about the navy. It is about defence. It is about joined-up and connected capabilities. It is about willingness to work together.

And the delivery of these projects, 2 largest and most strategic programmes in the last 50 years, is a huge collective responsibility for the whole of UK defence, and for industry, and for research and development, and we will continue to draw upon the generous support of some of our international partners too.

But, my friends, amongst all those capabilities and all that aspiration, a very substantial part which is properly vested in considered technical and economic thought will get a Royal Navy that offers flexibility, global reach, worldwide influence, giving political choice and military options, power at sea, and perhaps more importantly power from the sea, working with all 3 services, working across government, working with industry, working to meet our international commitments, our legal responsibilities, but most of all working with friends and we really look forward to that.

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP


The Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Merlin Mk2, has achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC), on time and under budget.


The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy.

The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well as being fitted with advanced glass cockpits.

Each aircraft has improved aircrew consoles, touch-screen displays and are fitted with over 40km of new wiring. The new technology gives them the enhanced ability to detect and track targets, and to share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne:

The considerable investment the UK Government has made in these next-generation Merlin helicopters will ensure that we continue to deliver a flexible capability that meets the needs of our Armed Forces.

This programme forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11 billion in our helicopter fleet over the next 10 years as part of our £160 billion Equipment Plan to provide our people with the very best equipment and support.

Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, Director Helicopters at the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organization, said:

The Merlin Mk2 is an exceptional aircraft providing a variety of specialist warfare and general roles, and this programme has been delivered on time and under budget making it a great procurement success.

It is an important part of our overall helicopter force, and has proved itself countless times fulfilling a number of tasks including counter-piracy measures and providing humanitarian relief.


Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

The upgrade programme was carried out by Lockheed Martin, based in Havant and AgustaWestland in Yeovil, and supported around 1,000 jobs.

The helicopters roles include carrying out counter-piracy and casualty evacuation duties. They have delivered vital support to the UK effort in Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of Ebola and supported the rescuing of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters are expected to be deployed on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, as well as frigates, destroyers and support ships world-wide to help keep Britain safe.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC

HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC

source Royal Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth begins tracking aircraft as she flashes up her radar

Turning and burning’ for the first time, this is the long range radar of Britain’s flagship of tomorrow.


Rain-full skies for Artful as Navy’s newest submarine debuts in Faslane

A traditional Faslane welcome – rain, cloud – greeted the newest war machine in the Royal Navy’s arsenal.



See how Shantel took her cooking skills to the next level, exploring new cuisines and the world. The latest video in our Made in the Royal Navy series gives you a little taster of what it’s like to be a chef in the Royal Navy.



A crucial member of a close-knit and professional crew, you’ll be responsible for maintenance on your submarine’s vital systems, from air and water purification to the nuclear reactor itself. You’ll also be trained to operate engines, power-generation equipment and the nuclear reactor. When the submarine goes into action, you’ll be part of a damage-control and firefighting team. When you’re not at sea, you could be working hands-on at a fleet maintenance unit, or helping to plan maintenance schedules for the entire Submarine Service. Wherever you’re serving, you’ll be part of an elite fighting force, respected throughout the Royal Navy and beyond.

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photo Royal Navy


20/08/2015 Sources : État-major des armées


Du 16 au 19 août 2015, le bâtiment de soutien britannique de la Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay a effectué une escale technique à la base navale militaire de Fort-de-France.


Durant cette escale, l’équipage du Lyme Bayet les militaires des forces armées aux Antilles (FAA) ont échangé à la fois sur leurs capacités à planifier et délivrer un soutien aux opérations de secours ou de gestion de crise, mais également à mener des opérations de lutte contre le narcotrafic en mer des Caraïbes. Ainsi, le commandant du Lyme Bay - le capitaine de vaisseau Paul Minter - a déclaré : « Nous sommes heureux de venir en Martinique, de pouvoir ainsi renouveler les contacts avec nos homologues français et travailler de concert à l’élaboration d’entraînements communs».

A cette occasion, l’équipage britannique a pu visiter les ateliers militaires de la base navale militaire de Fort-de-France qui dispose en effet de services de maintenance technique adaptés aux besoins des bâtiments militaires, qu’ils soient français ou alliés.

Le soutien apporté pour cette escale technique mais également les échanges d’expertise entre militaires français et britanniques sont autant d’actions concrètes témoignant de la volonté commune de nos deux nations d’entretenir et de renforcer la relation de défense franco-britannique.


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photo EMA / Marine Nationale

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