2017 is the year of the navy, British MoD says

F35 Lightning II flies over HMS Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Royal Navy

The British Ministry of Defence said that 2017 is set to be the year of the Royal Navy as it prepares to welcome new ships to the fleet.

“We are investing billions in growing the Royal Navy for the first time in a generation with new aircraft carriers, submarines, frigates, patrol vessels and aircraft all on their way. 2017 is the start of a new era of maritime power, projecting Britain’s influence globally and delivering security at home,” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said.

Michael Fallon has paid tribute to thousands of personnel involved in the wide range of key tasks that the Navy has been engaged with in 2016. This includes responding to Russian activity in the North Sea, English Channel and North Atlantic, supporting EU and NATO-led operations in the Mediterranean and Aegean and taking the fight to Daesh by leading a US Navy task force in the Gulf.

At the peak of activity in 2016, Naval service personnel were involved in 22 operations at home and abroad, serving on nearly 30 ships, submarines, support vessels and Fleet Air Arm squadrons – 8,325 sailors and Royal Marines in all.

One of the key milestones for 2017 will be the maiden voyage of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship will sail from Rosyth, ready to conduct sea trials in summer and debut in Portsmouth later in the year.

Her younger sister HMS Prince of Wales will enter the water for the first time in the summer as work on her continues and is due to be formally named in the autumn.

Additionally, design and manufacture will begin on the multi-million pound Crowsnest, the early-warning ‘eyes in the sky’ system for the helicopters that will protect the new carriers.

In the summer, steel will be cut on the first of eight Type 26 frigates in Glasgow. The first of four Tide-class tankers, RFA Tidespring – crucial for supporting the new aircraft carriers – will arrive from South Korea in the spring to undergo UK customisation work.

Similarly, in the spring, the first of the Navy’s five next-generation patrol ships, HMS Forth will begin her sea trials. The fourth Astute Class submarine will enter the water for its commissioning phase in spring.

The keel for the seventh and final Astute-class submarine – as yet unnamed – will be laid in 2017 as work continues apace on the fifth and sixth, HMS Anson and HMS Agamemnon in Barrow.

 

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