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 Post subject: Re: Royal Navy (RN)
PostPosted: 10 Nov 2014, 22:19 
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Royal Navy opens fire off Falkland Islands as South America summit debates sovereignty

Nothing wrong with military exercises off the coast of a British Overseas Territory, more so when the inhabitants consider themselves British and have expressed those wishes in the referendum held in March 2013. Voter turnout was 92% and the vote to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom was 99.8%. =D>
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The frigate, HMS Iron Duke, fired 136 shells as part of a training exercise with the Army in San Carlos Water and Falkland Sound - where British servicemen staged landings 32 years ago, in order to retake the islands following Argentina's invasion.

Troops from the South Atlantic islands' Roulement Infantry Company and 148 (Meiktila) Battery Royal Artillery teamed up with the warship for the joint exercise.

https://news.google.com/news?ncl=dY3koJ ... CCQQqgIwAA

The activities were described as an opportunity for the Portsmouth-based warship "to show off her gunnery skills". :)

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Permanent Royal Navy Base In The Arabian Gulf

A £15 million Royal Navy base will be established in Bahrain marking Britain's clear commitment to a sustained presence east of Suez. Britain already has four minehunters permanently based at the Mina Salman Port, but the plans will allow for an increase in the number and size of warships sent to the area, including the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers currently under construction. Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond signed the deal with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa. (Daily Mail Online)

http://www.france24.com/en/20141206-ana ... rain-navy/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... hrain.html

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/

With the UK currently enjoying a recovering and growing economy, after four years of stagnation resulting from the worldwide financial crisis, there seems to be a renewed impetus and purpose to international partnerships. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have ended, gradually being replaced by stability and the creation of local military capabilities, trained and largely equipped by former coalition partners. British naval force projection in the Gulf, by invitation, is firmly back on the agenda.

Both Royal Navy aircraft carriers, currently under construction in the UK, will be commissioned, the first in 2017. Yes, how comforting to know that the Royal Navy is building its own carriers in its own backyard .... :D


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Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels - Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce .... nice names. :)

These four 37,000 ton Tide class vessels will become the newest of the RFA ships to support RN deployments worldwide, specifically also to accompany the Queen Elizabeth class carrier battle groups in the future. The first block has been laid for Tidespring and the first steel was cut for the next one Tiderace, last December.

Below is an artist's impression of what things may look like. Leading is an Astute class submarine, both sides of the carrier are two Type 45 destroyers followed by a Tide class tanker / replenishment vessel.

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https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/8265

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide-class_tanker

Maybe some naval exercises in the Baltic in time, with the Polish navy joining in, also some involvement by the three Baltic states, under the NATO umbrella of course .... \:D/

What shall we call these future exercises then - how about Operation Baltic Thunder for the naval part and Operation Freedom Forever for the beach assault landings on the Lithuanian coast. Nice and close to the Kaliningrad Oblast .... :P


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Slipped in under the radar almost, this visit of Chinese Navy vessels to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth Naval Base. Report and pictures at link below:-

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-la ... aval-ships

Admiral Lord Nelson's Flagship, HMS VICTORY, is marked with the orange arrow.

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Heading the task group is the assault ship Chang Bai Shan
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UK Royal Navy Advances Type 26 Frigate Program
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BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships, has been awarded a GBP859 million (USD1.32 billion) contract to move forward with the demonstration phase of the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme, paving the way for a transition to manufacture next year. The first of the 6,500-ton anti-submarine warfare frigates is scheduled to be delivered in 2022 to start replacing Type-23 warships.

http://www.janes.com/article/49161/uk-c ... tion-phase

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defens ... /23749931/

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Tally-Ho...now that's a great looking warship and certainly a winner in the "looks" department. At first I thought there was no bridge on this type 26 design but spotted same eventually looking very low profile. So they are seemingly staying with a traditional bridge which despite the advances in technology is still an essential requirement especially when docking.


Talking RN...I see HMS Dragon at Simonstown has joined in the fun today in 'dressing' the ship in flags as is tradition when celebrating with host navy (SAN) ....the SA Armed Forces Day today.

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Is it just me or is the red dragon no longer painted on the bow? :lol:

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PostPosted: 23 Feb 2015, 22:13 
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Never mind, I see its only on the port side :smt023

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Rosh wrote:
Never mind, I see its only on the port side :smt023


Yep, got a nice early morning view of the Port side early Sunday morning. Light was great!

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Is it the Welsh dragon?


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Rosh wrote:
Never mind, I see its only on the port side :smt023


Wiki profile for the vessel shows that at some point, it was on the starboard side.

Roger the Dodger wrote:
Is it the Welsh dragon?


Certainly looks exactly like it. Wiki profile also shows vessel has affiliation to Cardiff.

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This is how you watch movies at sea - weather permitting!

Movie night on the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth somewhere in Japanese waters, taken in the past week, during the UK CSG 21 (Carrier Strike Group) deployment to the Far East.

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Gives a new meaning to a drive-in (sail-in).

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That will be one for the photo albums, I'm sure.

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