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.

What the U.S. should learn from Britain’s dying navy

Reuters – Britain used to boast the most powerful navy in the world. No more. That’s a serious problem for allies like the United States.

One Last Chance to Save the Royal Navy’s Flagship

War is Boring – The helicopter carrier HMS ‘Ocean’ will sail into the sunset unless Britain finds the money … and the sailors.

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

The Guardian – Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level

Labour ‘saddled Navy ships with dodgy engines’

Daily Telegraph – The former Labour Government ignored concerns about the reliability of the engines for the Royal Navy’s most powerful warships in order to buy from a British manufacturer, a former head of Britain’s Maritime Warfare Centre has said.

UK nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar

BBC – One of the UK’s newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise.

MPs vote to renew Trident weapons system

BBC – The House of Commons has backed the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system by 472 votes to 117.

HMS Dragon’s visit to Wales cancelled due to engine problems

UK Defence Journal – Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon was due to dock in Cardiff on Friday but it has been reported that “propulsion problems” mean the ship cannot travel.

Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court

BBC – Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland more than 40 years ago have lost their legal challenge to return.

Falkland Islands left with no Royal Navy warship protection for first time since 1982 conflict

Independent – The Falkland Islands have been left without the protection of a British frigate or destroyer for the first time since the conflict in 1982.

Falkland Islands seek clarity on new ruling expanding Argentina’s sea control

BBC – The Falkland Islands have asked the UK to clarify the meaning of an international commission judgement that would leave the islands surrounded by Argentina’s territorial waters.

Have Lethal Swarming Drones Made Submarines Obsolete?

National Interest – Submarines can run—but they can’t hide—from drones. That’s the contention of a new report by a British think tank, which argues that the growing numbers and sophistication of drones are depriving submarines of their stealthiness.

Royal Navy relied on Nato to protect British waters 20 times in 2015

The Independent – Britain had to rely on the US, Canada, France and Germany aircraft to protect its territorial waters more than 20 times last year, with the Royal Navy’s reliance on its Nato allies far greater than previously thought. The Royal Navy no longer possess maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) designed to track suspected submarines off British waters and the Ministry of Defence has regularly been forced to call in Nato aircraft in the last two years.