Integrated Review Refresh 2023: a pragmatic strategy for a maritime nation
In this article Professor Basil Germond summarises the maritime aspects of the Integrated Review Refresh (IR23) announced on 13th March.
Australia to join Royal Navy SSN(R) submarine programme
The leaders of Australia, Britain and the US met today at a summit in San Diego to discuss the AUKUS pact. The centrepiece of the agreement is the deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Here we examine the implications of the announcements and look at the future Anglo-Australian SSN(R) submarine […]
Snapshot: The Royal Navy escort fleet in March 2023
In this article we summarise the current activity of RN surface combatants and look at the health of the force.
In focus: the Fleet Solid Support ship design
There has been plenty of coverage of the Fleet Solid Support ship procurement process but here we take the first detailed look at the winning ship design.
Ukraine: Russia’s inability to dominate the sea has changed the course of the war
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago, most of the fighting has been on land. However, there has also been a less visible – but nonetheless crucial – maritime dimension to the war across the full spectrum of tactical, strategic, economic and diplomatic considerations.
Photo essay: the Royal Navy’s newest submarine, HMS Anson sails for the first time
On Saturday 18th February HMS Anson was moved out of Devonshire Dock in Barrow and subsequently sailed for the first time today to begin sea trials. She will not return to the yard and will arrive at her new home in Faslane soon.
The Royal Navy’s Astute class submarines: Part 2 – platform design
In the second of a series of articles focussing on the Astute class SSNs, we look at the overall design of the boat, its propulsion and accommodation arrangements.
Peregrine rotary wing UAV to enter service with the Royal Navy
Under the Future Tactical Uncrewed Air System (FUTAS) programme, the RN has selected the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter which will operate in the intelligence-gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance role, initially from warships based in the Persian Gulf.
Keeping the fleet stealthy – the acoustic ranges used to support the Royal Navy
As part of a series covering UK naval infrastructure, here we look at the little-known facilities used to evaluate the acoustic and magnetic signatures of the navy’s ships and submarines.