Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK
Pictured is the first of the UK's F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK.
Accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina.
The F-35B Lightning II will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability, able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be known in UK service as the Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor but the UK is the only Level 1 partner with the US. A number of British companies, including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will have significant industrial work-share in construction and development of the aircraft. The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have the ability to operate from land bases as well as the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the first of which is due to accept Lightning II onto her deck in 2018. This basing flexibility will give UK Defence a truly joint expeditionary Combat Air capability well into the 2030's. The RAF is the lead service for the operation of Lightning II and, like the Harrier before, the Joint Lightning II Force will be manned by both RAF and RN personnel
Astute class submarine HMS Ambush is pictured during sea trials near Scotland.
Ambush, second of the nuclear powered attack submarines, was named in Barrow on 16 December 2010 and launched on 5 January 2011. Having now completed her initial dive, she is in the final stages of fitting out whilst preparing for an extensive programme of sea trials. She will sail for her home port of Faslane in 2012.
The seven Astute Class boats planned for introduction to the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea. Featuring the latest nuclear-powered technology, the vessels will never need to be refuelled and are capable of circumnavigating the world submerged, manufacturing the crew's oxygen from seawater as she goes.
The Astute Class are also quieter than any of her predecessors and have the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected, despite being fifty percent larger in size than the Royal Navy's current Trafalgar Class submarines
The Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen
Pictured are members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) on the Mall as the Army celebrate the birthday of their Queen.
All the Royal Colonels accompanied Her Majesty on parade with The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal riding as part of the parade.
This year, the Colour being trooped in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps.
The Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Lieutenant Colonel of the Irish Guards, will command the Parade from his horse Wellington. Before he marches his men off the square he will wish Her Majesty The happiest of birthdays from the officers and soldiers of the Household Division and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
As well as the Irish Guards, there will be 242 Irish draught and cavalry horses on parade, and two English shire horses. Other units on parade will be Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, 7 Company Coldstream Guards, F Company Scots Guards and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will provide the Sovereigns Escort with the Processional route on The Mall being street lined by the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Personnel from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums, 1st Battalion Irish Guards Drums and Pipes, 1st Battalion Irish Guards Corps of Drums, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards Corps of Drums, and the Bands of The Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards, will play a programme of military and Irish themed music as if one