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HMS Queen Elizabeth, pictured in Scapa Flow in August 2017. Crown copyright

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

New aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth could arrive at her home port, Portsmouth, within the next fortnight, according to the Ministry of Defence. The 65,000-tonne warship, the first true aircraft carrier in Royal Navy service for almost a decade, is currently undergoing sea trials off the coast of Scotland. While the ship …
The Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Image: BAE Systems

HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

The first of the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates has been named HMS Glasgow, recycling the name for the fourth time in the last 100 years. "The name Glasgow brings with it a string of battle honours. As one of the world's most capable anti-submarine frigates, the Type 26 will carry the Royal Navy's tradition of victory far …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jul 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth on her first sortie out of Rosyth, 26 June 2017. Crown copyright

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Updated The Royal Navy’s brand new £3.5bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently* running Windows XP in her flying control room, according to reports. Defence correspondents from The Times and The Guardian, when being given a tour of the carrier’s aft island – the rear of the two towers protruding above the ship’s main deck …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Jun 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth. pic: Andrew Linnett/Crown copyright

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Britain’s largest ever warship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to sail from her Rosyth dockyard on her maiden voyage today. The 65,000-tonne ship will leave the yard and then wait for low tide for a few hours before starting her own main engines and passing underneath the Forth Bridges, which are just downstream …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jun 2017
RAF F-35B ZM137, visiting the UK in 2016. Crown copyright

Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

The UK will buy a grand total of 17 F-35B fighter jets between 2020 and 2022 – and acquiring the A model of the supersonic stealth fighter hasn’t been ruled out. The American government announced on Wednesday the awarding of F-35 production lots 12, 13 and 14 to Lockheed Martin. A legal formality, the class justification and …
Gareth Corfield, 19 May 2017
An Insitu Scaneagle drone being launch from a Royal Navy warship. Crown copyright

US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

The US Coast Guard is well chuffed with its new Scaneagle drone – the same drone that the Royal Navy is ditching later this year, seemingly for lack of funds. The coastal force, which, because of chronic manpower shortages, is lending engineering personnel to the RN for keeping frontline warships at sea, deployed the USCGC …
Gareth Corfield, 12 May 2017
A US V-22 Osprey tiltrotor lands aboard HMS Illustrious in 2013. Crown copyright confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed. “The V-22 Osprey is not part of the resourced plan to deliver the UK Carrier Strike capability,” said junior defence minister Earl Howe. “However, the Ministry of Defence will continue to explore a variety of options …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Mar 2017
The inflatable approaches a swell-lashed Rockall in 2003

Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

Pics The Ministry of Defence sent an expedition to Rockall in 1971 to blast the top off the Atlantic islet, a newly released report has revealed. The expedition, code-named Operation Top Hat, was dispatched “to lay a flat surface on top of Rockall so that an all round visual light could be erected in the future,” according to a …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Mar 2017
Screengrab of a control room in new Royal Navy aircraft carrier. One of the screens sports unmistakable Windows XP desktop

National Audit Office: Brit aircraft carrier project is fine and dandy... for now

The National Audit Office has confirmed that F-35 fighter jets should be flying from new British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth by the year 2020, if all goes to plan. The Delivering Carrier Strike report from the UK watchdog said: “The current target of accepting the carrier from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance by the end …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Mar 2017
HMS Dragon emerging from the fog at HM Naval Base Portsmouth

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

The UK Ministry of Defence has spent around £200m rebuilding a jetty at HM Naval Base Portsmouth ready for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year. El Reg got invited to watch an American supply ship test it out. As the picture further down this story shows, the planned exercise involving US Naval Service ship …
Gareth Corfield, 13 Mar 2017
HMS Forth being lowered into the Clyde. Pic: BAE Systems

Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

The Royal Navy’s newest warship, offshore patrol vessel HMS Forth, has been formally named in a ceremony held in Scotland. The 90-metre craft was christened by Rachel Johnstone-Burt, who broke the traditional bottle of alcohol across Forth's bows – in this case, a bottle of whisky to reflect the ship's Scotstoun, Glasgow …
A Royal Navy Lynx Wildcat helicopter. Crown copyright

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Britain's latest military helicopter fleet has still not had a tactical data link capability fitted, two years after the aircraft entered service. Although the new Leonardo Wildcat helicopters have already been deployed operationally aboard Royal Navy warships, including deployments as the sole helicopter aboard frigates …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Feb 2017
Engineer aboard Das Boot U-96 responds to telegraphs

All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

None of the Royal Navy's seven attack submarines are deployed on operations at the moment, according to reports, which potentially threatens the security of Britain's nuclear deterrent. The Sun reported this morning that six of the seven boats are in maintenance – except for the seventh, HMS Astute, which is still undergoing …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Feb 2017
Harriett Baldwin MP and Tony Douglas, chief exec DE&S, Ministry of Defence

HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

Defence chiefs have confessed that the 70,000-ton aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth’s delivery date is getting later and later – with one Tory minister openly mocking an MP who asked a straight question. Minister for defence procurement Harriett Baldwin, appearing before Parliament’s Defence Select Committee yesterday and …
RFA Tidespring refuelling RFA Argus (right) at sea. Pic: BMT Defence Services/Royal Navy

Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

Britain’s naval service will receive new fleet support tanker RFA Tidespring more than 18 months late, following delays which left the vessel languishing in a South Korean shipyard. Tidespring was formally named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME’s) Okpo-dong yard on 7 October 2015, according to the Ministry …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jan 2017
HMS Forth being lowered into the Clyde. Pic: BAE Systems

All aboard the warship that'll make you Sicker

The Royal Navy will receive two more River-class offshore patrol vessels – and the motto of one appears to encourage her crew to vomit everywhere. HMS Tamar and HMS Spey were ordered from BAE Systems today as the Ministry of Defence signed the contract for the two ships, with Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin …
HMS Illustrious. Crown copyright/MoD

HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

Updated Venerable aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious leaves Britain today on her final journey to a Turkish scrapyard, despite efforts to preserve her for the nation as a museum ship. Affectionately known as "Lusty", the Invincible-class carrier – initially designated a "through-deck cruiser" when she was ordered, to get past …
F-35Bs fly past HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth dockyard, Scotland. Crown copyright

HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

Britain's new aircraft carrier will operate as a fully fledged offshoot of the US Marine Corps, the UK's ambassador to the US accidentally confirmed on Thursday. The 70,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail through the South China Sea on her maiden deployment in the 2020s, Sir Kim Darroch told a Washington think tank. Reuters …

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