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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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US and British navies carry out first joint drill in disputed South China Sea

US and British navies carry out first joint drill in disputed South China Sea | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The United States and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the South China Sea, as Washington seeks support from its allies in challenging Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.


US Navy guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted operations together in the South China Sea from Friday last week until Wednesday, the two countries said.

The US said the two vessels had practised communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability.

“We routinely train with regional allies and partners, but it is a rare opportunity for my team to work with the Royal Navy,” Allison Christy, the McCampbell’s commanding officer, said in a US Navy statement.

“Professional engagement with our British counterparts allows us the opportunity to build upon our existing strong relationships and learn from each other.”

Argyll’s commanding officer Toby Shaughnessy said the Royal Navy was “pleased with the opportunity to train alongside our closest ally”.


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Royal Navy Helps Scientists Launch Antarctic Mission

Royal Navy Helps Scientists Launch Antarctic Mission | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

HMS Protector and the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) vessel RRS Ernest Shackleton are assisting a team of 100 scientists who want to study a glacier the size of Great Britain.

Experts fear the melting Thwaites Glacier, which accounts for four per cent of the annual sea level rise each year, could eventually collapse and raise levels by more than two-and-a-half feet.

In preparation for a five-year programme of field activities and research, ice-strengthened HMS Protector crunched through nearly 300 miles of ice to help deliver equipment necessary for the undertaking.


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Royal Navy’s HMS Mersey returns to Portsmouth after migrant mission - The News

Royal Navy’s HMS Mersey returns to Portsmouth after migrant mission - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A NAVY ship has returned to Portsmouth after a two-week deployment to stop migrants illegally entering the UK via the Channel HMS Mersey was deployed to the Strait of Dover on January 3 to prevent an increasing number of migrants from risking their lives making the dangerous 20-mile crossing.


The mission was to support the UK Border Crossing and French authorities in their response to migrant crossings. The navy's involvement was requested by Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, who said it would be an interim measure until two more Border Force cutters, HMC Protector and Seeker, are redeployed from the Mediterranean to UK waters.


The Home Office funded the deployment.

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American military chief praises ‘outstanding’ work of Royal Navy in the Gulf  - The News

American military chief praises ‘outstanding’ work of Royal Navy in the Gulf  - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
A SENIOR American military commander has praised the work of Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines in the Gulf as ‘outstanding’. Vice Admiral James Malloy, commander of the US fifth fleet and combined maritime forces, praised British military personnel operating in the Middle East and the ‘special relationship’ they have with their America comrades.

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UK Royal Navy to deploy Type 23 frigate to Japan | Jane's 360

UK Royal Navy to deploy Type 23 frigate to Japan | Jane's 360 | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The UK Royal Navy will deploy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to Japan in early 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May announced during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held on 10 January in London.

The warship will be dispatched to Northeast Asia to help enforce sanctions against Pyongyang "as part of our joint determination to a peaceful resolution to tension in the region and the complete denuclearisation of North Korea", said May.

The deployment announcement comes after UK naval vessels were dispatched to the region three times over the past 12 months.

May also said that she welcomes British collaboration with Japan on new technologies, "including exploring co-operation on future combat aircraft and missile development that will ensure our forces remain an effective deterrent, while supporting high-skilled jobs and industries".


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Royal Navy wants real-life 'Indiana Jones' to save ancient artefacts | Daily

Royal Navy wants real-life 'Indiana Jones' to save ancient artefacts | Daily | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The military is recruiting art experts willing to 'risk life and limb' in 'Indiana Jones-style adventures' for a covert unit saving stolen treasures.

Gulf War veteran Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick will lead a 15-strong unit in a bid to stop terrorists looting and destroying ancient artefacts.

The military selected the 54-year-old dealer to set up the new force.

He will lead archaeologists and curators from within the Army, Royal Navy and RAF in the fight against groups such as Islamic State.


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Royal Navy officer dies in cabin two hours after he was found drunk in park

Royal Navy officer dies in cabin two hours after he was found drunk in park | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A FASLANE Navy officer found drunk in a park died in his cabin two hours later. Edward Nderitu, 34, was discovered lifeless after officers took him back to the base.

Cops and medics had earlier been called amid fears for the Kenyan when he was spotted the worse for wear in Helensburgh, Argyll.

A source said: “He was found extremely drunk beside a public football pitch. There were concerns for his welfare but he was not accused of doing anything wrong.

“Police were called with an ambulance and his superiors were contacted. Officers had taken him back to the base before his death

“After the paramedics checked him, Navy officers took him back to the base to sleep it off. “A couple of hours later he was dead. It seems that he took ill in his sleep.”


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HMS Duncan: Warship at Sea

HMS Duncan: Warship at Sea | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

HMS Duncan, the sixth and most modern Type 45 destroyer, was the most complete at launch in October 2010.

She is the first of the Type 45 class to be capable of deploying Harpoon and recently was featured in the UK’s Channel 5 documentary ‘Warship: life at sea”

According to a UK MoD story published on December 28, 2018:

HMS Duncan is a cutting-edge Type 45 destroyer that was brought into Royal Navy service in 2010. She recently featured in hit documentary Warship: Life at Sea, which followed the personnel on board as they were buzzed by 17 Russian fighter jets in the Black Sea and supported Syrian air strikes.


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Royal Navy aircraft carriers to receive mission system support from BAE

Royal Navy aircraft carriers to receive mission system support from BAE | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

BAE Systems has signed an updated integration services agreement with the Royal Navy to provide essential mission system support to Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The agreement is part of the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Services (NCSISS) contract awarded in March 2012, and will allow BAE Systems to ensure the operational readiness of both aircraft carriers.

In October 2016, BAE Systems signed a ten-and-a-half-year contract extension to provide combat systems integration services to the Royal Navy’s in-service and future platforms.


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Nuclear patrol submarine returns to base with 'unusual' amount of damage

Nuclear patrol submarine returns to base with 'unusual' amount of damage | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

One of Britain's nuclear deterrent submarines has suffered an “unusual” amount of damage as pictures emerge of HMS Vengeance returning from patrol with around 30 per cent of her sonar panels missing.

The ballistic missile submarine returned last week from her latest three-month patrol.

As the nuclear-armed vessel surfaced near the Faslane naval base on the Clyde it was obvious the expected level of wear and tear had been exceeded by up to three times the usual amount.

Britain’s ballistic missile submarines are covered with sonar panels - specially designed acoustic shields to mask any sound from inside the submarine and absorb the sound waves of an active sonar emitted by another vessel looking for the boat.


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Royal navy sent into English Channel to help tackle migrant crossings following request from Sajid Javid

Royal navy sent into English Channel to help tackle migrant crossings following request from Sajid Javid | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The royal navy has been deployed to help tackle the problem of migrants risking their lives crossing the English Channel in ill-suited boats.


A patrol vessel was to be sent into the strait by defence secretary Gavin Williamson following a letter requesting help from home secretary Sajid Javid.

As the situation in the Channel continued, two men were also arrested on suspicion of arranging for the illegal movement of migrants into the UK.


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Thales to replace Royal Navy V/UHF systems - DB - Digital Battlespace - Shephard Media

Thales has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence for the design, manufacture, installation and in-service support of V/UHF communications replacements (VCR) across the Royal Navy fleet.

The VCR solution replaces obsolete V/UHF systems across multiple vessel classes. Thales is repackaging the V/UHF system designed and delivered by the company for the Queen Elizabeth carrier.

Gareth Williams, VP, Thales secure communications and information systems, said: ‘We have been providing communications systems to the Royal Navy for almost 100 years, and this latest contract represents another significant win for Thales.

‘We successfully developed a competitive approach to the open competition and we are pleased to be implementing our solution for the Royal Navy, while assuring that Thales deliver the new systems and communications capability without impacting the platforms’ schedule and operational availability.’


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Housing Survey (2018)

Housing Survey (2018) | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
The Survey is now complete and can the results can found here...

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The Ministry of Defence is in the process of reviewing the provision of military housing from initial application through to the complaints process, including the future repair and maintenance contract, currently held by Amey. Please complete (and share) this Housing Survey to allow the NFF to use your views and feedback to influence the outcome of decisions made.


Naval Families Federation CEO Anna Wright said:

“Royal Navy and Royal Marines families provided evidence in relation to the Carillion Amey Service Family Accommodation (SFA) maintenance contract, which the Naval Families Federation presented to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in 2016. Members of the Committee recognised the importance of feedback from Armed Forces families. Please take up this invitation to have your voice heard on this important subject.”

This survey will run until midnight 30th November 2018 and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

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Royal Navy sailors from Portsmouth recognised in New Year’s Honours - The News

Royal Navy sailors from Portsmouth recognised in New Year’s Honours - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A DIVER who responded to more than 700 call-outs and the Royal Navy’s most senior photographer are among 23 men and women from the Senior Service recognised in this year’s New Year Honours list.


Portsmouth-based Petty Officer Diver Darren Carvell said he was proud to have received an MBE for his work in various diving roles. He has been dealt with more than 700 incidents in his 16 years as a diver.


He joined the navy in 1996 and transferred to the diving branch in 2002 as a clearance diver. He then spent time at the search and rescue school in Culdrose before transferring to the Southern Diving Unit 1 in Plymouth – his hometown.


PO Carvell is now an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operator for the Southern Diving Unit 2 team in Portsmouth. The 40-year-old said: ‘I am deeply honoured and immensely proud to have received the MBE.


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Lowestoft Royal Navy photographer Nathan Dua provides snapshot into military life | Lowestoft and Waveney News

Lowestoft Royal Navy photographer Nathan Dua provides snapshot into military life | Lowestoft and Waveney News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

These striking images provide a fascinating snapshot into life in the Royal Navy over the past few decades.

Royal Navy photographer Nathan Dua has received the Meritorious Service Medal as a result of his service. Picture: Nathan Dua

Taken by Warrant Officer 1st Class Nathan ‘Scooby’ Dua, from Lowestoft, they capture the actions of the Senior Service during operations, training and exercises across the globe.

And now Mr Dua’s talents have been given the royal seal of approval after he was recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for his work as a Navy photographer.

The silver medal is awarded to those in the military deemed to have given irreproachable service over a period of at least 20 years.

Having originally joined as a marine engineer in 1986, Mr Dua discovered an enthusiasm for photography while deployed in the Falklands on HMS Diomede.


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First British Navy ship in more than 20 years berths at Auckland's Devonport Navy Base | 1 NEWS NOW | TVNZ

First British Navy ship in more than 20 years berths at Auckland's Devonport Navy Base | 1 NEWS NOW | TVNZ | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Forty million items of plastic, on one of the world's smallest and remote islands.

It's a sight which is hard to fathom, but it's one encountered by crew on a British warship on its way to New Zealand.

HMS Montrose today became the first Royal Navy warship in more than 20 years to berth at the Devonport Navy base in Auckland.

While its crew is trained for battle, they've been helping record information in another kind of battle entirely – plastic in the Pacific Ocean.

Henderson Island in the Pitcairn Island group was one of their remote targets.

"It's really tragic as a mariner to see just how much plastic waste has washed up on these otherwise pristine beaches," Commanding Officer Conor O'Neill told 1 NEWS on arrival into Auckland.


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Royal Navy frigate on three-year mission set to sail into New Zealand - The News

Royal Navy frigate on three-year mission set to sail into New Zealand - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
NEW Zealanders will be welcoming a Royal Navy warship into port for the first time in 20 years.

Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose will be sailing into Devonport Naval Base on the north shore of Auckland tomorrow. Montrose – which currently calls Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport, in Plymouth, her home – is among the frigates set to move to Portsmouth in a major shake-up by the navy.

But before this, mighty Montrose will be completing her mammoth three-year deployment, which will see her becoming the first forward-deployed British frigate in the Gulf.

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What might have been... the Royal Navy CATOBAR aircraft carrier CVA-01, cancelled in 1966 after the design had been finalised. [968 x 482] : WarshipPorn

What might have been... the Royal Navy CATOBAR aircraft carrier CVA-01, cancelled in 1966 after the design had been finalised. [968 x 482] : WarshipPorn | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

In the late 1950s the Royal Navy identified a requirement for 4 new fleet carriers, to replace Ark Royal, Hermes, Eagle and Victorious – all of which had been laid down before or during the Second World War.


As late as 1963 there were still 4 ships in the long term costings, but the acquisition of Polaris caused the number to be reduced to 3. The design was finalised in January 1966, but in one of the stupidest defence decisions ever made by a government the entire project was cancelled in February 1966.


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Last survivor of HMS Truculent submarine disaster recalls the 'stupid mistake' that led to tragedy

Last survivor of HMS Truculent submarine disaster recalls the 'stupid mistake' that led to tragedy | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
THIS month, 69 years after one of Britain’s worst post-war naval tragedies, people will remember the HM Submarine Truculent.


A new generation will also hear about it for the first time, and be shocked to learn how the submarine sank in the Thames Estuary, with 64 men dead and only 15 survivors, in January of 1950.

One man, 95-year-old Fred Henley, is the last survivor of that dreadful disaster, and his memories of it and an amazing naval career can now be read in a new book.

John Johnson-Allen, a maritime historian and another man with a lengthy life on the ocean waves behind him, has written it after many hours interviewing Fred, and he spoke to our sister title The Weekly News.

“It’s surprisingly little-known, even by Royal Naval people,” John pointed out. “I think it’s because it was so soon after the war and there was so much going on.


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Plans for two new hospital ships could relieve strain on Royal Navy in dealing with natural disasters  - The News

Plans for two new hospital ships could relieve strain on Royal Navy in dealing with natural disasters  - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

TWO new hospital ships could be bought with British foreign aid cash to deal with natural disasters and support the Royal Navy on military operations, it has been revealed. International development secretary Penny Mordaunt has outlined her plan to inject tens of millions of pounds into building the two new ships.


Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP and international development secretary Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP and international development secretary Revealed to The News by Ms Mordaunt in September but confirmed earlier this week, the Portsmouth North MP hopes the vessels would help to free up the Royal Navy when dealing with humanitarian disasters.


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Massive boost for Rosyth dockyard workforce as Babcock wins £5 million contract

Massive boost for Rosyth dockyard workforce as Babcock wins £5 million contract | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Rosyth dockyard has won a £5 million contract to carry out maintenance work on HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The work, which will see the aircraft carrier return to the place she was assembled, will sustain 100 jobs at its peak.

It will be the first planned dry dock maintenance programme for Britain’s largest warship, which is due to enter service in 2020.

Dunfermline and West Fife SNP MP Douglas Chapman welcomed the announcement.

“Not only does it protect jobs at Rosyth dockyard, it also sets a valuable precedent which puts down a marker for future full scale refits,” he said.

“There is no doubt that the workforce we have in west Fife is one of the most skilled in Scotland.


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HMS Argyll Hunts Submarines With Allies In Philippine Sea

HMS Argyll Hunts Submarines With Allies In Philippine Sea | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

HMS Argyll has joined forces with allied navies from Japan and the United States to hunt down submarines in the Philippine Sea during military exercises.

It is the first time the these navies have combined forces in the region and tested their specialist anti-submarine warfare skills together.

During the two days of training, a US Navy submarine played the part of the enemy. Japan’s helicopter destroyer JS Izumo worked with the Plymouth-based frigate to hunt down the US Navy submarine.

"Sharing the Royal Navy’s expertise and experience with our partners and allies right across the world emphasizes the UK’s commitment to promoting international security and stability," Commander Toby Shaughnessy, Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, said.


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Royal Navy delivers help after Javid agrees to pay for migrant patrol ship | News | The Times

Royal Navy delivers help after Javid agrees to pay for migrant patrol ship | News | The Times | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A Royal Navy patrol vessel was heading to the Channel last night to help deter migrant crossings from France after Sajid Javid agreed to pay for it.

HMS Mersey set sail from Portsmouth after wrangling between the Home Office and Ministry of Defence over the bill of £20,000.

Mr Javid, Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, are among those believed to be preparing for the succession. Tensions over the Channel crisis became clear as Mr Williamson intervened with an unsolicited offer of help.


Mr Javid then formally requested military assistance in what was seen as an attempt to put the MoD on the spot and get it to pay the bill. Under protocol, military aid to the civil authorities is paid for by the body asking for help.


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Sajid Javid calls in Royal Navy over migrants in Channel

Sajid Javid calls in Royal Navy over migrants in Channel | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Sajid Javid has called in the Royal Navy to help deal with migrants crossing the English Channel.

The home secretary, who has been under political pressure to deal with the crisis, made a formal request for military assistance on Wednesday evening.

Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, immediately responded by despatching HMS Mersey, an offshore patrol vessel, to the Kent coast, while the Royal Air Force will provide aerial surveillance. Mr Williamson had made an unsolicited offer of help at the weekend which was turned down by the Home Office.

HMS Mersey will provide cover while two Border Force patrol boats return from the Mediterranean, a redeployment likely to take several weeks.


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Scapa Flow scuttling to be remembered 100 years on

Scapa Flow scuttling to be remembered 100 years on | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

It was described as the “single greatest act of naval suicide the world has ever seen” and the centenary will be commemorated with a number of art and community events.

The scuttling remains one of the greatest losses of shipping ever recorded in a single day.

On June 21, 1919, 52 interned warships of the Imperial German Navy High Seas Fleet were scuttled at Scapa Flow to avoid them falling into British hands – with nine crewmen lost their lives.
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The group dived the wreck of HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow

Nearly 100 years on, the wrecks attract thousands of underwater tourists to Orkney each year bringing millions of pounds to the economy.

Orkney Islands Council is planning a major commemoration of the scuttling.


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