Nice set of photos.
When I saw these pictures I remembered that the British Paras were using a different type of parachutes.
Anyone knows what model of parachute this is and what the difference to a T10 is. It looks far bigger and there is something looking like a sack in the middle.
The MoD orders 10 more upgraded Lynx Mk9As for the Army Air Corps, bringing the total up to 22. The first are set to be deployed to Afghanistan in April. IIRC the idea always was for 22 aircraft, but only 12 had been ordered until now.
Black to Black – HMS Triumph Gets up Close and Personal with Astute, the Royal Navy’s Newest Submarine
You wouldn’t want to meet them on a dark night, but luckily the Royal Navy’s most advanced attack submarine,Astute, and the service’s newest Trafalgar class boat are on the same side – and, for that matter, the same river!
Creeping stealthily through the channel between the Island of Arran and the Cumbrae Isles, the sleek, awesome Astute found a moment during her continuing sea trials to spend time with HMS Triumph in the Firth of Clyde, creating this great double take moment.
Launched in 1991 and accepted into service in the same year, HMS Triumph has just completed a multi-million pound refit in Devonport and is currently undergoing a period of sea training.
Astute herself has been undergoing a relentless programme of trials since her arrival on the Clyde in November 2009, including completion of her first dives, all in advance of acceptance into the fleet.
This dramatic image was captured by the Royal Navy’s search and rescue team from HMS Gannet while on exercise nearby – the Senior Service out in force.
Astute is the largest attack submarine ever built for the Royal Navy and she will spend her 25 year lifespan with Faslane as her home port. Her new Core H reactor never needs to be refuelled and her much increased firepower makes her one of the UK’s most potent means of maritime defence.
Astute’s 97m length is more than the length of 10 London buses
Astute’s 11.2m beam is more than the width of four London buses
There is around 110 km of cabling and pipework onboard Astute, this is equivalent to driving from Glasgow to Dundee
Astute is able to circumnavigate the world without surfacing and her dived endurance is only limited by the amount of food that can be carried and the endurance of the crew
Astute is the first Royal Navy submarine not to be fitted with optical periscopes
The Astute submarine has individual bunks for the whole crew
The Astute submarine is faster underwater than on the surface
A team of five RN chefs (one Petty Officer Caterer, one Leading Chef and three Chefs) provide 24 hour service to the crew of 98
The crew of a Portsmouth-based warship have passed through an intense training exercise which included simulated air, surface and submarine attacks.
HMS Manchester, a Type-42 destroyer which is due to deploy to the Caribbean in the summer, was assessed 24 hours a day for three weeks in her ability to operate in all aspects of warfare.
Provided by the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) in Plymouth, the extensive package was designed to test their mettle for future operations.
HMS Manchester’s Commanding Officer, Commander Rex Cox, said: “Although this period of training has been challenging, the ship’s company has approached it with their typical enthusiasm and determination and can be justifiably proud of their performance. “HMS Manchester has demonstrated that she is ready to deploy and will be ready provide support to the Caribbean UK overseas territories.”
As well as the core warfare training, the destroyer was tested on her ability to conduct humanitarian disaster relief operations, which will form part of her core tasking while deployed.
The boarding team also came under the FOST spotlight and had to board numerous ‘suspect’ vessels with their Lynx helicopter in close support. This type of boarding training will put the team in good stead for the deployment where they will be taking part in counter-narcotic operations.
The exercise finished with a large scale battle damage simulation with air, surface and submarine attacks. The sailors successfully extinguished fires and shored up floods, while regaining the ship’s capability to fight following the simulated damage.
HMS Manchester is now returning to Portsmouth to complete a short maintenance period before continuing with her final preparations for the forthcoming deployment.
Minister visits sailors in Umm Qasr
Minister Of State For The Armed Forces, Mr Bill Rammell MP Calls In On ITAM (N)-UQ
A welcome visit by Minister for the Armed Forces Bill Rammell took place this week giving the team in Umm Qasr the opportunity to show the Minister what we do and how we are working with the Iraqi Navy to help it develop into a fully independent force, able to carry out its roles.
The Minister called on the IqN Operational Commander and conducted a Base tour, prior to visiting one of the four new Iraqi patrol ships, Majed, allowing him to meet members of the Iraqi crew and discuss their training progress and witness the ITAM staff working closely with their Iraqi counterparts across all areas of the ship.
The Minister took time to hold an informal get together with the men and women of ITAM (N) where he was able to chat and hear about their experiences at first hand, gaining a genuine insight into working with the Iraqi Navy and camp life here. Paul Morris the Training Officer summed it up by saying: ‘We really appreciate visits like this, especially when the team get the opportunity to actually meet and talk to a Minister’
Three UK-based River-Class OPV's, HM Ships Tyne, Severn, and Mersey seen together earlier this month. They held several exercises together, including taking out any stress on the 'killer tomato' target buoy.
On the subject of the new cannon, i have a question. The round with the gold and black banding is obviously a APFSDS, but what is the blue round with the gold and blue bands? Is it another discarding sabot round, or do all of the rounds have the finned tail? If so, does that mean that the cannon is smooth-bored?
What rank is she wearing? Do Royals have specific military ranks?
She is wearing the rank of Colonel. A lot of the Royals are Colonel-in-Chief, a ceremonial position, of various regiments or corps. Colonel-in-Chief should not be confused with the Colonel or Colonel Commandant, who is usually a former officer of that regiment or corps (or of another in some cases).