Type 45 Destroyer Gas turbine engine problems

Putting the Type 45 propulsion problems in perspective

Amongst informed defence commentators it has been an open secret for several years, but on 29th January a BBC report finally put the engine problems of the Type 45 destroyers into the public eye. The MoD has consistently played down the seriousness of the issue, that had on occasions resulted in total propulsion and electrical failure, leaving ships dead in the water. Even Parliamentary questions were met with vague assurances that “progress was being made”. The media coverage has since been predictably excessive, giving the unfortunate impression that Type 45s are £1Billion cripples. Although these breakdowns have hampered their operation, all the Type 45s have completed major deployments and HMS Defender is currently on a 9-month Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment.

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The Silent Deep - Submarines Polaris

The Silent Deep – Book review

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2015 saw the publication of the latest in a string of fascinating titles dealing with the Cold War history of the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Secrets of the Conqueror (2012), Hunter Killers (2013) and Cold War Command (2014) were essentially based on stories told by RN submariners. The Silent Deep, the Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945 is a lengthy and more encompassing work that tells the political, operational and personal stories of the service from the end of WWII up to the present day.

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Unmanned Surface Vessel

Unmanned Platforms & the Royal Navy – Part 2 Surface & Underwater Systems

For most navies including the RN, the trend is towards building bigger, more powerful and expensive ‘small combatants’. Unmanned technology offers new possibilities to partially escape this size, cost and complexity spiral. It also can save exposing the crew to danger as well as the cost and size penalty of their accommodation space. 

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Black Swan Corvette concept

British Seapower: A New Approach

This is a guest post by Louis Forde – a history graduate from KCL, due to begin studying for a Masters in September. His primary area of research focusses on British colonialism and it’s relationship with the Royal Navy.

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Britain’s Future Navy

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Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy’s Most Secret Service

[amazon-element asin=”1409139018″ fields=”lg-image,desc,ListPrice,new-price,button”] The incredible, true story of the Royal Navy’s submarines confronting the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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We Come Unseen: The Untold Story of Britain’s Cold War Submariners

[amazon-element asin=”0571278027″ fields=”lg-image,desc,ListPrice,new-price,button”] Exciting account of the sometimes dangerous and risky operations involving the RN’s submarines operating against Soviets in the Cold war.

Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy

[amazon-element asin=”1848320434″ fields=”lg-image,desc,ListPrice,new-price,button”] Overview of the operations of the RN since WWII. Lavishly illustrated with great photos. Published in association with the White Ensign Association.