Curated Royal Navy news feeds

Curated by Mike McNamara
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  • 15 April 2014:
    Admiral Sir George Zambellas: our shared history makes the Navy stronger

    On Sept 18, voters in Scotland will go to the polls to decide their future. As the professional head of the Royal Navy, responsible for its fighting efficiency and for this country’s maritime security, I too have to consider the potential impact of independence – on the people, ships and submarines that help to keep this country safe.

     

    I believe that independence would fundamentally change maritime security for all of us in the United Kingdom and damage the very heart of the capabilities that are made up of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Fleet Air Arm.

     

    While the continuing UK would eventually adapt and cope, the deeper impact would be felt in Scotland, which would no longer have access of right to the security contribution of one of the finest and most efficient navies in the world.


    Mike McNamara's insight:
    A good piece that everyone should read.

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  • 15 April 2014:
    Navy's submarine secrets 'were stolen in burglary and then blackmailer demanded money for their return'
    Marcin Kostrzewa, 31, is accused of stealing 'sensitive and restricted' documents relating to Royal Navy submarines during a burglary in Plymouth.


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  • 15 April 2014:
    Defence cuts feared to have left Royal Navy short of ships have been too deep, says Plymouth MP

    DEFENCE cuts feared to have left the Royal Navy with too few ships to protect the country have been too deep, says a city MP.

     

    Gary Streeter was reacting to controversial comments made by his Conservative colleague and Commons Defence Committee chairman James Arbuthnot.

     

    Mr Arbuthnot, who will resign from the role next month, claimed Government cuts led by his own party had left the Navy short of firepower, with just 23 ships remaining in its fleet.

     

    Supporting his comments, South West Devon MP Mr Streeter told The Herald: “My opinion, and I have been saying this for several years, is that we have cut all of our armed forces too deeply, including our navy.

    “I look forward to the day when we reinvest in our armed forces once more.”



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  • 10 April 2014:
    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.


    Mike McNamara's insight:
    A MUST read, if ever there was one.

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  • 10 April 2014:
    Keighley sailor aids hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

    A sailor from Keighley is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

     

    Able Seaman Ryan Smith is on the Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo which was redeployed to assist in the search. The former South Craven School student is part of the Hydrographic and Meteorological team on the ship.

     

    HMS Echo had been carrying out survey work in the Middle East before receiving instructions to join the international search effort in the Southern Indian Ocean.

     

    Able Seaman Smith group, who grew up in Keighley and joined the Royal Navy in 2010, said he felt privileged to be part of the search operation.



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  • 10 April 2014:
    HMS Echo to take on stores and keep up search for Malaysian Airlines missing plane MH370
    SAILORS involved in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 say they hope their efforts will bring comfort to the families of missing passengers.


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  • 10 April 2014:
    Grimsby-area sailors join search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370
    TWO sailors from the Grimsby area are involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. Lieutenant Hal Magill and Sub Lieutenant Frederick Wade are on Royal Navy survey ship HMS...


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  • 10 April 2014:
    HMS Portland, first Royal Navy visit to Sao Tomé and Príncipe in 29 years
    HMS Portland on Atlantic patrol, became the first Royal Navy Ship to visit São Tomé and Príncipe in 29 years when she anchored off the islands for a two day visit. The last Royal Navy Ship to visit the former Portuguese colony was the survey vessel HMS Herald in 1985. Prior to that, the last recorded visit of a Royal Naval Warship was in 1889.


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  • 8 April 2014:
    Cammell Laird in mammoth £47m Navy refit job for largest ship
    Shipyard's largest vessel, Fort Victoria, undergoing 10-month refit

     

    A staggering £47m will be spent on the 10-month refit as 451 men from Cammell Laird's staff and sub-contractors swarm over Fort Victoria during her 10-month refit as she sits in No 5 Drydock alongside Birkenhead Priory.



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  • 8 April 2014:
    Royal Navy training takes place off Cumbrian shores
    The Royal Navy is currently deployed in operations all around the world but much of its training takes place in seas closer to home.

    On a Navy patrol vessel off Cumbria's west coast students are learning about life at sea.

    Liverpool University Students are on board HMS Charger for a two-week learning exercise.


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  • 8 April 2014:
    Royal Marines launch final attack as part of Exercise Joint Warrior
    As the mist rose on the damp fields of Edingham Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, the Royal Marines of 40 Commando readied themselves to launch their final attack.


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  • 7 April 2014:
    Surgeon receives OBE for 'inspired leadership'
    A Royal Navy consultant radiologist who extended her tour in Afghanistan to ensure that local surgical teams could successfully treat their own wounded soldiers has been awarded an OBE.

    When Surgeon...


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  • 5 April 2014:
    Royal Navy's HMS Tireless submarine joins in search for missing ...
    The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless will be on the hunt for the missing Boeing 777, which was heading to Beijing in China from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. The plane has been the centre of a search since it ...


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  • 5 April 2014:
    Royal Navy Join Forces with National Oceanography Centre
    The Royal Navy is working with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to provide the basis for trialling and understanding how the gliders can best be used. Commodore Guy Robinson from Navy Command Headquarters ...


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  • 5 April 2014:
    Isle of Wight Royal Navy officer brings his own warship home

    A Royal Navy officer from the Isle of Wight will sail his ship into Cowes on Monday (7th April).

     

    For Lieutenant Roger Skelley is the Commanding Officer of HMS Dasher, a P2000 fast patrol vessel and a former student of Carisbrooke High School, Archbishop King Middle School and St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School.

     

    The Archer-Class vessel will dock at Sheppard’s Wharf at around 4pm on Monday 7th April and sail once more at 10am on Wednesday 9th April.



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  • 5 April 2014:
    World first aircraft carrier restored after it was found rusting by the Thames

    A far cry from the Royal Navy's new 920ft aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, the tiny boat could carry just one plane which was launched by towing...



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  • 5 April 2014:
    Plymouth Marines sail anniversary challenge yacht to Norway

    The yacht that will take Plymouth Royal Marines 1664 Challengers from Stavanger to Spain has now arrived in Norway ready for its 1,664 nautical mile journey...



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  • 4 April 2014:
    Stories come alive inside new exhibition
    A ONCE-MISSING piece of Britain’s naval history has now been filled.

     

    A new exhibition at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, HMS Hear My Story, recounts the navy’s past 100 years for the first time.

    The £4.5m exhibition includes scores of interactive displays and recounts the stories of more than 1,000 men and women who have served in the Royal Navy.

     

    Museum director-general Dr Dominic Tweddle said HMS Hear My Story was an excellent addition to the attractions already at the dockyard.

     

    He said: ‘Together, they offer a unique perspective on how the navy has built the nation over the past 500 years. This exhibition is the next building block of that story.’



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  • 4 April 2014:
    Royal Navy’s HMS Charger to call at Kirkcudbright
    Almost a year to the day since her last visit, the Royal Navy’s HMS Charger will call in at Kirkcudbright once more.

     

    Last year the P2000 patrol vessel – the Universities Royal Naval Unit (URNU) ship for Liverpool universities – sailed in to the Solway port on March 31, this time she will sail in on Sunday April 6 at around and leave on Tuesday April 8.

     

    And it’s a second lucky bite at the cherry for Dalbeattie man Chief Petty Officer Mark McMinn, Second-in-Command on board.



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  • 4 April 2014:
    MH370 Underwater Search For Black Box Begins

    Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told a news conference: "The Australian Navy and the Royal Navy have today commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

     

    "Using the towed pinger from the US Navy on Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield and a similar capability on HMS Echo, the two ships will search a single 240km track converging on each other."

     

    It comes after Malaysia's opposition leader accused the government of deliberately concealing information about missing flight MH370.



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  • 3 April 2014:
    1500 veterans to join Armed Forces Day
    A PARADE of personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force will be led through the streets of Stirling to begin a series of events marking Armed Forces Day.


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  • 2 April 2014:
    Malaysia mystery ‘may not be solved’

    The British submarine HMS Tireless has also arrived in the southern Indian Ocean assist search efforts for MH370. It will soon be joined by Royal Navy ship HMS Echo.



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  • 2 April 2014:
    Nuclear submarines to be based in Sunderland if Scotland wins independence

    Creating a new home for the four submarines will take several years, and in the meantime, they will be tied up at the marina, in the care of...


    Mike McNamara's insight:
    Was it April 1st?

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  • 2 April 2014:
    Royal Marines gear up to Three Peaks Yacht Race

    A TEAM of Royal Marines taking part in an annual yacht race hope to raise money and awareness for those injured physically and psychologically during service.



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  • 1 April 2014:
    Wife of Royal Marine jailed for life hopes he will win his appeal against ...

    The wife of a Royal Marine jailed for life for executing an injured Afghan fighter is hoping he wins his appeal against his murder conviction.

     

    Claire Blackman, 42, said her husband Sergeant Al Blackman, 39, “bitterly regrets” the incident which saw him jailed for life for killing the insurgent in Helmand province in 2011.

     

    Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other senior judges are to hear Sgt Blackman’s appeal against his conviction and sentence.

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