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FORBIN

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After 5/10 years lost better now.

Confirmation with Type 26 limited in number same thing for French Navy with FREMM ( more reasonnable as FFG ) that prefers DCNS also we go in Europe now for "normal" FFG and not close or DDG for size too big and finaly in too few number because so expensive with some capacity clearly useless by ex Type 26 can host containers it is not a capacity for a FFG ofc !
 

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Naval Today said:
U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft embarked on Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean transferred Royal and US Marines ashore Corsica during a simulated beach assault which rounded off Exercise Blue Raptor.

The soldiers from Arbroath-based 45 Commando Royal Marines have been working with their US colleagues for the past few months, training and improving their track record of joint operations.

To round off the training, Green Berets from Whiskey Company 45 Commando stormed ashore in Corsica with their US Marine Corps counterparts from the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (A).

They made use of USMC Osprey aircraft in the last movement of Exercise Blue Raptor which saw them re-taking a stronghold from an enemy force.

The assault group took off from the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean, where the USMC aircraft and US Marines have been embarked for the past few weeks.

Exercise Blue Raptor represents the latest phase in the US Allied Maritime Basing Initiative which has sought to improve the integration of US forces with allies while operating in the Mediterranean.

The Osprey have been embarked on HMS Ocean for the past few weeks while the Royal Navy flagship is deployed on Cougar 15.
Love to see those Osprey spreading their wings to more and more allied vessels.
 

asif iqbal

Brigadier
UK parliament is going to vote tomorrow on airstrikes over Syria

I think we will see first strikes by Tornado jets as early as tomorrow night they are preparing on the ground as we speak
 

TerraN_EmpirE

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NEW CONTRACT AWARDED TO MANUFACTURE NEXT GENERATION RIB FOR THE ROYAL NAVY
14 December 2015


The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP has today announced a £13.5m contract to BAE Systems for 60 new Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) during a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base.
This next generation Pacific 24 Mark-4 will be deployed on Royal Navy ships such as the Off Shore Patrol Vessels, as well as the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017. The RIBs are the workhorse of the Royal Navy, deploying from ship or shore at speeds of up to 38 knots (44mph) as a rapid response craft to perform fast rescue, anti-piracy and counter-narcotics missions.

The high energy operations they perform means the strain on crews can be huge. To tackle this, the Pacific 24 Mark-4 RIB will include high performance shock absorbing seats which will minimise crew fatigue, allowing them to travel up to six-times the distance.

A team of 19 BAE Systems employees will start work in early 2016 to build the boats over the next four years at the Company’s small boats manufacturing facility at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “These 60 new RIBs provide a vital capability to the Royal Navy and are a clear benefit of the £178 billion this government is investing in new military equipment.

“Built in Portsmouth dockyard this contract is not only good news for the Navy, but also for BAE Systems whose innovation has provided a modern design that will allow our armed forces to carry out operations ranging from armed boarding including anti-piracy and counter-narcotics missions to providing emergency rescue.”

The fourth generation Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boat
Les Gregory, Product & Training Services Director at BAE Systems, said: “Our focus for the next generation Pacific 24 was to extend the operational capabilities of a boat’s crew through the use of shock-absorbing seats designed to reduce driver and crew fatigue.

“The new seats provide significantly greater performance but are much heavier, so we faced an additional challenge to reduce the weight on the boat elsewhere to compensate. Structural composites and a lighter engine gave us the biggest weight savings, whilst ensuring we maintained the necessary payload requirements.”

The fourth generation Pacific 24 RIB is a significant step-up from its predecessors. It features a 370HP twin turbo diesel electronic engine with inbuilt self-diagnostic technology. The boats have also gained the Safety of Life at Sea accreditation meaning they can now be used for rescue operations.

News of the contract award follows the Company’s first in-water demonstration of an unmanned RIB. The BAE Systems-funded development is being designed as a potential retrofit to the Pacific 24 RIB. It has the potential to change the face of the Royal Navy by allowing crews to carry out vital tasks such as high speed reconnaissance and remote surveillance, while keeping sailors out of harm’s way.
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Naval Today said:
HMS Artful, the third of overall seven submarines the United Kingdom is building, has joined the Royal Navy fleet.

Until now the submarine was owned by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the MOD’s body responsible for procuring and supporting equipment for the armed forces.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: “The handover of Artful to the Royal Navy is another major step in the Astute Class submarine programme, which continues to gather pace. These attack submarines, will provide the Royal Navy with the most technologically advanced submarine Britain has ever sent to sea and will be a vital part of UK security for decades to come.”

Following her hand over December 10, the next milestone for the boat will be an official commissioning ceremony in March 2016, where her Sponsor, Lady Amanda Zambellas, will formally welcome Artful into the fleet at a ceremony in the home of the UK Submarine Service, HM Naval Base Clyde.

Since her arrival on the Clyde in August, Artful has continued her programme of Contractor Sea Trials. Most recently Rear Admiral Submarines John Weale became the first officer to be officially piped onboard the Royal Navy’s newest warship, and there was a change of command from Captain Scott Bower to Commander Stuart Armstrong.

Artful is one of seven Astute class submarines being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems Marine Services (BAES(MS)) in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, which are progressively replacing the Trafalgar Class submarines.

HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, and now Artful, are the first of the Class to be accepted by Navy Command, which is responsible for operating all of the Royal Navy’s vessels.

The next two submarines in the Class, Audacious and Anson, are currently being built in Barrow, with Agamemnon and the unnamed Boat 7 to follow.
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FORBIN

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A very dangerous hunter killer ! with seems an incredible sonar.

Programm laborious as S-80 now ! moreover Electric Boats help for the two class but Astute worck good now.

Delivered soon in service remains official trials but temporarily the SSN fleet increase to 7 number will be permanently only when the last Astute will be ready up to this date 6 to 7.

Astute as Vanguard based to Faslane the 4 Trafalgar to Devonport
 

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