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23 juin 2014 1 23 /06 /juin /2014 17:50
Destroyer deal boosts jobs in Portsmouth

A Type 45 destroyer enters Portsmouth Harbour (library image) [Picture Leading Photographer Dave Jenkins, UK MoD]


23 June 2014 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support


A £70 million contract to support the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers will secure more than 100 engineering jobs.


The 2-and-a-half-year contract will protect around 100 highly skilled engineering jobs at BAE Systems in Portsmouth, the home port of the Royal Navy’s 6 Type 45 destroyers and future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Further jobs will be sustained in the company’s wider supply chain.

The contract will ensure the effectiveness of these complex and capable warships is maintained, ensuring they are fit to operate effectively around the world.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:

This £70 million contract is good news for Portsmouth. It will protect the skills of around 100 expert engineers and makes clear that the future of the city’s ship support industry is bright.

Our Type 45 destroyers are the largest and most powerful the navy has ever had, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and weapons systems. It is essential that the ships receive top class support and Portsmouth has the skills needed to do this.

There is no question that the shipyard will continue to play an important role in the city’s future.

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19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /mars /2014 08:50
Wildcat Type 45 Destroyer Deck Landing First


18/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Royal Navy's next-generation AgustaWestland Wildcat helicopter has landed on a Type 45 Destroyer's deck for the first time. The landing paves the way for the Wildcat to start replacing the Fleet Air Arm's Westland Lynx HMA8 helicopter from 2015 onwards.


Currently, the Wildcat is being trialled by 700W Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, UK. Five Wildcat airframes are being routinely put through their paces ahead of the type's scheduled entry-into-service next year.


Two variants of the Wildcat have been developed - one for the Royal Navy, the other for the British Army. The Fleet Air Arm will get 28 Wildcats and they'll be equipped with two new weapons - the LMM (Lightweight Multirole Missile) and the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) - along with heavy and general purpose machine guns.


Wildcat Destroyer Landing


The Wildcat Destroyer landing trial involved HMS Dragon - the fourth Type 45 ship produced, which was handed over to the Royal Navy in August 2011. Like its counterparts HMS Daring, HMS Dauntless, HMS Diamond, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan, HMS Dragon is a multirole-capable vessel capable of undertaking surveillance, anti-piracy, disaster relief aid and other missions.


Its flight deck can accommodate two Wildcats or a single Westland Merlin HM1 anti-submarine helicopter and its armament includes the Sea Viper air defence system, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun.


Type 45 Deck Trials


"Today is a small, but exciting, step in the progression of this new capability and I am delighted that HMS Dragon was able to help", commanding officer, Captain Iain Lower, explained in a statement on the Type 45 deck trials. "I look forward to seeing what the aircraft can do when we put it through its paces later this month."


"This year will be one of many firsts for the Wildcat crews as we work with our industry partners to get the aircraft to sea as soon as we can", added 700W NAS' commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Simon Collins, in the MoD's Wildcat deck landing press release. "Deck landings on board a Type 45 at sea are a real milestone and it was a pleasure to join the HMS Dragon team to show them what Wildcat can do."

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18 mars 2014 2 18 /03 /mars /2014 19:50
New Wildcat helicopter drops in on HMS Dragon

    A Wildcat, the navy's next-generation helicopter, has landed for the first time on the flight deck of a Type 45 destroyer at sea.


Mar 18, 2014 ASDNews Source : Ministry of Defence


The Royal Navy’s Wildcat, the maritime attack variant of the Lynx helicopter, is currently undergoing extensive trials with 700W Naval Air Squadron. As part of those trials, the aircraft has been working at the MOD’s aerial range in Cardigan Bay.


From next year, Wildcat will begin to replace the Lynx Mark 8 as the helicopter which supports Royal Navy destroyer and frigate operations around the world.


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27 septembre 2013 5 27 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Final Type 45 destroyer commissioned

Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company line up on the dockside at the ship's commissioning ceremony (Picture: Leading Airman Maxine Davies, UK MoD)


27 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support



HMS Duncan, the sixth and last of the Royal Navy's new-generation Type 45 destroyers, has been formally commissioned into the fleet.


Hundreds of guests, including families of the 190-strong ship’s company, attended a ‘christening’ ceremony yesterday, 26 September, at Portsmouth Naval Base to mark the ship’s transition into front line service.

The event marks a significant milestone for the fleet of Portsmouth-based Type 45s – the most powerful ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony
HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

The first Type 45, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009 and has been followed by her sister ships Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and now Duncan.

Principal guests at the commissioning ceremony included Lady Marie Ibbotson – the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde in October 2010 – and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas. Dignitaries from the ship’s affiliated cities of Belfast and Dundee and veterans from the last HMS Duncan – a Type 14 frigate in service between 1957 and 1985 – were also present.

Lady Marie Ibbotson takes the salute
Lady Marie Ibbotson, the ship's sponsor, takes the salute during HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

Commander James Stride, Duncan’s Commanding Officer, said the event was a proud moment for all personnel serving on the ship:

The commissioning ceremony marks a major milestone in the life of HMS Duncan. We are delighted that it can be shared with so many distinguished guests, friends, family, affiliates and former Duncanites.

Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company
Members of HMS Duncan's ship's company [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Maxine Davies, Crown copyright]

The hour-long ceremony was rounded off in traditional Royal Navy fashion with the cutting of a commissioning cake. Performing the honour was the commanding officer’s wife, Emma, along with the youngest member of the ship’s company, Logistician (Steward) Clancey Welford, aged 18.

The first 4 Type 45s have already experienced life on operational deployments and the fifth, HMS Defender, is due to deploy for the first time next year.

Now commissioned, HMS Duncan will continue an intense period of trials and training around the UK lasting well into next year before being ready to undertake operational tasking along with her sister ships around the globe.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:50
Photographer: PO(Phot) Paul Punter

Photographer: PO(Phot) Paul Punter

As warships and aircraft from across the Royal Navy begin a huge maritime exercise off the coast of Scotland, HMS Diamond has been gearing up for her role with a series of training drills.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has been putting her sailors to the test as she sails to meet the rest of the Task Force near Cape Wrath for a Combined Amphibious Landing Forces Exercise later this week.
HMS Diamond, which is affiliated to the cities of Aberdeen and Coventry, is to provide the air defence role for the exercise which will see Royal Marines storm the remote area by landing from the sea and air under the cover of warship firepower.
The Marines will be going ashore from HMS Illustrious and Bulwark to carry out their assault on land, explained Principal Warfare Officer (Above Water), Lieutenant Ben Martin. As well as keeping an eye on the airspace, we will attack enemy positions on land by providing naval gunfire support from our 4.5 gun as they arrive on the ground.
To prepare for this role, the warship has been taking part in a number of smaller scale exercises including practising firing at a moving target.
For this, JTEPS release a remote controlled dummy craft that acts as a small fast boat or Fast Inshore Attack Craft – for all the ships in the task group to fire on.
The aim is to disperse the craft – if we hit it then it is a bonus, explained Midshipman Annabel Broad. It is really about working with other nations – we all get a feel for how the other operates and it helps makes relations stronger for when we work together in the future.
As well as conducting the larger scale gunnery and air defence exercises, HMS Diamonds ships company regularly practise their firefighting and damage control routines to make sure they are fully prepared for all eventualities.
All the exercises are as real as possible with smoke machines used to severely limit visibility and personnel given strict time limits.

Image 45155336.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk

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