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After Eight Years, Royal Navy Welcomes Back Carrier-Based Jets

By Royal Navy News 2018-09-28 16:32:39

Fast fighter jets are once again flying from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier as the first F-35s have landed on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were the first pilots to make history by landing their F-35 Lightning stealth jets on the flight deck of Britain's newest carrier. Shortly afterwards, Commander Gray became the first pilot to take off using the ship's ski ramp. The flying operations mark...

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Royal Navy Tracks Russian Warships as Med Buildup Continues

By Royal Navy News 2018-09-03 18:55:54

As the Russian Navy prepared for a mass exercise in the eastern Mediterranean, the Royal Navy warship HMS Hurworth shadowed two Russian vessels through the English Channel in less than a week. The Portsmouth-based minehunter monitored the Russian intelligence-gathering ship Yuri Ivanov as it passed through the UK area of interest. HMS Hurworth conducted the task only days after shadowing another Russian warship, the frigate Admiral Makarov, as it deployed through the English Channel to the Mediterranean.

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Remembering the Loss of the Warilda

By Royal Navy News 2018-08-03 10:54:59

Flags will be lowered in Southampton on Friday to mark the centenary of one of the city’s greatest maritime tragedies. Despite being marked with the Red Cross, the ambulance transport ship Warilda was torpedoed by the U-boat UC-49 in the middle of the Channel on August 3, 1918. She was carrying 614 casualties home from the Western Front for convalescence in the UK.  More than 120 people went down with the ship, whose death throes were agonizing: the torpedo blast wrecked...

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RFA Mounts Bay Returns for Atlantic Hurricane Season

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-28 09:29:25

RFA Mounts Bay is returning to the Caribbean islands she helped restore last autumn. With the 2018 hurricane season now upon us, the amphibious support ship is revisiting British territories in the region to help them prepare for this year’s storms. The 2017 storm season was among the worst in recent memory, with a succession of hurricanes battering the region. It prompted a major relief effort by the UK military (Operation Ruman) to assist the British citizens most affected: those in Turks and...

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HMS Albion Honors?War Dead in Rare Far East Visit

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-27 17:59:33

In a recent port call in Busan, sailors and Royal Marines from Britain’s flagship paid tribute to their countrymen who saved South Korea from Communist rule nearly 70 years ago. Almost the entire ship’s company of HMS Albion paid their respects to the 900 Britons who made the ultimate sacrifice and rest at peace in the free soil of South Korea. Around 2,300 servicemen from 11 countries are commemorated at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan – the only...

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Royal Navy Shadows Russian Warships in English Channel

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-26 17:44:57

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose recently shadowed two Russian warships in the approaches to the English Channel after they ventured out of the Baltic. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed up the Channel to meet with corvettes RFS Boikiy and Stoikiy as the Russian vessels left their base in the Baltic and entered the North Sea. HMS Montrose worked alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to track the two vessels as they maneuvered in some of the most congested waters in...

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Video: Divers Detonate WWII Mines Off Estonia

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-22 15:02:14

This is the end of 550 pounds of TNT – safely detonated off the coast of Estonia by Royal Navy divers as they tackled the aftermath of "Russia’s Dunkirk." A dozen-strong team of divers and mine warfare experts traveled to the Baltic to join like-minded experts from 15 nations in dealing with unexploded bombs, mines, and torpedoes littering the waters off Estonia. Unexploded mine on the seabed off Estonia (RN) In both world wars,...

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Royal Navy Supports Record-Setting Ocean Swim

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-20 10:13:18

Fitness guru Ross Edgley enjoyed a brief rest aboard Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Charger on the 20th day of an epic swimming challeng set by the Royal Marines. The patrol ship HMS Charger and her sister ship Biter met Ross off the Devon fishing port of Brixham, one fifth of the way into his Great British Swim around the entire mainland of Britain. Ross left Margate on June 1, spending six hours at a time in the water before...

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Royal Navy Returns to Minesweeping with Autonomous Boat

By Royal Navy News 2018-06-08 21:00:00

Minesweeping is back with a bang in the Royal Navy as it tests its first autonomous system to deal with 21st-century mines. Motor boat Hussar can be sent off on missions, using a series of small, hi-tech boats trailed behind it to detonate the latest underwater explosive devices – potentially clearing minefields en masse. The Royal Navy last conducted real-world sweeps off Iraq in 2003 using remote-controlled boats, while HMS Ledbury conducted the final run out of traditional sweeping gear off...

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Royal Navy Prepares for Royal Wedding

By Royal Navy News 2018-05-18 12:49:00

Sailors from the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines have been training at the UK Maritime Warfare School for their duties at the much-anticipated wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle this Saturday.  Royal Navy sailors from the Fleet’s Small Ships and Diving Units and 30 Commando IX Group Royal Marines from Plymouth will join the Armed Forces’ ceremonial contribution to the Royal wedding. 24 ratings and one officer from the Royal Navy and the same sized...

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