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.Read More›
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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.Read More›
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.Read More›
Since its inception the RN has been a service of technology; often under-funded, often outnumbered but rarely out-thought. The Navy board is determined the RN will regain its reputation as a leader in technologyRead More›
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[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.
[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.
[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.