HMS Illustrious enters Portsmouth for the final time

Farewell HMS Illustrious good & faithful servant

On 22nd July HMS Illustrious entered Portsmouth for the final time flying her paying off pennant and formally decommissions on 28th August after 32 years service. The passing of this ship marks a significant moment for the RN. It is always sad when a warship that has served the nation for so long is retired but it also marks the start of a ‘rock bottom’ period. 2014 – 2020 will see the RN in a deep trough of major ‘capability gaps’ mainly stemming from the decisions of the 2010 defence review.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth

Aircraft carriers – debunking the hype, mis-information & nonsense

Confusingly the majority of official naval and government PR and promotion of the project has been focused on the carriers size, the engineering achievement and the industrial and employment benefits. The carriers certainly are amazing products of British design and manufacturing and are keeping thousands employed across the country. However the whole purpose of aircraft carriers and their actual benefits to the UK have been very underplayed.

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Outlook on current ‘hot topics’ for the Royal Navy.

There are several key issues around the Royal Navy that frequently appear in the media and on Twitter discussions. Rather than keep repeating ourselves, below is a quick summary of our view on these issues together with links to more detailed articles.

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Faslane

The spectre of Scottish independence – implications for the Royal Navy

On 18th September 2014 Scotland will vote on whether it wishes to break away from the United Kingdom and become and separate nation. Although opinion polls currently suggest Scottish voters will probably reject such a drastic change, the debate will become more fierce in the coming months with many minds not yet made up. In the event of independence, the RN will probably be the single British institution to suffer most with both its main submarine base and key shipyards under threat.

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HMS Alliance

HMS Alliance to be re-commissioned into active service with the Royal Navy

HMS Alliance as a museum vessel, soon to rejoin the Royal Navy submarine flotilla.

Admiral Tubworthy-Pollock has announced today that Museum submarine HMS Alliance is to be recommissioned back into active service with the Royal Navy.“With our submarine fleet rather below optimum size for the sustained tempo of operations currently undertaken, we saw what superb restoration work those fine chaps down in Gosport had done and the opportunity to operate this valuable asset was too good to miss”

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