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Mobile Readers - Please scroll down for other new stories.  - Tormented mum of missing Navy sailor Timmy MacColl clings to hope of discovering why he vanished

Mobile Readers - Please scroll down for other new stories.  - Tormented mum of missing Navy sailor Timmy MacColl clings to hope of discovering why he vanished | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

And the gran, of Killin, Stirlingshire, vowed to keep searching for a breakthrough in the riddle of her son’s disappearance on shore leave in Dubai.

Sheena MacColl revealed she clings to hope of discovering why Timmy vanished. Sheena said: “I don’t want to go to my grave without answers and I don’t believe he drowned.

“Somebody must know something. I no longer expect the phone to ring every day with news but I never give up hope. “I want Timothy to be alive, but it’s been so long. We expected he would quickly rock up somewhere. Eventually, you’re filled with nothingness.

The HMS Westminster Leading Seaman was last seen in a taxi heading to Port Rashid in the early hours of May 27, 2012. But Timmy, 27 — who lived in Gosport, Hampshire, with wife Rachael and kids Cameron, now 11, and Skye, ten — failed to show up. And he never met daughter Eriskay, now four, who was born weeks later.

She blasted top brass for registering his death in 2014, Sheena pledged the family would continue to appeal for answers.

She said: “It’s like they gave up on him. He deserved better.”

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Now missing for over 2,300 days or over 6 years. Will he ever be found?
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Appearance of ARA San Juan: Royal Navy crew paid their respects —

Appearance of ARA San Juan: Royal Navy crew paid their respects — | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A year after the disappearance of the Argentine Navy’s submarine ARA San Juan, the crew of HMS Clyde, one of the British ships that participated in the search operation, yesterday showed their respects in an act of remembrance from the Falkland Islands. The act was given hours before the Ministry of Defense and the Argentine Navy confirmed that the Norwegian ship Seabed Constructor made the discovery.

The Argentine tragedy of the submarine ARA San Juan has approached the Argentine and British military for the first time since the Falklands conflict. The ships of the British Navy HMS Clyde and HMS Protector and a Hercules C-130 were actively involved in the search for the submarine and survivors.


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Royal Navy’s warship numbers unaffected by Brexit, defence minister says - The News

Royal Navy’s warship numbers unaffected by Brexit, defence minister says - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

WARSHIP plans by the Royal Navy will not be altered due to Brexit, a defence minister has said. Earl Howe said the government was ‘committed’ to a surface fleet of 19 frigates and destroyers for the Royal Navy.


However, the Tory lord did not suggest the Senior Service would get extra warships on top of this. His comments come amid uncertainty over Brexit and concerns about whether Brtain’s navy had enough vessels to carry out global deployments while defending the seas around the UK.


Admiral Lord Alan West, a former head of the navy, asked what ‘assessment’ the government had made of ‘how many destroyer and frigate vessels will be required to meet the UK broad strategic defence goals after Brexit’.


Responding Earl Howe told the Labour peer the navy’s six Type 45 destroyers were ‘hugely capable’ and would continue to serve the UK.


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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Here's how Royal Navy aircraft marked Remembrance Sunday  - The News

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Here's how Royal Navy aircraft marked Remembrance Sunday  - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
Remembrance Day marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War - with the guns falling silent on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

A remembrance service was held on the decks of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently in America carrying out historic flight tests. The warship's official account tweeted: ‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

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Armistice 100: Royal Navy and Royal Marines to receive commemerative coins for taking part in Remembrance events - The News

Armistice 100: Royal Navy and Royal Marines to receive commemerative coins for taking part in Remembrance events - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

For the first time Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel involved in Remembrance events will come away with a keepsake to last a lifetime.


A special commemorative coin specially engraved with the Cenotaph on one side and the iconic poppy symbol on the other, has been produced and presented to the members of the ceremonial guard involved in this weekend’s events. Royal Navy personnel doing remembrance events receive special coins commemorating the day.


The embossed coin is also emblazoned with the timeless words ‘Glorious Dead’ and ‘Lest We Forget’ and, after weeks of intense preparation at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, the sailors and marines of the guard have been gifted the special coin as a token of appreciation.


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Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter lights up the sky over the Med on Bonfire Night as it tests flares

Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter lights up the sky over the Med on Bonfire Night as it tests flares | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The perfectly-timed snap of the November 5 anti-heat-seeking missile display was taken in the Mediterranean by Lt Cdr Oliver Clark, of the Royal Navy.


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Meet the Royal Navy engineer recognised for 35 years' service

Meet the Royal Navy engineer recognised for 35 years' service | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Warrant Officer Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer) Mark Stevenson, 52, from Weymouth, was recently awarded the 2nd bar to his Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC) Medal.

He is pictured receiving his clasp from Commander Andy Donaldson.

Mark joined the Royal Navy in July 1983 and during his long and varied career he has served on many naval warships including HMS Berwick, Broadsword, Peterel, Wilton, Marlborough, Sutherland, Ramsey, Campbeltown, Daring and Protector.


He cites his operational tour of Afghanistan as a highlight of his career, together with visiting such places as Singapore, Antarctica, Australia and Japan.


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Life at sea as a Royal Navy GP | Article

Life at sea as a Royal Navy GP | Article | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Roles: Royal Navy medical officer and GP trainer

Hours worked per week: Highly variable at sea, but generally one or two clinics per day. In the UK, six clinical sessions at a naval base plus one session in NHS placement.


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Royal Navy frigate deploys on three-year mission before making her move to Portsmouth - The News

Royal Navy frigate deploys on three-year mission before making her move to Portsmouth - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
A ROYAL Navy warship has deployed on a landmark three-year mission across the globe before she sails into her new home port of Portsmouth.

HMS Montrose left from her current base in Plymouth yesterday on a tour that will take her across three of the world’s oceans. She is among the frigates set to be base-ported in Portsmouth by 2023 following a shake-up of where the navy’s Type 23 warships are based.

Montrose will visit four continents on her global voyage before ultimately arriving at the newly-opened UK Naval Support Facility in Bahrain.

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New contingency plan for nuclear emergency in the Highlands

New contingency plan for nuclear emergency in the Highlands | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
New contingency plans have been drawn up to evacuate a Highland community if a nuclear submarine accident caused a radioactive cloud to be released.


The procedures for Loch Ewe in Wester Ross now feature an enlarged “emergency planning zone” that is designed to protect local residents from a radiation leak.

Planning is carried out for a “nuclear emergency” at Loch Ewe because the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is officially allowed to use it as a “Z-berth” for operational visits.

However, the special designation has proved controversial, and a local MSP warned last night that “coastal communities are being put at risk” by such warships.

Concerns have also previously been raised about the preparations for an incident and it is understood that nuclear warships stayed clear of the loch between 2008 and 2015 after secret exercises raised a series of issues relating to the proposed emergency response.


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This Royal Navy warship is leaving Plymouth for a three-year deployment - Plymouth Live

This Royal Navy warship is leaving Plymouth for a three-year deployment - Plymouth Live | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A type 23 frigate will sail away next week to become the Royal Navy’s first permanently-based ship in the Gulf as part of the UK’s commitment to security in the Middle East.

The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Montrose, will not see the shores of the UK again for more than three years, although her ship’s company will be back in the Spring of 2019.

The forward-basing pilot is the first of its kind to be put into action by the Royal Navy and serves two purposes – to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to maritime security in the Gulf while also ensuring those on board can enjoy more stability in their home lives.


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That's how you park a warship! Royal Navy captain hits back after sexist remark is aimed at his wife's boat 'parking' skills | London

That's how you park a warship! Royal Navy captain hits back after sexist remark is aimed at his wife's boat 'parking' skills | London | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A Royal Navy captain has hit back at sexists who made a jibe on Twitter over his wife's abilities to 'park' a 60m minesweeper warship.

Rich Harris, who is the commanding officer on board HMS Raleigh, posted a video of his wife Claire Thompson deftly berthing the ship she commands in a tweet that has since gone viral.

Captain Harris said he posted the video is in response to a sexist remark about women drivers, however he did not reveal exactly what the remark was.

He wrote online: “A while ago, in a response to a tweet about my wife driving her warship, somebody made a comment about women drivers.

"This is my wife berthing her ship between a container ship and destroyer.


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Why will the Royal Navy not have its first Type 26 frigate operational until 2027?

Defence Procurement Minister, Guto Bebb stated in Parliament on 23rd April that the first Type 26 frigate, HMS Glasgow is due to be accepted from the builders in the summer of 2025. Eighteen months of further trials and training should see her become operational in 2027. Here we ask why the navy must tolerate such a leisurely eight-year construction schedule.

The Type 26 promises to be a superb submarine hunter and, if adequate investment is made in equipping them with the right weapon fit, they have the potential to be one of best surface combatants in the world. They will be the backbone of our anti-submarine capability and escort for the QEC aircraft carriers, in a world that everyone agrees is becoming more dangerous.

For the Royal Navy, obtaining replacements for the venerable Type 23 frigates has been like chasing a mirage. Successive governments, the RN and the MoD dispensed with concept after concept, for more than 23 years, (spending £millions in the process) before steel was finally cut for HMS Glasgow in July 2017. You can read the 14,000-word Think Defence account of the absurdly convoluted history of the Type 26 which started with the ‘Future Escort’ as far back as 1994. From early concept studies to HMS Glasgow commencing sea trials will be half a lifetime – 31 years.
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HMS Protector with ensign at half mast in Buenos Aires to honor ARA San Juan and its crew —

HMS Protector with ensign at half mast in Buenos Aires to honor ARA San Juan and its crew — | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The Royal Navy Ice Patrol HMS Protector arrived on Sunday morning to Buenos Aires port with her ensign at half mast in recognition to the discovery of the lost Argentine submarine ARA San Juan and to honor the lives to its 44 crew. ARA San Juan went missing in the extreme South Atlantic of Argentina on 15 November 2017, while sailing from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego to its base in Mar del Plata.

She was finally found at a depth of 905 meters by a US deep sea surveying company, and HMS Protector which was among the first vessels to join the search a year ago twitted, “This morning our entry into port saw our ensign at half mast in recognition of the discovery of #ARASanjuan. Our thoughts remain with the families of those who remain on eternal patrol“.


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Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll pulled in for maintenance work in Singapore - Plymouth Live

Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll pulled in for maintenance work in Singapore - Plymouth Live | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

HMS Argyll is being primed for engagement with regional allies in the north east Asian region.

The Plymouth-based frigate has been in the South China Sea operating with allied navies from Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

Now, the Type 23 is alongside in Singapore at the British Defence Singapore Support Unit (BDSSU) and is undergoing routine maintenance to prepare her for the next stage of her deployment.

This is also a chance for ship’s company to recharge after nearly four-and-a-half months at sea – during which they have conducted operations in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.


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Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan to star in Channel 5’s Warship: All At Sea: Here's when it starts  - The News

Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan to star in Channel 5’s Warship: All At Sea: Here's when it starts  - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The start date for a new Channel 5 show starring the crew of HMS Duncan has been confirmed. Artlab Films, the production company behind Warship: All At Sea, have confirmed that the show will start in just under two weeks.

Mark Tattersall‏, executive producer at the company, tweeted to say that the HMS Duncan staring show will start on Monday, November 26 on Channel 5.

He wrote: ‘‘Warship: Life at Sea’ coming to Channel 5, Nov 26th 9pm! ‘Join the crew for an epic adventure. Very proud of this series.’

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Royal Navy’s eighth Type 26 frigate to be named HMS London

Royal Navy’s eighth Type 26 frigate to be named HMS London | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The name of the UK capital will return to the Royal Navy fleet with the eighth Type 26 frigate, Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord has announced.

The future HMS London joins the previously-named HMS Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, and Birmingham while the fifth, sixth, and seventh ship are yet to be named.

The name HMS London has featured in the Fleet since 1657, First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones said on Monday.

The first six ships of the name served with distinction through the age of sail, amassing 13 battle honors including the decisive victory at Barfleur in 1692, Chesapeake in 1781, and the Crimean War 1854-55.


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WATCH: The Royal Navy's 'Arduous' Training Before Cenotaph Parade

WATCH: The Royal Navy's 'Arduous' Training Before Cenotaph Parade | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The Remembrance Sunday parade past the Cenotaph is one of the most important events in the military calendar. In preparation for the big day, military personnel in Portsmouth have been rehearsing hard.

“This morning we’ve been doing box drills and we’ve been marching around with the Royal Marines band, just to get a feel on the day of what we’re going to be doing,” Leading Regulator Faye Mason of the Royal Navy police told Forces News.

Come Sunday, each and every person is expected to know the choreography and their exact positioning – all of which takes hours of practise.

“It’s a lot of drill practise,” admitted Aircraft Engineer and Technician Kurt Nessworthy.


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HMS Prince of Wales: Royal Navy's second carrier gets ready to join HMS Queen Elizabeth - The News

ONCE complete next year, she will be handed over to the Royal Navy and fit for front-line duties around the globe from the year 2023. Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is currently under construction at BAE Systems in Rosyth, Fife – and these pictures show how she is progressing.


She will be commissioned in 2020 and is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy – plus the seventh Royal Navy ship to have the name HMS Prince of Wales.


Construction of the ship began in 2011, with some of the blocks built in Portsmouth and then sent up to Rosyth on a barge for assembly.


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Meet the Weymouth man who's joined the Royal Navy

Meet the Weymouth man who's joined the Royal Navy | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Thomas Williams, 24, and from Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth, has just completed the induction course for entry into the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth.

Proud family and friends gathered at the base to watch the passing out parade on Friday, October 12.

Trainee medical assistant Thomas was presented with the prestigious Sapphire Trophy by Commodore Iain Lower, Royal Navy Head of Naval Staff, which is awarded to the recruit showing the most improvement over the ten-week course.


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Royal Navy Shadows Russian Frigate in English Channel

Royal Navy Shadows Russian Frigate in English Channel | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Last week, as the U.S. and its NATO partners conducted the largest drills in the alliance's history, the Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Tyne tracked a Russian frigate as it passed through the English Channel.

Tyne is the latest patrol vessel to be activated this year to monitor the activity of Russian surface ships sailing in or close to the UK’s area of interest. Patrol ship HMS Mersey, destroyer HMS Diamond, and frigate HMS Montrose have all been dispatched to observe Russian vessels passing the UK in recent months.


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Extra £1bn For Defence Will Not Be Enough, Says Former Royal Navy Chief

Extra £1bn For Defence Will Not Be Enough, Says Former Royal Navy Chief | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A pledge of £1 billion for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will not resolve the hollowing out of Britain's armed forces but is just a mere "drop in the ocean" compared to what is needed, a former head of the Royal Navy has said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the move - which he said will boost cyber capabilities, anti-submarine warfare capacity and maintain the pace of the Dreadnought nuclear submarine programme.

The extra funding has been hailed as a "significant win" for Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who is said to have "lobbied hard" during his first year in the job.

But Labour peer Admiral Lord West said that the cash - although welcome - "will not stop the hollowing out" of Britain's armed forces.


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HMS Queen Elizabeth Leaves NYC With New CO

HMS Queen Elizabeth Leaves NYC With New CO | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The Royal Navy's biggest warship has left New York after a week-long visit to continue its deployment along the US east coast.


The historic visit by HMS Queen Elizabeth followed three weeks of flight trials on the deck of the aircraft carrier with F-35B Lightning jets for the first time.

At the time the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, described the trials as a symbol of Anglo-American collaboration.


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HMS Queen Elizabeth: Excitement as £3.1bn warship set to arrive in New York tomorrow - The News

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Excitement as £3.1bn warship set to arrive in New York tomorrow - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

BRITAIN’S biggest and most powerful warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be welcomed to the United States by the Statue of Liberty as the aircraft carrier arrives in New York on her maiden deployment tomorrow.


The £3.1 billion behemoth, which has more than 1,000 personnel on board, will anchor two miles from Manhattan in the Hudson River at around lunchtime on Friday. Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray making the first ever F-35B Lightning II jet vertical landing on the UK's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.


Wire Ahead of the visit, Captain Jerry Kyd who is due to hand over command of HMS Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, addressed the ship's company for the last time, telling those gathered in the vast hangar to ‘enjoy New York’.


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A tale of two exercises – Royal Navy reaching its operational peak for 2018

October 2018 sees the highest number of RN vessels deployed overseas for a considerable time. Despite limited resources, clever management of the assets available has allowed substantial participation in two major exercises simultaneously, in addition to other commitments.


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Scarborough man awarded the top honour in the Navy - The Scarborough News

Scarborough man awarded the top honour in the Navy - The Scarborough News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Lieutenant Commander Mark Hill, from Scarborough, has been honoured with the Royal Navy’s most prestigious award, The First Sea Lord’s Greenwich Hospital Prize.


He received the prize in Admiral Lord Nelson’s cabin on board HMS Victory, in Portsmouth, in front of his proud parents Mick Hill and Jean Bodell, his wife Margaret and three sons. It was awarded by the Royal Navy’s most senior officer, the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC.


Based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, where he lives with his wife and four grown-up children, Mr Hill was recognised as part of the Birthday Honour’s process. The prize was awarded for displaying the highest standards of commitment, courage, discipline, respect, integrity and loyalty through a long and distinguished career.
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