Before Russia invaded Ukraine it was considered the ‘breadbasket of Europe’ responsible for about 13% of global grain exports. Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea is preventing this grain from reaching markets all over the world causing global food shortages and price hikes. Various politicians have called for naval intervention and here we look at the situation and the options for resolving this crisis.
The MoD confirmed this week that RFA Argus will remain in service beyond 2030. Argus was supposed to decommission in 2024 but with no replacement available, this decision will ensure the UK’s afloat medical and aviation training capability is retained.
HMS Audacious has conducted NATO maritime security patrols in the Mediterranean on her maiden operational deployment.
HMS Magpie is the newest addition to the RN’s hydrographic squadron, commissioned in June 2018 to replace veteran survey launch HMS Gleaner. Here we examine this small and unusual vessel in detail.
With the RN attack submarine fleet down to just 5 boats and the pressure of maintaining the nuclear deterrent unrelenting, initiatives to improve submarine reliability and availability have never been more important. Here we look at what is being done to mitigate chronic legacy issues and increase the time submarines spend at sea.