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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Review: the Royal Navy 2013 – 2015

Type 45 Destroyer and T class submarine

2013 was another busy year for the Royal Navy diligently serving UK interests around the world with its usual can-do attitude, despite its over-stretched resources.

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Mercy mission to the Philippines – in the finest traditions of the Royal Navy

The value of having RN ships deployed across the globe has been vividly demonstrated by the announcement that HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious will be sent to the Philippines for ‘Operation Patwin’ to provide what assistance they can in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines on the 8th of November.

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HMS Dauntless’ routine deployment underlines Britain’s right to defend the Falkland Islands

In 1982 foolish cuts to the Royal Navy by a Conservative government were seen as a green light by the Argentines to invade the Falklands. 2012 is the 30th anniversary of a short but bloody war that had a big impact on British history.

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Highs and Lows - The Royal Navy in 2011

Highs and Lows: The Royal Navy in 2011

Info-graphic reviewing the Royal Navy in 2011.

Dominated by the successful operations in support of the liberation of Libya and devastating impact of the 2010 Strategic Defence Review.

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Type 22 frigates on 'death row' Devonport, July 2011

Type 22 death row: symptom of Britain’s self-destruction

4 Type 22 frigates on ‘death row’ Devonport, July 2011, Photo: Keith Reed

The harsh reality of the government’s “strategic defence review”. Amongst the most depressing sights in the UK today, HMS Campbeltown, Chatham, Cornwall and Cumberland lie at Devonport in various stages of dismemberment being stripped of secret formula radar-absorbent paint, weapons and other useful or sensitive equipment ready for scrapping.

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