British Aircraft Carriers Return

Proceedings of the US Naval Institute – The first of Great Britain’s two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, began sea trials in May. She and her sister ship, Prince of Wales, represent the revival of Royal Navy fixed-wing aviation. The last of Britain’s earlier fixed-wing, carrier-based airplanes, the Sea Harrier fighter, was retired in 2006, and the last of three Invincible-class light aircraft carriers—HMS Illustrious—was decommissioned in 2014. Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, displacing some 70,000 tons each, are by far the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy.

Inside HMS Queen Elizabeth – in pictures

The Guardian – HMS Queen Elizabeth, sitting in Rosyth dockyard in Scotland, is ready to head out to sea for its first trials this summer. The milestone will mark significant progress in delivering HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most powerful surface warship ever built for the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy’s New Supercarrier Trains Alongside Its US Counterpart For The First Time

War Zone – The Royal Navy’s new supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her escorts are about to finish a series of multi-national training exercises off the coast of Scotland. Notably, the flattop joined the U.S. Navy’s USS George H.W. Bush and members of her own Carrier Strike Group Two (CSG-2) to practice what may become a model for future combined operations between the two navies.

F-35B Pilots Will Make Rolling Landings Like This To Board Royal Navy Carriers

War Zone – This new method of landing could unlock new possibilities for the F-35B.

Britain’s new aircraft carriers to test Beijing in South China Sea

The Guardian – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson commits ‘colossal’ carriers to embarking on freedom of navigation exercises in pointed remarks.

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Reuters – Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing.

All You Need To Know About The Royal Navy’s New Carrier And Its Maiden Voyage

War Zone – Pass or fail, the ship’s sea trials still won’t answer more serious questions about plans for its air wing and the fiscal viability of its sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales.

Pride of Britain? No, HMS Queen Elizabeth is a £6bn blunder that should be scuttled, writes Max Hastings

Daily Mail – What a glorious photo opportunity: the new pride and joy of British sea power, HMS Queen Elizabeth, largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, this week sailed from the Firth of Forth for sea trials. Here is a 21st-century ‘castle of steel’ to strike terror into the nation’s enemies. Except the ship is nothing of the sort. HMS QE and its half-built sister, Prince of Wales, are giant embarrassments. They are symbols of almost everything that is wrong with British defence policy.

Everything You Need To Know About The Royal Navy’s New Type 26 Frigates

War Zone – The new ships will be key components of the service’s future carrier battle groups, among other missions.

Britain’s European allies desert it in a vote at the UN

The Economist – An isolated island battles to hang on to its outpost at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Sailors abandoning Royal Navy’s new warship ‘because they are bored’, it is claimed

Daily Telegraph – he Navy’s delayed new aircraft carrier is facing a morale crisis, it has been claimed, as sailors ‘abandon ship’ because they are bored. In the last few weeks, around 21 sailors have quit aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth – the largest and most powerful warship ever built for the Royal Navy – amid claims morale has dropped “to an all-time low”

UK’s Trident nuclear submarines ‘vulnerable to catastrophic hack’

The Guardian – The UK’s Trident submarine fleet is vulnerable to a “catastrophic” cyber-attack that could render Britain’s nuclear weapons useless, according to a report by a London-based thinktank.

U.K., France and U.S. Agree to Increase Submarine Warfare, Aircraft Carrier Cooperation

USNI News – Naval leaders from the U.K., France and the U.S. have signed a trilateral cooperation agreement that will allow the three navies to work more closely together – especially in the realms of submarine warfare and carrier operations.

Is Sir John Parker Advocating a Snatch Land Rover for the Royal Navy?

RUSI – The chairman of the independent review into Britain’s National Ship Building Strategy is advocating a ‘cheap and cheerful’ Royal Navy. However, Sir John Parker is unlikely to face action on the unsuitable ships he is proposing.

More than half of Royal Navy’s attack submarines docked after crack found in reactor

Daily Express – A cracked nuclear reactor has led to more than half of the Royal Navy’s frontline attack submarines being taken out of service.

HMS Westminster returns to sea after major refit

UK Defence Journal – Type 23 Frigate HMS Westminster is now back at sea after a major refit sporting a new radar and a new missile system.

Britain, US Pledge to Improve Cooperation in Maritime Patrol Operations

Defense News – Britain and the US have pledged to work closer together on P-8A maritime patrol aircraft operations in the North Atlantic.

Theresa May ‘faith’ in Trident after test ‘malfunction’

BBC – Theresa May says she has “absolute faith” in the UK’s nuclear weapons system despite reports that an unarmed missile went off course during a test.

British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to deploy to the Pacific

UK Defence Journal – It has emerged that the UK plans to sail HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific in 2021 amid concerns regarding freedom of navigation in the region.

Britain struggling to confront rising Russian submarine incursions, experts warn

inews – Britain is facing an increasing number of incursions by Russian submarines through a strategic “choke point” in the North Atlantic and is struggling to confront Moscow’s increasingly muscular activity in or close to the United Kingdom’s territorial waters, experts have warned.

US F35 fighters to deploy from Royal Navy aircraft carrier

BBC – US and UK F35 fighters are to deploy alongside each other when the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier begins her first operational tour in 2021. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has signed an agreement with his US counterpart to allow Marine Corps F35Bs to fly from HMS Queen Elizabeth.

At sea with Britain’s secret submarine defender as it plays cat and mouse with Russians

Mirror – The Submarine Service is at the forefront of the Royal Navy’s classified efforts to protect our shores and the Mirror was given access as it sailed.

Royal Navy ‘woefully low’ on warships

BBC – Britain’s defences are at risk amid uncertainty over plans to replace the “woefully low” number of Royal Navy warships, MPs have warned.

Chagos Islanders denied right to return home

The Guardian – Foreign Office decision set to cause enormous disappointment for thousands deported in 1971 to make room for US military base.

UK to retire GWS60 Harpoon at end of 2018

Janes – The United Kingdom will withdraw the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service at the end of 2018 without replacement.