HMS PRINCE OF WALES

The UK now has two aircraft carriers ready for duties as HMS Prince of Wales has been declared fully operational. The fortnight-long Exercise Joint Warrior wrapped up two years of intensive training for the Portsmouth-based warship and her 700-plus crew, as well as the Royal Navy and RAF squadrons who will operate aircraft from her flight deck – including the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning stealth fighter. HMS Prince of Wales will now be able to join her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth on operations. The Royal Navy flagship is currently on the second half of her maiden deployment leading the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) in the Pacific


NZ Navy-led operation seizes hash valued at $2.6 million

The Royal New Zealand Navy-led counter narcotics operation has seized hash valued at nearly $2.6 million in its second major drug seizure outside the Arabian Gulf in a week.

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FINAL FLIGHT FOR NZ4203

After 55-years with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, NZ4203 flew its final flight from Base Auckland to Base Woodbourne on 24 September 2021.  The P-3K2 Orion arrived in New Zealand in January 1967 and has undertaken more than 27,000 flying hours, circumnavigating the globe in support of RNZAF deployments and exercises.  This aircraft is the first of the fleet of six to retire before we welcome the new P-8A Poseidon fleet.


Navy chief: Dena soon to go on naval missions

Rear Admiral Khanzadi made the announcement while visiting the third naval region of the Iranian Navy. 
Pointing to the importance of developing a maritime civilization in the shadow of sustainable security, Khanzadi said the construction of fully indigenous vessels is a sign of self-sufficiency of Iranian specialists. 

“The Army in international waters, while waving the holy flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran and ensuring the security of sea lines in order to protect Iran's interests, shows a manifestation of the country's authority and pride,” the commander added. Read more here


Navy, Marine Corps aim to refine, test modern warfighting concepts in Large Scale Exercise 2021

The Navy and the Marine Corps are testing out modern warfighting concepts on a scale never seen before as part of Large Scale Exercise 2021, paving the way for even larger naval exercises in the future, according to Navy leaders.  Labeled the “biggest exercise we’ve done in a generation” by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, the exercise from Aug. 3 to 16 pulls together multiple elements inspired by other training events — including strike group certification exercises like Composite Unit Training, integrated live exercises like Bold Alligator, and virtual exercises like Fleet Synthetic Training — and completes them in concert as part of a single, globally integrated exercise.  Read more here


THE CANADIANS ARE IN TOWN

 

Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary tied up alongside Princes Wharf last week after two months at sea taking part in Operation Talisman Sabre, a military exercise involving Australia, the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The ship is flying the maritime quarantine flag and the crew will not be able to disembark until New Zealand health officials are satisfied that all requirements of the Maritime Border Order have been met, including the return of negative Covid-19 tests by all the crew, and that all crew members have been symptom-free for 14 days. The ship has Covid-19 testing facilities aboard.

Almost all of the 250 personnel on board Calgary are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have been at sea for 17 days – longer than the 14-day quarantine period currently mandated.

The ship is in port for resupply and refuelling and the crew will engage in shore-based activities, sporting and cultural programmes with the RNZN. Calgary's speciality is anti-submarine warfare and was involved in 13 exercises during Talisman Sabre. The vessel also practised aircraft tracking, warning and engagement with the Royal Australia Air Force.

"Ship visits like this are a practical representation of the strong working relationship the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has with the Canadian armed forces," said Rear Admiral David Proctor, chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy. "This is a chance to return some of the excellent support and comradeship the Royal Canadian Navy provided the hundreds of RNZN sailors who have been in Canada over the past three years during the Anzac Frigate Upgrade," he said


The US Navy has filed charges against a sailor over a massive blaze aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in 2020 that destroyed the amphibious warship

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NEW RCN ARCTIC PATROL SHIP

Margaret Brooke (AOPV 431) Is The Second Harry DeWolf-Class Offshore Patrol Vessel For The Royal Canadian Navy. The Class Was Derived From The Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Project As Part Of The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy And Is Primarily Designed For The Patrol And Support Of Canada's Arctic Regions. Named After Sub-Lieutenant Margaret Brooke, A Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister And Who Tried To Save Another Person During The Sinking Of The Ferry SS Caribou During World War II. The Future HMCS Margaret Brooke Was Ordered In 2011, Laid Down In 2016 And Launched In 2019. The Vessel Began Contractor Sea Trials In May 2021, And It Was Delivered To The Royal Canadian Navy For Post-Acceptance Sea Trials On 15 July 2021.

 

The Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessels are designed for use in the Arctic regions of Canada for patrol and support within Canada's exclusive economic zone. The vessel is 103.6 m (339 ft 11 in) long overall with a beam of 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in). The ship has a displacement of 6,615 metric tons.


 


HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH HAS COVID 19

An outbreak of Covid-19 has been confirmed on the Royal Navy's flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The BBC has been told there have been around 100 cases on the aircraft carrier, which is part way through a world tour. Several other warships in the fleet accompanying it are also affected. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said all crew on the deployment had received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and the outbreak was being managed. HMS Queen Elizabeth is about a quarter of the way through a 28-week deployment leading the Carrier Strike Group (CSG). It has now entered the Indian Ocean, and the Royal Navy says it is due to continue on its voyage to Japan later this year.