River-Class Batch 2 OPV ‘HMS Trent’ Commissioned With Royal Navy

Naval News – The River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) HMS Trent has been commissioned with the Royal Navy today during a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Stena Line ferry in Irish Sea involved in ‘near miss’ with nuclear submarine

Irish Mirror – A ferry carrying hundreds of passengers narrowly avoided smashing into a British nuclear-powered submarine killing many and sparking a maritime disaster. A ferry officer spotted the nuke sub’s periscope at the last minute and took action to avoid the collision in the Irish Sea two years ago, an investigation has discovered.

(Thanks to Alain)

Here’s why Britain is struggling to form a fully effective carrier strike group

Defense News – Britain’s Royal Navy took delivery of two new aircraft carriers, but a government report on the ships achieving operational capability has laid bare some obstacles toward making a fully effective carrier strike group.

Warning over plans for new Royal Navy aircraft carriers

BBC – Ambitious plans for the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers – each of which cost more than £3bn – will not be met without proper funding, the government spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office highlighted concerns over missing key elements such as aircraft and support ships.

COVID-19 and British Nuclear Deterrence

War on the Rocks – In early April, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson nearly died. Suffering from COVID-19, Johnson spent three nights in the intensive care unit before eventually recovering and being discharged. Without the expert and round-the-clock attention of his medical team, the prime minister later admitted, he may not have survived. Johnson’s stint in an intensive care unit raised a sensitive question related to British national security — with the prime minister incapacitated, who was authorized, if required, to launch the country’s nuclear weapons?

British Casualty Ship RFA Argus Dispatched To Support The Caribbean Region

Naval News – RFA Argus has set sail for the Caribbean in preparation to support the British Overseas Territories during the upcoming hurricane season and will be able to assist with the response to the Covid-19 pandemic if required.

Royal Navy shadows Russian ships after ‘high activity’ in Channel

Guardian – Nine Royal Navy ships were involved in a major operation shadowing seven Russian vessels who had lingered in the Channel for several days this month as the coronavirus crisis was beginning to worsen in the UK.

Pentagon reveals deal with Britain to replace Trident

Guardian – Britain has committed itself to buying a new generation of nuclear warheads to replace Trident, which will be based on US technology.

UK MoD Procuring 5 MANTAS T12 USVs For Royal Navy And Joint Forces Command

Naval News – The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a procurement contract to Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) of Melbourne, Florida, for the procurement of 5 MANTAS T12 unmanned surface vehicles (USV).

Royal Navy vessels sent to protect shipping in Strait of Hormuz

Guardian – The Royal Navy will accompany ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid soaring tensions in the Middle East, following the US’s fatal drone strike on Iran’s top general.

No These Aren’t Starships In Space Dock, They Are Nuclear Submarines Under Construction

War Zone – Nuclear submarines have many parallels to fictional starships, but in this case, these super high-tech vessels are made to dive down, not fly up.

Royal Navy Intends HMS Queen Elizabeth to be Integrated into U.S. Carrier Operations

USNI News – The U.K. Royal Navy intends its largest, most advanced warship ever built to be considered interchangeable with U.S. Navy carriers.

UK, US Enter New Era: ‘Unprecedented’ Carrier-Sharing Plan

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.

Sea Training: An Oft Overlooked Strategic Asset

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.

Britain goes with Danish design for new Type 31 frigates

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.

New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance

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.

In a naval confrontation with Iran, Great Britain can find neither ships nor friends

Defense News – The U.K. has the responsibility to protect its own ships, but doesn’t have the Navy it needs to do it.

The U.K.’s Pint-Sized Martlet Missile Will Guard Royal Navy Ships And Much More

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.

Royal Navy Frigate Escorts U.K. Tanker Out Of The Persian Gulf After Iranian Threats

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.