The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall thanked Falkland Islands veterans at a unique ‘garden party’ on the UK’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Wednesday gathering in the hangar of the carrier in Portsmouth marked the end of official 40th anniversary commemorations of the conflict.
On deployment in the Gulf, on patrol in the Atlantic, safeguarding home waters or undergoing training at bases in the UK, sailors lined up on parade grounds and flight decks to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70-year reign and this weekend’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Trooping the Color is a ceremonial celebration of the Queen's birthday, also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade. This year, Trooping the Color will hold special status at the start of a long weekend of official events to mark the monarch's platinum jubilee.
When the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers arrived in Portsmouth, the base faced a critical issue – how to find enough electricity. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales doubled the base's energy use. In fact, the load was so great there was a danger it would impact power supplies to the city itself.
On the anniversary of the launch of Jacky Fisher’s HMS Dreadnought, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key visited the Scottish shipyards building the Type 31 and Type 26 frigates and parts of the Dreadnought-class submarines.
A joint operation is underway, to retrieve the wreck of an F-35B stealth jet after it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last Wednesday. The US is now working with the UK to locate and retrieve the valuable aircraft - some experts suggesting a race is on with adversaries.
Despite all personnel being fully vaccinated, a “small number” of covid-19 cases within Britain's Royal Navy has been reported.
HMS Prince of Wales arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday 6 July for a programmed logistics visit. This inaugural visit to Gibraltar will also be her first non-UK port visit.
Surrounded by family and watched by those at the head of the UK’s closest allies, Admiral Tony Radakin took over on Wednesday from Admiral Sir Philip Jones as Britain’s most senior sailor. The torch of Naval leadership changed hands as Admiral Jones stepped down after three years at the helm as First Sea Lord – and 41 years serving his nation.
The Royal Navy’s new Fleet Commander has been formally appointed with a ceremony on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth. Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd takes up the role from outgoing Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Ben Key who is to become the Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ, Northwood.