Royal Navy Sister Ships Perform Awesome Double Act
The Royal Navy’s two newest warships – formidable air defence destroyers HMS Daring and Dauntless – have performed side-by-side at sea for the first time.
The Type 45 destroyers successfully completed a series of complex manoeuvres south of the Isle of Wight (February 15).
The pair sailed at high speeds to simulate the defence of a high-value warship and also put their communications equipment to the test as a warm-up to intensive operational sea training later this year.
Captain Richard Powell, HMS Dauntless’ Commanding Officer, said:
“Today marks a significant step forward in the development of the Type 45 class. Conducting joint trials in this way will further enhance the potent capability of the Type 45. It also marks an important step in the delivery of the 21st century Navy.” “We have been able to build on the successes of HMS Daring over the last year and in Dauntless we are delivering a warship that the Royal Navy and the nation will be really proud of.”
Commander in Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, who was embarked in Dauntless witnessing the historic moment said: “I’m really positive about these ships. I have seen them from the very beginning, through the design and planning to the trials.” “It is very much like watching the children growing up. They have been great kids and now they are growing up to be great adults.”
The Portsmouth-based ships will work together for two further days before going their separate ways and continuing their respective trials programmes.
HMS Daring was commissioned into the RN last July and is due to formally enter service later this year.
Meanwhile Dauntless will be commissioned in June and is expected to enter operational service in 2011.
I also found this awesome phot on Navy News:
The Junglies have now notched up over 10 000 flying hours in Afghan. 100 hours per week.
HMS Ocean Conducts Cold Weather Amphibious Warfare Training Under the Shimmering Gaze of the 'Northern Lights'
Whilst conducting Cold Weather Amphibious Warfare Training within the beautiful Fjords of Northern Norway, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, HMS Ocean's photographer was able to capture this stunning image of the Northern Lights shimmering above the Helicopter Carrier's Flight Deck.
HMS Ocean is the Royal Navy's largest warship and is operating in the region as part of the UK's Amphibious Task Group, conducting Exercise Cold Response; a multinational exercise conducted alongside the Norwegian Armed Forces.
With a displacement of 22,500 tonnes, HMS Ocean currently has 1000 personnel onboard, having called into Harstad, located in the Northern part of Norway, to embark 500 Royal Marines from 45 Commando. During the Exercise, the Royal Marines will be transported ashore using Ocean's 4 Landing Craft, supported by 2 Sea king Medium Lift Helicopters from 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons and 4 Lynx Attack Helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron.
The exercise is also the culmination of a cold weather warfare training period for 45 Commando, normally based at RM Condor in Arbroath, who will shortly deploy to Afghanistan as part of Herrick 14.
HMS Chatham in Rescue Mission
Royal Navy warship HMS Chatham, deployed on NATO’s counter piracy Operation Ocean Shield in the Gulf of Aden, yesterday provided urgent medical assistance to a seriously ill merchant seaman.
The British frigate came to the rescue after the master of the MV Zakynthos, a Liberian flagged oil tanker that was transiting through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), radioed the warship to say that one of his Filipino crew had been suffering severe abdominal pain since Sunday 14 February and could they help. HMS Chatham’s Medical Officer, Surgeon Lieutenant Sarah Droog spoke to the master of MV Zakynthos from Chatham’s Bridge and assessed it was most likely appendicitis, which required urgent treatment.
HMS Chatham’s Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Huntington, quickly made the decision to dispatch Surgeon Lieutenant Droog to the merchant vessel in one of the ship’s seaboats, so that she could provide immediate care. When the patient had been stabilised, the ship’s Lynx helicopter was launched, and despite Zakynthos’ deck constantly pitching in a 2 to 3 metre swell, the helicopter’s crew was able to winch the patient into the aircraft and transfer him safely to the warship. Once on board HMS Chatham he received medical care whilst best speed was made towards the port of Salalah in Oman.
Once in helicopter range of Salalah the stricken seaman was transferred by air from HMS Chatham to a local hospital for further treatment.
Surgeon Lieutenant Droog later said:
“It was great to see HMS Chatham’s team working together to enable the safe transfer of this patient to hospital. We all wish the patient a very speedy recovery.”
Commander Huntington, said:
“For the second time in 2 weeks HMS Chatham has been able to render assistance to fellow seafarers. This is one of the many roles that the Royal Navy performs as part of the NATO task force. Whilst our core business is counter-piracy, as my Ship’s Company have demonstrated today, we are trained and equipped to respond to rapidly changing circumstances wherever we are needed”.
Civilian contractors of various nationalities, mostly Eastern European I would think. That aircraft is registered in Moldova though of course that doesn't mean the aircrew are from there.
This chopper was taken out by a rpg it crashed killing all the crew a good mate of mine was first on the scene just after it had resupplied his PB, he did show a video of the crash site, i don't think i should post it on hear very grim viewing