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As of January 19, the UK had
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, split across two squadrons.

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article concerning the loss of an F-35B during take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth in November 2021 makes for interesting reading:

Due to a protective engine blank being left in the intake duct, the engine was only able to generate 55% of the thrust needed for the aircraft to take off from the ski ramp. Realising something was amiss, the pilot attempted to abort but it was too late and the jet was about to fall off the ramp when he was forced to eject [....] Tired engineers at all levels of seniority fatigued after 6 months at sea made small but understandable errors and the squadron had become too lax about handling red gear.

It is no coincidence that it was one of the 8 UK jets and not one of the 10 US jets that suffered this particular avoidable accident. 113 personnel of 617 Squadron were embarked for the deployment (12 of them were repatriated at various stages for personal or health reasons and not replaced) while VMFA-211 brought 255 people. 617 effectively had 14 personnel to each jet while the Marines had 25 per jet. If we assume the USMC has correctly determined the optimum support requirement for sustained F-35B operations at sea, then the UK squadron began the deployment a whopping 44% understrength.


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"NAVY FLOP British nuclear sub missile launch FAILS as Trident dramatically misfires and ‘plops’ into ocean just yards away
A TRIDENT missile dramatically misfired and crashed into the ocean yards from the British nuclear submarine that launched it
The second failed launch in a row – after a misfire in 2016 – happened while Defence Secretary Grant Shapps was on board HMS Vanguard to witness the test.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed an “anomaly occurred” during the January 30 exercise off Florida, but the nuclear deterrent remains “effective".
The crew on the nuclear sub perfectly completed their doomsday drill, and the Trident 2 missile was propelled into the air by compressed gas in the launch tube.
But its first stage boosters did not ignite and the 58-ton missile – fitted with dummy warheads – splashed into the ocean and sank.
A source said: “It left the submarine but it just went plop, right next to them.”"

"Effective". Yeah right.


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Possibility of retiring the Prince of Wales by 2028 in order to balance other defence priorities.

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Yeah, sure...
Yet, the Royal Navy may be forced to sell off the £3.5 billion aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as early as 2028 due to funding issues, The Daily Mail reported on Thursday citing naval officials. Described as an "HS2 moment" for the Royal Navy – evoking the British government's decision to scrap part of a proposed costly high-speed rail project – it could see the carrier mothballed or even sold to a friendly nation if defense finances aren't improved.


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The UK Ministry of Defense presented a video of the first tests of the first generation DragonFire laser weapon. The shooting was carried out in January at a shooting range in Scotland. The purpose of these tests is to help engineers create second-generation combat lasers. They are the ones that will go into service with the British Army. Laser weapons use beam combining technology to create a laser beam with increased power, reduced kill time, and increased effective range. The DragonFire 50kW laser weapon is valued at around £100m, with components sourced overseas. The test footage was published by British Defense Minister Grant Shapps. According to the UK Ministry, one “shot” from such a system costs £10.