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Plans to scrap HMS Caroline may be scrapped

Plans to scrap HMS Caroline may be scrapped | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Launched in 1914, she retained the status of being the second oldest ship in royal naval service at the time of being decommissioned in 2011, second only to the HMS Victory as well as being the last First World War British ...
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British sailor still missing

British sailor still missing | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
A British sailor has gone missing in Dubai while his ship, HMS Westminster, was docked, the Royal Navy says.

 

Leading Seaman Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, from Gosport in Hampshire, was last seen getting into a taxi at 02:00 local time on Sunday 27th May 2012 after a night out.

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Timothy MacColl NOW MISSING FOR over 1,000 DAYS (1065) or over TWO YEARS and ELEVEN MONTHS  - depending on how you count the time.

 

Our thoughts continue to go out to his wife Rachael and Family who are still waiting for any news of his whereabouts.

Will he ever be found?

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Royal Navy seizes two tons of cocaine

Royal Navy seizes two tons of cocaine | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Around two tonnes of cocaine have been seized from a boat intercepted at sea by the Royal Navy and the Border Force.

The ocean-going tug MV Hamal was intercepted by the frigate HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast.

French customs said in a statement it tipped off British authorities 'to board a tug 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying a very large quantity of cocaine, more than two tonnes' on Thursday, it said in a statement.
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Why a Royal Navy officer is serving with the Japanese

Why a Royal Navy officer is serving with the Japanese | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

For the first time since the demise of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance in 1923, a Royal Navy officer is serving as a Liaison Officer to the Japanese Fleet and is tasked with building strategic and operational links between the two services.

 

Cdr Simon Staley is primarily employed as an Exchange Officer with the US Navy's Seventh Fleet for his nine-month posting, but says his exposure as the Royal Navy's representative to the wider regional powers sends a "critical" strategic message.

 

"Due to current standing UK and Nato maritime commitments in other parts of the world – such as the North and South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf – the Royal Navy rarely deploys assets to the Asia-Pacific these days," 47-year-old Cdr Staley told The Telegraph. "It is the tyranny of distance.

 

"However, it does have the capability to do so and therefore it is vital that we build and maintain a strong understanding of both this complicated region and our allies within it.

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David Cameron in U-turn as he deploys Royal Navy ship to save drowning migrants

David Cameron in U-turn as he deploys Royal Navy ship to save drowning migrants | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
HMS Bulwark will be sent to the North African coast “within days” together with two border control boats and three Merlin helicopters
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Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia

Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
South Asia has been witnessing an escalation in military and nuclear rivalry, somewhat overshadowed by the understandable fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
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Royal Navy sailor is on top of the world

Royal Navy sailor is on top of the world | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
A ROYAL Navy sailor who makes sure the training at HMS Sultan is top notch has come out on top after earning the best result in a worldwide assessment.

Lieutenant Steve Currie scored 88 out of 90 in the QMS Lead Auditor programme – something which will allow him to apply a new management system at the Gosport base.
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16 April 1797: Royal Navy sailors stage the Spithead mutiny

16 April 1797: Royal Navy sailors stage the Spithead mutiny | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
In 1797, as was so often the case, Britain was at war with France. The French were still in the throes of revolution, and any hint that it could spread across the Channel sent terror through the very bones of the British ruling class.

Key to keeping the Gallic hordes and their radical ideas at bay was the Royal Navy. But it was getting taken for granted. And its men weren’t happy about it.

Sailors’ pay hadn’t increased for some 140 years. It was rarely handed over when it was due, and was often deliberately withheld to discourage desertion. The sick and wounded weren’t paid at all.
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4 British sailors charged with sexually assaulting woman

OTTAWA: Canadian authorities charged four British Royal Navy sailors on Friday over the alleged gang rape of a woman at a military barracks in Halifax, home to Canada's Atlantic fleet.

Craig Stoner, Darren Smalley, Joshua Finbow and Simon Radford each face one count of sexual assault under Canada's criminal code.
In a statement, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service commander Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc called the accusations "disturbing."

Speaking outside court, prosecutor Scott Morrison said the men are accused of having participated in a "group sexual assault" on the civilian woman, according broadcaster CTV.


It allegedly took place last week at a drinking party at the Shearwater military barracks in Halifax.

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UK-led Exercise Joint Warrior to be 'biggest ever'

UK-led Exercise Joint Warrior to be 'biggest ever' | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Joint Warrior is held twice a year - in April and October - and includes several locations in Scotland and in the sea off its coast.

The US Navy said the UK-led training this April would be on the largest scale in the history of the exercise.

Fifteen countries are taking part in the training that starts on Saturday.

The exercise, which runs until 24 April, will feature anti-submarine warfare and mock attacks on warships by small boats.

More than 50 ships and 70 aircraft, some being based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire, along with 13,000 personnel will be involved.

Several of the surface ships and submarines have been arriving at Faslane on the Clyde.

Earlier this month, the Royal Navy said jamming will be limited to a confined area in the north-west of Scotland.
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Minister refuses 10 TIMES to guarantee no more military spending cuts

Minister refuses 10 TIMES to guarantee no more military spending cuts | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The government has guaranteed defence spending will stay above 2 per cent of Britain's national income until 2016 – but not beyond.

The failure to protect military spending – while guaranteeing cash for foreign aid – has sparked fury on the Tory backbenches.

Up to 30 Conservative MPs are thought to be backing a bid by John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, to force a protest vote against defence cuts in the Commons this week.
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Further cuts to defence cannot be ruled out

THOUSANDS more sailors, soldiers and airmen could face the axe no matter who wins the general election, a defence think-tank has warned.

A report by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) said it was inevitable that Britain’s defence spending would drop below the Nato target of two per cent of Gross Domestic Product, in the face of continuing austerity cuts.

It warned that up to 30,000 service personnel could go – with the army likely to bear the heaviest cuts – leaving the armed forces with a combined strength of just 115,000 by the end of the decade.
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HMS Portland receives warm welcome

HMS Portland receives warm welcome | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
HMS Portland has been welcoming members of the public on board as it visited its namesake port this weekend.

 

The type 23 anti-submarine warfare frigate is one of the youngest type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy and was commissioned in to the Royal Navy in 2001.

 

The ship has many affiliations with the area including with the Earl of Portland, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Portland Town Council as well as Weymouth Lifeboat.

 

Captain Simon Asquith, commanding officer on HMS Portland was happy to be back visiting the island.

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Progress on the long road to solving the navy’s manpower problems

Progress on the long road to solving the navy’s manpower problems | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Faced with a very serious shortage of technically qualified manpower, which started to become public knowledge last summer, the RN is to be commended for quickly tackling the problem. The underlying causes were not entirely of its own making, although perhaps it should have fought harder to retain more of the engineers made redundant in 2010. There are now 150 separate initiatives to improve conditions and careers for personnel being implemented across the fleet. In the short-term the gaps must be filled as quickly as possible and in the long-term the service must create the conditions that will ensure it retains skilled people in the face of fierce competition with the civilian sector. The problems will not be solved overnight but in time these measures will help restore morale and create a stable manpower situation. It is critical not just for operational readiness, but for the credibility of the service which will be under scrutiny in the coming defence review to demonstrate it can manage its people effectively.
Putting people before programmes

It has been a long a painful road to get here but the RN has now fully recognised that in the past it too often said “Yes, can do” to its political masters when it should have said “No, you have not provided us sufficient resources to meet that tasking”. By striving to meet every demand, at times it asked too much of people and then suffered a backlash in falling morale and subsequent resignations.
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Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine on active patrol

Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine on active patrol | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine in operation after the rest of the fleet has been left out of action due to defects and damage.

Four of the Royal Navy's new multi-billion hunter and killer submarines are still in dock at Barrow-in-Furness because of defects that have delayed their production - 15 years after the new ships were first ordered.

Only two of the boats have actively joined the fleet, and one has already had to return to the dock and can only be used for training after more than 50 defects were found.
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Royal Navy to send drones to the Mediterranean to save migrants

Royal Navy to send drones to the Mediterranean to save migrants | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Royal Navy ship-launched surveillance drones could be sent to scour the Mediterranean as part of Britain’s effort to combat the migrant crisis, under plans being considered by defence chiefs.

The Navy’s new ScanEagle remote-controlled aircraft would search for dangerously overloaded boats packed with people making the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe.

David Cameron has already offered HMS Bulwark, two Border Force cutters and three Merlin helicopters for search and rescue efforts after international outcry at the loss of life in the Mediterranean this year.

More than 1,750 migrants have perished trying to make the crossing in 2015, a 30-fold increase on the same period last year.

Sources said the Type 23 frigate HMS Kent, currently in the Gulf, could be moved to take part in the operation and bring its new ScanEagle drones for use in the search.
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PICTURES: Royal Navy 771 Naval Air Squadron training on Dartmoor

PICTURES: Royal Navy 771 Naval Air Squadron training on Dartmoor | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
View all the latest pictures in the gallery, PICTURES: Royal Navy 771 Naval Air Squadron training on Dartmoor, on Western Morning News.
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Five Myths of Gallipoli: The National Museum of the Royal Navy puts the record ... - Culture24

Five Myths of Gallipoli: The National Museum of the Royal Navy puts the record ... - Culture24 | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
As Anzac Day approaches, The National Museum of the Royal Navy's historian and curator Nick Hewitt outlines five myths of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.
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Royal Navy members charged with sex assault in Canada

Royal Navy members charged with sex assault in Canada | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with offences related to sexual assault, it has emerged
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A look around the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier

A look around the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Work is under way on the Royal Navy's second new aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales, at the BAE Systems yard on the River Clyde.

BBC Scotland has had a look around the carrier's forward island and bridge before it is moved to the Rosyth dockyard where final assembly is due to begin later this year.

The Prince of Wales' sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was officially named in July.
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Russian warship tracked by Royal Navy in the Channel

Russian warship tracked by Royal Navy in the Channel | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The Royal Navy is monitoring a Russian warship that entered the Channel on Tuesday morning.

The Ministry of Defence deployed Plymouth-based HMS Argyll to track the Russian Udaloy-class destroyer Severomorsk and two support ships, including a tanker.

The MoD, contrary to Russian claims, said there was no evidence the ships were engaged in any military exercises.

The passage of Russian naval vessels through the Channel was until last year regarded as routine. But the west-east tension as a result of the Ukrainian crisis has added an edge to such voyages.
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​Trident nukes being exploited for ‘petty electoral politics’ – military chiefs

​Trident nukes being exploited for ‘petty electoral politics’ – military chiefs | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Britain’s nuclear arsenal should not be used as a political football in the run-up to the general election next month, according to senior armed forces figures.

Their comments come in the wake of a row in which Defense Secretary Michael Fallon attacked Labour Party leader Ed Miliband over his supposed lack of commitment to the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Fallon accused Miliband of stabbing the UK in the back at the expense of national security. He accused the Labour chief of offering to trade nuclear defense for Scottish National Party (SNP) backing in his quest for winning office.
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Royal Navy ship HMS Mersey open to public in Liverpool today

Royal Navy ship HMS Mersey open to public in Liverpool today | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Members of the public will be allowed on board Royal Navy ship HMS Mersey today.

The HMS Mersey sailed into Liverpool yesterday afternoon, where it was berthed alongside Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo.

The 80-metre ship will be open to visitors from 11am until 4pm today, with last entry at 3.30pm.

HMS Echo will also open her gangway to visitors at the same time.
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'On Trident Labour in London pulls strings whether its Scottish branch likes it or not'

Contemplating how it may play out in Scotland is a particularly intriguing exercise. This is in no small part because a key decision is imminent on the UK's nuclear posture which could ensure Trident's presence on the Clyde until the 2050s. How might this decision affect the political landscape of restive, post-referendum Scotland?

The decision in question concerns the Royal Navy's fleet of four Vanguard-class submarines, based at Faslane. Crucial to the UK's nuclear posture - they carry the UK's nuclear-armed Trident missiles - these boats are scheduled for retirement by around 2028. A replacement fleet must soon be commissioned if current operations are to continue seamlessly.
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Video: Royal Navy's HMS Argyll in return to Glasgow

Video: Royal Navy's HMS Argyll in return to Glasgow | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Glasgow has welcomed the Royal Navy's longest-serving Type 23 frigate to its docks. Clyde-built HMS Argyll, fitted with a state-of-the-art radar system, was last month called on to monitor a Russian military ship as it moved through the English Channel. She recently returned to Portsmouth after a successful deployment to the Caribbean and North Atlantic, where the vessel assisted in the seizure of £77 million of illegal drugs.
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NavyLookout on Twitter

NavyLookout on Twitter | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Excellent @warisboring piece on history of the helicopter cruiser https://medium.com/war-is-boring/a-half-century-of-half-aircraft-carriers-ab0819ed61a4 … pic.twitter.com/sQUZlJGtgg
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Top US general Raymond Odierno 'very concerned' about Britain's defence cuts

Top US general Raymond Odierno 'very concerned' about Britain's defence cuts | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The US army’s most senior general has said he is “very concerned” about the effect of cuts to the UK military’s budget.

 

General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the US army, told The Daily Telegraph that the West was facing “the most uncertain global environment I have seen in 40 years of service”.

 

After cuts imposed as a result of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the British Army was reduced to 82,000 men, the RAF has seven combat squadrons and is due to lose another one, and the Royal Navy has just 18 operational warships.

 

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