Type 31e friagate candidates

The Type 31e frigate candidates compared

This is a basic comparison of the three Type 31e frigate candidates using publicly available information. The consortiums are currently in the Competitive Design Phase, refining these concepts before the winner is selected in late 2019.

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Has the Royal Navy solved its manpower problems?

In bullish mood last week, the First Sea Lord told the Portsmouth News “we are through with relegating frigates and destroyers to training vessels due to a shortage of sailors”. This is an encouraging sign and here we examine the context and true extent of the improvement in RN personnel numbers.

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HMS Argyll rescues all 27 crew from blazing ship in Bay of Biscay

HMS Argyll left Gibraltar on the afternoon of Saturday 9th March on the final leg of a nine-month deployment to the Asia Pacific. While crossing the Bay of Biscay she was called upon to rescue the crew of a burning container ship MV Grande America.

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RFA Tidespring Arrives at Cammel-Laird

First Tide-class RFA tanker begins maintenance period at Cammell Laird

RFA Tidespring arrived on the Mersey on 8th February to begin her first docking. She is the first vessel in the RFA fleet to undergo maintenance as part of the Future In-Service Support (FISS) contracts awarded in October 2018.

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MPs debate Carrier Strike strategy amidst rumours HMS Prince of Wales could be mothballed

On 28 February, Robert Courts MP led a Parliamentary debate held in Westminster Hall to “consider carrier strike strategy and its contribution to UK defence”. Here we look at the highlights of this constructive two and a half hour discussion held by a small cross-party group of MPs.

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MTLS and ASROC – killing the submarine without a helicopter

Detecting and destroying submarines will always be a demanding task. By far the best solution for surface ships to destroy enemy submarines is using a helicopter but aircraft cannot fly in all weathers and must undergo maintenance. Warships hunting submarines need every possible tool at their disposal and here we look at what the options are when the helicopter is unavailable.

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Future Logistic Support Ship

Defence Secretary delivers radical vision for Royal Navy posture but raises more questions than answers

Speaking today at the Royal United Services Institute, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson made a series of announcements about his vision for the future of UK defence. The role of the RN was front and centre of a positive and bold piece that focussed on innovations and increased global deployment.

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