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Submarine 'HMS Ambush' Commissioned

HMS Ambush on Trials: Photo credit Royal Navy

The Royal Navy's latest, most advanced attack submarine commissioned into the Royal Navy at HM Naval Base Clyde. Ambush was commissioned into the Royal Navy during a ceremony overseen by the submarine’s crew, naval base workers and around 500 invited guests. Among the dignitaries attending the event was the First Sea Lord , Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, and the vessel’s sponsor, Lady Anne Soar, who were joined by representatives from the City of Derby , to which the submarine is affiliated. Also in attendance were proud family members and loved ones of the crew. Admiral Stanhope said: "It is my great pleasure to welcome HMS Ambush into the Royal Navy fleet during this important and noteworthy occasion. HMS Ambush is the second of the Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarines. These vessels represent the cutting-edge of military technology and the future of UK submarine operations for many years to come. The Astute Class vessels will contribute significantly to our mission of protecting the UK’s interests worldwide." Launched on 5 January 2011 at the BAE Systems shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, Ambush arrived at her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde on 19 September 2012. Since then, the submarine has undergone extensive sea trials to ensure she is ready to become part of the fleet, with the White Ensign being raised for the first time on 18 January after the signing of the ‘certificate of acceptance’.


Submarine Returns To Birkenhead Yard

Cammell Laird, the international marine services company, has been awarded a contract from BAe Systems to support the important maintenance of former Royal Navy submarine, HMS Unseen, for the Royal Canadian Navy. HMS Unseen is an SSK Upholder diesel-powered conventional submarine built at Birkenhead for the Royal Navy and is one of four conventional submarines that are to be transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Canadian Navy over the next few years


BAE Get £1.2 billion UK Submarine Contract

HMS Ambush: Photo credit MOD

The Ministry of Defence awards the contract for 'Audacious', the latest Astute Class attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy. Audacious is the fourth of 7 Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically-advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and offer a step-change in capability. The contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and represents a significant step forward in the Astute


UK Hopes Navy Deal To Save Navy Jobs

The U.K. Ministry of Defense hopes a new contract with naval shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft would save 450 workers from the company's planned 650 job cuts announced in December. Vosper Thornycroft is building three offshore patrol vessels at its Southampton, southern England, shipyard for the Royal Navy. The vessels will replace existing ships involved with protecting fishing regulations. "Construction of the vessels is expected to safeguard around 450 jobs at Vosper Thornycroft's


ALSTOM Wins $102M Navy Deal

ALSTOM has won a second order of around $102 million to supply an integrated electric power and propulsion system for the Royal Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Type 45 Destroyers. Following on from the first contract in April 2001 for batch one, this order is for batch two vessels and was awarded by BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer Prime Contract Office. The order for the integrated electric power and propulsion system also includes the supply of major items of equipment including: 21 MWe


UK Tugboat in Trouble: Crew Taken Off

Eight crew members have been taken off a flooding tug boat a mile off Hope’s Nose, Torbay, on the south-west coast of England. The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the tugboat began taking water after it collided with the vessel on tow. Nearby Brixham Coastguard has been coordinating the rescue operation after the collision in the dark on Sunday evening. The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat and the Exmouth all-weather lifeboat were sent to the scene


MARINS Chosen for U.K.’s New Aircraft Carriers

iXBlue has been selected to provide inertial navigation systems for the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for the U.K. Royal Navy. The bridge system for each of the carriers will incorporate two iXBlue MARINS units. Trials have already been conducted to optimise the configuration of the units to meet the specific operational requirements of the vessels.


Warships Protect Drifting Tanker in Pirate Waters

New Dehli Express Stern.JPG

WHILE Royal Navy ships protect the London Olympics others have rushed to prevent a pirate attack in the Middle East. The minehunters HMS Middleton and HMS Pembroke were in the Gulf of Aden on their way home when they received a distress call from the MV New Delhi Express on July 27th. The 40,000-tonne merchant ship, laden with valuable containers, contacted HMS Middleton to say she was 12 miles to the south west and had suffered an engine failure


Offshore Patrol Vessel Contracts to Ease UK Shipbuilding Hiatus

RN River-class patrol boats: Photo credit MOD

The 3 new ships will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde in a deal that will sustain jobs in the UK’s warship-building industry, and will play a key role in counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations, according to a UK MOD announcement. The agreement with BAE Systems provides work for the company between the completion of the Queen Elizabeth-Class aircraft carriers and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship


New Warship Commissioned into British Fleet

HMS Dragon: Photo courtesy UK MOD

HMS Dragon, 4th new Type 45 destroyer formally commissioned into the Royal Navy Fleet HMS Dragon is the fourth of six Type 45 destroyers being built for the Royal Navy. All will be based in Portsmouth. The first, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009 and the fifth, Defender, is due to arrive in Portsmouth for the first time this summer. All six are scheduled to be in service by the middle of the decade.  Hundreds of guests including families of the 190-strong ship's company


International Seapower Symposium Kicks Off in Newport, R.I.

ISS pre-meeting talk: Photo USN

The 21st edition of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS) began Sept. 16 at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., with more than 170 representatives from 113 nations attending.
 Throughout the three-day symposium, naval leaders from around the world will attend presentations and


Arctic Wreck Found after 169 Years

Photo: Parks Canada

After more than 169 years, Canadian researchers discovered one of the two ships from the doomed Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin, cracking one of the largest mysteries in sea exploration. The wreck was found some 11 meters below the surface using a ROV recently acquired by Parks Canada


Gas Turbine Acceptance Test Completed for S. Korea Navy

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has reached a milestone in the Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX frigate program, with the successful completion of acceptance tests for the MT30 gas turbine. The MT30, which will power the FFX Batch II frigates, is the world’s most power-dense marine gas turbine


Optimarin Opens Up New BWT Market

Photo: Optimarin

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has announced that it has received full EX approval for a modified version of its market proven Optimarin Ballast System (OBS). The approval means the Norwegian firm can now target the chemical tanker segment


British WWl Warship Refurbishment Project

HMS Caroline: Photo in public domain

Northern Ireland Office Minister, Dr Andrew Murrison MP, visited the historic HMS Caroline in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter as restoration grants are received, informs the UK Government. As a former Royal Naval Officer as well as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the


HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career. The ship’s White Ensign was lowered for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony in


RN Warship Intercepts Caribean Drug Smugglers

Drug confiscation: Photo MOD

Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has seized £21 million worth of cocaine after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean, informs the Ministry of Defence. Sailors then transferred the cocaine to a US Coast Guard vessel. After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted


RN Diving Expert Chris Baldwin Joins IMCA

Chris Baldwin: Photo IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat says that Chris Baldwin has joined its team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler


BAE Systems to Build OPVs for UK Navy

BAE Systems OPV

BAE Systems has been awarded a £348 million contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defense to construct three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy. The new 90-meter vessels will be built at BAE Systems’ facilities in Glasgow and will provide additional capability for


Scottish Jobs Boosted by £348-M OPV Shipbuilding Contract

River-class PBs: Photo MOD

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow, informs the UK Ministry of Defence.


Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported


Another Major Military Contract for SES

The Zenitel EXIGO PA/GA system to be supplied by SES

Ships Electronic Services (SES), an industry leader in the supply, installation and maintenance of maritime electronics, has won a contract from Finmeccanica – Selex ES to supply a PA & General Alarm system to each of the four Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Military Afloat Reach &


ASRY Targets Navy Market

Navy-Story-Credit ASRY

  ASRY, the leading ship and rig repair yard in the Arabian Gulf, has launched a new department dedicated to military projects called the Navy Defence and Industrial Projects (NDIP) Department. The specialised team, headed by Anthony Haile


Royal Navy Evacuates Britons from Libya

HMS Enterprise helps evacuate British citizens from Libya (U.K. Royal Navy photo)

A Royal Navy patrol ship is helping to bring home British citizens after an upturn in unrest in Libya. HMS Enterprise, which has been on operations in the Mediterranean, arrived at the capital Tripoli yesterday where there has been increased instability and fighting.


Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year






 
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