Curated Royal Navy news feeds

Curated by Mike McNamara
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  • 20 July 2014:
    Royal Navy's Future Flagship Moved for First Time

    Britain’s biggest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth took to the water for the first time as she was moved out of dry dock.

    With just two meters to spare at either side of the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, a flotilla of tugs inched the ship from the dock where she was constructed at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, to a neighboring jetty where she...



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  • 20 July 2014:
    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to make final entry to Portsmouth

    THE Royal Navy’s last Invincible-class aircraft carrier will make her final entry to Portsmouth on Tuesday.

     

    HMS Illustrious will return home for the final time next week, the navy has now confirmed.

     

    As revealed by The News on Thursday, the helicopter carrier is now ready for decommissioning.

     

    An exact time has yet to be set for her arrival into Portsmouth Harbour.

     



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  • 20 July 2014:
    Full speed ahead for HMS Ocean during sea trials
    A DEVONPORT-based warship has successfully completed her first phase of engineering sea trials following a multi-million-pound refit.


    A period of 'running in' and manoeuvres off the South West coast...



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  • 20 July 2014:
    Warship's birthday celebrated in style with Plymouth family day
    A CITY warship's 10th birthday was celebrated in style – with a party involving hundreds of servicemen and women and their families.


    HMS Bulwark, the Royal Navy's Fleet Flagship, celebrated her...



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  • 20 July 2014:
    Royal seal of approval for Marines' birthday celebrations
    HRH PRINCE Philip proved a popular guest of honour as four days of entertainment celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines came to an end.


    His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,...



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  • 9 July 2014:
    Independence 'would end military shipbuilding in Scotland'

    Military shipbuilding in Scotland would be "finished" if the country goes independent, MPs were warned on Tuesday as union officials criticised the SNP's promises over the referendum.

     

    One official said a Yes vote could jeopardise the decision to build Type 26 frigates in Scotland while another said voters were not "daft enough" to believe the SNP's "milk and honey" portrayal of independence.

     

    The comments came during a Scottish Affairs Select Committee appearance and will add pressure on the SNP to do more to reassure shipbuilders over the impact of independence.

     

    Henry Wilson, Unite staff convener at BAE Systems, said the unions knew that UK defence contracts would not be awarded to a foreign country.



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  • 9 July 2014:
    Royal Naval Benevolent Trust mascot spends day with navy in Hampshire

    AB Jack who joined the Royal Navy in 1922 wanted to see how the Royal Navy has differed from the Navy experienced.



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  • 3 July 2014:
    The aircraft carrier that never was

    The Queen is about to name the first of the UK's controversial new-generation aircraft carriers in a ceremony at Rosyth. But a plan for a super-carrier five decades ago ended in acrimony.

     

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is a major milestone for the Royal Navy and for British defence.

     

    It also provides a strong echo with the past, and the Royal Navy's last - failed - bid for a new-generation of full-size aircraft carriers half a century ago. The first of those ships was designated CVA-01. Like the new ship, she would have been called HMS Queen Elizabeth. But she was the carrier that never was.



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  • 3 July 2014:
    British naval credibility relies on two aircraft carriers

    Britain must have two aircraft carriers to maintain its credibility as a maritime power, the head of the Navy has warned days before the Queen names the first...



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  • 3 July 2014:
    Royal Navy sailors create chilli chutney range for forces charity
    A group of Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines have designed a range of chilli chutney sauces in an attempt to set palates and supermarket shelves on fire, raising cash for charity in the process.


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  • 3 July 2014:
    Royal Navy anti-piracy patrol ships hand-over

    The Type 23 Frigate is perfect for the nature of the operations we conduct here, and this was proven by HMS Somerset and her crew seizing one of the...



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  • 1 July 2014:
    HMS Montrose returns to ‘home’ for six-day visit

    A Royal Navy frigate with strong ties to Angus is making its way “home” for the first time in six years.

     

    HMS Montrose, which recently celebrated her 20th anniversary and has a long history with the town, sails into the harbour on Tuesday for a six-day visit.

     

    The Type 23 frigate will berth at North Quay and her crew have a packed schedule, beginning with a capability demonstration for invited guests including the Duke of Montrose, after whom she is named.

    The ship’s company will exercise their Freedom of Angus the next day, for only the second time since it was conferred in 2002.

     

    With bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying, the ship’s company, led by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland, will parade from the former swimming pool at 6pm and march the full length of the High Street.



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  • 1 July 2014:
    UK Royal Navy's HMS Argyll To Stop In Bermuda

    The UK Royal Navy's HMS Argyll is due to stop in Bermuda this week, with the shipping schedule listing the Type 23 frigate as set to arrive today [June 30].



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  • 30 June 2014:
    Aircraft carrier to be named with malt whisky

    The Royal Navy's biggest ever ship will be formally named this week — with whisky replacing the more traditional champagne at the ceremony.

    The Queen will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the event on Friday.

    The ceremony will take place at Rosyth in Fife, where the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier has been assembled and fitted out.

    The whisky to be used in the ceremony will be from Bowmore Distillery, the first distillery the Queen ever visited in an official capacity, the Scotland Office said.

     

    Image: Artists impression of HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth



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  • 30 June 2014:
    Plymouth sailors join charity cycle across the country
    SEVEN Royal Navy cyclists have pedalled the length of the country to raise money for forces charities.


    The team clocked up an average of 85 miles a day in temperatures reaching up to 26 degrees to...



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  • 30 June 2014:
    Royal Navy helicopter and lifeguards called to rescue floating RNLI dummy
    A Royal Navy helicopter flew to Fistral Beach this afternoon to help rescue a floating dummy from the water.


    The helicopter attended as a precaution to assist lifeguards from the beach who carried out...



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  • 30 June 2014:
    Britannia College naval reserves put through their paces
    A CHARTERED accountant and a teacher were among the latest group of Royal Navy Reservists to complete training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. The group of nine undertook a two-week...


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  • 27 June 2014:
    Royal navy frigate forced to intercept two Russian military landing craft as they steamed up English Channel

    A Royal Navy patrol ship tracked down and intercepted two Russian landing craft in the English Channel on June 26.

     

    HMS Severn, a 1,700-tonne River-class patrol ship armed with three machine guns, headed off the two military vessels sailing east through the Channel.



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  • 27 June 2014:
    Island visit for Royal Navy warship

    The Royal Navy warship, HMS Brocklesby, will visit the Isle of Man next month, it has been announced.

     

    The Royal Navy said the Hunt-class mine vessel will be situated alongside at Victoria Pier in Douglas and open to the public between 2 and 4 July.

     

    A spokesman said Navy personnel will be available for career advice.

    HMS Brocklesby recently returned from the Mediterranean where the war ship was part of a multinational mine counter-measures task force.



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  • 27 June 2014:
    Former First Sea Lord challenges education secretary Michael Gove to boxing match
    THE former head of the Royal Navy has offered to take on education secretary Michael Gove in the boxing ring to determine whether socialists can be patriotic.


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  • 26 June 2014:
    The Royal Navy led a military parade through Portsmouth 24 June to mark Armed Forces Day
    The Royal Navy led a military parade through Portsmouth 24 June to mark Armed Forces Day (Royal Navy led a military parade through Portsmouth to mark #ArmedForcesDay | http://t.co/FrqetaUTQ1


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  • 26 June 2014:
    Reservists wear their uniforms with pride for Uniform To Work Day
    Reservists across the country from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF are swapping their civilian clothes for military uniforms today to celebrate Uniform to Work Day.


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  • 26 June 2014:
    The Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose gives his insight on Exercise Baltops
    For 10 days the Plymouth based frigate HMS Montrose has been put through her paces on exercise BALTOPS 14. She took part in nearly 100 serials that tested all of her capabilities while working...


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  • 26 June 2014:
    Royal Naval Air Power - History

    Photo of aircraft carriers HMS Eagle and HMS Indomitable taken from HMS Victorious, Operation Pedestal, August 1942



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  • 26 June 2014:
    BAE to provide service support for Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers

     BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide service support for the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, which are...



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