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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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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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Nearly 18,000 members of British armed forces are obese | London

Nearly 18,000 members of British armed forces are obese | London | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Nearly 18,000 members of the British armed forces are clinically obese, figures show.

The stats show 398 troops have Type 2 diabetes, 160 personnel have been prescribed diet pills and 16 given liposuction.

As of July 2018, there were 8,662 obese soldiers in the Army, 4,666 in the Royal Navy and 4,274 in the Royal Air Force.

The figures, obtained by the Mail on Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act, also show more than 30,000 troops are considered overweight, based on the body composition measure (BCM).


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Navy engineer from Swindon to get Queen's Gallantry Medal for dramatic sea rescue

Navy engineer from Swindon to get Queen's Gallantry Medal for dramatic sea rescue | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Royal Navy engineer technician Stuart Rogers, from Old Town in Swindon, battled 40ft waves and high winds to rescue the 13th survivor of the oil tanker Rama 2, which sank 140 miles off the coast of Yemen in June last year.

Stuart was lowered down on a cable over the choppy sea from a Wildcat helicopter and pulled the last survivor to safety just as night was closing in and they were running low on fuel.

And tomorrow he will travel to London to be awarded with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal to commend his bravery during the mission.


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Defence Secretary announces Devonport will home all new Type 26 frigates | Royal Navy

Defence Secretary announces Devonport will home all new Type 26 frigates | Royal Navy | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

All of the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigates will be homed in Devonport, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at the Naval Base today.

The eight Type 26 warships will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, heralding yet another new era in the role of a base which has played a central role in the defence of the UK for hundreds of years – from the Napoleonic wars to the Falklands Conflict.

The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and will provide cutting-edge protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, with the ability to conduct a whole range of other operations anywhere in the world.


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Plymouth Royal Marines 'invade' Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose - Plymouth Live

Plymouth Royal Marines 'invade' Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose - Plymouth Live | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

This is the dramatic moment an elite force of Royal Marines stormed a Plymouth frigate.

Heavily armoured troops in armed support boats shot across the chilly waters of the Sound as a Merlin helicopter circled overhead in a stunning mocked-up 'invasion' of HMS Montrose.

The invaders shot off from Cremyll before bolting in the direction of the Type 23 vessel - with huge and powerful looking guns mounted to the front.

They soared through choppy waves out beyond Drake's Island, before setting their sights on the 'enemy' target.

Their focus ramped up a gear as they accelerated in the direction of doomed Montrose, which for the purpose of the military demo was a 'dastardly enemy merchant vessel'.


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New £1 Billion Royal Navy Contracts To Support 700 Jobs

New £1 Billion Royal Navy Contracts To Support 700 Jobs | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

New Royal Navy contracts worth more than £1 billion are expected to support 700 jobs across the UK.

Three British firms have been awarded the maintenance and upgrades contracts which will cover 17 ships from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and the Royal Navy’s Survey and Hydrographic Fleet.

An expected £619 million will go to Cammel Laird in Birkenhead to support RFA tankers.

A&P in Falmouth has been awarded £239 million to support the RFA’s Bay class landing ships, as well as RFA Argus and HMS Scott.

A further £150 million is expected to go to UK Docks in Tyneside to support two survey ships and a ice patrol vessel HMS Protector.


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Upgraded Royal Navy frigate from Portsmouth is ready for action - The News

Upgraded Royal Navy frigate from Portsmouth is ready for action - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A WARSHIP is to be recommissioned back into action after a lengthy upgrade period. Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS Kent will be formally returned to the fleet on Friday during a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base. It comes after a period of refit that has seen the vessel’s capabilities enhanced. She is one of 13 frigates in the navy.

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India, UK to increase joint navy training

India, UK to increase joint navy training | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Enhancing their strategic relationship, India and the UK are planning to increase the joint training between their navies through carrier battle group operations.


The UK has also offered to provide training to other Indian forces, including the army, which can be useful to India in its “conflict” at the borders.


The UK’s Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Stephen Lovegrove, in an exclusive interaction with ET said when he met his counterpart, Defence Secretary Sanjay.


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Did sonar cause unexplained whale deaths?

Did sonar cause unexplained whale deaths? | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Scientists are investigating why 75 deep-water whales washed up on Scottish and Irish coasts during August and September.

Most are Cuvier's beaked whales, which are among the deepest-diving whales on the planet.

Experts said 45 badly decomposed beaked whales were washed up on Hebridean islands such as North and South Uist and Tiree, with another 22 stranded on the west coast of Ireland and one in Northern Ireland.

They said it was highly unlikely that the animals were killed by a natural phenomenon such as disease.

And the experts want to know whether increased military activity in the east Atlantic may have played a part in their deaths.


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Defence Secretary announces new Defence Arctic Strategy

Defence Secretary announces new Defence Arctic Strategy | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The strategy will enhance the Ministry of Defence’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: As the ice melts and new shipping routes emerge, the significance of the High North and Arctic region increases.

Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they emerge.

The change in the natural environment in the Arctic and High North is driving a change in the security environment and, as the region becomes more accessible, there has been an increase in military activity. The new Defence Arctic Strategy will put the Arctic and the High North central to the security of the United Kingdom.


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Royal Navy’s Fourth Type 26 City-Class Frigate to be Named HMS Birmingham

Royal Navy’s Fourth Type 26 City-Class Frigate to be Named HMS Birmingham | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The UK Royal Navy’s fourth Type 26 City-class frigate will be named HMS Birmingham, the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced.

The frigate will be the fourth Royal Navy warship to carry the name of ‘England’s Second City’. The first of her name won three battle honors during the Great War: Heligoland 1914; Dogger Bank 1915 and Jutland 1916. The second, HMS Birmingham (C19), was a 9100-ton Town-class light cruiser, also distinguished herself in WW2 and Korea.


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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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HMS Kent returns to service - NWI - Naval Warfare - Shephard Media

HMS Kent returns to service - NWI - Naval Warfare - Shephard Media | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Kent, has returned to service following an 18 month refurbishment programme.

Carried out by Babcock, the overhaul will sustain the vessel’s operational life into the early 2030s.

New equipment on board includes the new Sea Ceptor missile system, replacing the older Sea Wolf system. Sea Ceptor uses MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile, and features a rocket motor that provides double the range of Sea Wolf. Its active radar-seeker allows the missile to engage targets without the need for complex target illuminators.

Other updated equipment includes a new ship command and control system; and refreshment of general machinery, messes and living quarters.

Since the refit concluded in July, Kent has been undertaking trials in UK waters. The vessel’s service of rededication took place in Portsmouth.


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Defence chiefs under mounting pressure to build Royal Navy's new Fleet Solid Support ships in Britain - Mirror Online

Defence chiefs under mounting pressure to build Royal Navy's new Fleet Solid Support ships in Britain - Mirror Online | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Defence officials came under mounting pressure to build three new Royal Navy supply ships in Britain.

MPs urged civil servants to pick a UK company for the £1billion contract for three Fleet Solid Support vessels for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Unions have backed calls for the bumper contract to be handed to a British shipyard - and Labour has pledged to build the boats in the UK.

But defence chiefs insisted the deal should go out to competition, meaning foreign firms can bid for the order.


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Royal Navy ship HMS Albion arrives in Oman for Exercise Saif Sareea

Royal Navy ship HMS Albion arrives in Oman for Exercise Saif Sareea | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

The UK Royal Navy’s Albion-class amphibious transport dock HMS Albion has arrived in Oman to lead the naval element of Exercise Saif Sareea (Swift Sword).

With the participation of more than 4,000 British military personnel, Saif Sareea is the largest combined military exercise for the UK Armed Forces since 2002.

During the exercise, British troops will be tested together with their Omani counterparts in challenging environments in the desert of Oman, with temperatures touching 40ºC.

HMS Albion serves as the hub of an Amphibious Task Group which will comprise of destroyer HMS Dragon, minehunters HMS Blyth and HMS Ledbury, in addition to their support/command ship RFA Cardigan Bay, amphibious support vessel RFA Lyme Bay and the military ferry MV Anvil Point.


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Plymouth warship leads the Royal Navy’s biggest operation in 15 years - Plymouth Live

Plymouth warship leads the Royal Navy’s biggest operation in 15 years - Plymouth Live | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A Plymouth warship is taking the lead in the largest UK military exercise held in more than 15 years.

Britain’s flagship HMS Albion has arrived in Oman ready to lead the naval element of the largest combined military exercise for UK forces since 2002.

It comes after the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that both HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark will remain in service, following a high-profile campaign to protect the Devonport-based vessels from being scrapped or sold.

Over the coming weeks more than 4,000 British personnel will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert alongside their Omani comrades in temperatures nudging 40C.

Assault ship HMS Albion – on the final leg of a nine-month deployment which has taken her as far east as Japan – spearheads substantial Royal Navy involvement in Exercise Saif Sareea (Swift Sword).


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FALMOUTH'S A&P GROUP WINS £239M TEN-YEAR CONTRACT | |

FALMOUTH'S A&P GROUP WINS £239M TEN-YEAR CONTRACT | | | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

A&P GROUP WINS £239M TEN-YEAR FUTURE IN-SERVICE SUPPORT CONTRACT FROM MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Home to one of the world’s largest natural deep-water harbours, A&P’s Falmouth facility is the largest ship-repair complex in the UK.

A&P Group has secured a £239M Future In-Service Support (FISS) contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Bay Class vessels – RFA Mounts Bay, RFA Cardigan Bay and RFA Lyme Bay as well as RFA Argus and Ocean Survey Vessel HMS Scott.

The ten-year In-Service Support contract will see A&P Group build on its long-standing relationship with the MoD and provide global maintenance support to these vessels.


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Royal Navy project breaks ground | News

Royal Navy project breaks ground | News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

Construction of a brand new facility for Royal Naval Reservists has officially begun in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Commodore Martin Quinn, Commander Maritime Reserves ADC FCIS FIoD held a commencement ceremony to break the first ground at the brownfield site, which will be regenerated to meet the aspirations of the UK’s Reserve Forces for the next 50 years.


The Royal Navy is investing over £10m in the project and it will be operational by spring 2020. The building will provide modern 21st century training facilities for the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) and University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).


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Within 4 days of first landing, F-35Bs conducting nighttime flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Royal Navy warship from Portsmouth sets sail for mission in the Mediterranean  - The News

Royal Navy warship from Portsmouth sets sail for mission in the Mediterranean  - The News | Royal Navy | Scoop.it
HMS Diamond sailed from the city over the weekend to conduct patrols in the Mediterranean.

It comes after a busy year for the £1bn Type 45 destroyer, whose crew spent most of the summer months operating in or around UK waters – as well as shadowing Russian warships. Commander Ben Keith, Diamond’s commanding officer, said: ‘I’m thrilled that HMS Diamond is once again at sea on operations to keep our nation safe.

I am proud of every single sailor in this ship for the work they have put in to get us ready for this mission. ‘I also want to pay tribute to our families as none of what we do could be achieved without their support while we are away from home.’

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First Royal Navy pilot to land an F 35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth tells his incredible story - YouTube

First Royal Navy pilot to land an F 35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth tells his incredible story
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Royal Navy fighter jets sent to warship amid Russia threat | Daily Star

Royal Navy fighter jets sent to warship amid Russia threat | Daily Star | Royal Navy | Scoop.it

American F35B Lightning jets flown by British pilots landed and took off from HMS Queen Elizabeth as the UK’s biggest-ever warship began flight trials off the US coast.

The carrier – nicknamed Big Lizzie – will bolster the UK’s sea and air defences amid Vladimir Putin’s growing aggression to the West.

Commanding Officer Jerry Kyd said it had arrived as Britain faced a host of growing threats.

He added: “What we’re seeing now is a resurgent Russia which is presenting a credible threat again to the western states and the rules-based system. And that must be taken seriously.


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