Royal Navy

Bringing AI to the grey fleet

Bringing AI to the grey fleet

By Dr Marco J Cianni, FRINA, FIEAust., FRSA HMS Ark Royal was the former flagship of the Royal Navy and the third and final vessel of the Invincible-Class aircraft carriers. It was commissioned in 1985 with a complement of 685 crew, 366 fleet air arm and 22 aircraft. At 210 metres in length, a beam […]

First Type 31, HMS Venturer, taking shape

First Type 31, HMS Venturer, taking shape

The hull of the UK Royal Navy’s first Type 31 frigates, HMS Venturer, is taking shape at Babcock. After less than 18 months since the vessel’s keel was laid, Venturer is beginning to resemble a warship as the giant units and blocks which make up the vessel are slotted into place by Babcock at their […]

Team Resolute unveils evolved design for Fleet Solid Support Ships programme

Team Resolute unveils evolved design for Fleet Solid Support Ships programme

Progressive approach to design provides a pathway for the introduction of new technology and energy-saving and emission-reducing technology. Team Resolute, a consortium of Navantia UK, BMT and Harland & Wolff has unveiled an evolved design for the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship. The FSS programme is delivering new solid support ships to replace RFA Fort […]

Research ship enables Royal Navy to test cutting-edge navigation system and new radars

Research ship enables Royal Navy to test cutting-edge navigation system and new radars

The Royal Navy has teamed up with Imperial College London to test a cutting-edge navigation system that could revolutionise warship navigation and is using the prototype of a ‘quantum sensor’ developed by academics at Imperial College London on its experimentation and trials ship Patrick Blackett. According to the Royal Navy, the technology has the potential […]

Royal Navy outlines next steps for future mine hunting capability programme

Royal Navy outlines next steps for future mine hunting capability programme

The Royal Navy is transitioning mine countermeasures capability from ships to unmanned, autonomous units and a distributed, disaggregated force that makes use of networking, autonomy and artificial intelligence. With a series of operational demonstrators already on contract as part of Block 1 of the Mine Hunting Capability (MHC) programme, the Ministry of Defence and UK […]

1,200 new UK jobs pledged as naval shipbuilding returns to Belfast

1,200 new UK jobs pledged as naval shipbuilding returns to Belfast

British-led Team Resolute, comprising BMT, Harland & Wolff and Navantia UK, has been appointed as the preferred bidder to deliver three support ships to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). The £1.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) contract to build the vessels providing munitions, stores and provisions to the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, destroyers and frigates deployed at […]

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