Six Months After The Russians Shot Down Ukraine’s Last Naval Rescue Helicopter, the U.K. Is Sending Replacements

A Westland Sea King HU5 in Royal Navy service in 2013. Via Wikimedia Commons The United Kingdom is sending three Westland Sea King helicopters to Ukraine. The 1970s-vintage rotorcraft, which once served in large numbers in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, are Ukraine’s first Western helicopters. Harbingers, perhaps, of the Ukrainian military’s future … Read more

Kongsberg precision-strike missiles to replace Harpoons on UK warships

LONDON — Britain’s Royal Navy is to be equipped with a new long-range precision strike missile in an agreement announced Nov 22 with the Norwegian Government. Eleven frigates and destroyers are to be equipped with the Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace built Naval Strike Missile. The first three warships are being rapidly modified to accept the … Read more

Navy ships temporarily not welcome in Solomon Islands ports, says Honiara

The Solomon Islands government has put a moratorium on navy vessels entering its ports, saying it needs to review approval requirements and procedures.  Key points: The Solomon Islands government earlier denied the reports of a moratorium The US embassy in Canberra said a US hospital ship docked in Solomon Islands had arrived before the moratorium A US … Read more

Royal Navy gets sandbox warship to test sea drones and robot submarines

The Royal Navy has taken delivery of a new experimental testbed ship that will let sailors experiment with cutting-edge technology such as robot submarines and remote controlled boats. Christened the XV Patrick Blackett, the Dutch-built vessel arrived in Portsmouth Naval Base this week for delivery to NavyX, the service’s research and development division. Tom Ryall, … Read more

UK warship seizes advanced Iranian missiles bound for Yemen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country. The British government statement was striking in that it provided … Read more

Nuclear submarine commander shared Trident secrets with ‘clandestine’ lover over Yahoo email

Lt Cdr Stone, who had served in the Royal Navy since 2003, was dismissed from the military and handed a prison sentence of four months, suspended for 12 months, after he pleaded guilty to one charge of disclosing information useful to an enemy and one charge of negligence of duty. Lt Brook had joined the … Read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier spotted in Plymouth Sound

The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been spotted off Plymouth Sound. The ship is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. This awe-inspiring warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. It was snapped by Plymouth Argyle correspondent Chris Errington off the Plymouth breakwater. The … Read more

‘Drunken’ sailor on HMS Queen Elizabeth cleared of sexually assaulting colleague in bed

A “drunken” female sailor aboard the Royal Navy’s flagship was accused of groping her colleague who had become “jealous” of her relationship with another crew member, a court martial heard. Petty Officer Christina Reaney was said to have asked the alleged victim “How do you let someone know that you had a sex dream about … Read more