– Breaking Defense – For the first time, a US Marine Corps F-35B squadron will deploy aboard the UKs new aircraft carrier on its maiden voyage in 2021, a milestone hailed as “unprecedented” — even among close allies.
– USNI Proceedings – The Royal Navy’s experience responding to mines in World War II offers lessons for today.
– RUSI – Rumours abound that the Royal Navy is to gut its globally respected Operational Sea Training organisation in order to reallocate cash across defence. It is not simply the UK’s martial reputation that would be at stake; the evidence states that operational sea training is a crucial asset on which the Royal Navy should not skimp.
– BBC – The UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has set sail from the Firth of Forth.
– Defense News – Britain has chosen a Danish design to equip the Royal Navy with a new fleet of general-purpose frigates in a deal with Babcock International.
– USNI News – The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are spearheading a revival of British sea power unparalleled since the end of the Second World War.
– BBC – A second Royal Navy warship has arrived in the Gulf to protect British ships amid heightened tensions in the region.
– Defense News – The U.K. has the responsibility to protect its own ships, but doesn’t have the Navy it needs to do it.
– War Zone – The Royal Navy is planning on using these missiles as air-launched weapons against small boats, too, and has tested them in the surface-to-air role.
– BBC – The UK has brought forward plans to send a second warship to the Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran.
– BBC – Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship.
– War Zone – Last week, Iran said it could seize a British ship in retaliation for U.K. authorities seizing an Iranian tanker in the Mediterranean Sea.
– USNI News – The U.K. and its partners are testing out a first-responder force that could beat NATO to the punch if a crisis were to occur in Northern European waters.
– War Zone – This non-acoustic sensor could supplement the boat’s sonar when hunting for especially quiet enemy submarines.
– Military.com – A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter squadron will make history by deploying aboard the British Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier — the first deployment of its kind and one that could serve as a model for the new normal.
– Defense News – When British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in February that his ministry would create two “littoral strike groups,” some naval experts turned their heads in confusion.
– Forces Network – This could mark a radical new stage in the evolution of underwater warfare.
– RAF CASPS – The importance of maritime air operations and the characteristics desired in a maritime patrol aircraft.
– USNI News – One of three British Bay-class landing ships has spent nearly two years in the Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, both looking after British interests as well as finding ways to partner with the U.S. Navy.
– USNI News – Britain’s Ministry of Defence is exploring options for the development of an Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV) to conduct covert missions at distances of up to ranges 3,000 nautical miles for three months at a time for the Royal Navy.
– Navy Times – A British amphibious warship embarked with U.S. Navy sailors is slated to operate out of this Virginia port for what officials term a two-week “experiment” to test new mine warfare techniques.
– War Zone – They are a low-cost addition to ships’ layered defenses used to counter anti-ship missiles and the Royal Navy want to invest in improved models.
– BBC – The UK should end its control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean (and Diego Garcia) “as rapidly as possible”, the UN’s highest court has said.
– Forces Network – Littoral strike ships are able to command an assault force, rather than simply transporting it.
– War Zone – The United Kingdom says new forward-deployed task forces will use to ships to ‘make Global Britain a reality.’