Hms Lancaster at Sea
Pictured is HMS Lancasterat sea.
HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde as the fourth of the Type 23 frigates joining the Fleet in 1992. This versatile multi-role ship can typically be deployed drug-busting in the Caribbean or East of Suez on maritime security patrols.
All the ships in the Type 23 class are named after Dukes, in this case, the Duke of Lancaster - who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen. The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe.
In 2013, HMS Lancaster spent seven months in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, successfully seizing drugs worth a total street value of £160m. During six raids, the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. 23 drug runners were detained, effectively disrupting the distribution of drugs throughout the region.
Lancaster visited all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region and the Commonwealth states of Jamaica, Belize and Barbados while also making calls into the islands of Curacao, Martinique and visiting Columbia in South America. The ship also took part in Exercise Unitas a multi-national exercise involving 16 warships and submarines from nine nations ranging from Canada to Chile.
On returning from her deployments HMS Lancaster is often greeted, wherever possible, by a Lancaster bomber of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which provides a fly past over Portsmouth harbour. *** Local Caption *** Pictured is HMS Lancaster afer her last Replenishment at sea (RAS) with RFA Gold Rover
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HMS Ambush Arriving at HMNB Clyde
Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy's potent new Astute Class attack submarines, sails into Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde in September 2012 to begin sea trials.
The 7, 400 tonne submarine sailed from the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where she was built, to HMNB Clyde in Scotland.
The seven Astute Class boats planned for the Royal Navy are the most advanced and powerful attack submarines Britain has ever sent to sea.
They feature the latest nuclear-powered technology, which means they never need to be refuelled and can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew's oxygen from seawater as she goes.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:
Ambush's arrival at her home port to begin her sea trials marks a key milestone in the Astute Class submarine programme and is testament to the skills of those involved in the UK's world class submarine building industry.
"Ambush is an immensely powerful and advanced vessel that will deliver an important capability to the Royal Navy giving it the versatility and technical excellence needed to operate successfully across the globe."
The Astute Class is quieter than any of her predecessors and has the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected in almost all circumstances despite being fifty percent bigger than the Royal Navy's current Trafalgar Class submarines.
The boat's Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Green, said:
It was very satisfying bringing Ambush into her home port for the first time after initial sea trials. The ship's company and I are now looking forward to putting her through her paces over the coming months, ensuring that she is one step closer to being deployed on operations
Royal Navy Replenishment at Sea
Three Royal Navy ships take part in a Replenishment at Sea or RAS. From left RFA Fort Austin, RFA Fort Victoria and HMS Illustrious are pictured transferring stores and fuel.
HMS Illustrious undertook a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) this morning. What was unusual about this RAS was the fact that there were 3 ships involved. Normally it is just one ship supplying another, but in this instance two supply ships were connected together along with Lusty.
RFA Fort Austin was transferring stores to RFA Fort Victoria by passing them under lines between the two ships, whilst at the same transferring stores to HMS Illustrious by helicopter. RFA Fort Victoria was also pumping fuel over to HMS Illustrious.
HMS Illustrious is currently deployed on Cougar 13. Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK Armed Forces Maritime Response Force Task Group to the Mediterranean and East of Suez. The deployment serves to protect the free, safe and lawful use of the sea and to promote UK interests by developing international partnerships. Cougar allows the UK's maritime assets to exercise with multinational forces in the Gulf region, enhancing our interoperability